responsive design

15 crucial web design trends for 2016 & beyond

Lots of publishers reveal their annual web design trends at the end of the year.

I thought I’d be different and conduct a meta-study, bringing you what I consider to be the most cogent predictions from across the web.

Hopefully that means this is the only trends post you’ll need this year. So, put your feet up and read on, as we explore the larger trends, to the finer detail.

BBC News launches new responsive website: review

The BBC has finally switched off its old desktop site and is now redirecting mobile users away from its .m site to its brand new fully responsive news site.

BBC News’s previous iteration was four years old, and although it regularly broke records for attracting worldwide traffic (64m unique visitors in January 2013) the site has been need of a multi-screen compatible upgrade for some time. In fact since inviting users to trial a beta version of the new site in December, BBC News has seen 65% of its users now accessing the site from tablets and mobiles.

17 crucial web design trends for 2015

Please do not mistake me for some kind digital prognosticator, soothsayer guru, evangelist, swami, samurai or whatever risible term is currently popular in digital marketing circles.

I am but one writer who has spent the last year immersed (and only occasionally floundering) in previously unchartered waters in my first 12 months of writing for Econsultancy.

This isn’t just a list of trends that I’ve noticed during my own research, but also ones discovered by my many venerable colleagues, various friends of the blog and passed on to me by Dan Barker or compiled throughout the year by Chris Lake.

Econsultancy’s new responsive site: what do you think?

The wait is over.

As a returning visitor to Econsultancy, you’ll notice that things are a little different around here.

So what have we been working on? Here’s a whistle-stop tour of the key drivers for what you can experience on the new site.

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How does Google judge quality content?

Everybody talks about the need to provide quality content on your site if you want to rank well in searches. But how do search engines identify quality content?

Successive Google algorithm updates (culminating in the recent Panda 4.1) aim to refine results so that they match the intent of the search query and deliver the most comprehensive, accessible and well-written answer.