This article will cover the technology stack needed to develop website applications, the challenges involved, rough cost estimates as well mistakes to avoid when selecting a web app development company.
- User experience (UX)
It is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects of any web application. People expect an easy, seamless, and fast user experience, regardless of whether you’re creating a consumer app or corporate training platform. How it is designed has a major impact on the final product. You must carefully consider how users navigate through the application.
You need to take the time to understand your end-users and create an application that they enjoy using. If you rush through the process or don’t give developers and designers enough time, it could lead to additional work in the future.
- Scalability of your application
Web applications should be built for scale. Are you expecting many users to access your application at once? Is there a peak time when the application is being used? What are the users of your server?
These are all important factors to consider when assessing scale. If the user base is small at first, do you expect it to grow over time? If so, ensure the server can handle increased traffic and database queries. You also need to understand that the increasing popularity of an application will mean higher costs.
- Development speed
Web applications are as important as the user experience. It’s not attractive for users to use a beautifully designed application that loads slowly. People expect websites and apps to load in less time than one second.
It may be necessary to have a Content Distribution Network, or a number of proxy servers worldwide, depending on where your users/website visitors are located. There are many factors that can affect loading speed, such as the configuration of databases and the interrogations made with APIs. Therefore, testing should be part of every step of application development.
- Tech stack knowledge is not available
Sometimes it is tempting to let the partner in web development make technology decisions. It is tempting to leave technology decisions to your web development partner. However, this can lead to failure. You can save time and effort by keeping track of all details throughout the development process.
- Data security and privacy of users
Every web application should have security.
Data breaches can be costly for businesses. Unpreventable data breaches can lead to reputational damage in Europe and up to 4 percent of revenue. The GDPR, which is a stronger law protecting data, was passed in 2018. Applications must be carefully coded to minimize the risk of hackers and data breaches.
How much does web application development cost?
A web application costs are not an easy task. A better price estimate will be provided by an offshore company if all details are in place. You should plan in advance what features and changes you will need. Our experience shows that it is more cost-effective to negotiate the maximum scope of work early and to then submit additional feature requests during development. This could be used by your software development partner as an opportunity to scale up the check.
Cost estimation begins with defining the scope of what a company is looking for, then clarifying this scope, and then applying an estimate process for the project scope. While some elements may take longer to design and develop, others will be easier. With the added complexity of developing certain features for applications, it might take less or more time than expected.
This is why the Time & Materials (T&M) model is often the best choice for web applications projects. This model allows clients to only be charged for the work performed and makes it easier to monitor budgetary estimates and project outcomes.