WordPress is an ever-updating platform and that makes it the best CMS to choose from the list. Just like every other field has a trendsetter to whom people follow and then try and experiment things on their own, WordPress is a sure shot trendsetter when we are speaking about Content Management Systems around the globe.
There is no denying the fact that WordPress is the crowned king of web development industry since it owns a whopping 27% of the websites present on the internet and that is why we are going to throw some light on what we thought can be the upcoming trends that this trendsetter can follow.
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WordPress is user-friendly which makes it easy for novice website administrators to make small updates to their sites, such as text changes and blog posts. WordPress also offers a massive library of plugins to its users, making it completely customizable to any web development need. All WordPress websites are also mobile and SEO-friendly.
When we are speaking about the top WordPress trends to be followed in 2018, it naturally means that it includes all the upcoming web trends plus all the additional new features for a WordPress user. Recently, WordPress 4.9 was launched and it has all the latest updates users are looking forward to.
So let us talk about what can be the major trending fluctuations that can shake the WordPress.
People who developed WordPress (Matt Mullenweg and the WordPress development team at Automattic) has been working very hard since last 15 years and it took them a lot of time to make such great improvements and make WordPress more stable and easy to use.
WordPress 4.0 was a result of sheer hard work of over 3 years and now we have a lot of expectations from the WordPress core team for WordPress 5.0 and its updates.
According to the official WordPress development cycle page, WordPress 5.0 will be released within 2018. We can expect some big changes with this new update, including a brand new editor.
This new update will help define the future of WordPress and what kind of new features it will bring to themes and CMS-based website designs.
Its a completely new term and trend that has been circling around with all the other related trends of web designing. Microinteractions can be seen on many popular websites and apps as it is getting very popular as days are passing. WordPress devs already know about microinteractions as they are known to be an eye catcher when your user is passing by your website and soon we can see many themes loaded with microinteractions.
Microinteractions is all about adding small interactions to elements of a website to improve the user experience. Many times you’ve seen those little check marks that pop up and animates after you click on submit buttons are all microinteraction designs.
There are two major benefits of using microinteractions. Firstly, it’s really interactive for your users and forces them to stick to your website for a longer period and secondly, it also helps keep the users engaged with the website by providing better feedback for their actions.
When we wrote about virtual reality-based themes in WordPress trends for 2017, we saw the change taking place. Now, the number of VR-Based themes and plugins is going to increase as it is the FUTURE!
As more VR gadgets and devices are getting released as days are passing by, it is very much possible that craze of virtual reality is going to increase and it actually helps business to attract new customers and users for their business. It is a relatively new technology for WordPress and will evolve with time and has a lot of benefits.
WordPress already fully support VR devices such as Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift. However, we are yet to see a feature-packed VR theme for WordPress.
Hopefully, 2018 will be the year we finally get to see a WordPress theme that comes with built-in features for VR gadgets. Until then, you can try optimizing your websites for VR using plugins. For example, you can add VR image galleries, videos, and product tours using plugins that are already available.
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WordPress already provides a variety of free and basic layout themes, although, on the other hand, customizable themes are paid and are worth every penny because of the number of options it contains. Since WordPress prides itself on being user-friendly, you can get very different prices for many premium themes depending upon the easiness and popularity theme has in the market. Last year, we saw a rise in the number of such themes which will grow further in 2018.
Just like themes, the support pillars of WordPress, VR plugins are also available to be downloaded freely from WordPressdotORG. With the rise in demand for virtual reality products, a race has been started between many themes and plugins devs to create something so advanced that can be easily pitched to the users. WordPress fully supports virtual reality content as well as 360° videos and images. There are several plugins already available. We expect to see more of virtual reality WordPress products in the upcoming year.
The most awaited feature of WordPress is REST API, which helps to many developers and let them build mobile and web-apps using WordPress as a suitable framework. This will be a major part of the WordPress’ future and we’ll get to see more amazing things from the platform very soon.
Of course, that process will take time. However, the lead developer of the REST API is confident that by 2020, this will take off for the better.
The year 2017 was a big year for WordPress. We can only imagine what kind of trends and design changes we’ll get to see this year. Are you just as excited as we are?