In a nutshell, static websites are those that do not require any databases for preserving data. It means that a frontend developer does not need a backend developer to create a static website. Why are we witnessing such a comeback? The answer is pretty basic: static websites are cheaper to develop, they are safer, and they are a lot faster than dynamic ones.
AI-powered chatbots have become the ultimate answer to many questions in a customer experience. They make customer interaction with a company more “human” and help set long term relationships between them. With the advent of artificial intelligence, chatbots have become even more convenient and “smarter.” They recognize human speech and provide even more logical answers. Some of them can even hold a conversation like a real human and tell jokes to the user. Therefore, AI-based chatbots are worth being listed as one of the top frontend trends in 2020.
According to recent studies, people spend a minimum of 1-3 hours using their mobile devices daily. Attempting to meet the modern user’s needs, companies start creating web apps that provide excellent mobile experiences for their visitors. Progressive web apps (a.k.a. PWAs) are web applications that are indistinguishable from native apps, to the users. Their main advantages are that PWAs are fast (the main part of the data is stored in the cache), they load in a matter of mere seconds, and they do not need an Internet connection to operate properly (they can work offline).
Surely, the main advantage of PWAs is the radical improvement of user experience, which is guaranteed to lead to an increase in conversion rate, as has been proven by the case of Flipkart.
One-pagers are nothing new to the world of web development; however, their advantages are the reason single-page websites appear on the list of frontend trends that 2020 has to offer us.
First of all, single-pagers are obviously faster and cheaper to develop. This one is pretty obvious.
Secondly, they are not over complicated with navigation and tons of content to search through. Users can find all the information that interests them by scrolling through the page, simple as that. Thirdly, such websites are more mobile-friendly than traditional ones. Remember the statistics on smartphone daily usage, above?
Of course, one-pagers are not a one-size-fits-all solution. Yet, because simplifying everything we do seems to be the main trend today, they are guaranteed to stick around and gain even more popularity in 2020.
Minimalist designs are great and always in a trend. However, modern users are already tired of them. On the contrary, animation can make website design even more memorable and exciting. Moreover, it also helps improve the overall user experience and website usability.
Although we love fantastic animations and bold UI designs, we still prefer websites that are easy-to-use and… simple. Thus, simplicity is the next frontend trend that is worth considering. No matter what kind of product you create, try to keep it simple and intuitive.
Vue.js has turned out to be a competitor for Angular and React, and that may be quite a surprise for some. It is easy to understand their surprise, too. Vue.js was developed and launched by an ex-Google employee, Evan You; it doesn’t have any large IT companies (like Facebook or Google) behind it to provide support, thus it is often referred to as a one-man project.
Vue.js has one purpose: it exists to make the user interface development easier and simpler, and it completely fulfills this task; however, just like any other framework, it has its advantages and disadvantages.
Even though there are some cons that come with using Vue.js, it is a trending frontend framework 2020. It is so easy to use and elegant that you definitely need to experience its advantages yourself. Vue.js can be easily used for developing advanced one-page websites.
Even though we started this list with Vue.js, Angular remains one of the most popular front end frameworks. It is not going to disappear anytime soon, so let’s take a look at what Angular is going to bring us this year.
December 2017 brought us a long-awaited Christmas present: Angular 5. It included such new features as the support of PWAs, build optimizer, and some improvements to Material Design implementation. Many experts say it is the best frontend framework 2020.
Next.js is backed by Zeit company. It was developed for server-rendering React applications. The number of such web apps tends to be growing, which is another web development trend. The Next.js web framework is a response to Vue.js on React’s behalf. If you combine React with Next.js, you get as close to what Vue.js offers you as possible in terms of development simplicity.
Gatsby is a reflection of the new front end 2020 trends that have arrived. It is a framework built by Kyle Matthews for developing static websites. Gatsby is a perfect fit for those who aim to use the latest technologies but have a restriction on budget.
Static websites are gaining popularity due to one simple reason: they are a lot safer than even the best ready-made engines out there. Gatsby is here to take advantage of this trend by making static website development easier than ever before.
Storybook was a surprising success in 2017. This web framework is a UI development environment that has quickly won over developers’ hearts thanks to the community effort that revived Storybook in 2017.
Storybook allows designers to define, design and test user interface components in isolation. Thus, the whole application can be developed by assembling these components.
This community-driven UI development environment is one of the tools that are very handy for those working with React. Storybook still is one of the most convenient front end technologies 2020.
We have an opportunity to observe one key trend that is here to stay: simplicity. We have also considered the best front end technologies 2020 that fit into this trend, such as Vue.js and Gatsby, are definitely going to take advantage of it to gain popularity; however, this in no way means that the frameworks backed by Google or Facebook are bound to disappear. It just means that they also have to adapt in order to not lose the battle against new easy-to-use frameworks, as Next.js has shown us.
There is, of course, one thing to keep in mind: there is not one only of the top front end frameworks 2020 has or will bring us. Any framework has its pros and cons, and it is up to you to choose the one that suits the needs of your project the best
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