How do you guys/gals feel about when different tech is needed? By tech, I mean JS, jQuery, and CSS mainly. For example, a lot of startup sites feature this big ole impressive-looking “landing page” but even though I think that looks nice, there are a ton of successful sites out there that don’t have anything like that and do just fine.
In fact, I’ve found that a lot of tech peoples’ websites look rather different actually. For example, CSS total expert Lea Verou’s site looks, rather… Regular. She is known to be a master with CSS and has not only authored the book : “CSS Secrets - Better Solutions to everday web design problems,” but she also worked for the W3C who make CSS itself.
I notice a lot of hip restaurants, designers, and startups tend to have these trendy, “hipster look” to their page which tends to feature gigantic oversized images, background video, and a large landing page that scrolls for a long time with alternating modules.
As a developer, I started to get sucked into this belief that all sites need to look like that to be cool or to gain views, but to be honest, I prefer some of the old-fashioned stuff, not to mention, it’s much quicker performance wise.
So that brings up the question: If you have the freedom to design a site, assuming a database and back-end aren’t really needed (ie no login system or need to store data other than maybe blog posts), what look and tech would you choose? The more I learn about CSS, the more I realize, it can do a ton more than I thought. Many times when I thought I needed to use jQuery, actually, CSS could get the job done.