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This is the concluding part of our article on 20 Hot Website Trends in 2014:

11. Lazy-Loading Animations

In a number of many WordPress themes today, you will find transition effects applied onto elements, but they animate only when you scroll them into view. These elements act similarly to lazy-loading images with the exception that theyre already loaded in the page and hidden from sight.

When you scroll down the page on Chart.js, you will see many blocks of content + images beginning to slowly fade into view. This trend probably doesnt save much bandwidth unless you are purposefully waiting to load the content. Its more likely about page aesthetics, and providing a sleek interface for visitors.

12. Customized Image Galleries

With the growing integration of JavaScript and CSS, developers have been able to produce many exceptional new projects. Image galleries are just one trend that has been around for decades. In 2014, there should be even greater solutions to dynamic carousels and image lightboxes.

13. Mega-Navigation Menus

Many new fancy navigations have been tested and adopted over recent years. The mobile responsive web and the HTML5/CSS3 specifications are part of this trend.

These have become most common on websites that publish a lot of unique content in high volumes, such as online magazines and web forums. It does take up some space on the page, but it also gives your readers a broader choice to navigate your website.

14. Expanding Search Bars

There is growing popularity for building expanding or semi-hidden search bars into your layout. The user clicks on a magnifying glass icon, or clicks into the form itself, and then it expands wider in order to allow for more text input.

This technique is prominent with responsive layouts, but it also works with even larger & more completed designs which are incorporating these adaptable search fields.

15. Featured Detail Lists

Featured detail lists can be found on many of today’s website homepages. These are list-oriented details that explain information about a company or product. Often the details are coupled with icons to help illustrate points in a more concise manner.

These detail lists have become a staple for many homepages. With a collection of information about any product or service, you can provide visitors a reason to stick around. It gives them some insight toward what you provide to customers, plus how it all works. Icons are like the frosting on a cake to catch peoples attention when they are scrolling by quickly.

16. Mobile-First Design

When browsing a website, its not usually possible to differentiate how the design process worked out. However, the idea is to first mock-up how your website is supposed to look as a responsive layout on mobile screens. Be sure to eliminate all excess fluff, and keep to only the bare essentials.

Its much easier to scale up your design to wider screens. Today, navigation menus have become wider, content is lengthened, along with a possible sidebar. Mobile-first designs place a higher priority on the mobile experience, which in turn becomes a baseline for the entire layout.

17. HTML5 Canvas

Much has been said about the canvas element and its been quite a topic of study lately. Using JavaScript, its possible to create games and drawing applications directly inside HTML5.

18. Pixel Sprites & Browser Games

Like the old classic video players, browser games were exclusively produced years ago in Adobe Flash. But JavaScript has now gotten a foothold into the community, and many developers are happy to release open source codes especially for these types of projects.

A great resource to get started can be found on HTML5 Game Engine. There you will find many free JavaScript libraries to create your own browser games. There’s a lot to learn about the process, but you can find hundreds of tutorials online using Google.

19. Quick User Registration

There are a number of brand new startups and web applications recently that allow for user registration. As a matter of fact, many services now require you to sign up before you can start using the website. In this fast-paced world, long detailed registration forms are tremendously scorned.

Registration forms need to be quick and to the point. Many of today’s newer web apps include the sign up form directly on their homepage to capture as many visitors as possible. So, when a new visitor is curious about your product, he will see the form and realize that it only has 2-4 fields to complete, so he decides to go for it. The stragegy works very well for capturing new users.

20. CSS3 Animated Keyframes

Since the early millenium, JavaScript has been the primary choice for browser animation. It is only recently that CSS3 has become adopted into the mainstream where developers can now build their own animation effects using @keyframe.

Even though it only has one state for animation where keyframes behave much like Adobe Flash, there is another way to animate using the transition property. You set up a frame percentage value of from 0% 100%, and then define properties which change over time. With the latest CSS3 spec, there are enough tools for you to animate elements in almost any style you like.

Smaller interface concepts are not something we think about everyday. However, it is these smaller accents that will bring life into a clever website layout. Hopefully, this article will have shed some light onto a handful of design trends that may be the KEY to helping you create your future website projects.

Author Bio:Raadberg is a web editor in Key Difference. He like to write new articles for different bloggers and it will be based on Social, Business and Technology. If you want contact him at raadberg5359@gmail.com

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