With the proliferation of the various mobile devices and technology, today it has become imperative for the web application developers to be skilled in multiple areas of custom web application development.
Developing highly user-friendly, mobile compatible and performance driven web applications has become necessity. While trying to achieve all these things, web developers may fall prey to various mistakes.
Of course, mistakes do happen and errors can be corrected (after all, that’s what the testing phase is for), but there are a few common mistakes that every developer should keep in mind and try to avoid right from the start.
Here’s the list of the top 10 mistakes made when developing web applications:
1. Failure to understand the core business
Many times organizations or clients hiring web application developers never involve them into their business. This means that you do not get any insights in the actual business – you do not know what the exact function of the website is. At the end, developer won’t be able to precisely map the threats due to lack of knowledge of business objectives and critical information assets that need to be protected during the development.
2. Failure to understand the technology
With the rapid evolution of technology, web applications have changed a lot. However, many developers often fail to understand security aspects associated with the frameworks or platforms they are using. This, at the end, results into success of some common security attacks, like header response splitting. Therefore, it is important for the developer to understand the technology that is going to be used in development.
3. Allowing less-secure passwords
Most of the security breaches take place due to weak passwords from the end users. It is very common that user will choose a password that is easy to remember, but it is the responsibility of the developer to guide the users create strong passwords that are combination of alphanumeric characters. But the developers should never try to force users to create lengthy and over-complex passwords.
4. Building a custom platform for web development
. Many times developers try to use custom platforms to run business website. If you just want to manage contents and looks & feel, there is no point of using a custom platform. It is better to choose any CMS rather than going for custom platform. Building a custom platform from scratch increases your workload, makes website maintenance difficult and may also adversely impact usability of the website (if you don’t pay enough attention to the UI).
5. Using non-standard GUI controls
Command links, buttons, radio buttons, checkboxes, scroll bars and so on, are the most commonly used GUI controls. Many web applications often include Non-standard GUI controls that are not used frequently by the end users. Therefore, user will fail to interact effectively or even if the user will interact he or she will have to use a lot mind power to operate the site successfully.
6. Not so consistent design
Many designers, while designing websites get carried away, and create dissimilar designs for every page within a website. Of course, creativity is important, but it will confuse the end users. Inconsistent design will annoy the user as they won’t be able to relate to it and feel less in control. This will make the users leave the website at a very next moment. So, avoid inconsistent design.
7. Inadequate phishing protection
We all know that phishing is nothing but a security breach where attacker tricks the users to get their login credentials. The main reason behind this is lack of security measures within a website created. Many developers often give multiple URLs for login while allowing login page without any SSL. Try to make single URL for login and include SSL in login page to avoid this issue.
8. Contempt for SEO
Many novice developers often see SEO as worthless thing and never consider it during the development of the website. The fact is that SEO should be planned even before the development of the website and developers should incorporate all the SEO aspects while developing website to make sure that the website gets high visibility in the search engines after it goes live.
9. Frequent & useless upgrades
Of course, it is important to upgrade the website from time-by-time, specifically when there is a hardware failure or security attack. However, many websites often go down for several hours for maintenance work, which hardly requires a minute or two. Useless and frequent upgrades that are not at all required would affect the overall traffic coming towards the website. So, try to avoid it.
10. Ignoring Browser compatibility issues
Many times developers fail to decide what kind of browsers the website or application must support. It is important to conduct a detailed research on what kind of browsers are used by the target audience. One should always try to develop a website in such a way that is compatible with all the major mobile and conventional desktop browsers.
So, what do you think? How many of these mistakes have you committed while working on a custom web application development project? Are there some other common errors that we should have included? Pleases share your ideas, experiences and insights in the comments!
Author Bio.:- Priya is a Technical SEO at Hopinfirst, a leading mobile app development company which provide best ios app development and Android app development Services.