Right now I no longer make websites anymore, but I still like to come here now and then, to see where the trends are going in web design.
The fact is that in the “Site Templates” section, looking at the most recent items for the last weeks, even months, the number of full website templates is shrinking day after day. Everything seems to be “One-page-parallax template”. Besides, there are also a bunch of “Coming soon” templates.
In this case the term “full” is used in connection with websites with several pages, One-page-templates obviously are also “full” web sites, but of a different kind.
One-page-template is a nice concept, but I never got used to it, even as a websites user: A few content here and there, and each time you click the menu the whole thing goes up and down once and again, etc.
They are difficult for SEO (although maybe not every website needs that), many times annoying for people above a certain age (let’s say 40?) because of the up and down scrolling thing makes no sense, but if you remove the movement and skip instead straight to the section, they become even less user friendly, because users may not notice that they are still in the same page, so if they want to go “back”, they may press the back browser button with the result that they in fact leave the website altogether.
I have also noticed that the scrolling is not the only movement, today it seems that everything must be in movement/animated. As you go scrolling the one-page-template, things start to appear from one place and travel to another one, with many fade-out and fade-in effects, etc. Javascrip/JQuery everywhere, without taking usability as a starting point. Only the Wow! (The same goes for the parallax effects).
The “Coming soon” templates is also a handy concept, but one I never needed. I preferred to work on the definitive website and upload just that. There are many websites around with those counters, after reaching zero, that no one seems to care for (I mean the owners). Too often, after the “Cooming soon” website, the real one never got finished.
One-page-templates are not a substitute for templates with several pages. They are intended for different purposes. Perhaps there should be a better balance between the two options.
Ehee. Welcome to the new trend. I personally think that people are getting somewhat lazy and just do one page. It is definitely a trend and people try to cash in.
I like one page templates and with all that jQuery effect I wouldn’t say that it is easier to create them compared to mostly simple inner pages for multipage website.
The most important is that “one page” websites can have more then one page so there shouldn’t be problem with SEO. Single page (the one with top menu and scrolling) can be seen as different layout concept for homepage with preview of content inside sections and link to full content on separated pages.
it’s a trend – and certainly not usefull for every type of website. It’s up to the people who create websites to pay attention to if a onepage website suits their purpose. It has SEO downsides and limitations for content, but if it fits your use, it is nice.
One thing that irritates me in most onepage themes/templates, is that the scrolling is not smooth, very troublesome – specially if you styled the scrollbar as wel ( don’t! )
Yep, I totally agree… One page templates are a complete no event if you want to do the right thing by your client & produce content that is SEO Optimized!
Content is king!!!!
Single page themes are in my opinion great for a personal or resume style solution.
It is a real shame, as some of these one pagers are in fact well designed & presented – but I don’t even waste my time looking at them now, as they are pointless for real clients.
Just my thoughts…