Application Development

What do wish to do today? At some time in your life you must have jotted down that plan, which will grow into the next big solution to the biggest pressing questions.There are many startup that seems to be getting bootstrapped every day and to balance the need for fast growth with little resources software is being used to make organizations more and more efficient. If you have a business plan there is always a way to build a web application suite to streamline your operations.

The Different Components of Web Applications

In their simplest form web applications are always made up of 3 layers: the Frontend(The user interface, aka the client), the backend(the code that executes the business logic, aka the server), and the database (a system to store data of operations). In any web application these 3 layers may sometimes be broken down further to create other functional components. Without delving too much into the nitty gritty of such systems here are components that are usually available to you to put together and form your modern software infrastructure:

Dynamic Web Pages (Client): These are pages on a website that have been generated by an application server with processed data. These are generated dynamically as a result of the execution of of your software logic. Basically standard HTML content it can be further extended by Javascript executed on a web browser on a user’s device. It allows you to modify the presentation of the outputted data from your servers. With Javascript these pages can be made more asynchronous, meaning your data can be loaded simultaneously and can be update after the page has been rendered without having to download it again from the server. This allows services to update data in near real time speeds. Javascript can also be used to animate an html page and advanced controls such as datepickers and modal boxes that need some logical processing.

Mobile/Desktop Apps (Client): These are native applications that run on the devices that are accessing your service. These reside on the user’s device and fetch data that is requested directly from the server as opposed to web pages that generated by the server every time they are requested. As they reside on the devices they have a lot of their presentation assets preloaded instead of downloading them from the server. All of their controls are provided by the operating system they reside in and do not need external scripting like websites use Javascript. Unlike website apps can also utilise features of the device like network connectivity(bluetooth, WiFI, etc.), device sensor data(GPS, Accelerometer,Gyroscope, NFC, light sensor) , device storage and manage how much resources(CPU,cache and RAM) it consumes.

Software Servers and APIs (Server): Software Servers are applications running on a remote machine that wait for requests from clients, performs operations as per the requests and outputs appropriate responses back to the clients. For example when you make a purchase on your device, the app or website you are using will send a request to your server telling which product has been brought, where it needs to ship to and what amount is needed to be processed by the banks. The server relays purchase information to the merchant’s client informing the shipping address and product name and instructs the banks to make the financial transactions. When the merchant and bank notify completion from their side your server will send an order completion notification back to your app or website. It is the brains of your application suite where the clients are the appendages.

You can use these components together to create different kinds of applications. There are some common applications used by different organisations the best suit their purposes. You can do the same without having to create a completely new system to reduce the development time so you can get started faster. You can then modify these applications to better suit your business needs.For example you may require a way to capture subscriptions, or be notified when a user takes a certain action on your website, or simply show them your social media feed. You can simply search and install relevant plugins and widgets for whatever work you want your system to do.

Blog Development

Blogs are the common web application system utilised by organisations. They usually have a content management system (CMS) that allows them to manage their websites. These systems allow users the modify their systems without any technical knowhow. They can modify the design, content, comment moderation on posts and scheduling of posts without ever having to write a single piece of code. Along with these features the Content Management Systems support a number of different plugins and widgets that allow them to do much more than show the static blog content. Examples: WordPress, Joomla, Drupal

Ecommerce Applications

Just as we have content management systems, you can use Ecommerce packages to run your store online. You can sell both your physical and digital products as well as service subscriptions and orders. You can even run your own online marketplace connecting multiple merchants to the same customer base. Example: Magento, WooCommerce, ZenCart

Forum Software

For those who want to start building a community forums are the best way to get started. Forums allow people to voice their doubts or concerns and put up topics for discussions related to products and services. Forums are considered a way for people to get solutions to a problem. If you have a product, it is best to create a forum where you answer queries that users might have. This saves you the trouble of having to respond to every user individually and might save you a lot of effort to find a solution as user search and provide solutions to each other. Examples: PHPBB, BBPress, MyBB

Social Network Engines

Another great way to build communities, social networks are driven by user interactions. Social networks are a space where people can interact with each other. Social networks allow people to reach more people at the same time whenever they want to share something and conversations can happen in a passive fashion. There are different types of social networks based on interest categories(humor, education, entertainment etc.) and communication formats(microblogging, media sharing, work collaboration). You can choose to create your own social network with your own unique concepts. Example: BuddyPress and PeepSo

Additional Software Solutions

There are other systems that you may choose to develop with us such as Service Management and Reservation Systems, Marketing Automation and lead capture software, Sales and CRM integration modules that our skilled developers can develop and customize for you.

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