Web development is considered a broad term to mean designing a site for the internet. So it may include things such as web design, content development, client/server scripting, and many others. If you have a website, or planning to host one soon, it’s important that you know what’s currently going on in the industry. We’ve seen trends coming and going, and some have survived for quite long. For instance, there are trends that begun in 2012, and they are still actively being used today. Then there are others that didn’t make it past 2013.
Web development trends that won’t go away
Sites that receive massive traffic are always concerned with generating quality content, instead of dropping content on a finished website. Content is usually simple and minimalistic to provide visitors with the exact thing they want. So developing a site built around good content is likely to generate traffic and good conversions for the eCommerce websites.
Responsive web design
This trend begun back in 2012, and is here to stay forever. It works around an existing style to make a website responsive when being used on mobile devices. The generation of smartphone and tablets has seen many web developers create their websites in such a way that they can easily be accessed remotely, without the need for users to download special apps.
Inspired by the release of Windows 8, many websites are now focusing on content-first design, while keeping it simple. Many web designers now follow a theme similar to that of Windows Metro 8. This style arranges content into grid-style boxes, large icons and roll-over effects. It’s popular with photographers.
We first heard about it with iOS devices in 2012. It’s a way of saying that devices display liquid crystal clear content due to extreme high density pixel. The company claims that this technology is so complex that the human eye won’t notice the pixelation when the gadget is held on a typical viewing distance. There’s a segment of web users who browse using these products. In response to this, web developers now use CSS responsive design together with high-quality image resolutions to take advantage of this segment of the market.
Today, popular social media sites use this technique instead of having to subject users to load next page content manually. When you scroll, the page is able to automatically load more content once you reach the bottom. In web development, this is a popular trend because they simply want to improve the user experience instead of forcing them to load pages manually.
There are many ways in which web developers are improving user experience of sites they build. If you have an online business, this is also very important as you want users to stay longer on your site. The assumption is that if the browsing experience is flawless, then they will stay longer. Depending on the nature of business you are conducting on the web, your website needs may also vary. For example, if you are a photographer, your website won’t look like an eCommerce or a gambling website.