The internet world is part of an ever-changing whirlwind of technology with new trends emerging every year. In this article, we will discuss how web development has changed over the last year, and what we can expect from 2019.
From Blockchain technology to Progressive Web Applications in websites; 2018 has been a crucial year for web developers everywhere. These new trends have allowed us to achieve monumental goals and make improvements to the web world.
1) Single Page Applications
What are Single Page Applications?
What are the benefits of a Single Page Application?
SPAs are high-performance web pages that load quickly and are completely mobile responsive. They have a decreased development time (meaning less money spent), and serve a direct purpose.
Some examples of Single Page Applications are:
- Google Maps
Businesses can benefit greatly from SPAs and should be turning their focus away from Multi-Page Applications where the server is needed to render information & logic. SPAs also cater to a “Mobile First” philosophy, and any company with users on mobile should be looking into how SPAs can enhance their user experience.
2) Progressive Web Applications
What are Progressive Web Applications?
A Progressive Web App (PWA) provides an app-like experience to users by utilizing contemporary web capabilities. All PWAs must meet a set of requirements before they are deployed to the server. They must also be accessible by a URL and can be indexed by search engines.
Progressive Web Apps have the look and feel of a mobile app or other traditional applications, but at their core, they are just regular web pages! PWAs attempt to combine the features associated with both mobile and desktop browser applications.
With such a huge focus on mobile accessibility, PWAs have brought up one of the biggest questions concerning developers & business owners; Is this a job for a responsive website, a native mobile application, or a progressive web app?
Some of the benefits to Progressive Web Apps may help you to answer this question:
- Built within an “Application Shell”: This allows mobile gestures and movements within the web browser on all devices.
- Starbucks has built a PWA that helps customers browse their menu faster, add products to their cart in an easier fashion, and with the ability to do all of this in offline mode, thanks to Progressive Web Apps!
- High focus on Mobile Accessibility
- PWAs do not need to be downloaded: This results in low user commitment and leaves room open for more consumer acquisition
- Brings back impulse consumer behavior that was lost with native mobile apps
- Functions like a native app inside a web browser
- Service Workers effectively take care of resources and allow the app to load a lightning-fast rate
- Pre-caching features keep the PWA up-to-date at all times on all devices
- More economical & financially friendly: it can cost an arm & a leg to develop a mobile app
Do you think your site is ready for a “Progressive” update? Pinterest saw a 40% increase in time spent on their PWA site versus their mobile version, and ad revenue rates increased by an additional 44%! The power of Progressive Web Applications is real, and at your doorstep. How will you answer?
What is a Chatbot?
Chatbots have been around for a long time, and have made another resurgence when Facebook announced they would be integrating chatbots into their messenger platform back in 2016. Essentially, chatbots are a software program that automates a conversation without the need for a human to assist the customer. They are based on neural networks and artificial intelligence while being comprised of deep learning techniques, pattern recognition, and machine learning.
What all this means is that… Chatbots have an increasing amount of power in 2018. They are able to process orders, schedule an appointment, and book hotel rooms for customers without any need to talk to a representative.
How can I use Chatbots to help my website?
With the growth of social media and online advertising as a whole, it can be quite daunting to take care of all of these avenues yourself. Chatbots can help make dealing with consumers across multiple platforms easier and more profitable. Look into how your business could use Facebook messenger bots or if your website could use a Chat Support window to help customers navigate your site.
The benefits of chatbots is bigger than ever before. With almost 80% of companies stating they have or are planning to integrate chatbots into their platforms… what are you waiting for!?
4) Low-Code Development
What is Low-Code Development?
The definition of Low-Code Development as stated by Forrester Research: “Application development platforms that enable rapid application delivery with minimal hand-coding, and quick setup and deployment.”
Low-Code development platforms allow for developers to quickly deploy their creations with minimal hand-coding straight to their server. This cuts down resource loads, development time, and gives the user a better overall experience if done right.
One of the main focuses of Low-Code development is its focus on driving innovation more rapidly. It is the future for enterprise apps that process payments, handle email marketing systems, and content management systems.
And all of this can be done with minimum programming knowledge!
5) Motion UI
What is Motion UI?
One of the best ways to garner attention on the web today is through tasteful use of Motion UI animation libraries. Motion UI is a stand-alone SASS library that has been designed to allow developers access to a wide range of custom UI animations and CSS transitions.
ZURB were the geniuses behind the Motion UI library, and most information concerning how to install Motion UI to your website exists here if you would like to integrate the library to your own website.
What is a Blockchain?
Blockchains have shaken up the world of finance – giving companies the power to make transactions instantly that are secure and completely anonymous. But what is a Blockchain exactly?
The definition of a blockchain is a little wordy… typically a blockchain involves the following: A decentralized system that allows for the fast, secure, and transparent peer-to-peer transfer of digital goods (this could essentially be anything from money to houses and software programs).
The transaction will be logged in a public ledger only accessible by authorized computers (miners) to help keep all transactions authentic. This type of transparency is required to help prevent tampering and fraud.
Any company on the web can find a use for the blockchain. In 2017, two homes were sold in the UK using Bitcoin – making history for Crypto and its usage around the globe. Buyers can now buy property from outside of their respective countries almost hassle free! The transaction is near instant as well – cutting down transaction times from weeks down to minutes.
Depending on the size and functionality of your website will determine how the Blockchain can be used to enhance your online transactions. If you are still in the growing stages perhaps take a look at how a Blockchain integration could open you up to the Crypto community. Many bitcoin users are booking hotels, buying food, and even buying houses and lambos with their new found cash.
Do you think you will use the Blockchain in 2019? Let us know down below!
Infographic provided by blockchainhub.net