Looking back, it’s been over 10 years since I started doing web design independently and professionally. I can’t even believe it’s been that long!
I’ve seen technologies come and go and I’ve seen standards finally get implemented semi universally. Funny thing, it always throws me off when someone asks if I’m a front end designer or a backend developer, because I most of the time I live in a world where I do both.
In order for me to learn how to do the backend programming I had to have an interface, or if I designed an interface I needed to have the backend programming in order to make it work. So I’ve had a foot in both worlds for quite a while.
It also surprises me when I come across clients and associates that have a recently designed websites and the code is written like it’s 2008. Sometimes people tell me it’s because of backwards compatibility and I understand that to a certain degree. However at a certain point you need to do a service to your visitors and let them know hey you’re using an out-of-date browser you should update to really enjoy our site and at least for the security reasons. Or even worse are still in Flash, don’t they realize that surfing is moving to mobile devices? And in case you didn’t know even Adobe is abandoning Flash for mobile.
Recently a client of mine had his site hi-jacked by his designer. I’m not going to go into the details but the designer was completely in the wrong and had no professional reason to pull what they did. Including but not limited to changing passwords, changing the domain registration, changing PayPal information and it goes on from there. Luckily we were pretty quick on his tail and changed the information back before too much damage was done, how much is going to be up to the lawyers to determine.
So if someone’s coming around saying that they can design a website for you do a little research. It doesn’t take much time to pop them into Google to see other things that they’ve done. Very few clients have an issue with letting someone putting their name on work that they did.
Moral of the story even though you don’t really want to know a whole lot about how your website works, you do need to educate yourself a little bit on what some minimum standards are. Or find someone like myself, who will be there to consult if I don’t have time to take on the project myself.