Some of you may notice that it’s 2011 and PikeMurdy.com is STILL not HTML5 compliant. Obviously, I am way behind the times.
Professionally, I have coded several sites using the HTML5 doctype. Yet here sits PikeMurdy, in antiquated XHTML 1.0 Transitional.
There are a few reasons for this.
When I last redesigned (and coded out this site), The W3C had not yet abandoned XHTML. Sure, the tides were shifting toward HTML5 at the time, but I wasn’t going to learn it all at once then. So I coded it in what I was familiar with: XHTML. XHTML still works.
This particular design may not be the most awesome thing you’ve ever seen, and it’s not using the flashiest technology available (there’s not even any gasp AJAX) but it honors the content of the site.
Point number three is the most important point. Website design, indeed any kind of design, is not about technology. It’s about communicating what needs to be communicated. Design is not about making things pretty. Design is not about using the coolest, flashiest, newest technology. The design of this site is meant to get out of the way. I don’t want you to leave here thinking about the design, I want you to leave here thinking about the content.