It’s no secret that the Internet is always evolving. What was considered cutting edge 5 years ago is now antiquated at best. That’s why web developers are best served to get plugged into the latest trends and best practices. Following is a look at what’s on deck for 2017:
Speed And Performance Matter
Flash Is Dead
In newer versions of Chrome and other browsers, Flash is being disabled by default. This can leave your former user base without an effective way to interact with the site. If you have a website that’s mainly based in Flash, you need to plan to launch with HTML5.
Developing For The Mobile Experience Is High Priority
A solid mobile platform is non-negotiable this year. That’s because the bulk of all website traffic is driven by mobile. People want to interact with your site on their devices wherever they located, and expect the experience to be optimal.
Security Is Paramount
Along with the rise of mobile, comes its share of downsides. Mobile has already become a focal point of security breaches. Consequently, a lot of effort in the near future will be put into making sure apps are as secure as they can be.
Bots Create More Opportunity To Engage
Static sites are remnants of the past. Interactivity is now the name of the game. Think chat windows, which are usually populated with bots. No one wants to navigate a series of menus to complete a task. Algorithms make it possible to give the user the impression they are chatting with a human, which in turn creates a positive experience.
Desktop Push Notifications Deliver Personalization
No longer limited to mobile devices, many websites are trying to bring the functionality of push notifications to the desktop. It makes sense that this would be the next evolution, as engagement is the lifeblood of many sites. Why wait for you to sign up for their newsletter and then hope you’ll actually open it, when they can reach you in the here and now?
The Internet Of Things (IoT) Will Have A Huge Impact
The future has arrived in the form of Web 3.0, specifically the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT will likely be the next era of the Web. In fact, according to Technavio, IoT is expected to grow by nearly 32 percent between 2015 and 2019.
As more and more devices are being connected and accessible to the network, web developers will be challenged with developing upgraded solutions to help users interface with their everyday gadgets and equipment.
What trends did you see in 2016 — and what do anticipate coming down the pike? What would you like to see even more of in 2017? Let us know in the comments!