- If you’re impatient to get started, you should at least read our post on How Companies Estimate Software Projects.
- And, maybe, you’ll even look under the hood and understand how the app specifications are created.
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How many hours does it take to develop an appIn our experience, the number may vary from a few hundred to several thousand development hours. This time outlay will depend on the complexity of the whole application, features, and integrations to implement, as well as whether there are sudden changes in the desired functionality requests. An average web application created for business needs usually includes a lot of features, management tools, different levels of access, so its development is a rather long-term undertaking. However, rushing through things isn’t the best strategy either, because it may harm the quality of the solution. Our experience shows that such an app will take the following amount of hours: Though it may seem that different project stages are developed one after the other, that’s not necessarily the case as a division of tasks based on specialization enables simultaneous development of different parts of the project. The agile methodology suggests breaking the scope of the software into sprints — small periods of time when the team is working on a certain feature. When the sprint is over, you got an increment — a completed part of your application. Each sprint takes a few weeks. It engages the whole team because the process of developing a new feature almost always requires:
- specification writing;
- coding (frontend, backend);
The average timing for development of web applicationThe sample size is sizeable, there are industry researchers (100 development companies participating), and our hands-on experience allows us to give you more specific numbers. On average, it takes 4.5 months to build a front-end application and a backend infrastructure. But if the scope is pretty big, it might take a few more months. On the other hand, if the team has some ready-made modules, the project will be finished and customized in 3.5 months. But here’s a more detailed breakdown, based on our experience.
|information base, database back-end||2-3 months|
|social media, in-app purchase, logins, favorites, back-end admin panel||3-6 months|
|dedicated analytics, unique functionality, visual pattern||6< months|
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How much does it cost to develop a web app?The final cost of your web development will ultimately depend on and be a function of the range of functions and features it will have. It can be a long-lasting and complex process, so it will, most of the time, take at least 3 months time and involve the efforts of a team of developers. Here is the list of the potential needs for your software solution that defines the cost of the development:
- Variety & complexity of features and functions
- Design features
- Number of services
- Technology and frameworks
- Development team experience, level of expertise, capabilities, location, & rates
- Back-end developer
- Web developer
- iOS & Android developers
- UX/UI Design
- Project manager
- Quality assurance specialist
- Business analyst
|iOS & Android developers||$9810|
How to save time and budget during web app development?It all starts with the phase where requirements are gathered and structured, also known as the Discovery phase. We recommend this article to help understand how to save your time in negotiations with developers. If the requirements are annotated well, you have the opportunity to prevent misunderstandings and future problems. It forms the basis of time estimation and costs. Poorly established requirements can lead to bad planning. On top of that, please keep in mind all the changes that you want to add to the development. Changes that are mentioned when the development stage is already underway mean changes after the code is written, forcing developers to go back on their work, which has a high potential for introducing new bugs and added costs to the project.
Benefits of web appsWeb applications offer a lot of benefits and are becoming increasingly popular as a result. Read more about the advantages of web apps here below.
- Access — you have access to any web app wherever you are and whenever you want, you can use it on any computer, mobile device, and browser, or operating system, all you need is for the device to have internet connectivity. Web apps even open opportunities for remote full-time work.
- Update — unlike desktop apps, web applications have automatic updates, so you don’t have to do it on your own, which saves time.
- Security — data on the web-based application is monitored by admins 247, and it is easier to detect unknown activity and detect what’s wrong. Also, as we know, the first step of any web app is registration, so if you get a notification that someone is trying to log into your account or hack it from Russia, you can always change the password, delete your data or contact a support team.
- Integration — a big plus of developing the web app is that it is made specifically for your business, it meets all your requirements, it is a custom web application that includes elements of your brand, has specific functions of access to data relevant exactly to your business needs, so you don’t have to waste time and money on testing whether it will be suitable for you anyway.
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Examples of web applicationsWeb applications’ popularity is growing every day. Many businesses are already integrated with them. We recommend that you take a look at the latest successful web apps and the specific options that they offer: remains one of the most popular, used, and usable web apps all over the world. This is a place where you can store any documents you want and have access to them whenever you want from any device that can log in and access the documents. You can save files, add, change, or delete them online as well as offline. The registration process is pretty easy as you can do it via your Google account (i.e. Gmail). It offers 5Gb of free storage and diverse types of documents, apart from basic word docs, it offers – presentations, models, researches, photos, albums, etc.One more bright example is the travel industry and the most popular web app is Booking.com. After registration, all users get the ability to find any type of hotels and hostels if they plan a business, personal, or family trip. You can choose the right city, filter by prices, and check if there are any free rooms in the hotel that catches your eye. Also, Booking selects the best available offers for hotel rooms with the most suitable prices for you on the date(s) you have chosen. You can save any variant to “favorites” and make a decision later if you so choose. Booking gathers and saves all information about their users – number, email, age, place of birth, work, number of family members, and pets. Also, Booking reminds you about your reservations or savings through email to maintain communication and relationships with users.
Web applications developed by the GBKSOFT teamWith 9 years of experience in the software development field, we created dozens of web applications and made a decent base of ready-made modules. We are glad to share our recent high-level web application successes!
Highrise ExpeditorsThe property management system is GBKSOFT’s web app development that was created for property owners – Highrise Expeditors. It helps to manage your buildings, specifically resolve tenant complaints or violations from the side of owners. The user of this app gets access to the Property Management System after registration and watches the status of their application. Business owners get reminders about any violations or other issues to rectify them as quickly as possible. So this app helps to know every problem that appears in your property business and helps keep the reputation and satisfaction rate among tenants on a high level.We’ve also worked with the construction company LEO that needed a web application for bringing their business to a new level. In essence, this company manufactures concrete materials for the construction industry made of cast stone that looks like natural limestone. This company has a small role in the entirety of the building process, but they cherish their reputation dearly. Our developers’ team created a web app that gathers and saves data about clients. Also, every client can register after placing an order and check the status of the construction. In turn, the business owners [customers] benefit in that they now have database storage where they keep all quantities and calculations of stones so as to not lose track of anything. This app optimizes their work, makes it structured, accurate, and credible. It is obvious that there are many business areas left that can use web applications to optimize, manage, and modernize the working processes of small and large businesses.
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Top popular web development directionsThe tech world is in constant motion and state of growth, and your well-loved existing web app might need some renewal to boost its performance as well. We did some research and picked out a few trendy technologies you definitely should pay attention to!
ConclusionsAt the end of the day, all the best practices we’ve covered so far turn out to be worthless without good communication. Regular, high-quality communication between all parties makes the project run smoothly. It’s important to share the same vision and avoid misunderstandings. At GBKSOFT we strive for good planning and constant communication with our clients. We do our best to explain every step of the development and are suitable for your requirements. All it takes from you is to contact us, communicate your needs, and consider the web app to be developed.
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