Top 10 Web Development Trends to Follow in 2019
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If we, for a moment, put flashy and glittery tech news aside and filter out futuristic yet still inaccessible ideas like space journeys, Self-driving cars etc, then the most worked upon tech you would find would be related to web development.
Web and mobile development is a field that keeps getting new trends and innovations every year, which not only changes the way people perform their personal, social, and business-related tasks, but makes it easy for developers to create impactful solutions efficiently.
Thus, it’s essential for decision-makers to get familiar with new trends to sharpen their knowledge and keep their place among the rising competition. Today, we are going to talk about the top ten trends that changed the software development industry.
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1. Progressive Web Apps (PWA)
Enterprises that are involved in developing mobile sites and native applications by leveraging technological advancements can benefit from progressive web apps. By far, it is the hottest web development trend of 2019. It encourages the world wide web towards creating a better browsing experience for users.
Progressive web apps are general web applications that appear to users like a mobile app, but they are actually web pages and websites that just behave like a mobile app. PWA focuses on providing native-like experience to users of all platforms on all devices.
According to a recent study, mobile dominates over other devices in terms of internet usages and website browsing. Not only that, the gap between using mobile apps and mobile browsers is enormous. To give an estimate, we can say that mobile apps account for more than 70% of the overall time users spend with their gadgets.
Some of the well-recognized companies that have implemented PWA include Alibaba, Twitter, Virgin America, Forbes, etc. The significant advantage of using PWA is that your brand becomes more visible to the audience with a stronger identity. The popular technologies used in PWA are Angular, Polymer, and React.
2. Artificial Intelligence and Bots
As you know, businesses work across different time zones and provide representation on various continents, which makes customer support service both complicated and costly, especially if we consider the 24x7 model. But, with the recent developments, businesses have moved to automated, instant client support.
Most of you might have figured out that chatbots work with the concept of artificial intelligence and machine learning. In the upcoming years, the idea of chatbots and machine learning will become more comprehensive than ever before, especially for web design and development industry.
There are multiple surveys that show that chatbots are used to provide quick response and solutions to customer queries. AI performs cognitive functions for humans, such as the ability to learn, analyze information, collect data, understand emotions, and solve challenging problems, which makes chatbots the perfect addition to web development.
Major vendors like Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Google, and Amazon are investing significantly in artificial intelligence as well as machine learning. The following technologies that can be used to build bots for your website include Facebook Bot Engine, Microsoft Bot Framework, and Dialog flow.
3. Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)
Google constantly implements new technologies to improve users' mobile browsing experience. In 2015, Google introduced accelerated mobile pages project to the public, which has now evolved and become a new technology of its own.
The purpose of AWP is to reduce the load time of web pages or building websites that load quickly and work flawlessly across all devices. The loading time for AMP pages is considered to be two seconds, whereas a regular web page could take as long as 22 seconds to load.
Accelerated web pages offer a significant advantage over standard web pages because when your web pages load faster, users will be delighted to browse your site. Also, it will help in improving the search engine ranking of your web app.
To introduce AMP technology to your website, you will have to use AMP HTML open-source framework. As Google first introduced this concept, it has provided detailed documentation on how to build AMP web pages.
4. Single Page Application
Most companies use single page applications because of the additional waiting time associated with loading multiple pages. Granted, the page may take more time to load in comparison with multi-paged web apps, however when total time of the user’s overall journey on the website is taken into account, the time saved in forgoing rendering of multiple pages become significant. It also makes building responsive websites easier.
Examples of SPAs are Gmail, Facebook, and GitHub. The technologies used in SPAs include React and Angular frameworks, which make it ideal for hybrid apps.
5. Voice Search Optimization
Voice search has already had a significant impact on web development, making it one of the successful trends in 2019, so we simply cannot ignore it. As per a report by Gartner, more than 20% of searches will be done without typing anything on the screen by 2020, due to the rise of smart speakers every year.
Even in 2019, we are getting devices that come with the Google Assistant button, making it easier for users to turn on voice recognition on their device. So, it’s not too far when voice search will be at its peak in web development. By 2020, we can assume that voice commerce sales can grow up to $5 billion in the UK, and $40 billion in the US.
Considering multiple research reports and the actual situation of the market, we can say that voice search optimization is one of the growing web development trends that cannot be ignored. Chances are, it will become a part of your SEO or tech strategies as soon as possible.
To implement voice search optimization to your site, you can use Web Search API that is divided into two components — speech recognition and speech synthesis. Speech recognition allows your website to recognize the voice of users and then respond to their queries, whereas, speech synthesis enables scripts to read text content.
6. Motion UI
Motion UI is something offers dynamic graphics and animation for interactive web design. In short, it can differentiate your web app design even with a minimalistic website by providing an elegant interface. And if you do proper research and implementation, it can do wonders for your site’s conversion rate.
Motion UI is one of the best web trends of 2019, as it gives you an easy solution to capture visitor’s attention. With Motion UI library, you can incorporate animated charts, background animations, hovers, and eye-catching headers.
Using Motion UI elements will not only make your website stand out, but it will also enhance user engagement by encouraging active user interaction and improving site usability. It is an added advantage for developers because they get multiple alternatives to craft a functional and remarkable site.
7. Automation Testing
We know automation testing has been there for a few years, but the latest innovations in it have made it to the trending list once again. From unit testing to cross browser testing of web apps, a lot of things have been changing in the web development testing. For instance, earlier you had to set up an environment on your system to perform testing of your web app, but it’s not the same now.
Multiple extensions and APIs for web app testing are available in the market, making it is easy for developers to test their websites. For example, LambdaTest that comes with Chrome, WordPress extension, and Screenshot API, allows users to test their web pages without writing any external scripts.
9. Blockchain Technology
With the popularity of Bitcoin throughout 2019, many of you might have got an idea of Blockchain and its impact on the entire web development industry.
It is believed that by 2020, Blockchain will bring radical changes in the web industry. Blockchain is an open and distributed ledger that is known for providing safe and protected online transactions by eradicating the need for liaisons. It uses ordinary data storage to help individuals store their data in different locations around the world.
Due to the high level of protection, many multinational banks and organizations are planning to invest in Blockchain. Also, it is helpful in reducing financial business costs, lowering the frequency of transaction settlement, and improving cash flow that is backed up by transparent records.
10. Internet of Things
According to a report by Statista, it is believed that the number of connected devices in 2025 will be more than 30 billion. This immense growth in IoT devices will directly impact web development because companies will control such devices from a desktop or laptop.
IoT will open multiple opportunities for businesses and allow them to increase efficiency with high accuracy. Also, for providing better services to customers, it has become essential to integrate devices with websites. And it’s not only developers that will be involved in the creation of these devices; we will also be equal participants in developing apps that use, analyze, and display devices’ data.
IoT will also bring a lot of challenges with it, especially for the security of data, so developers will have a lot to face. Although only a few websites or web apps are using IoT integration, in the coming days, almost every web site will start integrating it for better customer experience.
Web development is a field that will never go out of the industry. In fact, it will keep evolving and changing with time, as new technologies are coming to the industry. Also, developers are getting more advanced with these technologies, as it allows them to build applications or web sites in a much better way. In this article, we highlighted the top ten trends in the web development for 2019 that are slaying the web market.
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