There are now 1.858 billion active websites, and that number continues to proliferate every single day.
A key enabler of this rapid expansion are the constantly evolving trends and technologies behind web development, making websites more dynamic, interactive and fast.
Here are some of the most popular technologies helping to revolutionise web development in 2022.
The dark mode experience
First pioneered by tech giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, dark themed websites are gaining popularity because they are more accessible and put less strain on the eyes. They also reduce battery drainage on mobile devise because they do not need brightness.
They work better during the hours of daylight.
Voice search optimisation
Smart speakers which use speech recognition technology with AI (Artificial Intelligence) assistants like Alexa and Siri are becoming increasingly popular with the market expected to grow by 21% in 2022.
It is estimated that now more than 47% opt for voice search, and there is a sense that people have only scratched the surface of what this technology offers. Companies, particularly e-Commerce websites, are beginning to make use of this capability.
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Progressive web applications
Used by well-respected organisations, Progressive Web Applications offer smoother working, reduced loading time and an enhanced user experience. This is by no means a new concept, but it is having a major impact on web development trends in 2022 because of their accessibility and reliability, and the fact that they can be accessed through any device from anywhere, obviating the need to download a separate mobile app.
Accelerated mobile pages (AMP)
Linked to PWA is AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) technology. The idea behind them is simple – to provide users with a seamless experience to ensure they remain engaged with a site. Research indicates that the average time a user spends on a website is 54 seconds, so anything that helps keep them hooked has potentially huge business benefits – lower bounce, and higher conversion rates, whilst both SEO and SERP rankings are boosted.
AMPs are optimized pages that load fast and have a basic yet convenient design. The pages are designed to be mobile friendly and the readability pf the content is enhanced.
Users with different internet speeds can use plug-ins like AMP to access web pages. The technology allows companies to save time and money on web design which increasing their scope and appeal. It means that now small and niche products can compete with market leaders in their field.
Another trend that has been around for ages – in web development terms at least! – but is now starting to come into its own is Quantum Computing. It was first introduced in the 1990s but now firms like IBM and AWS have invested heavily in it.
It differs from classical computing which stores information as either 0 or 1, because it can store data as either 0, 1 or both at the same time. It is used to solve computational problems beyond the scope of classical computing in fields like Chemical Engineering, Material Science and Machine Learning.
David Tobin did his degree in psychology at the University of Hertfordshire. He is interested in mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.