We create custom high quality and functional web applications for small to large companies throughout Australia.
The first step to building a web application is to find out what it is that you want the web application to achieve. What do you want it to be able to do? What problems should it solve?
This is important because this is the overall goal that we are working towards. A custom web application can be created to solve this.
If your goal is to improve workflow and productivity, then we can create an application that structures the workflow, identifies any weak areas and allows your team to work more productively.
You may want to increase your branding and/or client interaction. In this case we can create a web app in the form of a client portal to allow your clients to connect with your organisation to perform specific functions such as ordering, helpdesk ticketing, return authorisations, loyalty member benefits, and more.
Once we know what the goal of the web app is, we can work out what features to include in the application and how things will function. These features and functions can be broken down into the following:
Required Features Useful Features Optional Features
Required features are those things that are absolutely necessary in order to achieve your goals. Useful features can make life easier and make the system more efficient. While optional features are luxuries that are nice to have, but the system will still work without them.
Most web applications will utilise a database in one way or another. This is where and how the data will be stored. Generally this will be SQL (Structured Query Language.) Having the right database architecture will ensure that the web application works effectively and fast.
The design of the user interface (or UI) is important and should take into account user-friendliness and how easy and effective it is to use. Depending on the type of web app that you are after, the design and how the system looks may or may not make a difference for marketing. If it is used just by staff members, then it does not matter how it will look for customers because they will never see it. However, in this example, it should be designed with the staff members in mind. A good design will reduce the amount of training required or negate it completely in order to use the new system.
The "Front-End" or "Client-Side" of the web application is what you will see as a user. This is generally the user interface (or UI) and consists mainly of the visual elements including the presentation of data and input sections.
The "Back-End" or "Server-Side" of the web application is what you don't see. These are the things that occur behind-the-scenes and is what powers the web application in order for it to work.
Both of these areas are important and go together to make the web application.
The majority of testing will be performed during development itself. Once the web application has been completed, there may need to be some more testing done to ensure that all works as expected. You can also use this testing stage for training on how to use the new system as user mistakes generally have no real consequences. Any user mistakes can also help towards improving the front-end to avoid those mistakes in the future.