The increasing number of smartphones and mobile devices accelerated the already phenomenal growth of mobile apps and the mobile app development industry. But even with the dominance of mobile apps, web applications still retain their role in generating more traffic for online businesses.

Web apps are still there

The proliferation of mobile devices led to a widespread development of mobile web apps. And mobile web apps succeeded even while regular mobile apps increased in numbers.

Back in 2015, a report by SimilarWeb on the State of Mobile Web US found that 56% of traffic to big websites is from mobile devices.

Over the next couple of years, mobile browsing grew exponentially subsequently increasing the demand for mobile web apps.

The fact that mobile app development can be quite costly brings up many questions, and one among them is regarding the cost of developing a mobile web app which is different from a standard mobile app.

The Cost of Web App Development

The cost of web app development depends on a number of factors.

  • Type of App & Platform of Choice: The nature of the app and its purpose should be enough for a capable web app development company to determine its complexity, development time and effort. Basic web apps with simple features are quite affordable. But enterprise-grade web apps can be expensive. The cost may vary depending on the complexity of the app and the platform it is built for.
  • Features: The choice of features also influence the cost of development. In a nutshell, the more complex the app, the more the features. The more the features, the more the development cost.
  • Web Development Partner: Choosing the right development partner is one of the biggest decisions of a business ready to invest in web application development. This factor significantly influences the development cost. As a matter of fact, the geographic location of the web development partner itself is a major factor. Greater cost savings is why many companies outsource software development to Asian countries.
  • Pricing Model: A web app development company normally provides two pricing model options to choose from, after carefully considering the project scope and requirements – Fixed Price model & Hourly Rates model. Before making a choice, a business should take into account their needs for the web app, the development time frame and the budget.
  • Post-Development Support: Many businesses have a wrong notion that a successful and timely launch of the application marks the end of a project. On the contrary, the app would most likely lose its momentum without adequate post-development support. The app may need an update or a fix while it operates online catering to many customers. In addition, the business owning the app would also incur infrastructure costs in the form of domain name registration, web hosting server and more.

Conclusion

All said and done, it should also be noted that it’s not easy to accurately estimate the development cost of a web application. A leading, experienced web application developer would be charging considerably more than a comparatively less-experienced developer. Many factors other than the ones in this blog may influence the development cost. Either way, extensive research would certainly help with the estimation of development costs.

If you are planning to build a web application, talk to the experts here at AOT and we will come up with a solution that fits your budget.

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Developing custom enterprise web applications with select features used to be a pretty heavy investment a decade ago. In addition, getting the software’s user experience right demanded considerable amount of time and money. Not many organizations were willing to make such an investment. But over the years, mostly due to technological advancements, the software industry underwent a revolutionary transformation.

Now any organization can get a bespoke enterprise-grade web application developed with all the right features after choosing the most fitting technologies. Among all those technologies, the most popular would be Microsoft’s ASP.NET – a cross-platform framework resulting from a combination of an MVC structure and a Web API. Its latest iteration, the ASP.NET Core 2.1, features support for real-time web applications and comes with a number of great features that facilitate faster and more secure web development. Above all that, ASP.NET is open source.

Here are a few of those features that reinforce ASP.NET Core 2.1’s value when it comes to web app development today.

HTTPClientFactory

Working with HTTPClient in production software is not an easy task for developers. But with HTTPClientFactory, it will be much easier for them to create and register HTTPClient instances. The instances can be added as a service and operated on via the HTTPClientFactory interface. This is a pretty straightforward feature that hastens the development of larger applications without compromising any important aspect.

The SignalR Library

SignalR is ASP.NET Core 2.1’s open source library that aids developers in adding real-time web functionality to web applications. SignalR comes with APIs for Remote Procedure Calls (RPC) creation, connections grouping, authorization, connection management etc. It also enables bi-directional communication between the client and the server.

HTTPS

The ASP.NET Core 2.1 comes with HTTPS set as default thus streamlining the HTTPS settings in production. The SDK will prompt developers to add installed certificates to the machine’s trusted certificate root. HTTPS will then work seamlessly while debugging is managed locally.

Razor UI Class Library

Like the name suggests, the Razor UI class library is present in ASP.NET Core 2.1 to improve the User Interface in reusable class libraries. By incorporating Razor based UI in a library, the developers will be able to share it across multiple projects essentially making the development easier and hassle-free. For faster app launch, the Core 2.1 looks over the integration of Razor compilation with build processes.

GDPR Compliance

Modern websites should be equipped to handle a large amount of data which makes safeguarding visitors’ privacy a top priority for website/web app owners and developers. ASP.NET Core 2.1 was evidently designed with a focus on privacy requirements. With the framework, it is easier to ensure GDPR compliance enabling visitors to examine, edit, or delete their data from the web application.

Conclusion

Over the years, the software development industry was subject to a number of evolutions owing to the advent of new technologies and frameworks or refinements of the existing ones. But despite the increasing competition and changing development ecosystems, ASP.NET managed to retain its dominance in the sector. ASP.NET Core 2.1 again emphasizes that the popular Microsoft framework won’t be surpassed any time soon.

Thinking of utilizing a powerful ASP.NET application for your organization? Get in touch with the ASP.NET experts at AOT to understand everything about custom ASP.NET applications.

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Developed about 6 years ago by Drifty Co., the Ionic framework quickly became a breakthrough technology in just two years post release. By 2015, Ionic developers from different regions around the globe built over 1 million apps with the SDK. The open source framework is primarily used to develop hybrid mobile apps in a world where native app development is a big deal.

Recently, Ionic app development shifted its focus to Progressive Web Apps, better known as PWAs. PWA is expected to stir up quite a buzz in 2019, and might potentially replace native apps in the future.

What is a PWA?

We know what native apps can do – they work offline, they can send push notifications, and they offer great performance. Then there are standard mobile web apps. These apps depend on the browser’s properties and can’t run offline. Mobile web apps cannot send push notifications either. But they are smaller compared to native apps and aren’t as expensive to develop compared to native apps.

A PWA is essentially a combination of the two that bridges the gap between a mobile web app and a native app. PWAs are built with a number of technologies, design concepts, and web APIs that work synchronously to give mobile users an app-like experience on the mobile web.

Here are a few stats that emphasize why PWA is going to be the norm soon.

  • Uber uses a PWA which is said to be impressively fast even on a 2G network taking about 3 seconds to load.
  • BookMyShow’s PWA takes about 3 seconds to load as well leading to increased conversion rates (over 80% increase). The PWA is considerably smaller than their native Android and iOS apps.
  • After launching their PWA, Pinterest found an increase in core engagements of about 60% and a 44% increase in user-generated ad revenue.
  • Tinder’s PWA reduced their load time significantly – from about 12% to almost 5%.
  • Forbes’ impressions per visit are up 10% thanks to their PWA which loads 2.5 times faster on mobile devices than their previous site.
  • Twitter Lite experienced a 65% increase in pages per session and a 20% decrease in bounce rate.

The Ionic framework

What makes Ionic special is the plethora of features it comes with. Ionic is fully supported by AngularJS. Developers can build Ionic apps leveraging various web technologies like CSS, HTML5, and Sass, and distribute the apps through native app stores using Cordova. It has a powerful CLI that facilitates app development and testing across popular mobile platforms. Thanks to Sass, the framework also provides a multitude of UI components for creating apps that provide a rich, immersive user experience. Essentially, developing complex apps with Ionic is a walk in the park.

Ionic for PWAs

You might have noticed that a few big names use PWAs now, and the shift granted them great benefits in return. Before Ionic came into the frame, app developers had to go for Native coding in order to develop iOS, Android, and Windows apps. Coding for each platform required independent development.

The advent of Ionic made it possible for developers to easily build apps that resemble native apps that can also run on all technology stacks and popular platforms. These apps are known as hybrid apps – what Ionic became popular for.

This also somewhat explains how Ionic became a great choice for building PWAs.

  • The framework allows developers to combine CSS, HTML5, and Sass to build PWAs with visually appealing user interfaces.
  • Ionic makes it much easier for developers to deploy code on any mobile operating system or platform.
  • Ionic can work with a number of Cordova plugins. Since it’s an HTML5 framework, Ionic requires a wrapper like Cordova to ensure the apps function like a native one. With Cordova plugins, developers are able to add native features to PWAs.
  • It is free and open source making it a budget-friendly ingredient to craft apps. Its open source nature also makes it easier to manage the code structure.
  • Ionic’s growing community also makes it a good choice for amateur app developers who will need help in getting the code right.
  • Ionic comes with a robust Command Line Interface allowing developers to build, test, and deploy apps to any chosen platform.

Let’s see how Ionic addresses a few key aspects of a PWA.

  • Responsiveness – The UI components of Ionic are known for flexibility making it easier for developers to build responsive UI with the framework.
  • Connectivity Independence – Modern Ionic apps can be effortlessly combined with service workers to enable apps to run offline.
  • App-like Experience – Ionic is a mobile-first framework. So the PWAs built with Ionic will closely resemble mobile apps when it comes to UX.
  • Re-engagement – PWAs can re-engage users with push notifications. Ionic works well with many libraries and packages that developers can use to implement a push notifications feature.
  • Discoverability – Search engines can find PWAs easier thanks to the W3C manifest and scope of service worker registration. The changes in the functionality of Ionic’s router make apps much easier to discover.

On top of all this Ionic has a harmonious relationship with Angular. The combination grants an enhanced development experience as a result of the familiar Angular-specific building blocks working in tandem with Ionic core components. Ionic also features a PWA Tookit which includes everything that a developer would need to build high performance, secure PWAs without depending on front-end frameworks like React, Vue etc.

Conclusion

It should be clear to you by now that almost every principle that constitutes a progressive web app is already incorporated in Ionic. However, when it comes to developing the best user experience for the PWA, Ionic developers may find a few blocks on the road. The issues are trivial and should be addressed by the Ionic team soon in a more stable release of the Ionic 4. Summing it all up, PWAs are the future and Ionic certainly appears to be a great choice for developers to craft progressive web apps that could turn the tides positively for businesses in the coming years.

The devs here at AOT technologies have already mastered Ionic to build powerful native, hybrid, and progressive web apps. If you think you could use a PWA, why not build it with Ionic here at AOT? Let us know your thoughts.

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A website serves as a business’ digital identity. It’s vital for the business to run successfully and grow in today’s digital environment. Modern businesses leverage web apps to provide an even better, more intuitive experience to users. However, the importance of the digital solution for an online business demands the enterprise to ensure that the web app’s performance meets or exceeds their expectations while serving as a mark of the company’s innovation and reliability.

Behind the scenes…

A successful web app has a dedicated, proactive IT team working on it behind the scenes and around the clock. They employ a number of application performance monitoring and maintenance tools to identify potential DevOps risks and issues, and address them all in real-time thus ensuring consistency when it comes to app performance.

It’s the operations behind the scenes that reduce the margin of errors and minimize maintenance needs. This way, at the end of the day, the business can deliver its product or services better with a higher ROI.

Though it may sound easy and practical at first, developing web apps and retaining or enhancing their performance still come with a number of issues and challenges – be it an interface redesign or an increase in the scale of the operations.

This blog explores a few common web app performance issues, and the ways to fix them.

Slow servers

One major reason for the web app’s deteriorating performance could be the server. And slow servers could mostly have something to do with the hosting solution. The hosting server could be a shared server, where multiple websites or web apps are hosted. As they all share the resources, the web app may not get enough resources all the time which in turn impacts its performance. Going for a dedicated server or a cloud server is an easy fix to this particular issue.

For other factors that could be influencing the web app’s performance negatively, it’d be better to use tools like Google’s PageSpeed Insights tool. Once the domain name is provided to the tool, it can analyze site content and identify that which slows down the website or web app. The tool also provides suggestions to improve website performance based on the analysis.

Poor coding

Poorly written code also impacts web application performance negatively. It can be anything from memory leaks to synchronization problems or just plain inefficient coding. Ineffectual algorithms, legacy systems, and older software versions also lead to performance degradation.

In order to avoid this, it’s best to rely on experienced and qualified developers to build the website or web application. It’s also wise to ensure that the development team is updated on optimal coding practices and technology trends. Automation tools also reduce such inefficiency in coding.

No optimized bandwidth usage

When a development company developers and tests a website or a web application, they normally do it in their local network. Tests may indicate great performance at first. But in the long run, once more multimedia files or other high-volume data are uploaded to the website, visitors may experience a number of issues while accessing the website through their smartphones. The development team may not always be able to anticipate such issues.

This is why it’s important to optimize the website or web app’s bandwidth usage. This would give a considerable performance boost. Experts also suggest minification of JavaScript and all CSS, and optimization of images so that the website/web app loads faster.

Traffic spikes

Though this isn’t a big deal today, traffic spikes posing a risk to website performance is still, surprisingly, quite common. Traffic spikes happen especially when a marketing campaign bears fruit. The website may not always be prepared for the rising traffic in such scenarios. The spike would subsequently slow down the server, impacting performance.

Today, reasonably-priced cloud servers can tackle this issue as the cloud can scale to adapt to traffic spikes without compromising performance. If the cloud is not an option, a good idea is to use a monitoring system that can alert web owners in case of increasing traffic. Tools like NeoSense can drop an alert when the traffic starts impacting transactions. This way, web owners can rectify the issue before it ends up as a negative experience to users.

Conclusion

The web app or website’s impressive performance is not just important for the business’ reputation alone. Search engines also tend to favor faster loading websites more, and can display them up top in the search engine result pages for relevant user queries.

Considering the SEO aspect and user satisfaction in mind, enterprises should take specific care to ensure the consistent high performance of the website, and constantly work on improvements. There are numerous free as well as paid tools to help them achieve this. Nevertheless, the development aspect lays the foundation to it all.

If it’s a capable website or web app developer you are after, AoT could be gamechanger for your business owing to our expertise. The team here worked wonders for many businesses across many verticals. Talk to us now to get your business a new image online.

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Developing web applications is a challenging task that requires great analytical skills, proven expertise, knowledge, and refined development skillsets. If the development is on good hands, the web application can do wonders for a business both internally and externally. However, because it’s a booming industry, you will have to choose from over thousands of web app development companies; an exigent step 1 indeed.

Only an experienced professional, that can visualize your business goals, can realize it by developing the kind of web application your business demands. Here are a few great tips to find the right web application development company that can deliver a web application that would transform your business in today’s competitive modern age.

The promise of security

Every web application development company promises secure custom-web applications, but only a few of them can deliver that in the final product. It’s important to check whether the web app development companies you shortlisted adhere to best security practices. An insecure application can hinder the progress of your business at some point. That said, even the best web app is not completely safe.

A reliable web app development company would put a lot of effort not just in development but also in identifying the security holes of the product, and plugging them, while also restricting access to the application to unauthorized parties.

Development planning and execution

Any project is more likely to fail without a solid plan. There are still many development companies that are still sticking to the traditional waterfall development methodology. But in today’s age, a project may undergo changes during development considering the various technological innovations that keep appearing out of the blue.

To accommodate such unexpected changes and unforeseen setbacks, experienced developers practice an Agile methodology, which also ensures a tested, high quality final deliverable. The companies would be capable of planning everything proper resource allocation to task execution and completion by sprints. You can contact the company’s clients to learn more about how they handle a project.

Hassle-free communication and collaboration

A web app development project is supposed to be a team effort, with you being the client also a part of that team. This means, for the product to come out the way you want it to, you will have to collaborate well with the development team, and help them see your vision of the product.

As for the development team, effective in-house communication, particularly between developers and testers, is the key to finishing the project the right way and in time. Make sure the development company you are considering agree to your communication criteria.

Experience

True expertise comes from years of experience developing and delivering apps that meet quality standards and client business requirements. Experienced development companies have good insights on the technological trends that influence each industry or vertical, and the optimal ways to leverage them to achieve competitive edge in the market.

AoT Technologies can be the reliable development partner you are looking for. We have been delivering innovative, high-performance applications powered by cutting-edge technologies for years, garnering a reputation and expertise that places us among the top ranking developers in Canada. Give us a call to see how we deliver on our technological promises.

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