Web development trends 2020

Here are some web trends for 2020:

Responsive web design in 2020 should be a given because every serious project that you create should look good and be completely usable on all devices. But there’s no need to over-complicate things.

Web Development in 2020: What Coding Tools You Should Learn article gives an overview of recommendations what you learn to become a web developer in 2020.

You might have seen Web 3.0 on some slides. What is the definition of web 3 we are talking about here?
There seems to be many different to choose from… Some claim that you need to blockchain the cloud IOT otherwise you’ll just get a stack overflow in the mainframe but I don’t agree on that.

Information on the web address bar will be reduced on some web browsers. With the release of Chrome 79, Google completes its goal of erasing www from the browser by no longer allowing Chrome users to automatically show the www trivial subdomain in the address bar.

You still should target to build quality web site and avoid the signs of a low-quality web site. Get good inspiration for your web site design.

Still a clear and logical structure is the first thing that needs to be turned over in mind before the work on the website gears up. The website structure for search robots is its internal links. The more links go to a page, the higher its priority within the website, and the more times the search engine crawls it.

You should upgrade your web site, but you need to do it sensibly and well. Remember that a site upgrade can ruin your search engine visibility if you do it badly. The biggest risk to your site getting free search engine visibility is site redesign. Bad technology selection can ruin the visibility of a new site months before launch. Many new sites built on JavaScript application frameworks do not benefit in any way from the new technologies. Before you go into this bandwagon, you should think critically about whether your site will benefit from the dynamic capabilities of these technologies more than they can damage your search engine visibility. Well built redirects can help you keep the most outbound links after site changes.

If you go to the JavaScript framework route on your web site, keep in mind that there are many to choose, and you need to choose carefully to find one that fits for your needs and is actively developed also in the future.
JavaScript survey: Devs love a bit of React, but Angular and Cordova declining. And you’re not alone… a chunk of pros also feel JS is ‘overly complex’

Keep in mind the recent changes on the video players and Google analytics. And for animated content keep in mind that GIF animations exists still as a potential tool to use.

Keep in mind the the security. There is a skill gap in security for many. I’m not going to say anything that anyone who runs a public-facing web server doesn’t already know: the majority of these automated blind requests are for WordPress directories and files. PHP exploits are a distant second. And there are many other things that are automatically attacked. Test your site with security scanners.
APIs now account for 40% of the attack surface for all web-enabled apps. OWASP has identified 10 areas where enterprises can lower that risk. There are many vulnerability scanning tools available. Check also How to prepare and use Docker for web pentest . Mozilla has a nice on-line tool for web site security scanning.

The slow death of Flash continues. If you still use Flash, say goodbye to it. Google says goodbye to Flash, will stop indexing Flash content in search.

Use HTTPS on your site because without it your site rating will drop on search engines visibility. It is nowadays easy to get HTTPS certificates.

Write good content and avoid publishing fake news on your site. Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it’s learned may be crucial to Western democracy,

Think to who you are aiming to your business web site to. Analyze who is your “true visitor” or “power user”. A true visitor is a visitor to a website who shows a genuine interest in the content of the site. True visitors are the people who should get more of your site and have the potential to increase the sales and impact of your business. The content that your business offers is intended to attract visitors who are interested in it. When they show their interest, they are also very likely to be the target group of the company.

Should you think of your content management system (CMS) choice? Flexibility, efficiency, better content creation: these are just some of the promised benefits of a new CMS. Here is How to convince your developers to change CMS.

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Here are some fun for the end:

Did you know that if a spider creates a web at a place?
The place is called a website

Confession: How JavaScript was made.

Should We Rebrand JavaScript?

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    European Cybersecurity Month (ECSM) is the European Union’s annual campaign dedicated to promoting cybersecurity.
    Here Niamh Martin shares the story of how her social media account was hacked and her business almost destroyed.
    https://cybersecuritymonth.eu/social-media-hacked

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google lowers Play Store fees to 15% on subscription apps, as low as 10% for media apps
    https://techcrunch.com/2021/10/21/google-lowers-play-store-fees-to-15-on-subscriptions-apps-as-low-as-10-for-media-apps/?tpcc=tcplusfacebook

    Google is lowering commissions on all subscription-based businesses on the Google Play Store, the company announced today. Previously, the company had followed Apple’s move by reducing commissions from 30% to 15% on the first $1 million of developer earnings. Now, it will lower the fees specifically for app makers who generate revenue through recurring subscriptions. Instead of charging them 30% in the first year, which lowers to 15% in year two and beyond, Google says developers will only be charged 15% from day one.

    The company says 99% of developers will qualify for a service fee of 15% or less, as Google is also further reducing fees for specific vertical apps in the Play Media Experience Program. These will be adjusted to as low as 10%, it says.

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    New York Times:
    Internal docs detail Facebook’s struggles with violence-inciting content in India, including failure to designate some politically-connected groups as dangerous — Internal documents show a struggle with misinformation, hate speech and celebrations of violence in the country, the company’s biggest market.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/23/technology/facebook-india-misinformation.html

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Information:
    Sources: over 12 news outlets, including AP and Fox Business, formed a consortium to sift leaked Facebook docs from Frances Haugen, reporting stories separately

    New Facebook Storm Nears as CNN, Fox Business and Other Outlets Team Up on Whistleblower Docs
    https://www.theinformation.com/articles/new-facebook-storm-nears-as-cnn-fox-business-and-other-outlets-team-up-on-whistleblower-docs

    t’s not often that major news organizations coordinate to sift through a large trove of leaked company documents and agree not to publish stories about them until a certain date. But in the world of news related to Facebook, these are extraordinary times.

    Something similar happened in 2016 when the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published financial leaks in an investigation called the Panama Papers, uncovering details of the global elite’s tax havens, and in 2013 after ex–National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden released top-secret documents, kicking off a storm of coverage in global newspapers about how the U.S. and other governments spy on citizens and organizations.

    Now it’s Facebook’s turn.

    Upcoming news stories based on thousands of Facebook documents—which whistleblower Frances Haugen worked to release to more than a dozen news organizations as diverse as the Associated Press, CNN, Le Monde, Reuters and the Fox Business network—aren’t likely to be as revelatory as those epic leaks of time past. For one, the Facebook documents were the basis for the series of impactful stories from the Wall Street Journal, which received them from Haugen months ago. Those pieces revealed how the company’s research showed Facebook’s products could be “toxic” for some teens

    Michael Riley / Bloomberg:
    Internal docs show Facebook staff faulted the company for failing to thwart the proliferation of Groups, like Stop The Steal, that fomented January 6 violence

    Facebook Faulted by Staff Over Jan. 6 Insurrection: ‘Abdication’
    Employees and the company’s own research highlight ways Facebook failed to police its platforms ahead of the siege on the Capitol
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-10-22/facebook-faulted-by-staff-over-jan-6-insurrection-abdication

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
    Internal docs: Facebook employees created a test account in 2019 and within days it was recommended extreme and conspiratorial content, including QAnon Groups

    ‘Carol’s Journey’: What Facebook knew about how it radicalized users
    https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/facebook-knew-radicalized-users-rcna3581

    Internal documents suggest Facebook has long known its algorithms and recommendation systems push some users to extremes.

    In summer 2019, a new Facebook user named Carol Smith signed up for the platform, describing herself as a politically conservative mother from Wilmington, North Carolina. Smith’s account indicated an interest in politics, parenting and Christianity and followed a few of her favorite brands, including Fox News and then-President Donald Trump.

    Though Smith had never expressed interest in conspiracy theories, in just two days Facebook was recommending she join groups dedicated to QAnon, a sprawling and baseless conspiracy theory and movement that claimed Trump was secretly saving the world from a cabal of pedophiles and Satanists.

    Smith didn’t follow the recommended QAnon groups, but whatever algorithm Facebook was using to determine how she should engage with the platform pushed ahead just the same. Within one week, Smith’s feed was full of groups and pages that had violated Facebook’s own rules, including those against hate speech and disinformation.

    Smith wasn’t a real person. A researcher employed by Facebook invented the account, along with those of other fictitious “test users” in 2019 and 2020, as part of an experiment in studying the platform’s role in misinforming and polarizing users through its recommendations systems.

    That researcher said Smith’s Facebook experience was “a barrage of extreme, conspiratorial, and graphic content.”

    The body of research consistently found Facebook pushed some users into “rabbit holes,” increasingly narrow echo chambers where violent conspiracy theories thrived. People radicalized through these rabbit holes make up a small slice of total users, but at Facebook’s scale, that can mean millions of individuals.

    Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
    A new whistleblower, a former member of Facebook’s Integrity team, files an SEC complaint alleging Facebook prized profits over fighting hate speech and misinfo

    New whistleblower claims Facebook allowed hate, illegal activity to go unchecked
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/10/22/facebook-new-whistleblower-complaint/

    Latest complaint to the SEC blames top leadership for failing to warn investors about serious problems at the company

    A new whistleblower affidavit submitted by a former Facebook employee Friday alleges that the company prizes growth and profits over combating hate speech, misinformation and other threats to the public, according to a copy of the document obtained by The Washington Post.

    The whistleblower’s allegations, which were declared under penalty of perjury and shared with The Post on the condition of anonymity, echoed many of those made by Frances Haugen, another former Facebook employee whose scathing testimony before Congress this month intensified bipartisan calls for federal action against the company. Haugen, like the new whistleblower, also made allegations to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which oversees publicly traded companies.

    The new whistleblower is a former member of Facebook’s Integrity team whose identity is known to The Post and who agreed to be interviewed about the issues raised in the legal filing.

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Lizzy Lawrence / Protocol:
    A look at productivity influencers who center their content around apps like Notion, Excel, and Asana, offering advice on how to stay organized — This is the creators’ internet. The rest of us are just living in it. We’re accustomed to the scores of comedy TikTokers …

    Meet the productivity app influencers
    https://www.protocol.com/workplace/productivity-app-influencers

    Within the realm of productivity influencing, there is a somewhat surprising sect: Creators who center their content around a specific productivity app.

    This is the creators’ internet. The rest of us are just living in it. We’re accustomed to the scores of comedy TikTokers, beauty YouTubers and lifestyle Instagram influencers gracing our feeds. A significant portion of these creators are productivity gurus, advising their followers on how they organize their lives.

    Within the realm of productivity influencing, there’s a surprising sect: Creators who center their content around a specific productivity app. They’re a powerful part of these apps’ ecosystems, drawing users to the platform and offering helpful tips and tricks. Notion in particular has a huge influencer family, with #notion gaining millions of views on TikTok.

    The productivity app influencers Protocol spoke to are not getting paid on an ongoing basis by the apps they promote. They’re independently building careers and followings off of them.

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