November 21st, 2007 | Posted in Blog, General Discussion

Does CSS / XHTML development pay YOU back?

Does CSS / XHTML development pay YOU back?

CSS and XHTML tableless development, most certainly, requires more time than the old school ways of development. And as if this isn”t enough, web standardization comes over to remind us of the constant testing we need to realize in order to make sure the site is accessible. As a result, a lot of time is being consumed in testing and correcting. This procedure, most certainly, proves to be costly for web design agencies that care about the quality of work they will hand over to their clients.

The clients, on the other, don”t really care about the way you will decide to develop (fortunately, some do!) their site. They only need their website done over with, at an “affordable price”! Coming to terms with like-minded clients, proves very costly for the agency or the freelancer, and the only one to rip the rewards is, of course, the client.

Some of the most important rewards for them is the amount of traffic they”ll enjoy. Tableless CSS/XHTML developement is very very attractive to search engines, because they are simply clean. That is, fast to load, with only keywords and descriptions juice in it.

Now, coming to think of it, aren”t the freelancers or the agencies rewarded by the results that have been brought to the client”s website? I think that, they most certainly are! Gaining good reputation though, isn”t enough, or is it?

Good reputation could prove profitable, as we are working in a very competitive market with many noticable designers, developers and marketeers around. Make this your starting point as a freelancer or agency and then exploit other methods to gain more money. And, believe me, there are many!


3 Responses to “Does CSS / XHTML development pay YOU back?”

  1. Michael Persson Says:

    I hear so often that the old school is easier and better than the
    newer and most standardized xhtml. Its for me all wrogn, i can control 99%
    of all items and alignment with the css and there is nothing easier then
    doing global changes and editing for the full website layout.

    My experience in the new field and updated and later technology is that
    “you cant teach a old dog to sit” Thats a swedish say and means older developer are negative to new technologies, same as i was until i tested and really got into the
    standard xhtml and css development. I was practising html without
    any type of standard thinking and my sites was maybe ok in the cross browser check but never the similarity i can do today.

    The best way to get better is to have external designers that make
    designes and the layout for the new ideas of web design and one
    will always be forced to find the solution for the concept delivered.

    I really love xhtm land css and I have also started to study DOM-scripting as the new java script standard to be more flexible and develop better dynamic solutions.

    The only bad thing with new technology is that one need to train new
    clients that still want to have popups or new windows to open from a link. I try to avoid it by unotrubsive DOM solutions and its the only way to not start having
    argument with clients that does not understand the technical standard
    evolution we all should face, accept and exercise as a daily matter.

    Michael Persson – xhtml and css development

  2. Berthapb Says:

    thats it, guy

  3. Andy Says:

    You’re English is getting worse, you need to get back here a bit more often mate!


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