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For a company, a web application is all about achieving a particular business requirement. It is all about combining the right images and colors at the right spot, with a very strict deadline and sometimes even a very small budget.
As an organization, you do understand about your business needs, and what purpose the web application is built for. Other than this, you need to know some of the crucial elements of web applications, which would certainly help you to build a successful web application.
We will be providing you some insight on the crucial aspects of a web application, which sometimes are ignored by companies because too much importance is given to the business need. We are not implying that business need is not important, however, there are certain other things which also require your attention so that the application built doesn’t fail.
As an organization, you know about the processes involved for a particular action which needs to be taken. But, think about the application users, do you think that your users are also well versed on the task you want them to perform on the application. No matter which type of market you are targeting there are always a few users which find it difficult to navigate through the site. (OUR TIP: Keep it simple).
When an application is built, it is always recommended that you find some users who test the application and provide you feedback. Most of the times, loyal customers are invited to perform this task and ask them to be the beta testers. Remember, when you involve your customers in an activity which is limited to a group, your customers will be very happy from your end. (OUR TIP: Early birds always help).
We all know that no one in this planet is perfect. So, do not worry if your system is not perfect. We have seen so many of the organizations launching web applications and making changes in the system (after launch) to make it good. You need to understand that you alone cannot build a web application, as your thoughts and the flow of processes might be different than your colleague or any other person. Do not overthink on each and every step, remember you can iterate the process afterwards if it has some glitches. (OUR TIP: Consider others opinions).
As an organization, you need to analyze your processes involved, your users, the product you need to market, the business need you want the web application to fulfill etc. Make sure you understand what your requirement is before taking any decision regarding the application. It is the most crucial part of building a good web application, so you need to take time and think over it again and again.
When the ideas are limited the web application always seems to have some glitches. Do not consider your customer’s feedback as a complaint, take it as a compliment and try to solve the problem as soon as possible. After resolving the issue, ask the customer to review it and also tell them that you appreciate their input and will always value their opinion. (OUR TIP: Feedback is valuable).
Building a successful web application is not very easy task. However, it is not too difficult either, you just need to focus on a few things and you will be on your way to build a good web application. Remember, every human makes a mistake. Do not be ashamed of it, use your past experience and others failure to make sure you don’t make the same mistake again. We would like to ask you to share your stories (successful or failures), so others can learn to build better web applications.