The way websites are designed and developed has undergone a lot of changes in the past few years. Earlier, mostly HTML and JAVA were used to design the websites, but they were less interactive, lacked behind on the creative front and was less intuitive. The introduction of PHP and Content Management System (CMS) changed the face of web development forever. CMS such as Joomla, Drupal, SharePoint and WordPress are hugely popular and used widely by webmasters to develop websites. It helps in the creation and maintenance of the content of a website. It also eliminates the requirement of the knowledge of coding.
Another facet of web development which has changed is the increasing importance of content. Content was always an important aspect of marketing, and more and more marketers are realizing its importance now. The reason it has gained so much importance is that marketing has become more customer-centric. The importance of having a website has also increased, and it has become a lifeline for the survival of any business. These reasons have led to newer trends in web development, and there will be many more to come in the future.
Some of these trends in web development have become so major and so popular that they are here to stay in the market for a long time. Here are some of the trends which changed the web development game forever:
Web Development Trends For A Long Time
#1. Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already changed the way businesses interact with their consumers. Earlier, it was limited to industries such as Science, Tech and Medicine, but now it has also made its presence felt in the IT industry. The potential of AI is huge and is being used to make websites more interactive, automated and personalized. It was pioneered by Facebook and Google, and is being used by many apps and sites nowadays. A widely used example of AI is face recognition, which is used by many devices and apps nowadays. Perhaps the best example is the Facebook photo-tagging feature.
The power of AI can be gauged by the fact that it can automate many functions of websites and devices. This makes the design of the website more intuitive, interactive, as well as easy to use for the user. Most importantly, its high accuracy and efficiency enhances user experience and delivers exactly what the user wants, thus increasing your brand’s value.
With so many benefits, it would not be difficult to say that AI is here to stay, and it is only getting better with each passing day.
#2. Internet of Things (IoT)
The next big advancement in the digital world today, Internet of Things (IoT) is all about making devices smart and enabling them to communicate with its users by being connected to the internet. IoT has been put to a wide variety of uses like smart TVs and refrigerators, which can answer a user’s query by interacting with him. It helps to disseminate content to the user, without restricting it to only PC’s, mobiles or laptops.
In future, the importance of IoT is only going to grow. Web developers may want to develop apps which can remotely control household devices and help in dissemination of content to the users.
Ever since its inception in 1995, Java has been one of the most popular and widely used programming languages due to its portability, i.e., “write once, run anywhere” feature. In 2016, it was one of the most popular programming languages in use, particularly for client-server web applications, with reportedly 9 million web developers.
The rapid growth of Java has allowed developers to work on chatbots, virtual reality (VR) and many other emerging tech trends.
The growth of Java has also enabled the improvement the overall language, grammar and efficiency of the apps. This indicates that it is here to stay.
#4. Static Site Generators
Static Site Generators (SSGs) are softwares which take content from markdown files instead of a database, and produces a completely static website ready to be served by HTML or other web servers. The main advantage it provides is that you don’t need to create a database in order to create a website. You can create a static website directly from the text stored in files. Its other advantages are that it reduces the website loading time, provides better security and makes dissemination of content to the user much easier.
#5. Virtual Reality (VR)
Technology is slowly diminishing the lines between the virtual world and the real world. And virtual reality (VR) is a technology which is just able to do that. VR is not a new trend in the digital industry, and many big players like Google are using it in their APIs to make VR transition into the web. But the latest development in the world of VR is that many web developers are using it in their apps, and it is being used by various industries. For example, it is being used by the real estate industry to enable their consumers to take a virtual tour of the property that they want to take possession of, or about to get possession of.
Virtual Reality (VR) is a very common term to hear nowadays, and is so widely used by different industries since it helps companies to provide a superior user experience, which in turn increases their loyalty for the company.
#6. Graphics Interchange Format (GIFs)
GIFs have become so popular that everyone might have gone through it once, or – at the very least – heard about it. It is considered a fun way of communication, and is widely used across social media platforms and chat boxes. Cashing on its popularity, many brands have utilized it to market their content on social media platforms, websites, or other types of medium on the web. And the response they have received is overwhelming!
In the coming times, GIFs are only going to be used in a bigger way. Web developers can use it in their sites or apps,for better engagement with users. And since it uses pictorial representation, it can convey the message better than plain text to a consumer.
We all might have come across a bot without even realizing it. Bot is an umbrella term given to a group of softwares which use Artificial Intelligence (AI) to automate repetitive tasks. Using bots is not new, and it is used by many big brands and companies. For example, Facebook uses chatbots to engage with users by personally communicating with them.
With advancements in technology, bots are being improved to create more personalized and better user experiences. Bots are able to respond in a more “human-like” way with a user. This can be a great marketing advantage for businesses. Hence, web developers can use various bots in their sites or apps to automate the repetitive marketing tasks and create personalized user experiences. This will enhance the user experience, and keep them engaged with a brand for a long time.
These are some of the major web development trends which were buzzwords in the tech industry last year, and have gained momentum from then till now. And going their popularity, we are sure they are here to stay for quite some time!
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