Web development is one of the most dynamic industries where trends keep changing to a greater or lesser extent almost every year. Whether it’s a programming language or the latest technology, something or the other keeps disrupting leading to some exciting innovations in the web development world.
Keeping an eye on web development fads is a surefire way to survive the ever-rising competition and get noticed. After a lot of research and brainstorming, I have gathered top web development trends which will dominate 2019 and years to come.
- Accelerated mobile pages (AMP)
- Single page applications
- Progressive web apps (PWA)
- Motion UI
- Block chain technology
- Artificial intelligence (AI)
Let’s take a look at them in detail:
#1. Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)
According to Statista, 62% of users access the internet using their mobile phones. The number of smartphone users is expected to reach 2.8 billion by 2020. Google was ahead of its time when it introduced Accelerated Mobile Pages Project in 2015 to enhance the mobile browsing experience.
The mobile friendliness update was mainly due to the fact that 70% of web traffic comes from mobile users. It’s a good idea to optimize your pages for mobile users for a faster mobile experience. In a nutshell, AMP optimized pages load faster and rank better.
#2. Single Page Application (SPA)
The benefits of SPAs include fewer interruptions, decreased development time, boost performance to name a few. It works quite well among other user devices such as smartphones, tablets, and desktop apps. Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, GitHub, Google Maps are some popular examples of single page applications.
#3. Progressive Web Apps (PWA)
Progressive web apps are still one of the hottest buzzwords of 2019 in the web development world. As discussed in the first point, mobile dominate other devices such as desktops and tablets. There is a well-established need for businesses to target mobile customers and progressive web apps seem to be the perfect starting point for it.
In layman’s terms, PWAs are like websites that help you provide the same functionality and user experience to native apps. These modern applications come with a high level of functionality and can load instantly irrespective of the browser and network state. The best part is that it eliminates the need to develop apps for different platforms such as Android, iOS, and web. Flipkart, Alibaba, Forbes have already embraced the concept of PWAs and are reaping its benefits.
Want to know more about them? Here are 10 case studies proving that progressive web apps are the future of web development.
#4. Motion UI
The demand for interactive web design is increasing day by day. Today’s users want a visually compelling and interactive website. Don’t believe me? As per a report, 38 percent of visitors will stop engaging with a website if the content or layout is boring or unattractive.
Motion UI is something that can help your website stand out from the crowd. Thus, motion UI library is one of the trends that’s making waves this year and will continue to do so for the coming years due to its dynamic graphics including background animations, impressive headers, charts, and much more. The best thing is that it’s very flexible and works with any JavaScrip framework
#5. Blockchain Technology
The blockchain technology is expected to bring some mammoth changes in the web industry. It’s safe to assume that you would have heard about cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Etherium). Yes? Let me tell you that blockchain technology is the next advanced step in that direction.
By definition, it is a decentralized system that allows for the fast, secure, and transparent peer-to-peer transfer of digital goods. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure Blockchain Service are some widely-known technology companies that have started offering a blockchain as a service facility.
There has been a sudden boom in the popularity of chatbots in the web development industry. According to Sitepoint, chatbots are computer programs powered by machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) that anyone can interact with to get things done or find information and services.
If you want to target customers the right way, getting a smart, automated chat-based software will be a wise move for your business. Customers prefer interactive interface, try bringing necessary functions at one place instead of asking them to jump from one page to another. That said, the full potential of chatbots in web development is yet to be seen.
#7. Artificial Intelligence (AI)
Artificial intelligence has been the talk of the town from quite some time. Simply put, artificial intelligence is the machines which are designed and programmed in such a manner that they think and act like a human. In so many ways, AI is pushing the envelope in a way technology works and operates.
It is helping web developers to make better interactions with users, provide seamless customer experience with a human touch, and engage in effective marketing to target customers better. To quote Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, “Artificial Intelligence is a core, transformative way by which we’re rethinking how we’re doing everything.”
The dynamic nature of the web development industry gives birth to new frameworks, design trends, app advancements to meet the incessant needs of customers every day. Embracing these technologies and trends will help your business thrive and achieve success.
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