Are you getting a website made?
If you have decided to create a *website/web application for taking your business online, read on…
*First of all what is the difference between a website and a web application. Although both of these terms can be used interchangeably more often a website is considered for a small set of pages (3-7) with static content where the user can’t update the content. Whereas a web application can contain any number of pages and the user has the ability to manipulate the content.
Before jumping into creating the web application you must consider the below things so that you can take corrective actions in advance and save a lot of time and money.
Is your website is 90% informational?
Informational websites are those where you can put static content about your services, and additionally, a lead generation form is enough for getting the leads. If this is the requirement, then you are most probably looking for a 5-PAGE WEBSITE. A 5-page website is a website where it will be having more or less 5 pages – Home, About, Services, Contact, and More.
If this is the requirement then there are ready-made solutions available for you in the market like WordPress, Wix etc. You can save 90% of development effort and cost by choosing any of these tools.
Is your website an e-commerce application for your products?
This is a very common business problem. And there are many well-matured tools to help you in creating an eCommerce platform like Magento, Shopify, Woo-commerce, etc. These tools can easily build a RESPONSIVE* web application for you without much coding and effort. You can easily choose anyone from them and your eCommerce platform can be ready in a few days.
*RESPONSIVE – Responsive web design is a web development approach that modifies the appearance of a website depending on the device (mobile/laptop) it is being accessed from.
Are you looking for a solution to a common business problem?
For example, a project management software, HR tool, Accounting software, or any other common business solution. Again, if your requirement is close to this, then you can explore software like Zoho, Peoplesoft, Jira, etc. Even if your requirement is slightly different from these, you can LEARN a lot from these well-matured tools.
So, all of the above is not solving your problem?
Let’s create a web application then, which will require building the product from scratch and coding each and every part of it.
First, you have to choose the tech stack for your web application. Now a day most of the tech stacks are open source and can be used with one another.
My suggestion is to use a tech stack that will be SCALABLE IN FUTURE. For example, right now you are creating a web application for laptops and desktops but tomorrow you may need a mobile app too. Therefore, ask your developer team/agency to design a system that can be easily extended for mobile apps in the future.
In most cases, businesses use tech stacks based on the availability of the MANPOWER SKILLS with them. There is nothing wrong with this. Almost all tech stacks are similar in features unless you are going to create a huge enterprise application.
The conclusion is, the more you will brainstorm before getting into the web application development the more will be the chances of creating a successful and business-oriented web application.