12 Sep 2023
Modular Web Design
So, What’s Wrong With the Traditional Web Development Process?
The problem with this approach is that it takes between 3-6 months to launch a site. Plus, it can cost anywhere from $15-50K (or more), with a substantial portion paid upfront.
A seemingly innocuous design change can cause the entire launch to run behind schedule and over budget, and there’s no guarantee on the performance results of your new site.
What’s more, using the traditional web design process, you’ll typically have to redesign the site again every 2-3 years as the content and technology decays and the cycle repeats.
Modular Web Design: An Alternative Approach
A more modern way to approach website development, however, uses a concept called modular design (or atomic design as it’s sometimes known).
Modular design has revolutionized the way websites are built. The process involves creating a flexible system of standalone, reusable components as opposed to a static collection of pages.
The system of components is essentially a library of modules that can be mixed and matched, and used and repurposed to accommodate new content as required.
Think of modules as building blocks which can be arranged to fit into a rectangular grid pattern on a web page. For example, you could have modules for navigation, hero images, content blocks, photo galleries, etc.
The way you arrange modules to create new pages is entirely up to you.
But as your content needs evolve, you can adapt the existing modules in your library or build completely new ones as required.
Modular Design Is Not A Template
Modular design is not a set of templates.
Page templates, by their very nature, are rigid in design and difficult to customize. You can’t easily move parts of a template around.
Modular design breaks templates into pieces that can be easily moved around or added and removed as needed.
Read the full article at DesignRush