There is no internet without websites. So obviously nothing can stop the incredible progress of web development at present. Hot trends keep coming out every year making way for an evolution for websites that, at the very least, is eye candy. Most of these trends provide better control for users while businesses can cater to their customers’ and prospects’ needs more effectively.
That said, here are a few of the most promising web development trends that will possibly garner a lot of praise next year as well.
Any list that features the top trends for web development would be incomplete without artificial intelligence.
The global AI market is expected to cross $15 billion by 2019, and a whopping $40 billion by 2024.
With the age of the AI upon us, web development is also reaping benefits. There are already quite a few AI-driven apps and devices out there designed to think like humans. Applying this in a website can be challenging. For instance, face recognition. Facebook uses it to tag photos without needing the user to do so. AI in a website would make it independent, as in it won’t need a lot of manpower behind it. This would lead to increased efficiency, accuracy, and in fact a much better user experience.
Long story short, imagine a website that assesses a user behavior and help him/her navigate to the page in the website they would be more interested in. And, AI-driven online customer support for businesses.
It’s been evolving since 2016 and this evolution now allows developers to develop chatbots, virtual reality and whatnot – all new design trends. It didn’t become the most popular language among full stack developers for nothing.
Combining the more recent statistically typed TypeScript that can compile to JS, the possibilities are impressive.
Static Site Generators
Another great technology that allows one to create websites in a jiffy. Static site generators create website from the text stored in files, and hence don’t require databases. The files would be running on your servers. Enhanced security, faster loading time and easier deployment of templates and content add to the benefits.
VR became a big player in the video game industry in a short span of time. The technology offers many possibilities including an engaging user experience. This could be why tech giants like Google chose to invest on it. Reportedly, Google is working on APIs that can help integrate VR to the web in innovative ways. A VR-driven user interface in a website can also be leveraged for marketing.
Conversational UI and Bots
Bots give a personalized user experience and is vital for the ‘conversational commerce’ trend at present. New gen bots react more like humans now thanks to AI. This year, developers started exploring ways to make bots better so users would feel like they are talking to humans instead of a program. We will soon be at an age where bots will assist website visitors navigate with a pleasant experience; another trait to leverage for marketing.
Evidently, web development is becoming more proactive shifting focus towards user needs and experience. With the developers pooling in more creativity to accelerate web development to better standards, users can look forward to seeing websites and web apps serve their purpose in innovative ways. Fine browsing experience awaits us next year.