Challenges, trends, opportunities, conceptions – you name it. The IT industry is already extensive and ever-changing, and so are issues related to web app development. What are the topics to take into account before launching your web app project?
Most probably, you’ve already pictured in your mind what the future web app will look like. But what purposes will it serve? Do you know what are your needs and wants, or speaking more specifically – which features would you like to focus on first to deliver the MVP, and which elements can be added to the build later, when the initial version is live and kicking? Don’t put too many irons in the fire at once – prioritizing will help you launch the project in a more thought-out, safer way.
Adjusting operations and processes to current needs requires vast analysis and preparing solutions enabling lightning-fast response. While everyone (most probably) wishes for their product to grow and attract an ever-growing number of users, not everyone is ready to handle the influx. Carrying out performance tests helps to anticipate how the architecture will cope with growing interest in the app and prepare more resources in advance.
Luckily, the times of dial-up modems and websites taking minutes to load are long gone. However, this means that users nowadays expect web apps to respond in a snap. You can’t make the first impression twice, and load speed is usually the first factor to discourage visitors from using the web app. Greater performance translates into better conversion rates and overall results, so take time to consider possible optimizations in what you’re planning to include in your website.
Security of web applications should be the major axis of the development process. Sensitive data exposure, cross-site request forgery, injection flaws, authentication issues – the list of possible threats is sadly extensive. Protecting your web app from malicious attacks should be your top priority, as users trust you with their data, and rebuilding the once lost trust is usually hard. Most often before you’d be able to recover from security breaches, your users will be happily using the services of your competition for a long time.
Is UI/UX just a seasonal buzzword? Of course not, and the growing community of designers and analysts proves wrong anyone who underestimated the gravity of good design. The ongoing drive to build intuitive and user-friendly applications won’t stop anytime soon, As developers become more sensitive with the user’s needs, technical applications to improve the site’s usability and user interface should polish the user experience, as a whole. Reserving time in the development process for in-depth analysis of how users can interact with the build will pay off in the future, while the poorly constructed web apps of competition will slowly fade away.
Do you wish to develop in-house and aim to hire your very own development team? Or do you prefer to focus on other priorities, and leave the software part to an external partner? Every option has its pros and cons, but in times of the employee market, leaving the struggle to form an efficient and highly-skilled team to third parties is a good way to spare yourself some troubles. Off- and nearshoring companies have what it takes to create your web application from start to finish. On the even more practical side, when hiring your own team, you only have access to the finite expertise of e.g. the 10 people aboard. When choosing an external provider, even if the team creating your project will constitute even fewer developers, there’s still the rest of their team to back the developers once possible problems are encountered.
Speaking of software developers’ competencies, when choosing a software development company, check for their expertise. Do they have vast experience in the field? Are they using proven, stable, and widely supported software? Avoid providers using obscure or obsolete technologies, as supporting your web app once it goes live may be problematic and require a quick rewrite to maintain stability. On top of that, avoid hype-driven development. There’s nothing bad with trying out new things, but not necessarily from the very beginning. You wouldn’t want your app to be created with a technology that’ll lose support right after the build is complete, would you?
How much does it cost to build a robust web application? An arm and a leg? Sometimes, yes, unfortunately. It depends on plenty of factors, and when choosing the right software development company take a minute or two to research how your top picks work. How do they charge? The time&material approach is better in most cases than a fixed price. Do they include their clients in estimations, planning, and regular communication, or work behind closed doors? Consider choosing a provider that invites clients to take part in the process and not just rely on information forwarded by managers from time to time.
At the end of the day, all of the above (and way more to be honest) contribute to building a successful web application. Don’t rush the process and make informed decisions to make your project bloom. Will it be easy? Not really, no. Will it be worth it? Definitely.