In a previous article I discussed some trends that Umbraco web developers need to start taking seriously in the first half of this decade and for those of you who have caught up with all of those, and for those who haven’t, here are a few more 2021 trends that Umbraco web developers need to be looking at being able to deliver in their Umbraco website development projects.
Embrace voice as an Umbraco web developer
No, I am not talking about talking too much at your clients or building websites that talk to visitors. I am talking about the recent trend in voice search and UI that is starting to really take off.
Voice assistants are really starting to take off, with a predicted 55% of houses in the world expected to have a voice assistant in their home by 2022. So it is critical that Umbraco web developers consider this to stay trendy and in demand.
The first place to start is to make sure that your new Umbraco web development projects are voice search optimized. There are a couple of things you need to do to make this happen and we will have an article on that soon!
From there, you can look at different ways to embrace voice on site.
Umbraco web developers who can create single-page applications will single themselves out as outstanding
If you don’t know what a single page application is then you need to catch up quickly as a lot of the latest web tech is running on it and, as an expert Umbraco web developer you should really be onboard.
Motion UI is a must for Umbraco web developers in 2021
The UI landscape is always changing due to the ever changing world of technology and it is up to Umbraco web developers to stay ahead of the curve to keep the CMS at the forefront of features.
Fortunately, motion UI is easy to implement as it is mainly based around smooth animations like when scrolling, hovering and making elements dynamic in general. All of this can be mostly achieved with some smart CSS that is well documented online.
Don’t forget to make the most of motion UI by using it to draw attention to your call-to-actions to direct visitors to where you want them to be.
3D is becoming cool again so use in in your Umbraco jobs where it makes sense
A trend that is circling back around is the use of 3D elements in UIs. Don’t worry, your visitors won’t have to rock some blue and red glasses to enjoy these. We are just talking about the use of blocks, bevels and drop shadows making their way back into the spotlight to make elements stand out.
Though 3D, try to keep things simple and clean for a modern appearance, but don’t be scared to make some of your new 3D elements interactive to engage visitors. Just don’t be tacky about it!