The evolution of web applications has become more sophisticated and far more interactive than they used to be. As of January 2020, there were about 4,437,215,927 internet users spanning the globe which is 1 billion more than the number of users in 2016. This only goes on to show that more and more people are forgoing their paper-based systems to embrace technology which is why the demand for tailor-made web applications will continue to rise.
Companies are now turning to web application development companies to drive their business towards success. Most companies that are growing aim to transform the set of processes with an innovative bent of approach but end up failing in the first few steps. But if we are able to identify these mistakes we can easily prevent them from committing the same errors. This way your product gets converted into one of the best web applications on the market for your industry.
Let us now understand why web apps fail and how it can’t be undone
Reasons why web applications fail and how can it be controlled
1.Too many cooks spoil the broth
When you are building your web application, it is quite easy to truly get carried away. As an organization that intends to build an app with an innovative idea, you have several thoughts about what your web application needs. The ideas flow with such verve and excitement that it is possible for the company to lose sight of what the users actually need. Adding additional features and packing the application to the hilt is only doing so for the sake of it.
As a web application development company, we advise you to first seek the MVP route to test your web application solution and then understand what else needs to be added. We understand that you are looking forward to building the best you can offer to customers but by loading it with excessive features, you will only drive the user away.
Adding features that are not required will waste your resources also. Developing a product that is not backed by sufficient research on your audience will fail your product. Talk about Google Wave which was a web application for real-time communication launched in 2009. But the next year it shut shop because despite being backed by Google, it chose to bring out a concept which was similar to social media rivals like FB. They failed to add something new of their own and users found nothing new to switch for.
Google is a biggie and they might have gotten out of this miscalculation but what about smaller companies with original ideas. The question is can you afford to make such mistakes?
Always research well because there is no alternative to that. Your idea might seem great but make sure your audience also feels the same way. Do not lead your web application to discontinuity. Make sure you contact a web application development company to work with you to build your MVP and then concentrate on feedback related changes. Develop your product, test it on your audience, and strengthen it as you go. If you choose to add extra features, then do so one by one instead of overwhelming your audience. If your users find the web app very complicated, your brilliant idea might just bite the dust.
Must read: A perfect guide to build your MVP
2.Putting design first
Honestly speaking, there is nothing wrong with it. If your web application has to be attractive, then it is important to focus on it but what the reason your web app will fail is that there is too much focus and resource on design and not the communication of the idea. Designing without purpose and function is a recipe for disaster. We have seen exquisite designs for new projects but so many resources had been spent by the company that they had nothing left to concentrate on core features. This is a big mistake, and one has to know how to balance them both with finesse. And this is where custom software development company like ours step up.
To build your web application we believe it will be a great idea to wireframe all the functionalities and take into account the platform which is being put to use before the design is done. Talking from our professional experience, we then have our development team with the designer so that a mix of beauty and functionality can be achieved.
3.Wrong web application development company
This happens a lot especially when you do not research well. A good Project Manager job is to ensure things are on track but if the web application development company and its team do not communicate with you intermittently on the project’s progress then you are left in the dark. Plus if you place trust and fail to check on the progress, you will meet with the same result. So, when you then realize that every time you recommend a change after the current features have been tested, it digs a hole in the budget and also is time-wasting. Changes late in the process have large-sized effects. If changes are made then the changes also have to be retested. Some changes are important if they make the application better but a lot of indecision can derail your project.
It is best left to the experts who know how to build the project in scrums. We have always delivered scrum meetings to ensure that clients know every bit about how the project is progressing. With weekly scrum meetings, clients are aware of what is happening on the project front. By testing each scrum we are able to save loads of costs which could mountain up at the end.
4.Unwillingness to change with changing market trends
The nature of technology is changing and so are the customer’s expectations. 9 out of 10 consumers now like to use messaging to communicate with the business. Businesses who are not willing to implement solutions that provide answers to their users are indeed heading in the wrong direction. Doesn’t matter how big or small your niche is if the company needs to survive in the long run it has to be prepared to enhance the existing web application that will utilize the latest technology and facilitate direct communication. Failure to adapt to changing user values will render your web application outdated.
If you are still working on web applications that have legacy software then it is time to tap into newer territories. You can contact a custom software development company to modernize your present software. By reflecting on what has worked and what hasn’t for companies valuable lessons can be learned. This will help transform your idea into a product that stands the test of time. It is important to keep track of the latest in technology and communicate the same to the web application company.
5.Not spending enough to make the application scalable
So, the application worked really well in the test and flew through the user acceptance test. But what will happen once it goes live and there are three times more users as predicted? Testing applications at scale can be complex and expensive and predicting application demand can be a tad difficult. To save up a little, if you look at compromising the scalability of the application, then you end up on the wrong page.
The best form of mitigation we recommend is to build application architectures that can scale reliably and rapidly. Thanks to cloud computing solutions, many design patterns for applications are available for horizontal scaling to meet demands. Companies have to leave it to the experts and not intervene much. They might look to control costs in those things that are not very important. This way you can easily meet up unexpected demand without disappointing site visitors.
Our list might not be long enough, but the mentioned points are exhaustive. Companies need to focus and give it their all when they have decided to go for a web application solution development. Before you get stuck into your project, just remember to:
- Conduct comprehensive research on your audience to ensure there is a demand for your idea and conduct web app testing to make sure your product works well before launching.
- Stick to one purpose, execute effectively and generate results before choosing to branch into any other areas.
- Make sure there is a balance between the functionalities and design.
- Not compromise on important features
- Be willing to adapt and evolve your initial idea in order to stay in-demand.
Make sure you contact us to get your web application ready!