Web development is one of the most exciting area to be in right now. It really hit its progress when the smartphone made its victorious debut a few years ago, but that was just the beginning.

With 2016 nearly upon us, now’s as good a time as any to look to the future of web development, and what it’s going to mean for consumers and developers alike. Without any further fanfare, I’d like to present three humble prediction for the future of web development service.

Responsive Design Is the Future

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you about the far-reaching changes that mobile operating systems have brought to our lives. It’s thrilling to watch iOS and Android come of age to become robust, hugely capable tools for productivity and I suspect that the greatest triumphs are yet to come.

But along with this mobile-first future comes new requirements for usability. Because of the unique requirements of smartphones and tablets, web developers have, for a few years now, had to deal with the headache that comes from developing not just one website, but two: one for desktop users and one for mobile users.

The good news is this: Responsive Web Design is poised to make the developer’s life considerably easier — that is, after a brief learning curve. With RWD, the same website will look great and be just as easy to use whether it’s viewed on a desktop computer or a smartphone screen.

Design Elements Will Become More Uniform

Neither good news nor bad news, this particular trend can be filed under “inevitable, but interesting.” As we discussed above, responsive design, while pioneered back in 2011, is really only hitting its stride right now. RWD, when coupled with the ever-narrower field of mobile operating systems means that, in turn, our design language will become more and more uniform.

Because websites are being designed for consumption on a wide variety of screen types and because just a handful of operating systems dominate the mobile market we’re seeing particular design elements become more and more common. You’ve surely noticed the proliferation of similar WordPress themes, as well as websites that borrow UI elements (buttons, menus, etc.) from iOS and Android.

This means two things: First, that websites will continue to look similar to each other and second, that, with the fundamental aspects of UI all but standardized, web designers will be free to find new ways to help their websites really stand out.

The Semantic Web Will Come of Age

There’s a very good chance that you have, once or twice, picked up your phone and asked it a direct question. Something like this: Siri, what’s the capital of Ecuador? or Hey Google, what’s the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow? Receiving instant answers to questions like these can provide a momentary diversion, but in the future, they’ll be hugely important.

Thanks to emerging developments in the field of machine learning, computers (and search engine algorithms) will become better and better at intuiting not just the meaning, but the intent behind content on the web. You’ll be able to ask off-the-cuff questions — even detailed ones — and expect a useful answer.

What does this mean for web development ? For starters, it means we’ll renew our focus on perfecting the user experience and providing cutting-edge content, rather than jamming keywords into web copy to account for the conversational and sometimes idiomatic way we search the web. It means Google will continue what it began when it started diminishing the importance of keywords and get back to that classic mantra: “Content is king.”

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