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Top 10 Web Development Trends in 2021

With over 1.8 billion websites on the internet today, it’s very clear that an impactful online presence is the way to promote your business or brand. Every site is unique in terms of UI and UX, content and graphics. Web development trends keep evolving every year with updates in the latest tech platforms and frameworks, and unless you wish to be left behind it pays to keep yourself updated with these emerging trends as well!

What are the web development trends that you should stay abreast with in the New Year? Read on to find out!

  • Interactive, Responsive Elements

A visitor to your website will decide whether the look and feel is appealing within the first ten seconds. If it does not capture their attention, they will move on. To make your website grab eyeballs in this miniscule timeframe, highly interactive and responsive features can play a large role.

This trend will see a huge uptick in 2021, with new tactics and automated web development processes helping to simplify the development process and cut down on costs.

  • Low Light UX and Dark Mode

Websites with a low light user experience that look good in dark mode, are already trending, and this is an interface that will continue to be popular. When visitors are browsing these websites in sunlight, dark modes are easy to view and do not strain the eyes. Similarly, when browsing in low-light conditions, light mode is preferred.

Websites will have the option to toggle between light and dark modes for easy viewing, without having to go to settings to choose the option. What’s more, you can choose a preset setting on a timer, which automatically switches to dark mode during the daytime and light mode at night for optimal viewing.

  • Progressive Web Apps

Progressive web apps or PWAs offer great user experiences, as they can be used both as a native app and a classic website. They work even in offline mode and load faster, are very responsive, and offer a user-friendly app-like interface. Created using HTML/CSS and JavaScript, progressive web apps are a blend of rich functionality and give the kind of hassle-free user experience that is normally associated with native apps.

Companies like Twitter and AliExpress have already started using PWAs and forward-thinking companies will undoubtedly follow suit.

  • Voice UI

Alexa, Siri, and their other smart, disembodied counterparts have revolutionized our relationships with Google and other search engines in today’s world.  Voice commands have become the order of the day, with people talking to their phones or watches almost as much as they talk to each other!

Voice User Interface and voice commerce are expected to be among the fastest-growing web development trends in 2021. It is predicted that the number of websites that are powered by voice UI will be on the rise, with the global smart speaker market expected to touch $23,317 million by 2025.

  • One Page Websites

One-page websites or landing pages offer information in a bite-size, concise manner. They consume very little space and draw in high footfall, with users finding it very easy to navigate through the content and find the information they need.  They are very useful for startups, freelancers and specific product sites; and have become increasingly popular in recent times.

As the trends in web development are moving toward creating a hassle-free, quick and convenient user experience, one page websites will be explored by more people in the immediate future.

  • Mobile-first Design

With more people turning to their mobile phones to shop, google or connect with others, websites must necessarily be designed with mobile responsiveness in mind. The number of people using their mobile has far surpassed those who log into their laptops, and this has made the mobile-first approach gain traction.

Designers will not just work on making the website responsive to mobile use, but will create the design around the mobile interface and only then think about how it will look on a computer screen. More so, with Google considering mobile-first designs as a ranking factor for SERP performances, this will be a feature that tops every web developer’s list.

  • Graphics and images that overlap

The trend of mixing graphics with text, never possible hitherto, is now becoming a reality. This trend helps to unleash the creativity of graphic designers which was earlier impaired by rigid text boxes. E-commerce websites and product websites can incorporate this feature to add visual appeal and focus to organic designs.

Fluid shapes, rather than rigid geometric boxes and outlines, can now be used, that render graphic layouts more free-flowing and natural. This, too, is a trend that must be explored in 2021!

  • WebAssembly

A website’s performance is very critical to the SEO and user experience. WebAssembly, considered to be an improvement to JavaScript, fills in all the gaps that JavaScript leaves open. A code that can be run in modern browsers, WebAssembly optimizes performances and offers exciting new features, making it the platform of the future for web developers.

As Google prioritizes web performance and user experience for improved SEO rankings, WebAssembly promises to be the most preferred web technology in 2021.

  • Motion UI

Motion UI , already a feature that is in focus in 2020, will become even more popular in 2021.  Through this trending technology, we can create pleasant interfaces through smooth animations. These animations can be aligned to the user’s needs and are intuitive so that they improve their user experiences.

This lends a stylish look and feel to the website, making this technology very much in-demand at the moment. Websites are rendered fun to browse through and brands can tell stories about their products that drive the user journey, adding new levels of depth to the interactions.

  • 3D Visuals

Websites that incorporate 3D visuals and elements have always fascinated visitors and increased engagement. In earlier times, 3D visualization software was expensive and the process of creating 3D imagery required skilled professionals. Today’s new technologies and development frameworks allow 3D elements to be added quickly and at affordable costs.

As the world of virtual reality becomes more mainstream, more and more websites will be powered by hyper-realistic 3D visuals and videos, creating more engaging user experiences. Augmented reality and Virtual reality will be the technologies to look out for in the web development space in 2021.

Would you like to discuss how you can incorporate these trends in your website so that you can stay on top of your game? Chat with the experts at MWT Technologies; we’d love to help your business grow!

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