Best Website Trends in 2016

I have been designing websites since Google launched its first official service in 1997 and notice that trends in web design are like fashion trends, come and go. Sometimes trends are distracted by necessity (like responsive design). Rest of the trends are industry shifts such as the change of design from Skeuomorphism toFlat Design.

The wise web developers don’t choose the current trends; they always look at the clients business need because a site built only on trends quickly becomes out of date. So, with that in mind, let’s look at the top website design trends in 2016.But, don’t worry; you can prevent your website by bad guys. I encourage you to bookmark this article for future reference as you will find it useful when you are securing other WordPress websites you develop 🙂

Hamburger Menu (Right or Wrong?)

As mobile devices are became common for browsing. Majority of developers started simplifying navigation and hiding it under a hamburger menu. This trend also sneaked into the desktop version of website. However, it’s still debatable that Hamburger is right for desktop version of website or not.

Card-Based Design (The Future of Web)

The rise of the responsive gadgets has ushered in a new way of thinking among web designers and developers, who need to create websites that work on smaller screens such as smart watch.

The constraints of smaller screens have actually helped the web to become that little bit more modular, with responsive design now one of the foremost web design trends: pages can be broken up into their constituent parts, and reordered on the fly, depending on browser or screen sizes. Content spread over three or four columns can be re-positioned into just one.

This has refocused attention on ‘cards’, as a design pattern for displaying information in bite-sized chunks. Cards are ideal for the TL;DR generation, perfect for mobile devices and responsive design, and I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of them in the months and years ahead. The format may not be new, but it’s on the rise.

Bootstrap (Too much JavaScript)

It seems that JavaScript is everywhere these days. Almost all of the plugins are using JavaScript. A good proportion of WordPress plugins used JavaScript libraries. JavaScript can be found in many of the modern libraries and frameworks such as Angular.js, Backbone.js, and Knockout.js. The latter is an MVVM (Model-View-View) framework which is written entirely in JavaScript

Typography (Beautiful Fonts)

Beautiful fonts are widely available now  While you can use multiple typefaces, I generally wouldn’t recommend more than two as Too many typefaces creates a confusing and cluttered looking site, which reduces legibility and readability.

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This post is written by Shakil Ahmed, Creative director at Sarah Creations.