How Many Types of Web Design are There?

With 94% of first impressions relying on web design, you must create a beautifully crafted website for your business. A web design and development agency is able to create the website you've always envisioned. This is done through professional and strategic web design. 

Have you ever noticed that so many websites either look great or function well, but rarely do both? What you're looking for is a team of web design experts who combine the best of both worlds. Yes, not all web design is the same! In fact, there are six unique types of web design. Which one is right for you? By learning about each in further detail, you'll be able to decide.

The 6 Types of Web Design

#1 Static Page Layout
This is the most basic type of website design. A person simply builds a website with pre-set page dimensions. Because of this, it has a permanent width. Static layouts stick to these dimensions, regardless of the browser or device type. You can probably already see the issue with that! Static layouts have phased out with the rise of mobile usage. Smartphones, tablets, laptops, and desktops all have very different screen dimensions. Static layouts are still an option, but you don’t want to use them unless you are planning on creating a completely separate mobile version of your site.

#2 Liquid Design Layout
Also known as fluid design, this type of web design uses flexible units rather than the fixed units static layouts use. Since the units are flexible, the page will always fill the width of the device’s screen, regardless of what device it is. There was a time when this was an exciting new option, but that was years ago! Now, liquid layouts have also started to phase out as a viable option because your company risks delivering a poor user experience with it. If a browser is really wide, information gets stretched to fit the screen and can look unappealing. If a browser is very narrow, the opposite happens and it's all squished.

#3 Adaptive Website Layout
This type of web design uses CSS queries to adjust the website’s size to detect the size of the browser. Adaptive websites will automatically alter (or "adapt") the website’s layout to provide the best user experience for visitors. Modern technology means this version takes less development time than responsive layouts, but it's not perfect. It isn't fully responsive. That is why device widths in between set points can cause your site to have too much space or not enough space. 

#4 Dynamic Website Layout
A few benefits of this type of website design include that it boasts great interactivity with users and increased functionality for users. Less coding skills are required, so it's a good option for web teams without years of experience. There are drawbacks too. For one, it isn't always a great user experience because they tend to load slower because of all the different elements and page compositions.

#5 Responsive Design Layout
Responsive design is built with a mobile-first approach. You create your mobile layout first, and then you expand your website for bigger browser sizes. This option delivers a seamless experience on all devices, plus you don’t have to build a separate mobile site. However, this can be very time-consuming to create.

#6 Single Page Layout
Single-page layouts use only one page that users scroll down to find information about your products or services. They are incredibly fast and easy to create. They're very sleek and modern, but cannot be used for businesses that sell products online or for companies that need multiple pages

Professional Web Design From TOS

We're familiar with the six types of web design because we have top industry professionals on our team. In fact, professional web design is one of the most popular services we offer! If you're interested in any of the types of web design mentioned above, we encourage you to reach out to us and request a proposal. There is so much that our team can do for you!