Web development is no longer related to blogging or setting up data websites. With the advent of the third decade of the 21st century, the idea of web development has changed completely, much more than what it used to be 10 years back.
Web development nowadays includes technological additions to websites and business profiles to enhance UX. What was just a “contact us” button back in 2012, is now a “chat with us”. Bots have been used aggressively for customer retention and lead generation. However, with 2022, we are set to see great improvements in this technology, along with improvements in custom web app development companies too.
The following changes have been observed in web development in recent years:
There has been an increase in the adoption of web standards
There has been an explosive growth as observed in the integration of social media
There has been a growth in the use of platforms and use of tools that simplify the website building
There has been an increase in the use of responsive web design
Statistics can prove how much potential this sector has for businesses looking to expand their business. Websites must be impressive and should have good designs. Also, the websites should be accessible via mobile apart from desktops and provide an excellent experience to the users.
Many of these trends were already there in the scene. However, 2022 will surely witness the trends in the modernized version as they are popularized further.
Let us take a look at a few of the popular web-dev trends that we can expect in 2022.
Progressive Web Apps or PWA are not a new trend of 2022. However, the latest version of these apps is going to replace the native ones for good. As observed, in 2019, 65% of online shopping orders were made by using mobile. PWA's progressing website trend helps the user view their desired websites on a browser of the mobile.
If we have to consider web development's future, it is believed that bots in 2022 will be more self-learning and can match the needs and behavior of the users. Technology has already been used by substantial B2C companies to serve their customers with chatbots functioning within Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Skype, etc.
Integration of bots in PWAs, websites, and any app connected to the Internet can be made possible. The rise of the bots will be influencing the trends of 2022. Needless to say, the UX of any website is affected by bots.
The accelerated mobile page or AMP is another type of web development trend expected in 2022. The basic idea of AMPs is to speed up the page's performance and decrease the risk of visitors leaving the page.
Although similar to PWA, AMP is the accelerated one because of the open-source plugin that has been developed by Twitter and Google recently. Successful AMP development proves that the Internet is gradually becoming more and more user-oriented as time progresses. There are multiple plugins for AMP that may help the companies save expenses on UX and reach their users with any available speed.
Single-page application, or SPA, is a website trend that helps users avoid any hindered communication with the server and also shows a page performance of better quality. Moreover, it also ensures a good level of data protection.
Such applications are fast-operating. As a result, they are successful in grabbing the attention of the users.
Optimized voice search, as a web development trend, is less laborious to work with. The future of web development already seems to attend a less text and more voice appearance.
Although Siri, Google Home, Amazon's Alexa are popular, 2022 will see most smartphones and IoT devices being designed to hear the users' voice and execute accordingly.
Voice searches will be popularized. People always prefer to type less so that they can save time. Recognition of individual voices will be helpful for personal experience. It seems that most companies are working on their technology so that their existing and future digital products can be compliant with voice search.
This innovative web design of Motion UI is another praiseworthy trend available in the digital world. Websites with impressive appearances can grab the attention of users much more than any ordinary one. Static websites aren’t eye-catchy, whereas the multiple motion elements can help you be more creative and entice customers to take action on the product or service.
It has been observed by the experts that there is an increase in the demand for web design approaches, like the Motion UI. It has been widely used since 2018. However, it has become more accessible now due to the SASS libraries’ technology.
There has been a search for a way to avoid system overloading, loss of data, or prevent any expensive development. Such a search has brought forth Serverless technology.
Serverless Architecture and its technology have been found to strengthen apps with more potential for flexibility with its scalability and enhanced security. It also keeps the environment of the Internet more sustainable.
In 2022, serverless technology is predicted to be actively used in different chatbots, IoT apps, and APIs. Downloading file backups, delivery of notification, and export of objects can be made possible by serverless technology.
With the increase in the number of smartphone users, the mobile-first approach has become essential. According to a statistic published on Statista.com on the 31st of March, the total number of smartphone users has crossed the three-billion mark.
This trend indicates that web developers in 2022 will focus on creating mobile-friendly websites too, besides just desktops. This web design seems to grow very fast as most of the users of the Internet prefer browsing using their mobiles.
Mobile-first design has been used by Google nowadays as a ranking factor so that the performances at SERP can be improved gradually. This trend is significant for any blogger, business, or any startup too.
In recent years, it has been observed that dark and low-light websites have gained popularity and 2022 seems to be predominated with this feature. Websites will have the element of switching between dark mode and light mode.
Web developers will develop an in-built choice to change between light and dark mode.
Cybersecurity is one of the most critical concerns nowadays. Even major companies' privacy is not safe anymore. For example, in October 2020, Software AG, Germany's second-largest software vendor, was hacked, and hackers claimed almost $20 million.
As per Darkreading, the report by Cloudflare says that the number of distributed denial of service (DDoS) has nearly doubled each quarter in 2020. Hours of downtime and loss of revenue are effects of such DDoS attacks. During such an increase in cyberattacks, protecting your company and customer data is one of the critical concerns.
The protection of such confidential information can be done by conducting a vulnerability assessment; putting firewalls can help determine such vulnerabilities. Moreover, remote access should be secured to prevent leaks. Multi-factor authentication and limiting access can improve overall cybersecurity.
Web development has a vast range of trends coming up in the pipeline. It can vary from a simple static page having plain text to a complex web application. It can be electronic business, social network services, and much more.
The digital market is highly competitive. Web developers need to cater to the needs of the users and adapt to the ongoing changes. Human beings continue to evolve, and so does technology. Most innovation in the digital world is seen in the field of web development.
Web developers from various fields are constantly working to help the users access their desired websites without any hindrance.
Article Contributed By :
Harikrishna Kundariya, a marketer, developer, IoT, ChatBot & Blockchain savvy, designer, co-founder, Director of eSparkBiz Technologies . His 10+ experience enables him to provide digital solutions to new start-ups based on IoT and ChatBot.