Developers are pioneers in tech innovation, so they’re always looking ahead. At Flux Technologies, we’re no different. We’re always on the hunt for future web development trends. All these trends have one thing in common: implementing them will go a long way to building a functional site and also make sites more SEO friendly. According to our research, here are some web development trends that will become popular in 2022.
Trending Technology for Web Development
1. Artificial Intelligence & Chatbots: Essential Communication Tools
The main reason why an increasing number of developers have chosen to adopt AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology is that it enables the creation of virtual assistants that communicates and assists sites visitors. It also allows for conducting and collecting analytical data. Once you have this insight, you can use it to improve the website and promote it better across all search engines.
Chatbots interact with site visitors, answer their questions to help navigate the page, listed services, pricing, and more. A high customer engagement rate also ensures a high site ranking, since it improves the user experience by making it less of a hassle. Chatbots are able to communicate with customers on a level that’s practically human and are very well equipped to help site visitors with various inquiries.
By 2022, approximately 70% of websites will adopt this technology that will help users get the information they need in just a few messages. AI is also heavily based on ML (Machine Learning) and therefore can incorporate user requests, data, and feedback into its future correspondences. For this reason, the predicted AI annual growth rate between 2020 and 2027 is 33.2%.
2. Using voice navigation and control: Decreasing the need for texting/typing
People are always on the go, always in a hurry, so it’s always about quick finds and fast searches. Titans like Google and Yandex know that people want access to information instantly; so instantly, in fact, that they would rather speak a few words into their phone than type it up. The presence of voice control will reduce this process to a minimum.
But aside from “Hey, Google’’ we can also see this trend dictating a whole new wave of products. For instance, all smart home devices or office assistants or Siris and Alexas are all based on voice control and listening to commands. Under this influence, many sites and web applications will also follow suit.
3. Implementing PWA and AMP apps: Quick loading mobile content
For developers, PWAs (Progressive Web Applications) and AMP (Accelerated Mobile Page) apps have become another well-known tool. PWAs essentially allow website content to adapt to the size of the phone, therefore creating a much better UI/UX layout. The added bonus is that page loading speed stays as high as it would be on a stationary computer. Since there is an overwhelming tendency to access websites from mobile devices, this is particularly important for user retention.
If your website contains a lot of animation and video content an AMP is a more compatible alternative to PWAs. By using an AMP you can still make all your content available to site visitors on mobiles devices while at the same time avoiding overload.
4. Adding horizontal scrolling: Up, down, and side to side
Ok, so at this point, we’ve established that mobile versions are important and the truth is not every website can fit within the boundaries of a mobile display. Enter horizontal scrolling. This allows content to be displayed in sequential order and attracts users because it makes it easier to use the website on mobile browsers.
5. Relying on serverless architecture as a foundation
So why make the transfer over to serverless architecture? Basically, because it simplifies several processes. Specifically, serverless architecture gets rid of any data loss and is another factor that contributes to there being no overload on the website. Instead of servers, computations are carried out using cloud resources.
As a result, web developers gain a significant edge since they can now trim their budget for project creation and its further technical support, as well as make the website more flexible and adaptable.
6. One-pagers: The KISS Principle (Keep it simple, stupid)
SPA (single page application) is yet another trend that relates to user comfort and simplifying processes. SPAs are commonly used to demystify site navigation by placing one kind of information on one particular page. Users find this convenient because it allows them to search for something with less hassle.
Thus, online stores or platforms that provide various services are quick to adapt the SPA approach and use it for creating information blogs or listing products. Similarly, online new websites also use this to separate the news into several fields.
With this, web developers can avoid complex navigation or a large menu and once again offer a simple and clean interface to their users on mobile devices.
Takeaways for 2022 Web Development Trends
All these web development trends will help you stay one step ahead when designing new products and make optimal changes wherever necessary to improve the site’s appearance. (For further reading on how to hire a top web developer look at Toptal’s guide.) Gather your development team and start implementing these changes now, so you can hit the ground running in 2022.