Web Development Trends for 2014


By David Adress
President, Bitochon Technologies


2014 is poised to be an important years when it comes to web development. As designers and developers continue to innovate, web development trends will evolve. Last year was the year of the responsive websites. Most webmasters changed their website’s design to make it compatible with small and big screens alike. So, what are the trends in web development for 2014? Let’s take a look at a few possibilities:

Fluid Transitions

The technology is there, it is the simple matter of adapting it to suit the needs of the modern internet user. With high-quality images becoming a staple of websites today, developers are working on ensuring there is a fluid transition when users click from one webpage to another. There will be a fluid transition when you click on the homepage from any other page on a site.

Smooth Launches

The botched launch of healthcare.gov is there for all to see. It was one of the biggest gaffes of last year when a site, quite obviously underdeveloped, was launched. It didn’t take long for the bugs to shine through. As soon as the traffic increased, the website crashed. It was a low point for web developers and one that showed the importance of smooth launches.

Content Presentation

Content is now an integral part of online marketing. However, 2014 is expected to be the year when the presentation of content will be revolutionized. With more interactive content and immersive graphics, the whole content experience will transform. It will take some time for technology to catch up with this trend though.

Operating System and Browser Convergence

There will be an increase in the convergence between operating systems and their host browsers. For instance, the Google Chrome has become an integral part of Chromebooks. Also, Mozilla came up with its own lighter version of the Firefox Mobile OS. The convergence between OSs and browsers ensures consumers can enjoy smoother functionality on their mobile devices.

Typography

It is quite frustrating for mobile users to not be able to read the text in the apps they download. This is one issue web developers are expected to address in the current year. This can be done by using larger fonts while changing the layout in which the text is presented. It would be a big step in ensuring that the same site can work equally well on computers, smartphones and tablets. These are some web development trends you can expect to see in 2014.