Latest Trends In Web Development And Future Predictions

Web development is a broad term for the work involved in developing a web site for the Internet (World Wide Web) or an intranet (a private network). Web development cover all the people who plan, build, and manage a website. The Web development process include Web design, Web content development, Client-side/server-side scripting and network security configuration, among other tasks. However, web development more specifically refers to non-design aspect of building a website i.e. writing markup and coding.

Progressive Web Applications

This technology first introduce in 2015. The next year we met the pioneers of this technology, and in 2017 progressive Web Applications seem to have become the major competitor of native mobile apps.

Progressive Web Application are websites that feel like native mobile apps but developed in Web. There are some well establish technologies like ReactJS

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Whenever there is a mention of the future of web development, you cannot lack the topic of artificial intelligence. Right now, it will not just be a mention because there have been a lot of advancements and research in the AI field in recent years. Google DeepMind built the first program, AlphaGo, which beat a professional Go player. Most of the largest corporations such as Microsoft, Google and Facebook are releasing artificial intelligence programs to the users. This technology is already being used in applications such as Google to improve search and by Wikipedia in identification of articles that have been damaged or are inaccurate.

Since this technology is becoming easier to access, we can all expect to see more web developers using it in their work. For instance, you can expect to get an artificial intelligent web designer that will ask you about colors, branding, content and layout and it will give you a website. The machine will be learning as it does thing for a better implementation in future.

Online customer support

2016 was the year of chatbots. 2018 will be the year of helpful chatbots. Since there are thousands of bots out now, the quality of their services will be the next web development trend.

The prediction is that 85% of all customer interactions will proceed without human assistance till 2020.

A customer service chatbot becomes a must on almost every website. Whether you are selling electronics, crocheted toys or software development services, you should have a chatbot.

Single-page websites

Another web development trend for simplicity is single-page websites. This solution allows putting all the content onto one long scrollable page, removing any clutter.

One-page websites have a bunch of advantages. They don’t challenge the visitor with complex navigation, multi-level menu, and tons of text. The essential information is all on one page. The user only has to scroll to it.

Of course, the use-cases of single-pagers are limited. This type of website will not suit e-commerce projects and blogs. At the same time, businesses can significantly benefit, presenting their services in a simplified and more engaging manner.

Motion UI

Simplicity is the trend in recent years. This is also true for web design. Users are already tired of crazy GIFs and flashing ads, that’s why websites with moderate design get more appreciation.

At the same time, sophisticated motion UI is becoming more popular. Animations allow to add more style and enable you to distinguish your website from the thousands of others with the static UI.

There are several ways to add some life to your minimalistic website. Consider page header transitions, nice hovers, animated charts, background animations and modular scrolling. These and many other elements may make your web presence much more enjoyable for users. The true artwork!

JavaScript – Angular 2 and Angular 4

JavaScript is the number one programming language for web applications. With dozens of JS-related technologies already existing and still in development, it will even strengthen its positions. The highly anticipated release of the last years Angular 2 becomes highly appreciated in modern web development.

JavaScript was designed for simpler tasks as it was created in just 3 weeks, but the community has taken the level of JS to a different level and that’s the reason we (web developers) shifted from developing those classic old school websites to powerful web-apps.

  • AJAX came in to load data dynamically from the server without loading the page.
  • jQuery came in to make JavaScript very fast and easy to write.
  • NodeJS came in for us to use JS on server-side.
  • ReactJS came in and revolutionized web development by many means.
  • and the list goes on…

PHP 7.x – Laravel 5.x

PHP remains the popular choice for website backend development for many years to come . PHP has improved its positions even further after the release of version 7.x. The latest update of the PHP framework Laravel 5.x is a recognized web development trend in 2018.

Laravel is the most popular open-source PHP web framework. All the benefits of it can be fully experienced on dynamic websites with complicated backend.

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