Ian Whittlesea, of Primitive Methodist, tells BJP, as part of our 11 Tips for 2011 series, why he thinks websites may be a thing of the past
I really think that the time of having other people make websites for you is coming to an end. When people contact me about making a website I normally persuade them that they either don’t need one at all or, if they do, they should make it themselves. Not everyone needs a fancy website.
A blog would suit most people. Or Flickr, or Facebook, or Twitter. Or all of them at the same time. The content (the message) is now the interesting part of the web, rather than the way one moves around it (the medium).
Websites are just as fashion and technology-dependent as cars and clothes. In a few months, your shiny new site will be starting to look dusty and dated and, in a year’s time, it will be ready for the scrapheap. It’s a solution for the moment, not forever – it has a built-in obsolescence.
If you must have a website then Indexhibit is good. Don’t use Flash. I spent a lot of time and money learning how to make Flash websites, and now anyone who uses an iPhone or an iPad can’t see them. A website is often simply a signifier that you exist, so think about who you are making the site for. It’s better to have a single page with contact details and one image on it than a site that includes every photograph you’ve ever taken, but that makes them all look awful and you look like an amateur.
This article, and the other 10 tips from our panel of experts [to be published each day until 31 January], were first appeared in BJP's January issue, published on 05 January 2011. It's still available for purchase from your nearest newsagent until 02 February 2011. To find your nearest newsagent, check our Store Finder.
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