There are many website design trends onboard for 2012. Most of these have to do with the introduction of HTML5, which greatly improves the HTML coding process, however they are also concerned with cross-platform compatibility. While you may not adopt them all, if you are serious about webmastering, you should be aware of them. Your competition is almost certain to take advantage of one or more of these.
How SEO, Social Media, Blogging, Web Design & Analytics Will Change
It is always in your best interest to keep up on emerging SEO trends and changes in web design
. While webmastering is a large job for anyone and demands you wear many hats, brushing-up on trends and your competition is a good thing to do at least once every few months. Even if you only do this once a year, it is a good habit to practice.
SEO trends come and go quickly, while web design trends tend to stick around a while. Search engine optimization changes rapidly, largely because so many search engines update their algorithms so often. These demand closer consideration more often, where design trends are slower to emerge.
The microblogging trend in social media seems to be topping-out. More people are creating blogs for longer discourse, though few are being maintained regularly. Social networks and status updates remain popular, and many continue to grow and develop. Having a social media presence is no longer an option; it's a must.
Two of the top analytics sites recently updated their interfaces and features. Most notable are real-time statistics and mobile device counts. The more modern interfaces make the information easier to access and more pleasant to view.
Stay on top of these trends, even if you choose to ignore them for your own website. Revisit emerging trends at least occasionally to keep up with competition and the Web.