Whereas mobile apps have taken the world by storm since the emergence of the smartphone, web applications are still very relevant today. They are used to simplify a wide range of daily tasks; from booking a flight to ordering a pizza.
While web applications have been with us for decades now, there are still, surprisingly, a number of myths that continue to precipitate poorly-informed decisions in the web app development process. The following is a look at some of the most common such myths and an explanation of why they aren’t true.
Building A Web Application Is Expensive
When most people think of a web application, it’s the big names that first come to mind. Facebook, Amazon, eBay and Salesforce.com have enormous and complex web apps that cost millions of dollars to build and maintain. They however represent only a fraction of the most successful online services in the world many of which are small and medium sized entities.
Since it’s unlikely that you’ll want an application of the scale of eBay, building a web app can actually be quite inexpensive. The pool of developers at your disposal is vast. If you feel local developers are too expensive you can hire remotely. There’s plenty of great but low cost talent around the world that you can tap into. This alone can cut your costs drastically.
A Web App’s Development Ends Once It’s Released
You will probably heave a sigh of relief once you see your web application go live. Yet, the work is still far from over at this point. While you may have carried out thorough system, unit and user acceptance testing, no web application ever gets to a point where it requires no further improvement.
Think about all the software you use every day including a word processor, spreadsheet application and browser. There’s regularly a new release of the application that’s meant to resolve bugs that have been identified since the last update and to add enhancements users have requested.
Web application development is a continuous process that never really ends until you retire the app. You must therefore create a robust feedback mechanism for app improvement as well as leverage tools that allow you to check your metrics in real-time.
Coding Is All That Matters In Web Application Development
You cannot build a great website without great coding skills. However, coding alone has never created an effective web application. At its core, application development is about problem solving. That’s why just getting right the underlying nuts and bolts of the app isn’t enough. User experience is just as important.
Every interface, button and feature should be reasonably easy to understand. Ergo, app development should largely follow this line of thought: identify the end users’ problem, develop an algorithm to solve it, turn the algorithm to code and ensure the application is user friendly.
The Website Is Too Small To Worry About Security
Whereas different hackers seek to exploit a website’s vulnerability for different reasons, financial benefit is usually the number one motivation. Many hackers will thus spend most of their time and resources trying to penetrate the web applications of large corporations especially those in financial services such as banks. It makes sense since the payoff is huge if they are successful.
However, such large companies have the resources required to develop a robust security framework that diminishes the chances of successful penetration. That causes a growing number of hackers to target smaller websites where the financial return from a successful hack may not be as much but where the likelihood of success is high.
Therefore, no matter how small you may think your web app is likely to be, it’s still important to integrate security features. Your business may not lose that much money from the hack but the damage to your reputation could inhibit your ability to attract customers in future.
Building a working web application is no walk in the park. That said, separating truth from fiction in the development process increases your likelihood of success.