5 ways web developers will adapt to the 2020s
As we enter another exciting decade of technological development, we're looking at five of the ways in which web developers are going to have to adapt to keep up!
Responsive design becomes the norm for web developers
Over the last decade, one of the most prominent changes in web development is the increasing need for responsive design. In the past, back in the 2010s, you often saw PC-only websites and only the larger sites were concerned with mobile alternatives. And there were many ways in which those larger websites also addressed mobile design.
It's vitally important, especially considering how much browsing is done on mobiles rather than desktop PCs today. It's not vital from that perspective either. With so many emerging technologies starting to take hold, responsive web design is the basic minimum a website requires if they are to have any chance of adapting to new emerging technologies.
Voice search is going to require voice navigation on the web page.
Voice navigation on the website is going to be a game changer for many reasons - it's also going to take a lot of work to make it work! It will be interesting to see how website developers adapt to the changing landscape.
Web pages optimised for virtual reality will be interesting.
With the first Firefox VR browser released in 2017, VR has already taken the first big step towards working as a browser. Next, you have to think about the great potential of a VR website. You could have websites that are rooms, all kinds of designs and ideas in 3D. Again, this is going to present an absolute litany of challenges and problems for web developers. We're sure we're going to see some amazing websites in the next few years. It's going to be an exciting decade.
AI analytics technology will help websites utilise user feedback better than ever before.
AI technology is going to make website analytics even more powerful. By being able to efficiently and logically break down the tons of data provided by a website's visitors, AI-based analytics tools will allow website developers to make much better use of the information to improve and boost page performance. Expect a new generation of more developed and functional websites.
Design continues to change and adapt
One area where you can never afford to make too many predictions is in design and taste - damn that subjectivity! One change we have seen in the last year is a move away from overly complicated and fussy design. This is accompanied by a return to extremely functional minimalism, often with careful and selective design features. Who can say how things will continue to develop over the next decade? One thing is for sure, if this decade is anything like the last, web developers are going to have a lot of interesting things to deal with.