Web applications developed with responsive code will work on a mobile device
Technology has transformed the way nearly every company does business in recent years. Tools like social media, mobile connectivity and location-based services have allowed businesses to better connect with their customers and drive growth exponentially.
However, as technology expands our capabilities to do business it also has raised the expectations of consumer, who now prefer shopping, learning and getting customer service online.
One way to meet the rising demands of your consumers is through a custom web application designed to expand your business’ connection to its customers and provide functionality that caters to your specific business challenges and goals.
But before you jump into investing time and money into developing your own app, there are many things to consider. Here’s a look at some of the questions you should be asking yourself:
What is a web application?
So, you may be wondering what exactly is a web application? How is it different from a website?
Technically, any web application that is hosted on the internet and accessed through your browser is a website, but for most what differentiates an application from website is interactivity.
Where a website is made to be a platform for delivering content or information — think restaurant websites, news sites or blogs — a web application is designed to be an interactive experience.
When using a web application, users enter and retrieve information by communicating with a database to perform tasks and services for the user. Any time you use your browser to login to your social media account, submit an online payment, manage your bank account online or check you e-mail, you’re using a web application.
Is a web application better than a mobile application?
Once you’ve decided pursuing a custom application is a good idea for your business, the next step is to determine what type of application will best fit your needs.
In today’s marketplace, that often means choosing between a web application or a native mobile application.
One important distinction is that web applications function from the internet browser, while mobile applications are developed for a specific device/platform and must be downloaded from the iTunes or Google Play app stores.
The list below points out some of the key considerations when determining the type of application that will provide the greatest benefit your business:
Where do I start in building an application?
Building out a custom application can be a big task — especially if you’re not quite sure where to begin.
At Archetype SC, our digital experience team will work closely with you to develop an in-depth understanding and analysis of your business processes, specific needs and challenges, and the goals that you hope to achieve.
With this information, we can create a detailed project plan with specific use cases and begin to sketch out how users will interact with your application.
Our designers will then create high-fidelity prototypes, to show how your web application will meet the requirements set forth. Through an iterative process, our team will work with you to review and refine your app until we’ve created a fully-functioning application to meet your business needs.
Your web application will be built using industry-leading technologies chosen specifically for the needs of the project, allowing for future enhancement, security, scalability, and an excellent user experience. Once your project is complete, all necessary testing and training is provided to ensure that when your application is deployed, it is a seamless transition that will show immediate results.
From end to end, we’ll ensure a smooth and collaborative process. Here are a few other benefits of building a web application with Archetype SC: