The year 2017 brings new interest in the WordPress world, with more than 27% of all online website using either WordPress.com or WordPress CMS. They even have a new commercial to celebrate 🙂

And with such a high rising influence, it’s only normal to see updates in design and infrastructure rising each new year. So here are 5 WordPress trends that we will be seeing a lot of in the next 12 months:

  1. Mobile First design – the term has been in the minds of developers for a while now, but only at the beginning of 2017 we actually started seeing an increase in WordPress themes developed with this concept in mind. For the ones not familiar with the “mobile-first concept”, this means designers are building themes with the main focus on mobile devices primarily. So expect cleaner headers, accordion menus and blended effects for menu visibility.
  2. Video Headers – like the one on this site here 🙂 Video headers are an increasing trend with amazing results for marketers. It’s not only interacting with moving content, but the new ways website owners can express themselves and their products and services. The new WordPress Twenty Seventeen default theme has it and many many brands are jumping in to do the same.
  3. HTTPS over HTTP – with security becoming a main concern even for small businesses, this new trend is here to stay. Hyper Text Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is essentially a secure version of HTTP, the normal protocol you use. By implementing it on your WordPress website, you can securely sell products, interact with customers and gather their information and overall provide a safe internet experience.
  4. Rise of the SaaS – Talking about Software as a Service (SaaS) could take us into a whole new article. But the most important fact to remember is that more and more WordPress developers are creating in this manner and that we could expect a rise in the number of payed plugins and software.
  5. VR is here to stay – if last year VR was just an emerging trend, we should expect to see it a lot in 2017. Developers are jumping in and creating plugins like WordPress to VR so users can emerge in virtual reality tours and game-play. Even WordPress.com blogs will support VR images and videos, so no matter the WordPress you use, you will be covered.

These were my five pics for WordPress trends of 2017. Do you have more to add? What do you think will be the biggest trend of all?