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    Web Design & Development Trends

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    The number of Internet users increased rapidly this year. This has a lot to do with the rising sales of Internet-enabled smart mobile devices. Web developers and designers are focusing on creating websites that render well over mobiles. The practical application of websites has changed, and this has in turn changed the web design elements that dominate websites. Here, we take a look at seven web design and web development trends that have almost become best practices.

    Responsive Web Design

    The number of Internet users increased rapidly this year. This has a lot to do with the rising sales of Internet-enabled smart mobile devices. Web developers and designers are focusing on creating websites that render well over mobiles. The practical application of websites has changed, and this has in turn changed the web design elements that dominate websites. Here, we take a look at seven web design and web development trends that have almost become best practices.

    While some businesses choose to build separate mobile and web versions of their websites, most new websites are built on responsive layouts. This popularity of this trend is underscored by the plethora of free and paid responsive themes that are available online.

    Sticky Headers and Navigation Menus

    This is a trend that has steadily gained popularity this year. It is the kind of custom web development element that won't suit each and every design, but a large number of designers are using it. When this technique is used, the header section stays in place even when the users scroll down. It is also possible for the designer to reduce the dimensions of the navigation after the visitor has scrolled down a certain section of the website. This trend is seen on desktop versions only. As space is at premium in mobiles, using sticky navigations doesn't make sense.

    Grand Visuals and Minimalist Landing Pages

    There has been a war against clutter in design this year. When you keep in mind the fact that a large percentage of websites are viewed over mobiles, you understand that a clutter page with too many elements cannot work. So, a large number of websites developed in 2014 have large images that function as the background for the page. Also, most landing pages have minimalist design that pushes the user the focus on the central element of the page. These trends are most visible on websites selling products or services online.

    Single Page Websites

    We live in an age of mammoth websites. Even small businesses have websites with hundreds of pages. One of the reasons that behind excessive number of pages is the question for high search engine page ranking on Google. The old school SEO said that the more pages you have targeting different keywords, the more chance you have of showing up on Google's first page. But heavy changes in Google's search algorithms, this doesn't hold true anymore.  

    While large business will need large website to showcase all their offerings, we are seeing the trend of attractive single-page websites gain popularity. Such websites use fixed header that the users can click on to navigate to different parts of the page. While single-page websites have been around since quite some time, custom web designer can now create attractive single page websites that provide a more natural user experience. Small business websites and websites promoting a single product or service are increasingly adopting this technique.

    Prominent Social Media Share Badges

    Social media websites are becoming more and more popular every passing day. A study by Experian Marketing Services found out that Internet users in the US spend 27% of their online time on social networking. Social media has emerged as an important ingredients for better usability and online popularity. In 2012, a handful of popular blogs and websites had social media badges, but this year, we have seen more prominent social media badges appear on a significantly larger number of websites.

    Support for Retina Graphics

    The market is filled with a number of cutting-edge devices (especially Apple devices) with high pixel densities. Websites that do not support retina graphics can look blurred and shabby on such devices. Custom web development teams are working hard to create retina displays this year. This feature is particularly used in combination with responsive web design.

    Infinite Scroll Loading

    The Internet is becoming more and more visual. While content still rules, it is pictures that attract most attention. Most image-oriented websites on the Internet are using infinite scrolling to provide a better user experience. When this technique is used, more images load up as the user scrolls down the page. Pinterest is the most popular website using this technique. Google also uses this feature in Google+ Photos. Over the last few months, infinite scrolling has become the standard for image-heavy websites.  

    We feel that these are the prominent web development trends have gained strength.

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