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WordPress Web Design And Development Trends, 2016

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2015 has brought a heap of new releases, plugins, and themes, making website creation in WordPress even more interesting. We chased responsiveness and mobile-friendliness to a huge extent. But, like every good thing comes to an end someday, this year too, is winding up.

The old is gone and the fresh is coming. And, with a happy new year all set to happen in three months, we are looking forward to some newer trends for WordPress website development in India.

It’s been a glorious year; and it’s going to get even more awesome. With technology always enquiring ‘what next?’ it’s time we shed off the happiness we enjoyed this year and make room for the new.

Want to know what’s shaping the future of web design and development?

1: Being Original:

This is perhaps the biggest challenge in a virtual digital world where ideas are getting saturated. Because ‘being original’ is the trend, everyone shall follow it and come up with sites that look more or less the same, of course, with a difference or two in colours and images.

This is called ‘mass adoption’ which does no good to progress. Those who perform it early will be known as the trendsetters and those who welcome it a little late will be the copycats.

However, ‘being original’ is possible if custom drawn elements are increasingly used. This has to be merged with nicely done animations to maintain the ingenuity of the creation. And, this trend is so evident! Don’t you see all those HTML5, CSS3 and JS animation collections that have surfaced all of a sudden?

2: Applying ‘flat’ with a twist:

In 2015, everyone was crazy about flat design leaving the idea of gradient behind. The attention was invited with the evolution of the iOS and Android. Of course, this was much deserved because the entire world was going gaga over the concept of mobile.

In fact, Android boosted the implementation of the idea above every other OS. Its material design pattern and reference was a huge contributor because it always cared about the big picture that spread beyond mobiles only.

However, the future is going to be all about ‘almost flat’ design. What earlier was devoid of fluffs and frills, full of solid, bold colours, and simple elements and typography, will now be presented with defined dimensions and balanced colours.

Remember the Windows 8 interface that didn’t score well? Well, that was a ‘flat’ failure. And, issues like this are now being addressed to by using the ‘almost flat’ approach.

3: The ‘quirk’ factor:

This is also a part of the originality trend we discussed earlier. All professional web design services in India are adding very few elements in sites, and focusing more on hand-drawn elements that add a persona tinge to the whole look.

The idea is to apply a quirky look, which bespeaks the creativity and friendliness of the business, organisation, or firm to which the site belongs. Moreover, such illustrations cannot be easily copied by competitors. They are not run-of-the-mill and never boring. Most of all, they are original.

4: Long scrolling being ditched!

We all know what the common notion is. People like to view sites more on mobile and therefore we should all try and produce sites that are long scrolling and have content within a single page. The concept is – more the vertical scrolling, less will be the clicking and fuss.

However, 2016 is going to be different, hopefully. Isn’t long scrolling an awful way to view a whole site? It’s okay for viewing little chunks of content or kicking off an animation, however.

For all those sites that want to give their business-to-customer interactions a little life, it’s better to stick to a lesser page height. It simply does not make any sense my people who wish to scroll down till eternity to view the message you want to convey.

5: All experiences, short and sweet:

Do you know the professionals will soon start including web app within web app excessively? Well, it’s a wonderful experience that provides smooth navigability. The idea is to come up with self-contained workflows, which expand upon interaction.

For instance, say you are on the home page of a travel website. Obviously, there will be four to five clikable places, which will speak about products, tour packages, itineraries, registrations, etc. Each will have some amount of content to start the interaction.

Once this is approached, the associated autonomous workflow will be triggered. This saves the clutter and the tedious attempt of changing or scrolling pages, and limits it to just a few clicks. Now, this is called a micro experience, which is about to go mainstream in the coming year.

6: Typography will rule:

Isn’t Google coming of age with its available typography? Yes, indeed! Web design, too, is no longer confined to the Arial and Comic Sans font.

And, with this, the trend is going to be more typography-focused. Professionals will now be more careful about selecting fonts and their sizes. This is already clear from the way the top notch sites are being maintained.

This approach will soon head toward all modern sites we have on the web. Yes, it’s a trivial change. But, it will surely make huge waves in the world of web design. Keeping the text appealing and legible is the newest choice.

Somehow, this trend seems to be following the age old proverb that the first impression is the last impression. Indeed, the site is a business’s way to attract customers. It should, thus, be able to narrate its story seamlessly, without a glitch.


The hopes for the future of WordPress website crafting are rather high. The styles and the trends of today are slowly dying out, and it’s not a bad thing at all. There are more incredible ideas knocking at the doors.

Come next year, and these ideas will be accepted wholeheartedly. They will stay and be the trendsetters, until, of course, the next year comes, or maybe the next idea is generated. Let’s wait and watch.