Looking ahead to the future is natural around the beginning of a new year, and this is especially true if you’re an avid WordPress user.
The Content Management System (CMS) continues to evolve at an ever-growing pace, and while 2016 was dominated by talk of the REST API, 2017 promises just as much excitement.
In this piece, we’ll offer eight WordPress trends you can expect to see in 2017, how they might affect you, and how you can get onboard.
We’ve ordered the trends from most to least likely, so let’s get started!
1. A Rise in Mobile-First Philosophy
While ‘mobile-friendly’ has been a watchword of increasing importance over the last few years, 2017 will start to see more and more WordPress sites developed with the concept in mind.
For the uninitiated, this means designing with a focus on mobile devices primarily.
Over the next 12 months, we’ll see more designers optimizing for small screens, then scaling up.
The major reason for this move is (of course) the increase in the use of mobile devices for everyday tasks – including browsing the web.
With over 60% of searches coming from mobile devices, it makes sense that developers will want to focus on these users.
If you think mobile-first might be for you, there are some excellent guides to help you get started.
However, plenty of WordPress themes – including Divi – are already coded with small screens in mind. It means you won’t have to look far for a suitable option.
2. Increased Security Involving HTTPS and Encryption
With security being a perennial concern for all website owners, it’s always at the forefront of any future WordPress enhancements.
Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is essentially a secure version of HTTP.
The ‘secure’ part means that the data sent between your browser and the website you’re connected to is encrypted.
While larger sites have been somewhat slow to convert to HTTPS, both Google and WordPress have upped their efforts to get sites onboard.
2017 is set to be the transitional year for many site owners and hosts.
What’s more, with the success of Let’s Encrypt, it’s now easier than ever to offer security for your visitor’s data.
HTTPS can be cumbersome to install, but Let’s Encrypt is a breeze to use.
If you’d like to secure your website, firstly, check with your host as some are now offering certificates with their packages.
However, if you’d like to manually install your certificate, Let’s Encrypt offer comprehensive guidelines for doing so.