Web Development Trends for 2021
The internet today hosts around 1.9 billion websites from topics like ‘Best nursery school’ to Astrophysics. In such a scenario, not developing the websites as per recent trends will leave one website far behind another in terms of engagement because surveys reveal that around 38% of the website visitors stop their engagement if the layout of the site is either unattractive or unfriendly in terms of usage. It is also important to note that web development trends have rapid change and often change even before the developers can implement them. So it is essential to keep track of the difference with appropriate prediction and anticipation of future trends. The most important is to hire the right web development company which will use the latest web development trends in the entire development process.
The rise of COVID- 19 also has initiated tremendous changes in layouts of business as many businesses have taken up non–contact online mode, and the ‘new-normal scenario’ has forced us to cope with such sudden and rapid changes. Developers who have taken considerations of such all-round views are definite of success. We have thus selected and listed the top web developing trends to anticipate and notice in 2021 in the new digital era of ‘new normal’.
Progressive Web Applications
Progressive web apps (PWA) are becoming increasingly important as the number of internet users through mobile is steadily increasing. PWAs are a web app with distinctive features which makes it mobile-friendly. The availability of push notifications, which are one of the prime digital marketing trends, allows the user to have an app like interface without downloading an app. Reports also show that PWAs have a higher conversion rate than other native apps. Examples include sites of Twitter Lite, ZEE5, Pinterest etc. Note the usage of PWAs in sites where people stay for long, much like the apps.
Accelerated Mobile Pages
Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMPs) are different from PWAs mainly in their speed of loading, user interface and user experience. Primarily intended to aim at mobile users, AMPs are developed without complex coding using plugins. Examples include sites of BMW, CNBC, India Today. Note the usage of AMPs in fields of extensive public interaction like the media houses.
Single Page Websites
Having the edge of minimal maintenance, security and easy navigation without the need of downloading multiple webpages from the server by the user, Single page websites or single-page applications (SPAs) are growing in popularity. It helps significantly ineffective brand marketing, faster loading of web pages, smooth and unique user experiences, mobile-friendliness and enhanced conversion rate. Examples include sites of Apple, Google, Facebook. Note how the big brands always use SPAs to enhance their conversion rates and brand value.
Chatbots are software applications which use natural language programming (NLP) to replace human to human interactions. Chatbots are extensively utilized in handling sales support systems. Chatbots mainly collect questions from the users, analyze and find answers to them, on the unavailability of which they transfer the question to an appropriate authority. Developers in coming years are also going to pounce upon the ideas of voice- speech recognition and cognitive intelligence to enhance the Conversational maturity quotient, Emotional intelligence and multiple channels handling features of it.
Internet of Things (IoT)
IoT is the network of physical objects or things, which are embedded with sensors, software, and other technologies to connect and exchange data with other devices and systems over the internet. IoT has been increasingly popular due to its technologies of cloud-based tools and serverless technologies, which allows the webpages to be faster, smoother and secured in terms of data transmission of private information.
Voice-enabled E-Commerce Technologies
The rise and popularity of smart speakers have also boosted the technologies of voice recognition and speech recognition using cognitive intelligence. Voice commerce helps consumers to seek information regarding products, to make purchases from their smart speakers and accessing the product information over such speakers and quickly purchasing through apps or websites. Organizations like Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, Google are using this technology extensively to boost their business.
Appearing in 2015, RAIL- Response, Animation, Idle & Load Model is going to influence web development heavily in 2021. The model is divided into four parts of- to respond (process) within 100 milliseconds, to complete every frame of animation (scrolling and dragging) in 16 milliseconds, to load the critical portions of the page initially and the idle or less essential parts later, and to load the navigation bar- home screen in the first second. The concept of Rail focuses on instant feedback, a feeling of seamless animation, and quick execution of all actions.
There you go!! The list of most important web development trends to anticipate in the coming year of 2021. All it awaits is just to get implemented appropriately. Remember always to be adaptive and improvising with additional focus on the most critical factor to shape web development in 2021- the Mobile First Approach.