Web development has continued to evolve since its inception in the early days. Every new year brings in new concepts, new advancements or new trends, most times for the good and sometimes for the bad. However, one of the major lessons learned all these years is that one needs to embrace the changes with both hands, instead of letting them go.
While 2018 has arrived, everyone is looking ahead to a vibrant and transforming year for web development and Joomla. Web applications over these years have been switching to a minimalistic approach and seem very standardised now. However, some new promising and exhilarating trends that will leave significant marks in 2018 are explained below.
Interfaces have always been a prior concern for web app developers. It is pointless in having a great design or a cool website if the users could find out what they want. User Interfaces helps the web developers to use animations, graphics or illustrative translations that will show them certain actions or gestures using which they can navigate to another page. Interfaces in motion opened the door for widespread customisation on web applications, offering the developer with many options to make them engaging and functional.
Many sites are coming up with one long page, navigating which means simply scrolling up and down and using the links to move to a particular section. With outright simplicity, there is no chances of intricate navigation or innumerable menus to tour on. This kind of websites tends to rule in 2018 as it goes well with both desktops or smartphones offering easiest navigation and is also inexpensive to develop.
Implications of Split Screen layouts
The concept of Split Screen layouts has surfaced recently in the sphere of web development which empowers developers to add vibrant backgrounds, split layouts with contrasting colours and precise distribution of elements. The year 2018 is looking ahead to more implications of split screens as they gives an impression of the existence of backgrounds beyond the edge of desktop or mobile screen too which is quite real.
One of the prior aims of introducing web application is to remain connected with the users or visitors and Chatbots are gaining great momentum in web applications for it. It comes as a text or voice chat integration/software which enables the web app to stay in touch with its visitors 24×7. Thus, the evolution of chatbots provided them great opportunities, i.e. answer the queries and confusions of the customers, redirect them to a particular page or aid them if something goes wrong during transactions.
Progressive web applications
Progressive web apps work with mobile interfaces and leverage the feature of internet browsers. Without a doubt, such an approach has many advantages like offline activity, minimum load time with most information preserved on the phone’s cache memory, higher reliability and receiving of notifications. Moreover, the year 2018 will see increasing adoption of progressive web applications because they are most faster and easier to develop than mobile apps.
2018 will inevitably a year of new trends and evolutionary changes that will push web applications development into the future. From One-page websites, progressive web apps to UI motion, photo content and chatbots, there are a line of technologies that are set to impact the domain of web application development this year.
Author: Rob Stephen