As unbelievable as it sounds, a new decade will be here in only a matter of days. The last changing of the decade brought about many memorable moments: Facebook’s introduction of the “Like” button, responsive web design was a new hot website trend, Kanye famously interrupted Taylor Swift at the VMAs, Twitter was the new social network, and the production of floppy disks finally ended. We feel old now. It’s safe to say things have evolved in nearly every facet of life since 2010 - especially in the world of web development. With all of the recent advancements in technology, what can developers expect from 2020 and beyond? Here are just a few of our predictions.
Artificial Intelligence, Contextual Technology, and Microinteractions
Website designers and user experience experts spend countless hours trying to perfect websites for end-users. With the power of artificial intelligence, aspects of the web design process can be automated to create beautiful, user-friendly sites at an expedited rate. This AI power will (and has already begun to) feed into the world of contextual technology to deliver a tailored website experience to the site visitor based on their particular circumstances. Things like the user’s location, the date and time of their visit, and operating system may automatically change website content, design, and so forth. Microinteractions, or UI animations, will also play a part in these design advancements as they help bring websites to life and let the user interact with sites in a tangible way. This tech is only going to increase in popularity and sophistication in the coming years.
Static Site Generators
Although the focus has recently been on uber fancy dynamic websites, static sites are making a comeback - especially with the advancement of static site generators. SSGs, such as GatsbyJS (which you can read about in our previous blog), allow devs to build incredibly fast websites based on data from a source of their choosing that don’t require traditional servers while being incredibly beneficial for SEO efforts. SSGs can be thought of as a “back to basics” approach to web development that has recently been and will continue to be a major trend.
Remember “Clippy,” the annoying Microsoft Word paperclip of the early 1990’s? He paved the way for the chatbots of today and the future. (Don’t “Okay, Boomer” us, please.) The use of chatbots has become a common practice for websites and apps over the last ten years, and we can only expect them to become even more present when paired with the power of artificial intelligence. While chatbots have traditionally only offered a limited range of responses through preprogrammed conversations, AI-powered natural language processing (NLP) systems now make it nearly impossible to tell if you are really chatting with Greg from the Customer Support Team or a computer. AI paired with chatbots will open many opportunities for websites of the future and are going to continue to grow in popularity until the robots finally take over.
User Data Security
From Facebook’s mishandling of private data to the enormous Baltimore ransomware hack and many other massive company hacks, it seems like not a day goes by without some sort of cybersecurity incident. As these hacks and data breaches continue to grow in both frequency and severity, cybersecurity protocols are finally beginning to advance as well. SSL certificates, DDoS cyberattack protection, and regular security checks have become mainstays over the last few years, but the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation will help drive the increase in cybersecurity as a priority and investment. It’s safe to say that improved cybersecurity should not even be considered a trend in 2020 and beyond, but an absolute necessity.
Progressive Web Apps
To put it simply, PWAs are web pages with the functionality of a native mobile app. Although they are slightly limited at the present time and cannot fully replace native apps, they offer a simple installation, responsive design, security, and a reduced amount of occupied space. Progressive web apps are also faster and less costly to develop than traditional applications, thus their growing popularity.
Although we may not know what to expect from the rest of the world in 2020 and beyond (Flying cars? The hoverboards from “Back to the Future?” Another unnecessary live-action remake of a cartoon?), we are excited to get started working with the web development tech of the coming years.
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