8 Web Development Trends to Watch Out for in 2017

8 Web Development Trends to Watch Out for in 2017
February 24, 2017 Itamar Gero

As the first quarter of the year rolls in, many are starting to see changes in the web design landscape. Some of those changes have been carried over from 2016, and some are making a comeback after being neglected for years. It’s important for web designers to know the latest trends, especially because site visitors are increasingly becoming particular about the appearance of the site they’re visiting.

It’s not enough that your website has quality content anymore. You should also design it with the following web development trends and tools in mind:

JavaScript

According to IBM, JavasScript is one of the best programming languages to learn for 2017 due to 94.4% of websites using the language and its ability to ensure user-friendly websites. With the update to Angular.js and the introduction of Vue 2.0 last year, plus the continued growth in popularity of React.js, Ember, and MeterJS, web developers will be knee-deep in JavaScript for many years to come.

Some of these frameworks will work for what developers need to accomplish – for instance, easy testing in the case of Angular.js or a more comprehensive framework like MeteorJS – while others may not. One thing is sure, JavaScript has been and will be the language of choice.

Artificial Intelligence

No, this doesn’t mean using robots to pedal your business to the public. This means using AI to develop software that thinks like the human brain and is capable of designing a website or an app without requiring additional manpower.                Sample AI Grid Web Design on Android

Source: Design with Grid – Sample AI Grid Web Design on Android

 

Probably the most successful application of AI in the field of web development right now is The Grid. Their AI, Molly, analyzes faces, colors, negative space, and even sentiments to create a gridsite. It usually takes less than three minutes for Molly to complete the site, waiting for feedback from the user, just like a regular web designer would.

Conversational UI

Conversing is a natural behavior for people, and this functionality is now a characteristic of most websites. Conversational UI in the form of chat boxes and IM apps define this trend. And who is surprised that we’ll reach this point, really?

With iPhone Messages, Facebook Messenger, and other messaging apps showing that people are big on communicating, it only seems natural that websites will follow suit. This also engages the site visitor. The idea that their queries will be addressed before they leave the website, even if their questions were just in the back of their minds, is a big hit for visitors.

Motion UI

Though static text conveys what the website wants to say, it’s all about being interactive these days. Motion UI and UX are highly recommended, with gestures such as swiping, stacking and squeezing becoming common options for site users.

Page Header Transitions

Source: Motion Design Trends – Page Header Transition

 

It’s not hard to design motion UI, and it offers flexibility in terms of the dimensions of the active area. There’s also no issue of whether it will load fully and quickly if you’re using enhanced navigation and optimizing everything.

Virtual Reality

Like motion UI and conversational UI, virtual reality is also taking the web design world by storm. This enhances the experience of the user, making it more than just immersive and interactive. According to a blog published on Designmodo, virtual reality will make the development of “tangible” design elements easier. One example of its application is in the retail industry, with online shops being able to render clothes in 3D images to show just how they will look on the shoppers.

Static Website Generators

Back in 2015, StaticGen already predicted that static website generators will be the next big thing. While static websites are not new and relatively simpler than interactive websites, they are carefully designed, allowing the segmentation of a website into different layouts. This lets site owners get rid of duplicate headers, footers, and navigation elements. Essentially, what you get is a website that loads faster because of the absence of dynamic resource allocation. With everything saved in plain text instead of in a database, data allocation is also not a problem.

Rails 5

Released in June of 2016, after four betas and six months of polishing, Rails’ best version is ready to be used this 2017. Rails 5, which is the product of the collaborative work of hundreds of contributors, has two important features: Action Cable and API mode.

A brand new feature, Action Cable allows for the handling of Websockets and handles both server-side processing and client-side interactions. To see this at work, check out Basecamp 3. API mode, on the other hand, allows you to build full-stack applications using server-side rendering of HTML templates, with the assumption that you will use JSON.

Angular 2

Angular 2, the latest version of Google’s MV framework, gives site developers everything they need for mobile apps or complicated front-end web designing. Its features include fast rendering of templates, data management, form handling, and HTTP services.

Sample Angular 2 App Module

Source: Learn Angular 2 – Sample App Module

 

It takes in-depth knowledge to design a fully functional website. The more complicated your features get, the harder it is to make sure every element works seamlessly with the overall design. Above all, it’s important to find a balance of functionality and style. After all, you want to cater to your clients’ needs, and you want to look good while doing it.