New trends in web development
Web development has been a growing industry since its beginnings, but thanks to the smartphone boom, the design rules have changed quite a lot, and now every web developer knows that it's a must that his website functions properly on all major platforms: desktop, laptops, smartphones and tablets. But let's see what are the actual trends when it comes to web design:
1. Responsive Web Design
The big problem of making a website mobile friendly is the multitude of platforms, devices and resolutions. So how are you going to perfectly fit the layout of the page in all the different resolutions and screens? How to ensure that the website has a proper look, both on a PC monitor and on a smartphone screen? How to make your site readable on both large and small screens?
These are the questions that should find an answer in Responsive Web Design. By using CSS3 media queries, the web developer is able to create a website layout that will dynamically change and re-arrange based on the screen's resolution. Pretty cool, right?! :)
2. Adobe Flash
This may seem surprising, but another 2013 trend is Adobe Flash. Well, actually it is not… what am I trying to say is that Flash seems to be breathing its last (at least for mobile), so the trend in 2013 is "Bye bye Flash"! I never liked you anyway! :)
3. Flat Design
Flat Design seems to be everywhere today, and for good reason, because this style tries to simplify the design in a way that is both user-friendly and also easy to implement for the web designer. Also, the lack of distracting elements, such as: 3D effects, shadows and other "showy" design ideas give an appealing and "clean" look to the website, that’s why many think that Flat Design is here to stay, at least for a while.
4. Fixed Header Bars
Although right now there aren’t many websites that use it, Fixed Header Bars seem to be growing in popularity.
By using a property from CSS (position: fixed;), a web developer can "freeze" the Header bar in a website. In this way, the user can navigate through the website a lot easier, because the navigation bar is always in front of his eyes, regardless if he scrolls down or up. Useful, right?
5. CSS Transparency
Adding transparency to your website can be annoying for the users, or can be a delight, depending on the implementation. Although the transparency option is available for quite a while, it is only lately that many web designers are using it in order to create cool and lovely things in their websites.
These are some of the trends that got hold of the web in 2013. Of course, there are others, but few will be able to stand the test of time, because new trends will make their way into the World Wide Web in 2014. So embrace the best of these and prepare for the new!
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