Web Design and Development Survey 2012 - The Results Are In!
by Ron Pruett
Recently Acquia sponsored .Net magazine’s Web Design and Development Survey 2012. The results are now in and below are some of the key findings. We were delighted by the response.
First, I’d like to say a big ‘THANK YOU’ to all of you who took the time to participate in this important research. It helps us focus our resources on supporting you and your businesses in order to deliver more successful web projects. The survey results provide a look inside the developer community giving us all a better understanding of what the future may hold - and why.
Both Acquia and .Net magazine were overwhelmed by the response. Nearly 3,000 web developers from 30 countries participated and provided a wealth of data on topics ranging from web expertise and salaries to software preferences and trends in upcoming projects. 68% of the respondents are based in the UK, USA and Canada. And, importantly, we received a healthy number from other countries as well. (The responses do reflect the .Net readership to a large extent. The publication is based in the UK).
The survey provides unique insight into the trends in the global web developer community. The .Net team created an excellent infographic http://www.netmagazine.com/news/results-net-survey-2012-122019; here are a few highlights that caught my eye:
- 83% of respondents prefer using open source instead of traditional proprietary software;
- More developers are using Drupal than the next three highest scoring CMS platforms combined;
- Over the next 12 months, 1 in 4 developers planned to use the open source social publishing and CMS platform Drupal;
- 63% of respondents said they believe an online community is important when considering a web design product;
- 72% of developers are currently using PHP in their web applications, more than four times the number using .Net at 17% and six time more than using Java at 13%;
- At 89%, iOS is the clear leader in operating systems used for creating mobile apps; and,
- Three most common project types are standards based sites, CMS-driven sites and responsive web design.
The results indicate that open source adoption is continuing to increase due to web developers’ preference for using tools that have a strong online community, readily available add-ons and are cost effective and easy to use.
This survey is also an important early indicator of web site and development trends that we can expect to see over the next 12 months. There is a clear indication that developers are turning to open source and to Drupal to help drive web innovations. It also highlights the impact mobile app development is having on the market and the increasing adoption of open standards and CMS-driven sites. So continue to keep your eye on mobile.
Further, the survey responses demonstrate that web developers require tools to develop next generation sites and mobile applications. As you’d expect, I am especially pleased to see the surge of interest among respondents to utilize Drupal for their web and content management needs. As the survey findings indicate, Drupal adoption has never been higher!
So thank you again for participating. To learn more, check out the full results of the Web Design and Development Survey at: http://www.netmagazine.com/news/results-net-survey-2012-122019