So you have heard of modular architecture, modular kitchen and even modular wardrobes! The approach works for websites in a way that fragmented elements of a design to fit into specific grid-based modules, instead of pre-coded templates. The process allows website administrators to re-use particular elements, as per the growing needs on an enterprise. Therefore, your website is always ready for the future- as a design and UI.
The conventional route for designing or redesigning websites has been via platforms like Wordpress, Drupal. These platforms make the whole structure of a website according to the definited choices of "templates". And it is by these templates that content management software systems truly manage the web pages, and ultimately that's how an entire website works.
Now, whatever goes on in a website, whether you add a new banner, change the layout in the fascia section, or just add a new Call to Action! It's all encompassed within the predefined or pre-coded template, and the layout will be the same, or will take a lot of work to revamp.
What the modular approach does here, is break down the rigidity of a template and make way for more flexible customization. Instead of a template, you get a "module", which comes with a set of grids in rectangular patterns, that look a lot like building blocks. It's by setting these grids together, that you can functionally design a website, with unique placement for each element and therefore, be able to craft a new design of your website uniquely, randomly and also cost effectively. The function requires a supportive CMS. We think Drupal is awesome in the process, Typo 3, Joomla are great examples as well.Work It Out With HTML and CSS
The designing and development radically work in a simultaneous pattern. The main orientation for modular websites to work out is through HTML and CSS coding languages. It not only works in sync with your design modules, but also makes up for incredibly seamless mobile friendly UXs!
It's better to get an MVC to be uploaded on a server, such as Rack and Express. Organise the choicest modules up on a "Page" and make your next masterpiece. This is a great way to demonstrate your ideas and offerings to a client, and also to satisfy their tiniest bits of demands in a fast and effective manner. You can pull it off without the need of a stack of technologies.Who Should Go For It!
Modular websites are ideal when you have something in your mind, however, if you or your clients have anything less than a sketched out definite vision of what you are going to create, then you are better off with predetermined templates. The rigidity of templates can also be seen as a definite pathway. Especially, when it comes to expansive websites of large organisations, and 100s of pages. Creating each one with the modular framework, may be a strenuous job, and for clients it can be more expensive than having a template. Therefore, modular websites may not be ideal for large scale eCommerce sites, entertainment sites and the likes. But of course, nothing is written in stone, so it's all about functionality and how you plan to execute the idea.