Web designing and development are broad sectors encompassing many different disciplines and skills. As the demand for website design and development is inflating at an unbelievable rate, every individual wants to stay updated with the technology and trends updated every day in the field.
When it comes to web development, WordPress stands out! WordPress is one of the most productive platforms when it comes to building websites. The growing popularity of WordPress is undoubtedly due to its open-source and free nature. The other factors that make the platform to standout include ease of installation and management, massive libraries of free plugins and themes. Right from its creation in 2003, it has gained ground in the sector of website creation and today nearly more than a quarter of the existing websites on the web is built from WordPress.
All the websites developed using WordPress are Seo-friendly and responsive. As WordPress is a open source software, it constantly undergoes improvements by coders. In the year 2017, people got to see more and more ‘Drag and Drop’ themes and ‘mobile-friendly’ sites. In this piece, this year we have put down some interesting trends that is expected to flourish in the WordPress industry in the year 2018. Explore these trends and decide what you can do to evolve your business in the changing WordPress industry!
The latest version WordPress 4.9 is expected to hit the web development industry this year. This version will include enhancement and fixes to the last release. Web developers, designers and administrators will get to see changes in terms of editing code, managing themes & plugins and much more.
The Drag-and-Drop themes by WordPress will make development quite easy for the developers and web enthusiasts. Such themes are designed to enable users customize their sites seamlessly without writing any code. It can help them gain complete control over their site while customizing (without distorting the internal structure of the site at any level). Foundry, BeTheme and Uplift are some examples of themes with Drag-and-Drop feature.
Enriched Ecommerce Websites
As the e-commerce landscape is shifting dramatically, WordPress has planned to bring in some interesting stuffs to the E-Commerce industry. Last year woo-commerce, a popular open source e-commerce plugin had made the development of websites very simple. In the new version developers will find trends based on subscription-based services, personalized and mobile shopping. We have listed down some interesting WordPress E-commerce themes that will rock this year:
Handmade – Is an ultimate WordPress theme with which you can visually build anything for your online store. With custom shortcodes, integrated visual composer page builder, product filter widgets is a great solution for online stores.
Divi- An incredibly intuitive theme by WordPress comes with features like – Real time design, 46 different content elements, quick load time and responsive previews.
Flatsome – Packed with full functionality, this theme was built to boost your conversion rate with its unique, flat design. Built-in wish list, quick view features, seo optimized code and drag-and-drop page builder are some of its unique features.
Videos and Virtual Reality
Virtual reality and videos will take the center stage in 2018. As the inclusion of video backgrounds and headers allure users attention, WordPress 4.9 is set to adopt this trend in most of its themes. It will fully support virtual reality content, 360 degree videos and images. Some WordPress Themes that will support Videos include – Naila, Balzac and Inspiro. On the other hand, they had also released some interesting plugins like WP-VR-View and MomentoPress for displaying 360 degree photos and videos.
As users are clinging onto their mobile phones for visiting websites, the demand for highly responsive websites is increasing at a great level. The year 2018 will witness more responsive themes from WordPress. To accommodate the increasing influx of mobile users, WordPress will be releasing more themes with improved loading speed and improved mobile search experience.
Though these trends have already created a great exhilaration in the web design and development sector, there are also other trends that are developed by WordPress pertaining to fonts, static page website and animations. We hope that these trends will make the year 2018 a great one for WordPress.