5 Web application development trends to look out for in 2016

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Web application development is no more an alien term now. In fact, web applications have become so common that we make use of them, now and then, in the form of support requests, login and inquiry forms, webmail, shopping carts and content management systems. Web applications allow data to be captured, stored, processed and transmitted to use immediately or at a later date.

Such features of web applications have greatly shaped modern websites and provide businesses with the means necessary to communicate with prospects and customers. Web applications perform their function irrespective of the operating system and  are quickly deployed anywhere at no cost and without any installation requirements at the user’s end. As the number of businesses embracing the benefits of doing business over the web increases, so will the use of web applications and other related technologies continue to grow.

Here are top 5 web application development trends that will stick around this year and  you should be on the lookout for them before you start developing your or your client’s web applications:

  • Practice Minimalism

Through Minimalism, you can cut down on the number of elements to create a fresh, uncluttered UI. Minimalism can be achieved by reducing a design to only the most essential elements. In this way, the loading time is reduced to a great extent which is helpful especially when it comes to mobile applications.  When the user interface isn’t overloaded with tons of elements, it’s easier to develop a clean and responsive application, when acts as a plus point in case of mobiles.

  • Focus on UX

If you want your users to be happy, it’s important that you pay attention to every feature of web applications to ensure a smooth user experience. Some of the features being, form submission, login redirects, and email subscription. Users should receive some feedback on submitting a form. If submitting doesn’t send the user to a different page, there should be a popup or alert of some sort that lets them know if the submission succeeded or failed. When a user attempts to access a page on your site but isn’t logged in, they should first be sent to a login  page.  Any emails you send a user should include, at the very least, a link to a page on your application where they can modify their email settings, and preferably a separate link that unsubscribes them from all emails as well.

  • Responsive design

If your web applications have a responsive design, then in addititon you have a fully-functional mobile-friendly site. As people use several devices today to access web apps, responsive web apps can easily fit into any device without hanging up.

  • Flat & Single Page Design

Flat design gets its name from the shapes used. Flat design employs a distinct two-dimensional style that is simply flat. The concept works without embellishment – drop shadows, bevels, embossing, gradients or other tools that add depth. Every element or box, from image frames to buttons to navigational tools, is crisp and lacks feathered edges or shadows. Flat design involves features such as long shadows, vibrant color schemes and simple typography and ghost buttons. Users prefer scrolling over clicking. By ensuring a single page solution, you eliminate the need of clicking again and again to dive deeper into your site.

  • Maintain Security

With so many hackers and viruses on the go, you should tightly secure your web apps to avoid any leakage of sensitive information which could seriously hamper your business. You can take full control of security by confirming emails, managing identity and ensuring encryption. When users sign up, email them a confirmation link. If a user updates their e-mail address at some point later on down the road, that same workflow should be triggered again.

Be sure to check on these points next time before you start developing a web application and  keep frustrated users at bay!

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