Have you ever wanted to create a web app? Many people want to create web apps but have yet to do so. Creating a web app can seem like a daunting process, which can cause some hesitation. However, the process of creating one only contains 5 steps. If you have ever wanted to create a web app or are just curious about this process, this guide should give you a clear roadmap to get started.
5 Steps to Create a Web App
To get started creating a web app yourself, you need to follow the following 5 steps.
#1. Identify The Problem You Need to Solve
Most people create web apps because they have a problem they need solved. This can be many things. Common problems include but are not limited to the following:
- Repetitive tasks (data entry, creating invoices, etc.)
- Long/inefficient processes
- New product idea
- Need feature on existing website/app
- Looking for an easier way to run their business
Different businesses have different problems. That is why having your own custom application can be very beneficial.
#2. Plan What You Need Your Web App to Do (Business Requirements)
Next, you need to plan what you want your application to do. This includes basic functionality, how this app works, and how it will benefit you. Coming up with these requirements will give you an idea of the working parts of your app. This will help give you a visualization of what you want this app to look like. Once you have a basic idea of this, you are ready for the next step.
#3. Create a Basic Wireframe
Creating a basic wireframe allows you to document your ideas. A wireframe is a basic blueprint/outline of the design of your application. Wireframes give the developer an idea on how the front end of the app should work. Here are a few tools that allow you to create wireframes:
Creating a wireframe is important, because it allows you to focus on the user experience before you start developing. Users should be able to seamlessly navigate through your app and easily use it without problems.
#4. Identify Needed Tools and Technologies
Now that your app design is complete, you will start to get an idea of the different moving pieces. One tech stack may be better at one thing, while another stack might be better at doing something else. Some tools you need to identify include
- Front end technology
- Back-end framework/technology
If you do not have knowledge in these different tools, don’t worry, there is an alternative for you (keep reading).
#5. Develop and Deploy
At this stage, all the prep work is complete. It is now time to start building your web app. If you are developing it yourself, you should have a good understanding of the technologies have chosen and know how to use them to build what you want.
Developing Yourself vs Outsourcing
You may be asking, ‘am I supposed to build my app myself?’ If you already are short on time and looking to improve your efficiency, you probably do not have time to build an app. This is okay, most people with app ideas do not build them themselves. After you identify your problem, you can immediately outsource this work to a team of experienced developers. If you are not familiar with the technologies mentioned in step 4, this is your alternative solution. Octaria Software specializes in custom web app development and can guide you through the entire process from start to finish. Instead of spending time developing an app, you can let a team of professionals do it.
Getting The Process Started
To get your web app process started, simply follow our 5 step guide or contact an experienced development team to handle it for you! If you’d like a free discovery session, feel free to contact us.