Believe it or not, Agriya has been involved with Web Development for global clients since well before the dot com bubble burst in 2000. Even way back then we were building dynamically driven websites, although we tended to use CGI instead of PHP which was still in its infancy.
It’s also a testament to how much PHP has grown and come along in the last 10 years as now CGI is reduced to obscurity – a language that couldn’t cut it for the web. Around 85% of our clients opt for PHP development over any other language.
Before the mid-nineties, no one had even heard of a Web Developer and you would have been forgiven for thinking that a webmaster was a spider. Two years ago you would never have heard of the job title “Social Media Manager”, yet today everyone from small businesses to fortune 100 companies are scrambling to hire someone like this. It begs the question; what jobs will the Internet create in the future.
Even in its short 20 year history, the World Wide Web has gone through many phases of web development. In the 90’s we saw a rush of people wanting static websites, by the late 90’s things had evolved and people wanted e-Commerce websites.
Around 2004 the Web 2.0 trend hit and businesses started to want dynamically driven websites that was user focused and allowed them to interact with the websites. Then we shifted to social network development and now our web development teams are working flat out on various group buying and micro-job type sites, like our Groupon Clone and Fiverr Clone scripts.
With each passing trend, the web has evolved. Our web developers take elements from all their past experience to help build the latest websites, so we see e-Commerce turn in to group buying with a healthy dosage of web 2.0 features and social networking ability.
So what does the future of web development hold? What is a web development company like Agriya focusing on? What are going to be the next trends after group buying and micro-jobs?
This is a difficult one to answer, but without a doubt it’s going to be a mashup between mobile, web and location based services. You can already see how sites like Foursquare are really blurring the lines between real world, web world, mobile and Internet. I’m sure we’re going to be getting a lot of requests soon from people asking for a Foursquare clone and customers asking to integrate or build brand new location based services in to their sites which interact with their users mobile devices via an application. So it may be that soon our web developers have to learn new skills to become mobile application developers.
What do you think is going to be the future of web development is going to be? What is going to be the next trend? Am I right in saying that the future is mobile based? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.