The web design and development landscape constantly evolves, with new trends and technologies always emerging. Here are some of the big stories that might dominate web development in 2024
SaaS is expected to continue evolving, significantly impacting how businesses operate. The implications of SaaS for businesses in 2024 will likely centre around increased efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and innovation.
Overall, in 2024, SaaS will feature more sophisticated, integrated, and user-friendly solutions, enabling businesses to operate more efficiently, adapt quickly to market changes, and reduce operational costs.
AR and VR have existed for a few years but are still relatively niche technologies. However, that is expected to change in 2024 as the cost of hardware and software decreases, and the technology becomes more accessible to a broader audience. AR and VR are already used in various web applications, such as product visualisation, virtual tours, and education. As the technology matures, we can expect to see even more innovative uses for AR and VR in the web design and development space. (more info)
In 2002, we worked on an AR/VR project for the MoD, and there are some clear benefits regarding training. One of our teams has been developing VR to train construction staff on how to work safely on tall buildings. We’re also working with Real Estate companies on showcasing properties using VR.
VR is currently niched in entertainment for the masses, but tools like Google Cardboard and the ability to view VR content in a browser could open up the market to businesses use next year.
No-code and low-code development platforms allow businesses to create web applications without writing much code. This makes it possible for more people to create web applications, even if they don’t have much programming experience. No-code and low-code platforms are expected to become even more popular in 202.
Check out our article To Code or Not to Code for more information.
AI is already used in various web applications, such as chatbots, personalisation, and content creation. As AI becomes more sophisticated, we can expect to see even more innovative uses for AI in web design and development. For example, AI could create more personalised user experiences, generate engaging content, and even design websites and applications.
PWAs, or Progressive Web Apps, are web applications that users can install on their devices and use offline. They function more like native apps while remaining accessible through the web. In 2024, developers expect wider adoption of PWAs for web development due to their many benefits over traditional web applications, including faster loading times, push notifications, and offline functionality.
We do have concerns:
With these figures in mind, it’s hard to imagine both companies choosing to allow PWAs access to features that would harm their store revenues.
Our key takeaway is that native apps aren’t going away any time soon.
A Design systems consists of reusable components and guidelines, allowing for the creation of consistent and scalable designs across multiple products or platforms. Design systems are becoming increasingly important as businesses develop more and more complex web applications. In 2024, we expect more firms to adopt design systems to improve their design and development processes.
“Web 3.0,” a term first introduced by John Markoff in 2006, represents the next phase of the Internet. Emphasising decentralisation, enhanced user utility, and the integration of AI, machine learning, and blockchain. Unlike Web 2.0, which focuses on centralised platforms, Web 3.0 could feature open-source software and decentralised systems driven by blockchain technology. This shift will allow the Internet to process data in a more human-like manner, providing personalised experiences, superior search functionalities, and advanced app interfaces.
By 2024, Web 3.0’s impact on businesses, particularly smaller ones, will depend on the accessibility and maturity of its foundational technologies. Sectors with high digital integration, such as fintech, healthcare, and e-commerce, are more likely early adopters.
Key factors influencing its adoption include the network effect, cryptocurrency concerns, and environmental aspects of blockchain technologies.
Approaching 2024, we witness a dynamic evolution in the web design and development landscape. Key trends, such SaaS, AR/VR technologies, and AI platforms, promise to transform our interaction with technology. AI played a huge role in 2023 and the pace is still accelerating.
However, challenges like market dominance by big players and the uncertainty surrounding adopting Web 3.0 pose questions for the industry. At Devstars, we stand ready to navigate these changes, providing cutting-edge solutions tailored to your business needs.
Keen to stay ahead with web development in 2024? Connect with Devstars. Whether it’s harnessing the latest technologies or preparing for upcoming trends, we’re here to guide you through. Reach out today, and let’s collaboratively shape a future-proof digital strategy.
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