Developing a web application involves a series of stages, each consisting of several tasks and goals which you must accomplish as you proceed towards your final aim – the success of your web application.
However, the success of your web application depends not just on the development phase but also on big topics in other major niches such as market research, wireframing, workflow design, prototyping, and more.
We will look at these phases ahead; knowing these will help you get started on the success of your web application.
1. Identifying The Purpose
Not to get too mystical on you with “find your purpose in life” but for your web app development, you need to identify its purpose.
It will be based on a problem that has been bothering your potential user base for years and years. The top apps, crème de la crème, the best of the best, are born out of the need for the people. It is these that end up being an innovation – they offer a solution to a problem.
For example, the Uber app offered the innovation that anyone can travel anywhere in a city, from doorstep to doorstep, without having to own a car.
If your app isn’t innovative, don’t worry, you can personalize it according to the demand. For example, you can develop a grocery shopping app by customizing it according to the business, its users, and its locality.
2. Think Like The User
Once you identify the purpose of your web app, you have to understand its users. This will help you focus down on your target niche; after all, if you are designing for everyone, you are designing for no one.
So, conduct thorough market research to uncover what your users want, what they have, what they would like to have, and how you are the solution they have been yearning for.
With this deep knowledge, you’ll be able to move to the next phase.
You can also revisit phase 1 if you discover a redefining secret, which happens more often than not.
3. Defining The App Functionality
Now that you understand your user, you can define the app just the way they love it. You can include features and functionalities that will streamline the user experience.
It can be as simple as (and yet so crucial) to manage shopping carts, payments, coupons, and one-click buying options.
4. Wireframing And Workflow Design
After defining the features and functionalities, it is time to take pen and paper and sketch out how your web app will appear to your users. Include what component (image, text, video, etc.) will appear and where. This is called wireframing.
Once you have the wireframe, you can sketch out the workflow considering how you imagine the app will flow.
Think like what happens when a user visits your page. They see your featured products, what’s next? They click on it to view its info; then they add it to the cart; then they visit the checkout phase and so on.
5. Finally, Prototyping And Validating
Now you have a map as well as all the info to get started with web app development. So, start building by utilizing skills that include building a database, developing the front end, and coding the back end.
Once you have your MVP (minimum viable product), you can begin the web app validation phase by conducting alpha and beta tests. Stay tuned to learn more about alpha and beta testing in web app validation.
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