January 04th 2022

What is a web application?

In contrast to software that runs on a computer locally on the operating system (OS), a web application (or web app) is a software application that lives on a web server and can also be cloud-based. Users access the web app through a browser with an active internet connection. Private landlord management CRM, an accountancy workflow system, and a logistics supply chain management site are just a few of the web applications we've created.

Websites vs. web applications

The main distinction is how we engage with one another. Web applications are defined by their input: we use them to generate, read, update, and delete data. We read the news, marketing information, and FAQs on websites, thus they are characterised by their output.

Building a web application entails a number of distinct procedures. I've outlined the many processes involved in the web application development process below.

Here are the eight steps to building a web application.

1. Identify the issue you're trying to solve.

The importance of defining the problem cannot be overstated. It serves as your compass and guides you in the right direction. Your problem is the source of your solution.

2. Create a workflow for your web app.

Once you've decided on a solution, sketch down the process for implementing it. What must occur within your web application in order for it to resolve the issue?

3. Create a wireframe/prototype for your web app.

Create a wireframe for your workflow. Your wireframe is nothing more than a means of expressing your solution to your intended audience.

4. Obtain confirmation

Present your new web application's wireframe to potential users. Keep track of feedback and revise the design until you and your potential customers are satisfied.

5. Pick your weaponry

To create your web application, you'll use a variety of tools, platforms, and frameworks. It's critical to select a tool that is appropriate for the purpose (in this example, your web application), rather than going with the most popular option. Django paired with React, for example, can be excessive for a simple to-do app.

6. Build your web application

Determine the categories of data you'll be storing in your database as well as the data you'll be storing. After that, create your database.

Frontend

You'll most likely develop both the front end and the backend at the same time. Your front end will resemble the wireframe/prototype you validated earlier in some ways. Like one of our frontend frameworks below, the frontend is made up of HTML, CSS, and JS.

Backend

One of the most difficult aspects of the web application development process is creating the backend. The backend's key responsibilities include providing HTTP endpoints for your frontend (remember CRUD! ), authenticating users, authorising them, and serving the frontend.

7. Put your web app to the test

Testing your web application is a continuous activity that occurs both during and after the development phase. You can either automate or perform manual testing. You should strive to cover functionality, usability, compatibility, security, and performance testing during the testing phase.

8. Set up your web application on a server and deploy it

Running your web application on a server is referred to as hosting. You'll need to purchase a domain and select a cloud hosting service. You'll need a CI tool to get your web application from your local PC to your cloud provider and deploy it.

That's the web application development process in a nutshell. If you need to know more a conversation is free and we can help set you in the right direction.

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