How web development trends will change by 2020?

Written by Harshal Sancheti

The world has been significantly transformed by technology and the change can be witnessed in website design and web development trends too. As every company today is ushering in a new website design age, there is a need for developers to be at the top of the game and keep up with so many updates and developments happening in the web designing world. So, let us dig the trends a little deeper and find out which web design trends will rule the world by 2020.

1.  Artificial Intelligence
It’s an age where artificial intelligence technologies are being deployed at an increasing pace and companies around the world are now getting more inclined to virtual robots to manage their useful tasks. According to a recent study by Merrill Lynch the Artificial Intelligence market will reach $153 billion in the years to come.


Designing an impressive functional website can take almost a week and it needs a hell lot of brainstorming. Why wait when your website can now be designed through the use of artificial intelligence? Yes, you heard that right! Right from the healthcare sector to smartphone assistants, from self-driving cars and content delivery networks to understanding human speech, Robotics is changing our lives in a huge way. But who ever thought that artificial intelligence can also design websites for us? But yes, it is happening. It is already up and running in Tel Aviv, Israel.

DIY web designing when done by an amateur webmaster has its own limitations and is a constant hassle. AI is here to empower their design skills, widening the ability that lies in the hands of web designers.
Let your website meet near perfection while artificial intelligence is the next breakthrough in technology. The idea to fully replace a designer with an algorithm driven design and design a website without ever having to touch any code sounds futuristic but will it really be able to produce a well thought out user interface without human intervention? We’ll wait till time unfolds the common questions.

2. JavaScript
It is pertinent to note that JavaScript has been rising since 2016 and alone witnessed a growth of 97% in 2016. It is a super popular programming language primarily used to create web applications. It helps make the website more interactive due to its user friendliness and allows the developers to add animations and other dynamic features to the web pages. The language also allows them greater control over the web interface. Javascript accompanies a lot of the modern web and we can say this because today all modern web browsers support JavaScript without even the hassles of plugin software.
In a nutshell, whether you are looking to build a responsive website or web applications that work smoothly with popular web browsers, JavaScript comes to your rescue. Currently ranked seventh in the list of top 50 programming languages it will be the numero uno language for front-end development by 2020. JavaScript is responsible for the change that allows the users to see and interact with the site. Being the first client-side language, nearly everything you interact with on a website is due to JavaScript. All this makes JavaScript a favorite language among full stack developers.

3. Static site generators

Google Trends for “static website generator”.

Static site generators are a great way to create websites. In fact they are the next big website designing tools. Using static site generators, you don’t need a database to create websites. All you need is the text stored in files rather than in databases, to create a static website. It’s as simplified as it could be. Some of the advantages of static website over dynamic websites are reduced website loading times; high performance, and better security handling. They also promote a smooth deployment process and allow you to follow whatever workflow you like. Today generators such as Hugo and Jekyll, are popular platforms to get started with your very first statically generated site.

Static websites are not just a favored web platform for bloggers but a great choice for startups too since they are available at low cost and they also enhance performance and the speed. The usage of these generators is expected to explode by 2020 owing to its flexibility. When we say flexibility all we mean is that unlike CMSs that normally limits your options, (because they’re tied to a database), static site generators are more flexible as you don’t need a database. Suppose you want to install a Twitter widget on some web pages you require a plug-in. Using static site generators, the widget can simply be inserted into a file directly and there are fewer limits as compared to those imposed by a CMS.

Lots of high-ranking design-focused companies like Nest and Mailchimp have succumbed to powerful static site generators for their primary websites.

4. Chatbots
Chatbots are there to make our life easier and experiences more personal. The idea of chatbots is nothing new but with the catching trend of conversational commerce, chatbots are growing in popularity and will definitely be a hot new trend to look out for by 2020. For the past two years companies have been paying more attention to creating chats bots than ever before because they render experiences which are more personal and allow users to have personalized conversations. So “conversational commerce” is now on the rise.

As messaging platforms are getting more and more popular and companies are doing away with emails, the impact of chatbots on web design and web development can no longer be neglected. Creating a chatbot to communicate with humans and designing conversational UI will become an important trend for developers to catch by 2020. We can already witness websites jumping onto the UI trend of conversational interfaces and exploring the possibilities of chatbots to boost online sales. A great example of this is home assistants like Amazon Echo. It’s a surprise how the device can intelligently carry out commands to buy stuff on Amazon, making shopping experiences more personal. According to Business Insider, 80% of businesses prefer conversational commerce in action and want to use chatbots by 2020.


The way we communicate (and especially chat) with our customers has changed drastically with the advent of chatbots making it an ideal website development trend in the future, especially when it comes to customer support. Having chatbots right on your website will help boost online sales, solve customer queries, and provide assistance whenever needed. We have already published a detailed blog on this topic which you can read here – How Our World Will Look Like In 2030 Because Of Chatbot And Artificial Intelligence

5. Motion UI
Motion UI is the next big emerging trend that web developers will look up to when building a web application. Today there is a growing popularity of motion user interfaces because it provides the developers a platform for creating motion within a native app setting. According to a survey conducted by Usersnap, 36% (or 2382 votes) went in the favor of Motion UI stating that it will be the most important website development trend in 2016. At DOR, we believe that the trend will continue to rise till 2020.

The newest version of Motion UI is bundled with flexible CSS patterns and all kinds of JavaScript libraries and the best part is that there is a seamless integration of animation into websites. With Motion UI, you get access to predefined motions which can be put to use for any website. So web pages are getting an interesting twist today and no longer are they two dimensional and boring. With Motion UI in web development, companies can change how users interact with their brand and storytelling will become easier. As user interactions become more intuitive we can say that Motion UI is an excellent way to trigger emotions in users and can greatly enhance normal user activity.

In the present era where animation has a high potential, developers need to bring websites to life, with more robust animation options. Motion UI will help increase movement on the website and create a living site interactive site which reacts and changes according to different individual users, lending them emotive experiences they would remember for long.

At DOR, we believe that websites should evoke a positive emotional experience for the users. It has been long known to us that people are instinctively drawn towards motion. Using Motion UI, you can create custom animations, creating better experiences on the web not only by a rapid display of colors and shapes, but with motion.

6. Internet of things
The internet is shifting away from our computers and crawling into our household appliances. Today the IoT controls every facet of your life, right from apps on your Smartphone to controlling your HVAC system. It even allows you to set timers to turn on your lights when you get back home from work. Also the wearable devices that we use for enabling text messaging, phone calls, and more has taken communication to a whole new direction. Again, thanks to internet of things.

Now Internet of things is ready to change the way we browse websites. In the future developers may want to work on web applications that would allow us to remotely control household devices. These apps would help in device communication and data analysis. This would surely mean new web design and development techniques. To enable users to interact with IoT devices establishing communications among them will be a great feat in itself.


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