The World Wide Web is built on bits and bytes of information sequences. Having these as the building blocks of the most appreciated and used resource pool on the planet, it is useful to know how they can in turn be used to serve our daily needs on a functional level. This is of utmost importance especially if we want to be in a prime position to create something ourselves.
Here is where the various web applications and platforms come into play. With the growing involvement of people on the internet via intelligent innovations like Google Balloon, 5G telecommunication and a myriad of other innovative endeavours, the web applications are becoming more and more useful in our day to day life- be it in the personal or professional sphere.
Another crucial point to note here, is that we as users are equally important in this process, whenever we undertake such roles. Consumer or customer interaction is what ultimately shapes the fate of each and every one of these electronic platforms. Bits of behavioural science and User Experience as a whole are based on this – and this as a fact underlines the importance of the interaction between users and machines. In order to meet the standards of this basic interconnected expectation (which translates directly into recurring clientele and revenue for small and big online businesses alike) – it is very important to think and plan on the architecture of any given web application.
Here are 7 points that you should consider when you or your organisation decides to delve into these seemingly complex waters:
1. Make it Responsive and Service Based
The user interface layer is the gateway of your application for the end user. Hence you have to be very careful so that the users find everything very easily – accessibility and navigation in other words. Moreover, it is very important to make it mobile compatible as the number of mobile internet users are increasing exponentially and have already surpassed all other means of access. At the same time, we need to keep an eye on what is called a service-based approach. This is the only factor that’s bound to increase reuse and minimise the overall long-term cost for web application development and maintenance.
2. Go For N-Tier Architecture
In the early days, most systems were engineered as client server architectures. But the applications were not capable to give the best user interaction experience and was very tough to add new functionality features on the existing application. Hence the time to market a new product was high. But if the application logic is split up in different layers, it will be easy to change and add new features quickly and effectively. Thus, the time to market gets halved and potential profitability skyrockets.
3. Be Mindful of Data Access Layers
Information is the vital section of any application. A highly optimised data access layer will speed up the web page loading time and create a rich experience for the users. Adding to that, a stable and secure data access layer can provide valuable insight regarding user behaviour.
4. Use Messaging and build Asynchronous Interactions
Don’t make your user wait on the page to find what they are looking or submit the final order. With the introduction of asynchronous interactions with periodical updates this problem can easily be solved. A very good open source Java Messaging System can help you in this endeavour which can ultimately results in significant time savings both for you and the end user.
5. Solid Security Measures
Reliability is perhaps the important element for the user who is interacting with your web development services. This will help build trust for the long run. Make the web interaction channels secure (HTTPS) and keep the data encrypted in order to protect your users from intruders.
6. Cloud Compatible Packages
We really don’t know how many users are added to the internet over the world every day. So get ready to handle that amount of usage. Cloud is the place where you can grow without any limit whatsoever and couple this with a pay as you go service.
7. Performance Matters
Most users don’t like to wait on a page more than 3 seconds. So application processing performance plays a key role in adding (and retaining) a unique new visitor to your business.
If you are pondering on going down this path, we sincerely hope that the above information will help you structure your thinking and polish up your strategy.
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