The covid-19 has a massive effect on everything in the Philippines. Restaurants have closed their doors to the public. Firms have temporarily ceased operations. A large number of employees were laid off. The operations of shopping malls have been halted until further notice. Alcohol and packs of toilet papers flew off the shelves in a flash.
While some businesses have strong foundations and continue to operate, others have struggled to adjust to the new normal. Let’s take a look at how the outbreak affected the web development industry in the Philippines.

1. Shift of industries to web technology
Because of the lockdown, firms have turned to web development companies for solutions. As a result, some businesses have shifted to the digital world. People have begun to work from home and conduct virtually all of their transactions online. For many companies, a website was just a lingering concept before this predicament. With the current crisis, however, having a digital presence is no longer an option but rather a requirement.
For brand exposure, at the very least, a home page or a simple social media account is required. Firms that are not online may find it challenging to contact their target consumer in this era of covid-19.

2. Increase in demand for web developers or programmers
True, the pandemic has a massive effect on every industry. In fact, many web development companies in the Philippines were forced to close their doors temporarily. On a more positive note, the pandemic served as a staging point for the web development sector. People’s increased reliance on internet resources and e-commerce drove web development businesses to improve their services further. Due to the abrupt change in the situation, web developers and programmers were in high demand to meet the clients’ growing demands.
When it comes to providing rapid services to clients, web developers and programmers, on the other hand, emphasized on being proactive. They are continuing to adapt and pay attention to these needs in order to grow despite the crisis.

3. Changes in the web development industry
Professionals are increasingly offering new strategies for enhancing web visibility. Web development firms that are in high demand and succeed throughout the outbreak stress the following skills:• User experience
• Coding
• Cybersafety
• Customer Relationship Management Software
• SEO and e-commerce analytics

Companies in the Philippines are now paying more attention to cybersecurity, especially that everything is done online. With more websites being built and e-commerce platforms becoming more susceptible to security concerns, web development businesses in the Philippines are working hard to ensure a secure digital environment for their clients.

4. Web development and other industries
We all know that web development exists in every business. Web developers and designers are working hard to keep other industries from going out of business by offering creative management solutions. Here are some of the industries that were affected by the epidemic yet thrived in the aftermath.

1. Social Media
People spend the majority of their time on social media. Because it is difficult to meet people in person, social media has become a means of connecting people. It provides them with the assurance that they are in touch with their loved ones. Facebook and Instagram are two sites that have emerged as viable options for businesses without a large budget for an e-commerce store.

2. Entertainment
Despite the fact that the media has not been spared from the effects of the lockdown, the entertainment industry has spotted an opportunity to survive the outbreak by turning to over-the-top platforms. Various internet streaming channels, like Netflix, Hulu, and IQiyi, have risen in popularity and continue to attract large amounts of traffic. Because the majority of the population is at home, experts created streaming apps to keep people entertained.

3. E-commerce
Web development companies in the Philippines have recognized the e-commerce industry’s potential, assisting small and large enterprises in making the shift from physical to online stores. Firms were offered e-commerce development services in order to help them expand their business on the platform. Because of its convenience and efficiency, online purchasing has grown in popularity as the viral outbreak has spread. Online services like Grab, Food Panda, Lalamove, and others are becoming more popular in the country.

Though the web development industry in the Philippines was also severely impacted by the pandemic, we can’t deny that it thrived even more as demand for online goods and services increased. Hopefully, once the pandemic is over, we will be able to live in a world with more opportunities.