Top 5 Trends in Web Development for 2017

By Michelle Russell
18 Jul '17

Every year as new technology emerges, development trends for mobile apps and websites evolve and change with it. Developers and small business owners are scrambling to keep websites relevant and engaging for a memorable user experience. It is important to update your website design and development features every few years--or less--to stay on trend with the industry’s standards in web development. Utilizing a great development team to help you do so is the first step towards achieving the best results for your business.

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As a starting point, we’ve rounded up the top 5 trends in web development in 2017 so far:

1. Artificial Intelligence

More developers and business owners are starting to hone in on Artificial Intelligence (or AI) to enhance user experience. Artificial Intelligence possesses the capability to better understand and communicate with site visitors. By implementing it into your website you can better communicate with customers and identify what they want faster. This can make the purchasing and ordering process much easier and smoother for all e-commerce stores.

2. Static Website Generators

Static Website Generators take content that is stored in flat files--like plain text--as opposed to databases to generate a static HTML-only website. This allows for greater flexibility, performance, and reliability that is limited in CMS websites. Essentially, you don’t need a database to create your website; and so developers are beginning to lean towards SSG for this reason.

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3. Yarn Package Manager

Package managers make it easier for developers to install, update, and configure code from a global registry into the developer’s local network. Yarn Package Manager was developed by Facebook in collaboration with Exponent, Google, and Tilde. Yarn was developed to be more secure and reliable in comparison to other more popular JavaScript package managers like NPM.

4. Internet of Things (IOT)

The Internet of Things is essentially connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet for symmetry and ease of use for users. Developer’s are now moving towards developing applications and websites that can interact with these IOT devices as more users adopt them and they grow in popularity.

5. Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality allows users to immerse themselves into a virtual environment with computer software and typically a wearable headset. Virtual Reality has been largely adopted by the gaming industry and has since grown in popularity. Great Internet Browsers are now in the works of developing their own VR applications which will allow users to browse the web all in virtual space.

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