“Do I need an HTML5 website?” The first thing you should ask is, do you know what HTML5 is? Also, do you know how it works and will it make a difference to you? HTML5 is a new standard of Web Design and has many uses that it’s predecessors didn’t have before. These standards can enhance the look, feel and experience of your website without jeapordising the functionality and performance.
Do you know what HTML5 is?
HTML, or Hyper Text Markup Language, is the code used to create the websites we see on our screens. HTML was created by Tim-Berners Lee when he linked two documents together. Back in 1991, there were only 18 markup tags to create a website, but over the years this has significantly changed to make websites more appealing and functional than what they once were.
Over time HTML as a language has progressed and HTML5 is where we are today. HTML5 was launched through a world renowned website called Apple. Steve Jobs, the former CEO Apple suggested the future of web hinged on HTML5 and did not see Flash as needed to view web content. In fact, in the ever changing world of Web Design, Web Speed and Search Engine Optimisation, HTML5 is important as it ignites content and multimedia together.
How does HTML5 work?
HTML5 is built around the ideology of integrating HTML and Multimedia together. This builds on the new age of Web Design and of course Web Applications. Apple was the first organisation to disallow the use of Flash Multimedia files on their Mobile Devices (iPads, iPhones and iPods) and instead moved towards HTML5. Youtube now also promote their video service as a HTML5 element rather than a Flash element as it used to be. This is what Youtube’s old code used to look like:
<object width="560" height="315"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/mzPxo7Y6JyA?hl=en_GB&version=3"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="//www.youtube.com/v/mzPxo7Y6JyA?hl=en_GB&version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="560" height="315" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object>
The new HTML5 code looks like this:
<iframe src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mzPxo7Y6JyA" height="315" width="560" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0"></iframe>
There are big differences between the two and something for you to consider about the future of a website. Flash is no longer useable on the best selling tablet and phone devices in the world. Does most of your traffic come from Mobile Devices? Do you have a lot of Multimedia and Animation content on your site? Would you like to add some (more) in the future? If you answered Yes to these than I think you know what the answer to the next question will be.
Do I need an HTML5 website?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above then I would say yes. You need a HTML5 website. To be honest HTML5 is changing the way the web works, including the browsers, so in time I would recommend most Web Owners, Designers and Developers to move to HTML5.