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Why Do Businesses Need Web Apps?

With everything in the world going online today, there is a very high possibility that you have used web apps unknowingly. Web apps are interactive applications (like mobile apps) which perform a specific function utilising websites over the internet. They can be accessed by different web browsers.

Web apps can be used for a variety of purposes and they are almost always accessible and user friendly. The most common functions that web applications offer are webmail, online calculators and e-commerce (online shopping activities). 

Web apps are also utilised for personal use by an organisation on their websites to run their internal portal to keep the work on track. Web apps have 3 basic requirements: a Web server, application server, and a database. Web servers manage the client requests, the application server helps in the completion of the requested task and the database is used to store any required information.

It is built with web technologies like HTML, Java, CSS, etc. The heart of web application development is CRUD, which means, Create, Read, Update and Delete.

The most common web apps available are Mailchimp, Google Docs, and Gmail, which are readily available to all users. Most web apps generally require a sign-up process.

Creating a web app requires a knowledge of backend languages, web front-end, DevOps. Backend languages like Python and Ruby are used to control how the app works, it is directly connected to the server.

The front-end uses HTML, Javascript, etc which forms the look and feel of the app. And finally, DevOps like Github help in deploying and hosting the web app.

Web apps are created using 8-10 simple steps.

It starts with identifying a problem you want to solve, then it goes on to defining the functionality and workflow of the web app solution. The third step is to prototype the web app which includes sketching the wireframe considering things like navigation, branding, forms, buttons and other interactive elements. The next step is to check and update the wireframe of the web app. For this, you can present the app to potential customers and ask for their feedback. The fifth step is to choose the web application and then build the web application starting with the database, frontend and finally the backend. After it’s built, testing the web app is the next step. Cover aspects like functionality, usability, compatibility, security and performance testing. And the final step is to run your web app on the server. For this you will need a domain and choose the cloud hosting server.

Webs apps have brought numerous changes to the internet and have made it more interactive and user friendly. It is becoming increasingly popular and can help organisations enhance their customer service immensely.

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