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6 amazing web development trends to be witnessed in 2018-19

Author: Steve Marshall
by Steve Marshall
Posted: Oct 08, 2018
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Web development does not seem to lower its pace of evolution. We have been exposed to stunning website design and development advancements in previous years as well, but as we discover new roads, new possibilities also open their doors that eventually provide simplified digital solutions.

The trends in the web development industry keep on changing, improvements, innovation, and advancements are the core elements of web and app development. The hottest trends of yesterday are an ordinary thing today; similarly, what is popular today would not have any charm tomorrow.

We have already discussed the latest trends in E-commerce with respect to web development in the previous article. Now it’s time to dig technically a bit deeper to find out what is going to be revealed in the year 2018-2019.

1- JavaScript

According to Statista and the Developer Survey conducted by Stack Overflow, JavaScript was the most commonly and extensively used programming language in 2017. Well, the latest JavaScript updates that have unearthed recently have enabled it to still be the best. There are many frontend and backend frameworks such as (Angular, React, Vue.js – frontend) and (Node.js – backend) that require the understanding and knowledge of JavaScript to extract the best from website development. If we climb a step further and compare the frameworks, then Angular seems to lead among other frameworks.

You need to have command over JavaScript to add dynamic features to your website and enhance your user experience. It is the most loved and preferred programming language, there must have been some genuine reason for this preference. Therefore, if you are a beginner in website development, then you must learn the basics of JavaScript first, which are not very much complex. If you are a professional, then surely you don’t need any explanation for how useful JavaScript is.

2- HyperText Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS)

Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is a variant, or rather an extension of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) which ensures a secure transmission of data over a network. It enables secure connection and encrypts the communication by adding layers of security through Secure Socket Layer (SSL) or transport layer security (TLS) protocol connection.

Previously, HTTPS was only implemented on the websites which involved users’ account and financial details or on the websites that allowed payment transactions. But since the year 2018, HTTPS has been seen gaining popularity in the web development. Many websites now incorporate HTTPS to ensure the privacy of the user accounts, web browsing details, user identity, and to maintain the authenticity of the web page.

Google also considers secure websites more credible than the ordinary ones. Therefore, implementing HTTPS will give you an edge over others and enhance your Google ranking. HTTPS also proves to be helpful for SEO purposes.

3- PHP 7

PHP 7 is another great release in the web development industry, we have previously talked about the new features and updates of PHP 7 in detail. Due to its flexibility, scalability, and various extensions, PHP is one of the most favorite programming languages. The major update of PHP 7 has been released with the ultimate elimination of glitches and bugs, which is one of the major reasons for the popularity and acceptance of PHP 7.

Speed is another core feature of PHP7 due to which all the major content management systems such as WordPress, Magento, and Drupal use PHP 7 for the website development.

4- Vue.js

Vue.js is one of the most light-weight frameworks which gained an explosive popularity in 2017. Few of the giant companies like Alibaba, Xiaomi, and Nintendo have used Vue.js framework for their web development.

An amazing fact related to Vue.js is that it is not maintained or supported by any major party like Angular and React. Angular is supported by a Google team, while React is maintained by Facebook. Vue.js was engineered by an individual, Evan You.

5- Push Notifications

Deviating a bit from the programming languages and frameworks, push notification is another interesting and useful advancement in web development. It is similar to the notifications that we receive through the mobile applications. Push notification is a feature that keeps the users updated with the latest happenings on the web page or the businesses. It asks for your permission to allow the webpage to send notifications, once you enable it, you’ll get pop-up notifications on the webpage regarding the updates and the latest affairs. It is so much efficient that you’ll get the pop-up notification even if you close the browser.

It can be one of the most effective ways of user interaction and to drive massive traffic, but only if utilized in a sophisticated manner. It can also irritate the users and cutback the traffic if misused or if it appears repetitively.

6- Browser extensions

This advancement is one of the most useful features for a non-technical user. Extensions are the software programs that customize the functions of a browser. The Google Mail extension and the Grammarly extension are examples of them. They provide extreme convenience by enabling instant access to the functions of the software within your browser without even navigating to another website.

For example, Grammarly is a program that checks for the grammatical errors in your text. When you add its extension, it automatically gets enabled in your browser. Now, after it gets enabled, whenever you’ll type anything (on any web page on the internet), it’ll suggest you corrections then and there. You would not need to go to the website of Grammarly to check your text.
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