Friday, August 18th, 2006
In this new post from seomoz.org today, there’s a list of “5 real world examples” of Ajax usage out there on the internet today.
Recently AJAX has come to the forefront as the next “buzzword complaint” thing on the internet. Sometimes it seems that in order to be taken seriously, your site has to have some kind AJAX functionality built in. But, much like Flash and other such tools, AJAX should be used sparingly to compliment the design, function and content of a website — not dominate it. With this ethos in mind, I’d like to take a look at a few sites that use AJAX correctly, in hopes that other developers may do the same.
The five places he lists are:
- In Place Submission
- Malleable Content
- Sliders and Other Controls
- Draggable Content
Though no doubt anyone who’s been paying attention to the way the web has been working recently will know what each of these is about, he explains what they are and some sites they’ve been used on (comeplete with screenshot/animated GIF examples).
He does remind all developer out there of a good point – one that I think is getting more settled in now that the initial Ajax shock is wearing off:
This isn’t to say that extra goodies like a killer design won’t help you — they obviously will — but they aren’t strong enough to support the site on their own. Think of the extra goodies as the special features on a DVD.
Posted by Chris Cornutt at 7:30 am