Technology is constantly changing, and nothing should be taken for granted. As a web developer, you already understand this better than many. However, keeping up with the ongoing trends can be difficult. There are so many different tools and concepts used by web developers that are evolving even as you are reading this. Every few weeks, it seems as though new developments and updates are being released.
2017 Web Development Trends
As 2017 continues on, there are a number of trends we have already seen develop. There are a few more months to go. Before 2018 gets here, let’s take a look at some of the major trends that have already developed, as well as some of the trends that are likely still to come:
- Using AI to create websites/apps: Google and Wikipedia are already working with artificial intelligence to change the way we live our lives. Web designers can utilize AI in the creation of websites by simply supplying the content, and letting the AI do the rest.
- Internet of Things: This has certainly become one of the big buzzwords of technology. It refers to the concept of creating increasingly elaborate, sophisticated connections between products with online capabilities. Not surprisingly, web developers will need to keep up with the evolution of this concept as it applies to web design.
- Static site generators: Open source static site generators like Hugo are already proving to be quite popular with a number of websites. Rather than using a database, static site generators use simple files that run on generators. The advantages of using one of these are clear. Websites will load faster, security measures will be easier to implement, and deployment will be a snap.
- Bots/conversation UI: As messaging platforms become increasingly popular, we can expect to see these things play an even greater role in the subject of web design/development. Conversational commerce is only going to become more prevalent.
- Ruby on Rails: With the release of Rails 5, Ruby on Rails is finally being taken seriously in web design and development.
- Motion UI: Creating a “living” website is more important than ever. To meet increasingly elaborate user demands, web developers and designers will have to work more closely with motion UI than ever before.