02 Apr 4 Trends in Web Development to Watch Out for in 2018
Web development is the nimble person’s game. You always have to be on top of the latest trends if you are to avoid obsolesce. In light of that, let’s have a look at some of the major trends that will be playing a key role in web development in 2018.
Bye bye, Flash
You probably remember the heydays of flash. There was a time when you absolutely had to download Adobe’s offering if you wanted to look at motion aspects like animation on websites. Alas, every good thing comes to an end, and so it is with Flash. The once revolutionary software is now no longer even compatible with most mobile devices. And you know that’s not something you can overlook, considering the fact that most people browse the internet using some sort of mobile device. If you don’t cater to your mobile users, you’re going to be losing out on a major chunk of the market. In any case, Adobe recently announced that their Flash player will not be distributed or even updated post-2020.
All of this means that if you don’t want to lose out on traffic, particularly on your mobile site, you need to replace all the Flash on your site with HTML5, the new universal web format.
Speaking of Motion User Interface…
The next big thing in terms of motion user interface is mobile user interface. While this was originally specifically designed for use on mobile apps, it has taken a life of its own, as it allows websites to use transitions and animations in order to guide users to important components in a stylish manner. It’s also extremely customizable, meaning it gives web developers any number of options to create a site that’s both functional and gorgeous to look at.
These began gaining in currency in 2018, and have since become poised to become a gargantuan trend in 2018 as well. Single-page websites comprise simply of one long webpage that you navigate through by either scrolling or by clicking on links that let you jump to that specific section. The increase in popularity of this trend can be attributed to its simplicity. Rather than make the user trawl through a deep menu, it provides the most intuitive possible way of navigating through a website. Additionally, it works well within the mobile site context, since scrolling is the most common navigation method there. On top of everything, it’s also cheap to both develop as well as host.
Chatbots allow the website to converse with users, meaning that the website can remain connected to its users every hour of the day without employing customer service every hour of the day. Chatbots have been around for a while, but it only now that they have evolved to the point that they can direct people to information, answer common user questions, or even guide users along a transaction. Consumers are gradually becoming more comfortable with using these, and so they’ll just keep gaining popularity.
By keeping yourself abreast of the latest trends in web development, you should be able to offer your visitors an enhanced user experience, which should cause you web rankings to soar.
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