Millions of users around the world use WordPress to design the websites. Hence, it has become the most popular open-source content management system around the world. It has numerous user-friendly themes and plugins. The websites designed with WordPress software become SEO-friendly, user-friendly and responsive. The WordPress designs its features keeping in pace with the current trends of the industry. Hence, the users always receive something innovative through WordPress which increased its demand around the world.

Currently, 27% of the websites around the world are designed with WordPress. The upcoming release of 4.9 version promises updated editing codes, availability of new themes and plugins. These features can help the website developers and administrators equally. An overview of the latest WordPress trends may keep both the administrators and the developers updated.

1.  Drag & Drop Theme Customization

The concept of ‘drag and drop themes’ makes it easier for the web-developers to design a website. They can easily drag and drop the files/images on the specific websites. They have total control over the design-elements during this process and need not change the websites’ basic structures. They may create/customize the websites without developing any code when using these themes. Even the non-coders can use many of these features due to their simplicity. The WordPress has both free and paid versions of ‘Drag and Drop themes’.

2.  Video Header

The WordPress knows that virtual reality and videos are becoming the trend of 2018. It has modified its feature according to the customers’ demands. This platform supports all types of virtual reality contents, videos, and 360-degree images. It is going to introduce some new plugins and themes. The developers may use these themes to edit the video-header or to add images and improve the appearance of a website. The developers may even use the ‘video-header’ concept to attract new visitors or to increase the sales of a website.

  • Inspiro video feature is excellent for the video portfolio.
  • Responsive Balzac theme supports multiple layouts of an entire video.
  • Naila is a theme for one-page websites. It gives developers the flexibility to create a full-screen display with a video background.

3.  Virtual-Reality in Web Design

Virtual reality became a trend in web-designing in 2017 and it is sure to evolve in 2018. WordPress supports ‘virtual reality’ content along with the 360-degree images and videos. It has numerous plugins to support these features along with some upcoming plugins with novel features.

  • MomentoPress plugin is for display of 360-degree pictures and videos. It is a free plugin.
  • The 360° Panoramic Image Viewer is responsive plugin. It allows the developers to attach hotspots, rotation or scrolling to the static images and create a realistic viewing experience.
  • The ‘WP-VR View’ plugin allows web-developers to display 360-degree videos and ‘PhotoSphere’ images on WordPress sites.

4.  Parallax Design

Responsiveness of an e-commerce website determines its commercial success. The customers use Smartphones more than the desktop computers to access an e-commerce platform. Hence, it is crucial for the e-commerce websites to quickly open on the mobile phones. The Parallax design allows the one-page websites to become more responsive and effective. It intensifies the looks of WordPress website and adds more dynamism to its features.

5.  Enhanced E-Commerce Themes

WordPress has many popular themes and plugins for e-commerce sites, such as the WooCommerce plugin. It can easily integrate with any other platform, such as Google Checkout and PayPal. This flexibility makes WordPress the best CMS when designing an online store. Using the WordPress themes, the users can effortlessly handle a variety of e-commerce requirements, such as subscription-based services or facilities for mobile shopping.

The ‘Uncode’ and ‘Handmade’ are two useful plugins for e-commerce websites. They provide product filtering widgets, customizable templates and lots of useful e-commerce features.