Top 11 Popular Web Development Trends to follow in 2018

September 12th, 2018 . 10 minutes read
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You need to be updated with popular web development trends 2018 for best web development. In this blog i am sharing 11 top web development trends of 2018.

The first decade of the twenty-first century saw a rapid growth in the web development and technologies that were able to make the world of the web more interactive and full of features. This growth continued in the second decade as well with a huge advancement in the already existing features and into its concluding years there are much more chances to see growth in the conventional and advanced web development methods.

We are in the age of technology and the station to our stoppage is the year 2018. The web developers have to play a huge role in making things more flexible and easy on the web. Web developer was the most preferred role according to a survey of Stack Overflow in 2017.

developers roles
Source: https://insights.stackoverflow.com/survey/2017

List of top web development trends 2018 to follow:

Here are some of the web development trends 2018 that made their impact on the products and promise to continue the same in future as well. So, let’s look into them one by one.

1. JavaScript As A Giant:

JavaScript had the great impression on the web developers in the year 2017 and it was amongst one of the trendiest technologies. It continues to show the same caliber this year as well.

Most popular technologies
Source: https://insights.stackoverflow.com/survey/2018/

Developers are using functional programming heavily and JavaScript is coming out as one of the best option to implement the logic in a much easier way. It has frameworks and libraries that are flexible and powerful. The most famous frameworks that have competition amongst them are angular and react.

top programming languages
Source: http://merehead.com/blog/top-programming-languages-2018-learn/

Other frameworks like Vue.js and Ember.js are easy to learn and are gaining popularity day by day but React and Angular still lead the chart.

There is no second thought that the JavaScript is not the best web development language. It is the universal programming language which provides flexibility and performance. It will continue with this pace only and according to an analysis, it will find its path very smooth in the future as well. So, the trend of this amazing language will continue as it is going from past few years.

2. Material Design:

The design is the most important part of any website or any application, which makes it easy to reach out to the end user with whatever the web developer tries to do. If a web developer writes a good piece of code and manages it well but if the website is not having an appealing design then it loses its importance.

Material design bootstrap

Material Design helps in making websites distinctive with the color-selections, it helps to choose simple and easy pre-defined icons, it also helps in choosing best graphics and images that are an additional benchmark to the content in the website.

The trend to use Material Design has gone higher in the past few years and it continues in 2018 as well. The frameworks such as Material Design for Bootstrap are in extreme demands and are used by some of the big companies such as Amazon, SONY, AEGON, Unity, NIKE, Deloitte, and SAMSUNG.

Material design for bootstrap

There is Bootstrap and Material Design and then there is a combination of both which is MDB, the material design has a huge scope and will remain in the competition for at least next few years.

3. Smooth Animation – Motion UI

The smooth animation inside any website makes it attractive and catchy. There may be some animation achieved through plain JavaScript and CSS but since last few months in web development, there is a library by the name of MOTION UI which is continuously gaining the popularity. It allows developers to animate content and relies on SASS preprocessor. So, it finds a place in our list of top trends in web development in 2018.


More can be learned about this library on the official website of the MOTION UI.

4. Internet of Things (IoT):

Internet of things

It is one of the fastest growing technologies which has made a strong place in the web development. It is the network of physical devices, vehicles, domestic appliances, and some of the other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors etc. that are accessible through the internet. IoT allows smart devices to make the use of resources more efficiently.

Studies have shown that how impacting this technology will be in the future. The number of IoT devices are increasing day by day and if we compare between 2018 and 2025 then the devices using IoT will show almost 3.5 times hike.

Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices installed base worldwide from 2015 to 2025 (in billions)

number of connected devices
Source: https://www.statista.com/statistics/471264/iot-number-of-connected-devices-worldwide/

IoT has opened the door for endless opportunities in business as well as the web development trends which makes it a trending technology in 2018.

5. Progressive Web Apps (PWA):

Progressive Web Applications (PWA) are the websites that provide the look and feel of a mobile application. This simply provides a rich user experience without actually downloading the app.

PWA provides the faster loading time, improved performance, less data usage, and the best user engagement experience. Some of the apps which have already adopted the PWA are AliExpress (popular e-commerce site owned by Alibaba Group), Flipkart (India’s largest e-commerce site), Twitter Lite (PWA app of Twitter) etc. and many more are planning to adopt PWA soon.

Progressive web apps

Although it has shown a slow growth in last year it is definitely the trending technology of web development that promises enhanced features and may set its standard to a level where they can be easily considered as the replacement of the mobile apps.

6. Dynamic Page Rewriting – Single Page Application(SPA)

Single Page Applications (SPAs) are the web pages that load a single page and update the page dynamically. SPA works perfectly on all the devices and shows a high performance. This web technology helps in decreasing the web development time. Single Page Applications also provide more fluid and responsive website and applications.

SPA lifecycle

Source: https://www.c-sharpcorner.com/UploadFile/rahul4_saxena/single-page-application-spa-using-angularjs-web-api-and-m/

The famous frameworks of JavaScript such as Angular and React already are providing features to develop single page applications in an easy and flexible way. SPAs are the trending web development technology that the world is looking upon. It will surely produce great features and will help web developers in dealing with complex challenges.

7. Query Language of APIs – GraphQL:

GraphQL is a query language used for APIs. It fulfills the requirement of a complete and understandable description of data in an API. It is a web technology that may help the web developers to ask for exactly what they need. GraphQL is open sourced that was developed internally by Facebook in 2012. It was made available to the public in 2015.

Source: https://medium.freecodecamp.org/graphql-front-end-queries-made-easy-68e9d9ded283

The growth to this technology is still in its infancy but seeing the interest of companies to adopt GraphQL is making it come in our list of trends. Companies like Shopify, Coursera, The New York Times, Twitter, Yelp, GitHub, PayPal, StackShare etc are already using GraphQL in their APIs.

To learn more about the GraphQL, you may consider visiting the official site of GraphQL: https://graphql.org/

8. UI Development Environment – Storybook:

Storybook is a development environment for UI components. It helps in defining, developing and testing UI components. It runs outside of an app which helps a web developer to develop the UI components in isolation.

Story Book

Storybook has a lot of component designs, documentation, interactivity, and testing features. It is easily configurable and smooth to use. In early 2017 it was showing a very slow growth and performance rate but due to the efforts of the developer’s community it rapidly grew and it is now trending amongst the web developers. Storybook is now used by companies such as airbnb, lonely planet, SQUARESPACE, DBS, and coursera. You can learn more about it from here.

9. Automated Customer Support – CHATBOTS:

chat bots

Automated Customer Support has already come a quite long way but still, it is expected to grow more rapidly in 2018 and in the coming years. Millions of dollars are lost by the companies every year due to poor customer support but with the invent of Automated Customer Support services such as chatbots, this can be dealt very smoothly with no hassle of manpower as the chatbots are available to help and assist the customer 24X7.

More and More companies are moving towards Automated Support Services these days and taking the help of chatbots. Chatbots are trends these days and will continue to grow in 2018 and the coming years. So, for sure if you are not considering the chatbots in 2018 will be a great miss for web development.

10. Real-Time Web Apps:

Real-Time Web Apps are now acceptable everywhere and continued their progress in 2018 as well. The frameworks such as Node.js and Meteor are now being used by a vast community of developers. Applications made in Node.js and Meteor support Real Time requests and responses. Socket.io library and Ruby on Rails framework are also the options which provide features of real-time operations. This unique feature of web development still continues to be in the trends of 2018 and will maintain its pace in the coming time as well.

11. Blockchain technology:

blockchain technology
Source: https://medium.com/@fidelvti/blockchain-for-dummies-df780e083189

It has become a hot topic in the world and within the last few years, many conversations are going around the globe over the benefits of this technology. At the same time, with the rapid growth in the idea of its advantages, all giant and small organization want to work on blockchain technology.

The blockchain is a technology that supports collective data storage and the information is stored on thousands of computers all around the world and not in a single place. Transactions are relying on the complex algorithms with a high level of security and protection.

Its main application involves the security, trading and exchange operations, cryptocurrency and the cryptography. This has made it come in the list of trending web development technologies of 2018.

For our readers, there is one bonus point that made its impact on everyone all around the world and that is –

GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation:

General Data Protection Regulation

This is the topic which was the means of hot conversation amongst the different web development and the general community in the recent past. A lot of data-stealing reports were coming from all around the world and the web was losing trust amongst the people. So, on May 25, 2018, a new set of regulations were enacted by the European Union, upon each and every business application over the web to protect the privacy and personal data of people. Each company has to follow that and failing to which will cause a negative consequence against the company.

Web developers and the companies have to follow the standards set by GDPR on their websites and apps. A huge consideration of these standards has made it into the list of trends in web development in 2018.
More about it can be read here or from Wikipedia.


Web Development trends 2018 have shown a massive growth in the past few years and they are still going to rule the web in the coming times. The user is going to see a massive transformation in the technologies over the web and by the end of 2018, many other trends will also set their way for some user-friendly features. These trends over the websites especially the e-commerce platforms will show a great hike and will increase by a huge mass by the year 2020.

Here i have shared top web development trends 2018 for latest and high quality web development. Habilelabs is providing continuously premium quality web development services from long time. Give us a call to find out more about our awesome services!

I hope these top web development trends will broaden your knowledge and will make you look forward to following these trends and build something great. For any queries feel free to ask in the comments section and do share your thoughts about the blog.

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Author: aishwarya