Ah, the New Year. That magical time when the gyms are packed with people in brand new sneakers, everyone decides to give kale another try, and small business owners rack their brains for how to make this year their most successful yet. Whether your professional resolutions involve starting up, branching out, or holding steady, one of the best ways to ensure success is to know the trends that will influence your business this year.
As you may have heard, the day has finally come for the release of new Generic Top-Level Domains, or gTLDs, on the Internet. Though many are available today, more will be part of a measured rollout over time. According to ICANN, this expansion will take available gTLDs – like .com, .biz, and .org, from 22 to 1400. At the end of this post, you’ll find a great infographic from Webmechanix that gives the details, important numbers, and a partial list of the new TLDs that have been (and will be) released by category.
Website trends are just like fashion. Each year, new styles come in and old looks become quickly outdated. On the web, this can have a big impact on your business’ ability to stay competitive and attract new customers.
With this in mind, we’ve pulled together some of the biggest emerging trends for 2013 – in both form and function – to help you stay ahead of the game and grow your business all year long.
A few key takeaways from the infographic below:
1. Mobile browsing on tablets and smartphones continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Responsive design — websites that self-adjust for different screens — will be big.