WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) in the world, powering more than 40% of all websites. With over 100,000 themes and 300,000 plugins to choose from, there is no shortage of WordPress development options on the market. Being an open source platform, WordPress has no upfront licensing fees for its core software. It is also supported by a huge community of developers and contributors worldwide.
It can be also integrated with other platforms, making it an open source system in a true sense. However, like anything else in the tech world, it’s constantly changing and adapting to what users are looking for in an updated experience.
Here are some key WordPress development trends you can’t ignore as you choose your next website design project. Let’s get started…
MOBILE WEB DESIGN
Mobile web design is an important trend for WordPress developers to follow. The mobile web is different from desktop web design in many ways, but it’s still important for those who want their sites to work well on all platforms—and that includes Android devices.
You might be wondering how you can make your WordPress site look good on both desktop and mobile devices without having access to any code tools or plugins. Well, there are a few options available:
- Use CSS3 media queries (which can be used with frameworks like Bootstrap). This will enable you to switch between styles based on whether someone is viewing the page in a phone or computer browser (or even tablet).
- Use responsive images when uploading images onto your website so that they resize themselves appropriately as necessary within different browsers’ widths/heights settings
Artificial intelligence (A.I.) is the most significant advancement in technology that humanity has seen in a very long time, and it has developed to the point where the capabilities it offers websites of all sorts are yielding enormous returns.
In fact, 77% of firms have already integrated some A.I. technology into their working environments, according to a MindTree survey. Understanding and preparation are crucial because many of them wind up losing out when deploying artificial intelligence hastily or carelessly.
A.I., however, gives websites tremendous new possibilities when used appropriately, regardless of the implementation specifications. For example,
- Artificial intelligence can help customers find the right product.
- It can be used to make recommendations.
- AI will be used to help customers with their purchase decisions, including determining if they’re a good fit for what you’re selling and recommending similar products or services that might be better suited for them (for example, if you sell sports memorabilia and someone is looking for a hockey puck autograph).
- You could also use this data from your site as well as other sources like social media or email marketing campaigns to identify potential customers who haven’t purchased anything yet without having them fill out an online form first—and then reach out directly through e-mail or text message based on those criteria alone!
Interactive content is a great way to engage your audience. It can be used to tell stories, highlight product features or collect data. The possibilities are endless! We’ll explore some of the most popular interactive content in this section:
- Interactive Infographics – This type of infographic allows you to embed images that move through an interactive timeline as users scroll down. You could also use this tool when creating your own listicles or other visual representations of information that would otherwise need more space on their own page (such as videos).
- Interactive Slideshows – These slideshows let viewers interact with content in a number of ways including selecting slides from an index and choosing which ones they want to see next; clicking on a link within each slide; dragging/dropping text onto specific points on the screen (this might be useful if you have certain sections where users would benefit from extra information); clicking “next” after completing each exercise so it continues moving forward without having any breaks between steps; etcetera…
One-page designs are more than just single pages. They’re websites that have all of their information on a single page, and they’re useful for mobile devices.
One-page designs can also be used to highlight key information and get people interested in your brand without them having to scroll through long paragraphs of text or click through dozens of links.
Microinteractions are small, simple tasks that can be completed on a webpage to encourage users to complete other actions. They’re similar to the design of buttons found in most CMSs (e.g., WordPress), but they aren’t necessarily button-like at all—they’re more like “tasks” or “alerts” that appear as you scroll through your website’s content and give you quick access to information without interrupting the flow of your site.
VIDEO BACKGROUNDS AND MUTED AUDIO
Video backgrounds and muted audio are another two WordPress development trends that can be used to create an immersive experience.
The best way to illustrate this is by giving you an example: let’s say you have a landing page for your company’s podcast, which has a video background that changes every week. You could use the same background in another one of your posts on the blog, but instead of using animated GIFs or static images like most blogs do (which would probably look pretty boring), you’d have something more sophisticated—like maybe this:
Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that superimposes computer-generated images on top of real world objects. It’s similar to virtual reality and augmented reality, but instead of using your phone’s camera to create an entire world, AR uses your device’s camera to overlay data onto the real world around you.
WordPress has an AR plugin called Radium that allows users to embed their content into 3D environments with various visual elements like text or video. This can be used for marketing purposes as well as education—for example, if you want your audience members’ attention focused on something specific when they visit one page of content on your website then adding some sort of visual element could help them remember what it is they saw when they first visited!
White space has been a key WP development trends over the years. And developers have come up with creative ways to use white space.
White space is an important element of design and can be used effectively to unclutter a page. The use of white space, or negative space, is often overlooked in web design but the potential for creating visual interest with it should not be ignored.
Negative space can create striking contrast between elements on the page which allows them to standout and creates a sense of serenity that you won’t find on many other websites.
The use of white space isn’t always appropriate for a design and so it should be used carefully and with consideration for your desired end result. As with any trend, there are many examples you can use to learn more but don’t feel pressured into using negative space just because it is trendy. The best designers know when to say no and how sometimes good enough really is good enough.
Like whitespace, typography has been an evergreen WP trend. However, this trend has gone through many changes over the years, thanks to the creative experiments by WP developers. There are so many trends in typography, it can be difficult to know where to start
Some of the interesting typography trends we have come across of late are big and bold headlines, outlined fonts, psychedelic colors, glitch text and animated typography. However, there are some things to know to ace the typography game in WordPress development.
When you’re planning a website and choosing your fonts, keep these trends in mind: geometric sans serifs, condensed sans serifs and slab serifs. Geometric sans serifs are trending because they are clean and modern with a futuristic vibe. Condensed sans serifs have been popular for years – this is the time for them to come back in full force.
They’re classic, easy-to-read and more legible than other types of fonts. Slab serifs (usually referred to as ‘modern’) look great when used on their own or combined with another font. They work well at any size but also look excellent at larger sizes such as headings.
Another trend worth mentioning is open type typefaces, which combine traditional letter shapes with contemporary designs that allow for more nuanced expression through both form and texture.
There you have it, the key trends in WordPress development that will be big for 2022 and beyond. The takeaway from this article is that WordPress development trends are in flux, and you need to know what’s happening now.
The most important point to take away from this article is that WordPress has always been a powerful platform for building websites. As with any technology, however, there are new developments taking place in the field of web development that can help you create more engaging websites for your clients and customers.
In addition to being able to use new tools and techniques like responsive design or hybrid mobile sites (more on these later), you’ll also want to consider using plugins like WooCommerce or Gravity Forms as well as themes such as Twenty Sixteen which have recently been updated with modern features such as drag-and-drop functionality.
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