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5 Great Web Development Trends to Expect in 2020

The web is a powerful medium to convey ideas. According to Internet Live Stats, the world has 1.5 billion websites, of which 200 million are active. An ever-changing digital world and the varying paradigms in customer preferences has prompted businesses to adopt newer technologies to build innovative websites and web applications.

The aim of this article is to enlighten developers and business owners about the top technology trends in web development that are expected to dominate this year.

  1. Progressive Web Applications

Being functionally similar to native mobile apps, Progressive Web Apps are websites that have striking features like offline support, push notifications, faster loading times, less data usage, etc.

PWAs will gain more ground this year as users prefer better alternatives to mundane mobile apps and businesses want to achieve higher sales revenue.

  1. WebAssembly

Designed by W3C, WebAssembly or Wasm, in short, is a binary code format that acts as a portable compilation target for languages like C, C++ and Rust. 

It runs natively and executes code faster (almost 20x) than JavaScript, thus enhancing the performance of data-intensive web apps like gaming and video-streaming apps. Developers can leverage WebAssembly to build high-speed web applications.

  1. Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMPs)

Imagine a scenario where mobile website pages load within 0.7 seconds compared to 15-20 seconds? That’s the power of Accelerated Mobile Pages – an HTML framework.

The demand for AMPs will rise as more businesses will optimize their mobile websites with this technology. AMPs have instantaneous loading time and drive better user experience leading to more conversions and higher search engine rankings.

  1. Modular Web Design

The concept of template-based web design is being replaced by module-based web design; a technique (similar to setting up a lego set) that uses dedicated blocks – content modules – for building websites. 

Modular design offers the flexibility to customize web development, increases scalability, is platform-independent, reusable and cost-effective. This promising trend is poised to grow further this year.

  1. AI-powered Chatbots 

Chatbots and virtual assistants have already redefined online customer services and their popularity is increasing everyday. A study by Gartner predicts that by the end of 2020, 85% of customer interactions in business will occur without a human.

Customers also prefer chatbots for their online shopping needs; hence, businesses can build conversational UIs for websites that leverage NLP to understand human language and solve customer queries.

Conclusion

Besides these technologies, other web development trends to watch out are Motion UI, Headless CMS, React Hooks, and programming languages like Rust, Golang, GatsbyJS, etc.

By adopting these technology trends, you can develop customer-friendly web solutions and by partnering with the right web development company, you can ensure significant business growth in 2020. 

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