5 Critical Web Development Changes Every IT Programmer Should Know in 2018
Whether you are a web developer, a software programmer or a new tech startup, change is a continuous beast in web development technology. We’ve highlighted the 5 web development trends we think need watching out for in 2018.
Real-Time Web Apps
A common feature in programming languages like Node.js, real-time web apps offer users fast interaction to share information very quickly. Before real-time web apps, users had to manually check back to if anything new had appeared. The ability to send information directly to users, like in sports scores apps or real-time retail app promotions, has become almost standard in mobile app technology, but now might be the time for it to appear in other websites too. This connection has also now been incorporated into many organiser web apps, even Ruby – which relies heavily on the server – has used it within the latest Basecamp app.
Having all your content on one scrolling page isn’t new, but its attraction is certainly more popular than ever. There are benefits to having all your content on one page including fewer challenges for the user and no complex navigation. Plus, it works well on smartphones, where scrolling is the easiest navigation mode. For businesses that need to educate their users and demonstrate knowledge, a one-page scrolling website presents practical advantages in that users won’t skip relevant pages but read through the information consecutively. It can offer essential information in a much more engaging manner for mobile users.
For businesses, this design can be incorporated to help conversion and they tend to be much cheaper to develop too.
Motion User Interface
Continuing with the theme of simplicity, features like motion UI have become increasingly popular as users start to become annoyed with flashing ads and in-your-face graphics. That’s why websites with more moderate design aspects are getting the limelight. Having a unique animation incorporated into the website offers a distinguishing feature. Add this alongside page header transitions, animated charts and diagrams, background animations, and modular scrolling and the trend is clearly geared towards a much more enjoyable experience for the website user.
Push Notifications For Mobile Websites
Enabling push notifications allow messages to be delivered to the user’s home screen can be great for prompting immediate action by engaging users. However, this has usually been through a mobile app. More recently this idea has become more popular for mobile websites too. It has three big benefits; it’s cheaper than developing a separate app; it can keep users engaged without huge marketing efforts, and it can help redirect the user to the website. Push-notifications is right at the start of its journey through UI and 2018 will be the year this technology really manages to exploit.
Progressive Web Apps
As people transfer their browser viewing to mobile technology, it makes sense to ensure that web technology keeps pace. Progressive apps use the same features of an internet browser but give them a mobile application. This ensures minimal load speeds, notification ready, and being able to work both online and offline. Progressive web apps can be designed a lot faster than mobile applications too, and the benefits of going do are experienced by both developer and user.