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9 Top Trends in Web Development [2021 and Beyond]

auto_awesome Development   •   August 23, 2021   •   perm_identity Nithya Rachel

From Google docs and Amazon that helps us to get things done, to Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to help us to stay on top of current trends, web applications are everywhere.

You may even be using  custom web applications to keep track of things on the go in your business.

With faster internet, the demand for web applications has grown exponentially over the years and this trend is all set to continue for many more years to come.

In this blog post, I’ll be sharing the top 9 future trends in web application development that you can leverage to help your business to stay ahead of your competitors. 

Let’s get started!

1. Progressive web applications (PWA)

The idea of PWA was first introduced by Google in 2015 . PWA are websites that look, feel and perform like feature-rich native mobile apps

Before PWA, businesses that wanted to target both desktop and mobile users had two options: to adapt a web page to mobile devices with limited functionalities or to develop a feature-rich mobile app from scratch. 

Thanks to PWA, businesses can now give their customers the experience of using an “app”, right on their browser, without the need to download and install anything from an app store. What’s more PWA can be implemented on desktop as well and they are cost-effective too! 

Benefits for Business Owners:

  • Cheaper development costs
  • Non-reliance on app distribution services like Google Play, App Store  
  • Push notifications
  • Enhanced Security
  • Quicker launch

End-user Benefits:

  • Seamless Offline Operation
  • Needs Lesser Disk space than native apps
  • Saves device power
  • Easier updates.

5 Popular Examples of PWA

  • Pinterest
  • Twitter
  • Flipkart
  • MakeMyTrip
  • Uber

2. AI Powered Chatbots

Chatbots have gained popularity in recent years as they help businesses save money in lead generation, customer support and many other services 24/7.

But simple chatbots are very limited, they are keywords based and they do not understand the intent before a customer’s question. Their responses can be frustrating to the customers. 

AI powered chatbots use natural language processing (NLP) , Natural language understanding (NLU) and machine learning (ML) to understand the user intent and fine-tune it’s responses to sound more natural, human-like. An AI powered chatbot can answer simple and complex questions, learn, collect and process data overtime.

Benefits for Business Owners:

  • Cost Efficiency
  • 24 hours support
  • Human-like customer service
  • Better Analytics

End-user Benefits:

  • Instant Support
  • Personalized Experience
  • Better Self-Service

5 Cool Chatbot Examples

  • HDFC Bank
  • Dominos
  • Fulfillment.com
  • 15five.com
  • Hubspot

3. Voice search

With virtual home assistants like Google Home, Alexa, and Siri becoming popular, gone are the days when people used text to make searches. According to stats, more and more people are using voice search even on their mobile phones. That is why, audio and speech interpretation has become one of the most rapidly adopted trends in web development.Companies are now keen on using voice search to gain a competitive advantage

4. Serverless architecture

Sometimes names can be misleading. Serverless architecture (a.ka. Serverless Computing) doesn’t really mean applications that run “without a server” instead it refers to a cloud computing execution model.

According to Cloudflare, serverless architecture is cloud computing on a pay-per-use basis. That is, businesses that opt for serverless architecture as backend service don’t need to worry about many aspects of server management as they are managed by the cloud provider. Businesses are charged based on the basis of usage and not for fixed bandwidth or number of servers.

For web developers, this means they can focus more on the coding logic rather than waste time thinking about server provisioning, configuring, and maintenance. For businesses, serverless architecture means reduce costs, quick and easy deployment, enhanced scalability.

Some popular serverless computing services providers are:

  • AWS Lambda
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Google Cloud Functions
  • IBM Cloud Functions
  • Cloudflare Workers 

5. Motion UI

According to research, you’ve got less than 8 seconds to grab the attention of a website visitor. When used in a non-distracting way, Animated UI elements can boost conversion rate. They grab visitors’ attention, help users navigate better, show hierarchy and can be used to demonstrate cause and effect.

Motion UI is a powerful open-source, front-end library of animated UI elements that has gained popularity. With Motion UI, you can develop attractive, customized CSS animations, and transitions. 

6. Single-Page Applications (SPA)

A Single-page application is a website or app that allows users to literally stay on the same page while reloading different parts of the same page based on the user’s actions. These applications are fast as they use java-scripts to dynamically update only specific parts of  the website.

Popular SWA:

  • Gmail
  • Google Drive
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

More businesses are switching to single-page web applications as these websites are not only responsive websites but they are suitable for mobile, tablet & desktop versions. Angular, React, Ember and Vue are some frameworks that web developers use to create SPAs. 2021 sees an uptick in  businesses choosing React frameworks for developing SPAs.

7. Dark Themes

Dark themes are here to stay – not just because they are easy on the eyes in the night-time or in low-light conditions, but they are also stylish and consume less battery in mobile devices.  More and more businesses want to enrich their user experience by providing the toggle feature.  Apart from reducing eye strain, dark-themed UI also gives the app or website a stylish UX.

With giants in the tech industry such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest, Quora already adopting dark mode UI , more companies are likely to make an aesthetic upgrade for their websites in 2021 and beyond

8. Blockchain technology

You may argue that blockchain is for currency trading and what’s it got to do with web technologies. Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum are driven-by Blockchain technology because they have a peer to peer architecture. 

Blockchain is known for its enhanced security features, transparency, decentralisation, and distributed ledger. These features are making waves in web development as they make a huge impact on enterprise systems. Also, blockchain contracts are tamper-proof. 

9. Internet of Things (IoT)

IoT and AI are clearly the most disruptive technologies of the 21st century. In layman terms, IoT is all about connecting home devices, appliances and wearables to the internet and making them smarter. 

When it comes to web technologies, IoT is setting a revolution by making the web architecture and UI more creative and interactive. The communication between website layouts and architectural models have also advanced.

Final words

There you go, our list of the top 9 trends in web development in 2021. Become an early adopter of the latest trends in web development and transform your business.Looking for a reliable custom software development partner to help you turn your product ideas into a reality? Our experts at SolutionChamps will be happy to discuss your project idea and bring it to life. Contact us now!