Our team has been talking to hundreds of clients every year and we see the most important challenges that arise when we have to create a web app or mobile app.
In this article, we’ll look at the 3 most frequent challenges our clients face during the planning and development process.
1. Focus on your end goals during the development process
Of course, before starting the development you should define clearly your goals.
Once you defined them you can bring your vision to a real plan.
To help you focus on major goals look at the following questions:
- Who is your targeted audience?
- What experience your application will give them?
- Is design so important in the first phase?
- What numbers should I get at the first phase to confirm whether I’m on the right way? (how many visitors, how many subscribers, how many paid users, etc.)
Depending on your end goal for each phase of your web app your questions will vary.
2. Choose the right tech stack
This step relates to when you’re just planning to create the first web app or you’ve already created and you are thinking about the next step creating a more robust and reliable solution.
We make hundreds of interviews with clients each year and we see that the technology stack is still being a very important side of your project and its future.
There 2 main ways to develop a web app:
- Based on page builders (Squarespace, Wix)
- Based on existing CMS (WordPress, Shopify)
- Based on frameworks (ReactJS, Laravel, Node.js)
There are pros and cons to each approach.
If you want to create a very fast and not very complicated project within 2-3 weeks you should choose between 1st and 2nd approaches.
Keep in my that when you create something based on a page builder or any CMS it might be rebuilt once you prove your project idea.
The main reason that these 2 approaches aren’t maintainable and extendible in the future is due to specific database architecture.
The pros and cons of the 3rd approach are the following:
- Higher workload
- Sometimes price
And let’s go to our latest challenge in web app development.
3. UX rather than UI
I’m talking about your customers.
Of course, this is very important to create a fancy UI. But…
Sometimes founders are focused only on the design and can forget about the first challenge I mentioned in this article “Focus on your end goals”.
And what happens when the founder continues to focus on a design? The answer is very obvious: this founder will create an application that looks good (sometimes very good), but it won’t be very convenient for customers. As a result business model won’t work.
Because instead of spending time thinking about colors it will be much better to concentrate on a subscription model, user flow, payment methods, etc.
We see these challenges again and again when we discuss new projects.
They are not very difficult things to remember and I think in your next project you will do the actions to be succeeded.
I wish everyone to find an appropriate dev team!