Are Platforms The Future Of Web Development

This article is my personal analysis on the emergence of platforms and how they seem to have simplified web development. It also talks about what are their drawbacks and what will make them stay.

Even though most website developers these days build websites that have a very similar structure, or at least that share some fundamental similarities in terms of layout, many, if asked, will say that they still have to do a lot of donkeywork. The fact that customers almost always want the banner placed on top, the navigation on the left, and not more than three columns doesn’t really make their job any easier. For every new website they have to work just as hard as they did on the previous one.

So what role does platforms play in all this? Well, to put it simply, platforms such as WordPress and other CMS (content management systems) make a web developer’s work easier by streamlining many aspects of the website building process, thus eliminating much of the drudgery. This in turn lets them focus on other elements of web developing which are, arguably more important, such as usability.

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But platforms are not without their flaws. When it comes to layout, the options available are usually restricted, which even though not always a major problem, can be unacceptable for some web developers. Moreover, clients must also learn to use the platform if they plan to update their content themselves. This is not that difficult but again, can be a problem in some cases.

Pros

  • Easy And Quick To Work With
  • Straightforward

One of the obvious advantages that web developers who use platforms to build websites have is the fact that they don’t have to spend as much time on HTML work. This means more time that can be invested in the improvement of critical aspects of the website in question. Besides the already mentioned usability Web marketing can be added. The possibilities are limitless really – there’s always something to be improved.

Platforms can make things easier for clients as well. For example, they will be able to add new content to their websites even if they know nothing whatsoever about code. This can mean not only that content will be updated faster, but also that costs can be reduced – why get someone to manage your content when you can do it yourself?

Cons

  • Layout limitations
  • Lack of originality

The restrictions to layout have been already mentioned. But there are other inconveniences about platforms which must be noted. Platforms target a wide range of businesses and thus come with designs that try in a way to satisfy everyone. The result is a certain vagueness that may not be a problem for clients who run small businesses and don’t require unique websites, but that can be unacceptable to clients with high requirements. Good web developers know how to minimize this vagueness but the bottom line is that it will never go away completely.

Websites built on platforms sometimes give the impression that they are very easy to manage. This is not a problem when the client hires a team to manage it, but when he/she decides to do it himself it can be problematic. It can lead frustration and eventually to more expenses associated with hiring a team to handle the management.

Summary

Platforms may well be the future of web development simply because it’s more convenient to build websites on them. But they are not without their problems and this guarantees that other alternatives will still be around for many years to come.

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