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Reasons to Convert your Old HTML Website into HTML5

Online business is very crucial in current internet world. In the era of internet, people are more interested to make profit and presence in the online world. As HTML comes early in 1990, search engines were not as important for that time. But as technology advanced, search engines are one of the major factors to that influenced the online business. Coding standards come in light. It’s very important to have your website with advance valid coding to give the user more facility with great experience.

There was too much restriction with old HTML. HTML5 provides all facilities to make coder life more comfortable with different new tags. It’s also more search engine friendly. There are too many myths about HTML5 that it’s not compatible to search engine. But new HTML5 covers all SEO terms and elements with great value. There are many reason to convert your old HTML website to HTML5. If you have designed you PSD then try to convert you PSD to HTML5.

Here are some reasons which will convince you to upgrade your old HTML in to HTML5.

Get Ready For Future

HTML5 is not a complex language which needs to more attention. It’s just an extension of HTML4 with some great syntax and facilities to coder. You just need to enhance your coding syntax and semantics with less and effective coding for some good features and attractions. The best thing about HTML5 is bypass the unnecessary coding. You can make more attractive mobile games with the help of HTML5. It is more search engine friendly because of its clean code and better semantics.  Get out of old mess HTML code and start with fresh and effective code with HTML5. There are many more reasons to HTML5 conversions. But HTML5 is a way to optimize your code for better future.

Responsive Website (Mobile Compatible)

HTML5 provides good responsive design with the help of CSS3. Mobile websites are in more demand because of increase in mobile internet user. Mobile share is now 25% of internet on an average and it’s increasing day by day. So it’s more important to developer to have better code which has optimal viewing experience, readable and navigation with a minimum of resizing, panning, and scrolling across a wide range of devices Cross Browser Compatible from mobile platforms to desktop. There are some great Meta tags for mobile optimization in HTML5:

  • You can target the screen size with the help of CSS3 the device which can hold =<320px wide.
<link rel="stylesheet"   media="handheld, only screen and (max-device-width: 320px)" href="phone.css">
  • Viewport Settings: Setting a viewport tells the browser how content should fit on the device’s screen and informs the browser that the site is optimized for mobile.
<strong>&lt;link rel="stylesheet" </strong><strong>  media="handheld, only screen and (max-device-width: 320px)" href="phone.css"&gt;</strong>

There are many more Meta tags for mobile compatible. You don’t need to make different website m.www.websitename.com for mobile.

 Easy to Develop Gamming App

As I have already described about mobile Meta Tags, you can easily develop Game applications with HTML5. It’s better than flash games. Just you need to know about HTML5’s <canvas> tag.

Great User Interface Experience

You can also use many APIs in HTML5 that allow you to use more user friendly interface. Here is some example of APIs that are used to make more interactive interface:

  • Drag and Drop (DnD)
  • Offline storage database
  • Browser history management
  • Document editing
  • Timed media playback

You can find more interactive API from HTML5 Doctor.

Smart way to Memory Utilization

One of the good things about HTML5 is its local storage feature. It is a little bit combination of old cookies and client side database. It’s better than old cookies, because of its storage of cross multiple windows and it has better performance and security even after browser is closed. It allows client database storage. So you need not worry if user deleting cookies. It is acceptable by all browsers.

Avoid Unnecessary Coding

If you are programmer who prefers no mess of coding and keep the code more descriptive then HTML5 is more suitable for you. HTML5’s semantics allow you keep separate meaning of code from different style and content.

In simple HTML code

And in HTML5 code

<div id=”header”> <h1>Header Text</h1><div id=”nav”><ul><li><a href=”#”>Link</a></li><li><a href=”#”>Link</a></li></ul></div></div> <header><h1>Header Text</h1><nav><ul><li><a href=”#”>Link</a></li><li><a href=”#”>Link</a></li></ul></nav>

&lt;/header&gt;<b></b>

You can see the clear difference and description of semantics in HTML5.

Simple DOCTYPE Header

The first problem in HTML coding you might be face with DOCTYPE. Generally you copy and paste this code from different websites/blogs. In HTML5 you need not worry for this problem. You need simply define below code above of your document:

<!DOCTYPE html>

That’s it. No extra value you need to enter in these tags with HTML5.

Support For Audio and Video

In audio and video, generally you need to install flash or any third party media. It is a good experience if you have your own media for audio and video support. In HTML5, you don’t need to use the <embed> and <object> tags and assign a huge list of parameters just to get the thing visible and correctly working. in HTML5, video and audio tags treat like an image; <video src=”URL”/> and you can easily put other parameters with this tags very easily like <video src=”url” width=”640px” height=”380px” autoplay/>. That’s it. Look at its simplicity. You don’t need to worry about other nasty parameters.

More User Friendly Accessibility Semantics

HTML5 provides the more easy readable semantics like HTML headings like <header>, <footer>, <nav>, <section>, <aside>, etc. It allows the screen readers to more readable contents. In other HTML, screen readers don’t have any clue to get content details even if we provide them different div ids to them.

Cross Browser Support

All modern browsers ((Chrome, Firefox, Safari IE9 and Opera)) support HTML5. You don’t need to define all HTML5 tags in you Document for really old browser like IE6 or any annoy. You just need to define like:

<!–[if lt IE 9]>

 <script src=”http://html5shiv.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/html5.js”></script>

<![endif]–>

Besides of all above benefits, you need to understand the latest code enhancement process. For HTML5, you don’t need to afraid. It’s just code enchantment of HTML4/CSS2. So get ready to convert you old HTML website to HTML5.