It all started in 2010. HTML5 was born and slowly developed and hardly adopting into the world of WordPress. After some time it became widely used and considered as a proper way to enhance WordPress templates mostly for mobile web.
So what is HTML5?
It is basically an evolution of HTML developed since 2004. There have been many changes but most significant are adding header, footer, navigation bars, new form inputs or media elements which supports audio & video which is a great feature if you want to change the content.
To built mobile-friendly websites HTML5 is the right tool. In general it is helping to make websites faster and more interactive.
Back in 2011 there was the revolutionary theme called “Twenty Eleven” with new features of 3.0/3.2 and interesting design changes on top of that “Twenty Eleven” was the first one supporting HTML5 & CSS3 and that was truly a breakthrough. Additional support of these HTML5 tags <header>, <footer>, <aside>, <article>, <time> easily styled by using CSS gives more power and efficiency to developers who are able to create forms with various input types, support of different media formats.
After implementing HTML5 to the 'Twenty Eleven' most of the others themes did the same. That's how HTML5 was slowly making it's way to the top and nowadays it is a feature which is one of the most required when people are making decision whether to buy template or no. Check out collection of the Best HTML5 WordPress Themes.
HTML5 Frameworks can achieve things which were couple of years ago just dream unless you were a high skilled programming language user. With good WordPress theme frameworks 80% of your work is already done before you even begin and the rest is enough to make design unique. Here are some popular frameworks which also support HTML5.
- HTML5 WordPress Reset
- Handcrafted WP
On top of all these advantages out there exists hundreds of plugins making HTML5 even much more useful. You can insert HTML5 audio and video or change divs to HTML5 elements so you can create HTML5 forms. The opportunities are almost infinite.
Since 2010 there was slow progress in development in the beginning however after year 2011 the wheels started to spin much faster and HTML5 has made a significant mark into the WordPress which would never be the same as before 2011.