Creating a web app is one of the most challenging and rewarding projects you can embark on as an entrepreneur. Your business can grow faster than the competition if you create a well-built, customer-focused web app.

Also, you will find you can unlock new revenue streams and ways to improve your customer experience through data collection, offer better services, and even sell your product directly to customers in new ways. You might initially feel overwhelmed with the thought of developing a web app, but it's not nearly as complicated or expensive as you might think. Making this type of software is pretty simple if you have the proper guidance from someone who has been there before.

This blog post is our most comprehensive list of information on how to build a web app, capturing all our blog articles on this topic and helping them navigate through all the content available on it.

Table of contents

Why build a web app?
What's the difference between a web app and a web page?
Types of web applications and how you can use them
How to build a web app
    ➤  Plan before you code
    ➤  Select the right tech for your web app
    ➤  Hiring developers to build your web app
Conclusion

Why build a web app?

When people ask, “Why build a web app?” they generally look for a few key benefits. For beginners, a website typically does not reach the same functionality as a web app. A website only communicates unidirectionally, such as by displaying content. You can transform your website into a product by adding functionality with the help of a web application. And that's the main benefit: you construct a web app when you're seeking capabilities that a simple website won't allow you to have, which is why it's so advantageous to do so. You will then explore new market channels, user experiences, and possibly new revenue streams, among other opportunities.

What's the difference between a web app and a web page?

  
What is a web application?
A web application is software or program accessible using any web browser. Its front end is usually created using languages like HTML, CSS, and Javascript, which major browsers support. At the same time, the backend could use any programming stack like LAMP, MEAN, and others. Unlike mobile apps, there is no specific SDK for developing web applications.

Web Applications became prominent with the software as a Service (SaaS) movement.

Examples: Google Apps, Amazon, YouTube

What is a website?

A website with a single domain name consists of a collection of interlinked web pages that are accessible globally. An individual, business, or organization can develop and maintain it. There are many uses for the website.

A website is hosted on single or multiple web servers. IP addresses allow access via a network such as the Internet or a private local area network.

Examples: A restaurant's website where you can view the menu, opening and closing hours, comments, etc.

Types of web applications and how you can use them

Different kinds of web applications are available, and your business can benefit from them. Because most businesses will need a web application at some point in the future, we will help you find the best solution, whether you want one made just for your company or a product you can customize to fit your needs.

Here are 10 types of the most common web apps:

  1. Static web application
  2. Dynamic web application
  3. E-commerce web application (find out how to build an online marketplace)
  4. Content management system web application (find out which one is better: Webflow or WordPress)
  5. Single page web application
  6. Multiple-pages web application
  7. Portal web application
  8. Animated web application
  9. Rich internet web application
  10. Progressive web application
      

Read on to learn more about the different web app types and which is better for your business.

How to build a web app

Plan before you code

Before you dive headfirst into the code, you’ll want to create a plan for your web app. Your plan should include a high-level overview of your project, your technical approach, and the timeline for when you hope to launch your product. Testing a Minimum Viable Product, or MVP, means creating a basic version of your product that you can use to test the concept with colleagues or potential customers. It involves ensuring each component works well so that you can keep improving it until it reaches a point where there's no going back.

Read on to learn more about why you want an MVP.

Despite the various tools available to designers today, creating successful digital products still requires much research. To begin, we have our Product Design Process (PDP) that guides us through this process. First, we conduct business analysis to determine the goals and expectations of the project; then, we move on to user research to understand what users want from a product. Next, we must ideate; that is, develop concepts for how to make these goals a reality. Afterwards, we move into the execution and technical assessment phases, creating designs and evaluating them for effectiveness.

This approach allows us to create digital experiences that meet users' expectations and desires when navigating a product. This will also contribute to attaining the business goals.

Read on to learn more about PDP's steps to create a successful digital product.


12 proven steps to design a successfull Digital Product

Select the right tech for your web app

Web application development is very similar to other software development life cycles. A solid team and initial set-out processes drive successful web app development.

You'll want to select the right technology for your project, depending on your business goals. There are dozens of different languages, libraries, and frameworks to choose from, so you want to make sure you're making an intelligent choice.

You should ask yourself:

  • What are your requirements? This includes the volume of traffic, user experience, and any security features you may need.
  • Who are your target users? You also need to consider who will be using your product. The more you know about your users, the easier it will be to select the right technology for the job.
  • What is your budget? Finally, you need to take your budget into account.

Read on to learn more about choosing the best tech stack for your web app.


4 things to remember when choosing a tech stack for your web development project

Hiring developers to build your web app

The great thing about building web apps is that you can get a lot of functionality out of them. The only barrier to the success of your project is finding the right developer who will be able to build your app.

You’ll need a developer with experience building web apps, developers familiar with the Node.js language and Web technologies, and someone with experience building websites and apps.

Read on to learn more about tips on choosing the best developers:

Conclusion

The web is the perfect environment for building web apps because it’s easy to develop and maintain. You can create a web app without needing many resources or a team. You just need to know how to use your tools, and then you can get started. You must make the most of the opportunities the web offers to attract new users, increase engagement, and ultimately grow your business. If you are considering building a web app, now you know the different types of apps available and get a sense of what technologies might work best for your business.


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