Web Development Trends You Don’t Want to Miss in 2018. Part 1
Being online for every business have already become “a must”. Today it’s more important to keep online presence up-to-date and follow trends. You have to be ahead of your competitors and do not catch up today’s trends but follow the trends of tomorrow.
These 7 trends are predicted to be on the rise this year:
- Progressive Web Apps
- Chat Bots
- Single-page websites
- Push notifications for websites
- Flash to HTML
- Motion UI
- Static websites
Let’s take a closer look at them.
Progressive Web Apps
Progressive Web Apps were mentioned in the first time in 2015. This year they are predicted to become a great trend. Progressive Web Apps, or PWAs, are websites that feel like native mobile apps. They have 3 main benefits. They are:
- Reliable and fast. If users use a PWA frequently, they can save its shortcut to their home screens. When launching from home screens, PWAs are loaded instantly, regardless of the network state. This is possible because most information is stored in cache and is updated each time a device is connected to the internet.
- Engaging. Progressive Web Apps are installable and live on the user’s home screen, without the need for an app store. They offer an immersive full screen experience with help from a web app manifest file and can even re-engage users with web push notifications.
Good service and support make your customers loyal to you. As business is becoming international and your clients can be in different time zones, it is important to provide your customers with 24/7 support service. In 2018 this function can be performed by chat bots.
Chat bot is written or oral conversational software that interact with your clients, answering the most common questions, redirecting to a proper web page or even helping them to complete transactions.
A single-page website is an example of tendency to simplicity. It’s one long page which users have to scroll or use links to jump to a desirable part. A single-page websites have many advantages. For instance, they work well on mobile devices where scrolling is the most convenient way of navigation.
Besides, they are easy and inexpensive to create and host. Of course, such websites do not suit all businesses, for instance e-commerce or blogs, but it’s a perfect solution to present a product or service.
Push-Notifications for Websites
Mobile apps have one great feature which helps you to enhance a user re-engagement. It is push-notifications. Websites have recently gained this feature,too. People visit a website which offers users to allow to send them notifications about any changes on website (new posts, for example) even when people have already closed its tab.
The next part will describe why you should switch from Flash to HTML, use motion animation in your interfaces and why static websites are back. Stay tuned!