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Things you never knew about web development

Things you never knew about web development

If you are working in the world of web development, you might think you know all there is to know and more. But how many of these mind-blowing facts did you know before we told you? Read on, learn something new and be prepared to dazzle your colleagues at the water cooler in the new year!

 

1. The average attention span of an internet user has decreased from 12 seconds to 8 seconds. This means that as a developer you need to keep in mind that the website’s message needs to be conveyed within that time frame, or you risk a high bounce rate and possible clients going elsewhere.

 

2. Mobile surfers make up to two-thirds of internet users. Development and innovation in mobile phones mean that on-the-go web browsing is more common than via a desktop computer. As a developer, you need to be sure that the site you are working on is fully optimised for mobile use and that it provides a smooth UX experience for users.

 

3. Any real web expert knows that big chunks of text are of little interest to users. While they are good for SEO, long paragraphs are counter-productive for human users. Instead, lists should be used in conjunction with descriptive headers that make the text easier to skim and get information from, without being too work heavy.

 

4. Did you know that 70% of web customers find out about the company via their blog? Having a blog is a great way to create organic traffic to the site, so when creating a site for clients, make sure you have one included in the plan.

 

5. Following on from the above, each day around 2.7 million blogs are posted on the internet.

 

6. Every day, over 2.9 billion Google searches are conducted. This means that even developers need to pay attention to SEO.

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7. Humans form an opinion in as little as 0.5 seconds. This means that once the website has loaded, the user will decide whether they want to continue browsing pretty much instantly. Web developers have only a split second to make a good first impression and to try and convert as many visitors into customers as possible.

 

8. Almost half of the internet users expect that the page loads in as little as two seconds. If the page you have developed takes longer than that, you run the risk of losing visitors. Keep things simple and slick to ensure maximum engagement from your client’s clients’.

 

9. A website's code influences its search engine ranking. It is all well and good having a well-designed website but if no one is looking at it, it doesn’t matter. The way the website is coded will enable the audience to get to the website more easily and help improve its SEO rankings on Google.

 

Authored by the Finerton.com News Team (Malta)
Images Sourced from Unsplash.com & Pixabay.com

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