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9 Must Decisions in Web Application Development

Web application development has evolved over the years from simple static web pages to dynamic and data-driven applications. Nowadays, CRUD (Create, Read, Update, and Delete) applications can be created with a lot of web development frameworks such as Django, Laravel, Code Ignitor, Flask, to mention a few.

However, there are some important decisions to make before developing a web application or even when doing so.

Hosting and Deployment

Some hosting services do not support certain programming languages. While PHP and PHP frameworks are widely accepted, Python frameworks like Django and Flask are not. This is why you should carefully choose the right hosting service even before developing your web application. Your web development company may be able to assist you in choosing the right hosting services.

 Front-end Design

Web application development involves a mix of several components both on the client and server-side. The client takes care of the application interface and design while the functionality is abstracted to the server. Although the client-side is developed with HTML codes, you need to pay careful attention to the design. In most cases, the web development company you hire can figure out the right client design for you.

Application Functionality

While the design is highly important, functionality trumps design. In fact, you need to be sure that the web development services company would be able to deliver the functionality you want in your application. For instance, if you are developing an e-commerce application, you should consider the efficiency of the cart system, the payment processor, the checkout system, shipping and delivery, and even customer services.

 Application Scalability

Although scalability issues may not become obvious from the onset, it can become a serious issue later on. This is why you need to carefully consider the scalability of your application even before building it. For instance, it could be better to develop an application from scratch rather than with a content management system if you plan to scale it later on.

 Wireframe and Mockups

Most web application development services begin with wireframing and mockups. These set the rough layouts and structure and also decide the right design for the application. If you want to get a highly professional design, you should consider the UI/UX from the onset. However, your web application development company may be able to handle the UI/UX design.

Branding

Branding is a very important part of every business and also web application development. In fact, your brand should be seen throughout your application and it is an important consideration to make when developing the application. One of the most important aspects of branding is the business logo. While some web application development services may offer you branding services, most will require you to create your own brand.

Architectural Pattern

Several architectural patterns are available both for the client and the service side development. These architectural patterns will determine the web development approach as well as the efficiency and maintainability of the application. The most common application architectural patterns include the MVC (model-view-controller) and the Web API. The single-page application is common with client-side applications.

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Although most applications do not have a payment system, implementing a payment system should involve serious considerations. While you may be able to implement you by yourself, it is advisable to use already established payment systems due to the issues of security, fraud, etc. You also need to consider several factors when choosing a payment system. Such factors include exchange rates, popularity, security, etc. Some of the most common payment processors include Stripe, PayPal, Skrill, Payoneer, etc.

Database

Most modern applications are data-driven. Unless you are developing your web application with a content management system like WordPress, you have to decide on the database to use. Some of the most common databases include Oracle DB, PostgreSQL, MySQL, SQLite, MongoDB, etc. Most small and medium enterprises do not use Oracle DB because of its cost. PostgreSQL and MySQL are the most used databases but MySQL is mostly used. Your web application development company may be able to suggest the right database for your application.