In this blog post, we will be discussing the different steps of a custom web app development process and the technologies that are used. We will start with an overview of what it takes to build a web application, followed by an in-depth look at the technologies used in this process. This is a lengthy read with many details, but if you’re interested in learning more about how to develop your own custom web app then keep reading!
1. What is a custom web app and why should I care about it?
The first thing that you should know is what a custom web app actually is. A custom web application, or CWA for short, is simply an application that is built from the ground up with the specific needs of its user in mind. A custom web application is the complete opposite of a canned app. A CWA can be any type of web application that has been custom-built for its user’s specific demands and even includes existing, traditional applications with functionality added or modified to fit your needs. In fact, most companies end up building their own version of certain software because they want something that is tailored to their exact needs and requirements. In addition, there are several downsides of using canned applications that can be easily overcome by building a custom web app instead.
One downside of existing software is the lack of flexibility. Canned apps may have limited functionality or not be able to handle your specific requests at all because they weren’t built for your exact needs. On the other hand, a CWA can be anything that you want it to be. It doesn’t matter if an application exists or not because you can build one yourself!
Another downside is high costs. Existing apps are expensive simply due to licensing fees and needing to pay people who know how to use them. If you’re looking for decent custom web app development services, Celadon is one of the big names in the market to checkout.
2. The custom web app development process – what to expect, who we work with and how long does it take
The custom web application development process is the series of steps that your app goes through in order to get built. There are typically five main phases that any CWA will go through planning, design, engineering/development, testing, and launch. Each phase has its own timeline for completion but at some point throughout each phase, you should expect to work with a project manager, designer, and developer.
The planning phase is the first step of your custom web app’s development process and typically lasts for one week to two weeks (30 days maximum). During this time we sit down with you or someone from within your company who has knowledge about what it is that you’re trying to accomplish and talk about the vision and goals for your project. We brainstorm together to come up with ideas on how we can best implement them into a web application that suits their needs and works specifically for what it is that they want. This phase also includes reviewing any wireframes or prototypes you may have already put together at this point as well as creating tasks, writing project specifications, and breaking down the requirements for everything that needs to be included.
Once we have gone through all of this, you should expect a formal presentation with recommendations on how to best meet your goals within the allotted time frame. This is where our process starts because at this point it’s clear what needs to get done in order for us to move forward with development.
The design phase is the second step in your custom web app’s development process and typically lasts for one week to two weeks (30 days maximum). During this time we sit down with you or someone from within your company who has knowledge about what it is that you’re trying to accomplish, review any wireframes or prototypes that you may have already put together and design a mockup for your web application.
During this time we also begin to build the wireframes that will be used as blueprints during development, which is why it’s important to provide any existing documentation or information you might have from previous phases so far in order to speed things up. In addition, if there are specific logos or images that need to be incorporated into your CWA then now is when they should get created so everything can look perfect upon launch!
The engineering/development phase is the third step in the custom web app’s development process and typically lasts anywhere between one week (30 days maximum) and three weeks (90 days maximum). During this time our team of developers actually gets down and dirty and builds the web application that you and our team have designed, planned, and discussed.
During this time we produce a working prototype for your boss and/or other stakeholders to review before moving forward with development so they can make sure it’s exactly what they want. At this point in the process, things tend to get stressful because everyone wants their custom app built as soon as possible! It’s at times like these when communication is essential – especially if something goes wrong or an issue arises during testing where we need some input from you guys on how we should proceed.
The testing phase is the fourth step of the custom web app’s development process and typically lasts anywhere between one week (30 days maximum) and four weeks (120 days maximum). During this time we test the web application we’ve built with you and/or someone within your company who has knowledge about what it is that you’re trying to accomplish.
Testing should be done on a staging server – not live! During this time bugs, errors, and inconsistencies in how everything works are discovered (and fixed). If any changes need to be made then they will be made by our developers at this point before moving forward into development for launch.
At some point during testing, there will likely be a client meeting where everyone involved in the project meets up again face-to-face or via video conference (Skype, FaceTime, etc.) depending on location so that feedback can get shared directly. This also gives us an opportunity to answer questions from anyone who was not involved in the previous phases of the custom web app’s development process.
Launch / Go-live
The go-live phase is the final step in your custom web application’s development process and typically lasts for one week (30 days maximum). During this time we put together a launch plan which includes all of our tasks that need to get done prior to going live as well as any specific instructions on how you or someone from within your company would like us to proceed with making it available online/on your servers so you can have complete control over everything!
Once everything is set up correctly – if necessary, there may be some small follow-up changes made after launching but those are rare because most companies don’t want a new CWA just hanging around forever without being used.
At this time we also have a meeting to discuss any remaining changes that you’d like us to make before the launch is complete so they get done within the agreed-upon timeframe, which usually lasts anywhere between two or four weeks (60-120 days maximum) depending on how many tasks there are and what needs to be changed/fixed. Once everything is finalized – congratulations! Your custom web app has been successfully developed for your company and it’s ready for use by everyone involved in order to accomplish whatever goals were initially discussed when starting development back at step one of the custom web apps’ development process!
3. Custom web app development technologies
Custom web app technologies are typically divided into six main categories. Each category includes several different subcategories that help identify exactly what they cover so you can see how it all comes together under the umbrella of custom web apps’ development processes and technologies.
The second category is back-end technologies such as PHP (which includes frameworks like Laravel and Magento), Ruby on Rails, Node JS or Python with Django to name just a few along with databases that store your web app’s information such as MySQL/MSSQL Server/PostgreSQL among others.
Mobile app development
The third category is mobile development – not only does this include customizing the look of your application so it looks good on each device it’s being used across but also making sure everything works correctly when someone interacts with it using their fingers instead of a mouse pointer!
The fourth category covers & hosting options where we show you how to make your custom web app available on the internet (or private network) using any of the most popular options for this like Amazon Web Services, DigitalOcean and more!
The fifth category is cloud computing which shows you everything that’s involved in making use of various online resources that are connected directly with the server(s) where your custom web app will be running. This includes things such as APIs/back-end services for connecting data from other apps together, third party integrations etc.
Security & backups
The final category covers security & backups – a topic we can’t stress enough no matter what size or type of project you’re working on! Without it your business could easily end up losing valuable customer data along with not being able to meet compliance standards and be fined for it!
4. The future of web apps
In the future, we see a lot of changes coming for web apps and technology in general. Both client-side and server-side rendering will be required sooner than later as well as using CDNs to cache static content so websites can load faster with less lag time which is especially important when compared to native applications where you have much more control over your app’s performance. As web browsers become even smarter they’ll start catching things like images, scripts etc by themselves without needing additional plugins or services from third parties! There are also plans underway that can easily allow anyone who has an idea for a fairly simple business model but may not have coding experience at all – creates their own custom web app (or any other type of program) completely on their own! These are just some of the exciting things that have us excited about how far the web has come over the last twenty years and where it may be heading in upcoming decades!
5. Q&A with our team on their experience developing web apps
Q: What are some of the most common problems you’ve encountered while working on web apps?
A. When it comes to custom web apps we typically run into the same problems most developers do such as figuring out how to communicate with third-party APIs and services. Another common issue is due to differences between different web browsers – you may find that your app works perfectly fine in Chrome or Firefox but not so much when it comes to Safari on a Mac for example! That’s why testing across all devices, operating systems and browsers is extremely important before going live no matter what type of project you’re working on!
Q: What advice can you offer someone who might be unsure about whether they should hire a developer vs doing their own custom web apps?
Q: What do you think will happen within the next few years when it comes to developing new features & functionality?
A: We see more companies offering APIs/backend services which makes integration of data between different applications extremely efficient while also making sure no one is ever locked into using just a single piece of software since works together instead. This includes things like third party integrations, machine learning/artificial intelligence and even things that allow people to create custom web apps without having much coding experience at all! We’re also seeing a lot of companies begin using CDNs which allows static content to be cached on servers so websites can load faster with less lag time – something extremely important when compared native applications where you have much more control over your app’s performance.
Q: Do you think there are any drawbacks or downsides for developers who want to use the same tools & technologies?
A: Well it depends entirely on what type of project they are working on as well as how many additional features they plan on adding along the way. It could certainly help if everyone is experienced with developing custom web apps but most tools still require you to have at least some coding experience under your belt. Another potential drawback is that once you’ve started building something on top of a certain framework or language it can be extremely difficult/time-consuming trying to switch over to another one – especially if there are additional things built into the first platform which aren’t easily transferable!
If you’re interested to learn more about all these categories then feel free to read our full guide on custom web apps’ development processes & technologies. We hope this helped answer any questions you had around what’s involved with getting your own custom application built for whatever purpose whether it be strictly business-related or something fun like building a game – either way we wish you good luck with accomplishing your next big project!