Is the website, as we know it, dead? If so, what is going to replace it and will it be the case of better the devil you know?
In recent times I have seen the trend moving away from the website, in the traditional format, in favor of a more hands on blog-style hybrid. CMS (Content Management Systems) have been taking over the marketing in recent years, doing away with the need for intensive updates; things happen almost instantaneously nowadays and with very little effort.
Businesses have almost become self sufficient, they are able to log into a simple dashboard, do all the updates and go from there. This eliminates the need for designer and developers to upload the site after ever update. The days of that are becoming a distant memory. Wordpress has in essence, killed the traditional website, giving way to DIY developers at every level. This is great for them, but now developers are having to become more and more creative to show businesses that they are still an integral part of the internet world. Luckily designers and developers are still around because their skill set is still in demand. Creating custom, usable designs and general maintenance of the CMS is still in our court. We are still the only ones who are capable of doing this. Yet this probably, like most things, will change. So what will the web be like in a couple of years, after designers/developers have been replaced by sophistos who design, create and update their own websites with just a couple of clicks? Or will designers/developers have turned the tide on this disease, creating an eternal need for their hand-crafted skill set? Is the traditional website really dead?
As usual spread the word, tell us what you think and keep on designing.