business

September 10, 2020   |   4min read

What Rules to Follow When Working on a Web Development Project?

When should I hire a web development team?

If you already have a web app, consider hiring a development team if your business is growing, but your page is not scalable. This way you’ll save time and money by replacing most repetitive tasks with a system and give your employees tasks that need human touch. Web applications may also secure your business from human error by introducing various validations and checks. Additionally, you can move your infrastructure to the cloud if website maintenance costs are getting too high—but that’s another story.

If, however, you don’t have a web app yet, and you’re just starting out with your business—focus on the general UI of the website. Ideally, deliver first an MVP to check how your business is received by your target group.

Remember that sometimes, depending on your business plan, a mobile app is enough. So before hiring a development agency, think if a website is for you.

What skills should my web development team have?

In your web development team you’ll need an experienced frontend developer familiar with new technologies and trends (e.g. how to create a responsive app). They need to be able to communicate efficiently with designers and determine straight away possible bottlenecks when it comes to UI and UX requirements.

If you’re creating anything more than a very simple website, you should get a backend developer. Especially if you’re looking to implement different integrations with external services or need to set up a database. Basically, the more complicated the logic of your website is, the more you need a backend developer.

Make sure your team has a UX and UI designer for an accessible, intuitive, and good looking web application as well as a project manager for a smooth and efficient website development process and collaboration.

Your team should be capable of preparing an analysis of your needs and requirements from the business perspective—if they’re experienced enough they’ll be able to quickly tell what tech or tool you should go for and how to approach your web development project.

Additionally, check if your developers have deployment skills—not all developers are familiar with it.

What are the most useful frameworks and tools for web development?

  • React.js—a frontend framework created by Facebook
  • Angular—a frontend framework created by Google
  • Bootstrap— a tool kit for quick design and customization of your website
  • Spring (Java)—a backend framework
  • Django—a backend framework
  • Flask—a backend framework you can use instead of Django
  • PostgreSQL, MySQL—databases
  • CMS, e.g. Django CMS or Wagtail—useful, if you have a smaller website

What should I keep in mind to improve my web development process?

Test, test, test! Testing is an essential yet often underestimated part of the web development process, that is crucial for the success of your web development project. Clients usually feel like spending time on writing automated tests is a waste of time, however fixing a problem later will cost you way more. The best possible scenario is to ask your developers to write tests continuously, not just in the beginning.

Again, if you’re just kicking off your business, focus first on delivering the most important, basic value to your customers through MVP. Release, test with your users, iterate, repeat. Automate your deployment process too. It will allow your developers to do other important things in the meantime, as well as lower the possibility of a human error. Automated deployment is especially useful in long-term projects, where there’s more at stake.

Last but not least, more people in a team don’t mean quicker delivery. If there’s too many hands, they can block the work for each other, slower down the web development process and make the organization harder.

What are the most common challenges when developing a web app?

First and foremost—bugs will always happen! What really matters is how your team approaches solving these issues. So don’t worry if something goes wrong, make sure developers analyze, test and automate to predict and minimize the issues and fix them with the design team.

Secondly, analysis. It’s sometimes difficult to run a thorough analysis of requirements—without it the developers won’t be able to foresee possible risks and challenges. Make sure your team pays special attention to it in the beginning of the web development project.

Finally, a small tip: don’t plan a release of your web app on Friday;) Most likely, something will fail, and there won’t be developers available to fix it over the weekend.

If you have more questions about the web development process—send us a message!

Katarzyna Kucharczyk

Lead Software Engineer

Ula Rydiger

Senior Communication Specialist

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