7 things you should not do when you create web applications

We applications are playing a prominent role nowadays in organisations, especially important for the sustainability of organisations. The applications deployed as well as customised software created is getting increasingly popular, as a critical edge for uplifting your business. The problem lies in the ever-changing landscape of web application development especially in the past 5-10 years, outperforming the previous standards, and still many organisations sticking to the old standards.

Due to the lack of contemporary technologies in place and modern principles lacking, businesses suffer big time due to outdated applications in place. So, as a developer, what needs to be taken care of, when building a web application? We have listed here some loopholes that have to be completely avoided if you want your web apps to outshine and outperform. A compilation of seven such don’ts will help you save time by refining the web application development process.

1. Thinking from only your point of view

When you look your application just from your own perspective, you are surely going to find things right, and even contented with what you have placed within the app. This might result in missing out on important features, which users might be expecting, and you possibly have unseen them. Additionally, the functionalities that you have integrated might look simple from your end, but they might not be as simple to handle when looked from an end-user perspective. This leads to a dangerous trap wherein users surely get struck, and even boycott your web app after using it somehow for a while.

So, why is it so important? After all, you have given to the web app development, such as time, money, efforts, if people are ultimately going to wonder what to do within the app then all the efforts go wasted since users will move to better web application options.

2. Building only for desktop users disregarding mobile users

This is probably one of the biggest mistakes committed wherein majority web applications are only accessible for a proper view via the web, not taking into account Smartphone users. Making responsive web applications certainly adds an extra layer of complexity, but it surely reaps good results in long run, considering the fact that everyone is now getting adapted to a mobile lifestyle, wherein they tend to perform every single task through their Smartphones.

3. Utilising technologies or platforms used by others

It is always wise to stay away from platforms or technologies that are very much recent and probably used by everybody. Latest does not mean your web apps are going to be free from all bugs or errors. Sometimes latest systems are more unstable and buggy then you could ever possibly imagine. Before opting for the right systems, try them out in terms of stability. Herein, we do not mean that you should opt for a technology that is completely unproven. Opt for technologies that have done well in the past, even if they are not completely new enough.

4. Accessing database having information supplied by users

Another common mistake found with web applications, wherein the exposed information of users opens up doors for security breaches. When you have unprotected information on the display, it is bound to capture malicious scripts, which in turn access all the database proprietary data. Of course, users won’t bother to enter anything that is malicious in nature. However, a defence mindset always tends to safeguard yourself.

This is so true in case of modular code, wherein inputs have to be handled with care. Hence, you need to verify that whatever inputs you insert in the code are sanitized enough preventing SQL injection attacks, by means of abstraction layers of the database. This often means, scripts converting to harmless text, rather than getting executed, through an HTML encoding function.

5. Making your users wait through slow loading

Spans for attention are declining with day to day usage. There are a few facts to back this all thing. Now you have attention spans decreased by 4 seconds, over last 13 years if you see. So what does this really mean for developers? Slow applications piss off users easily. They do not have enough patience to deal with applications that are really slow. When you look at this infographic, you will be amazed to see how the speed of a web page affects user retention.

6. Building applications from scratch

In spite of a range of development tools, frameworks, or source code readily available, there is no reason to start begin coding from scratch. Coding from scratch consumes too much of critical time, resulting in solutions much inferior to what can be done using contemporary technologies. The goal of a project has to be delivering a quality solution helping to make things effective and efficient. When you opt for coding, not only the project will be slowed down, but also result in repetitive coding tasks, resulting in unused skill set.

7. Storing sensitive information through plain text

One of the most common mistakes that developers falter is securing credentials for user information. Most developers still make the mistake of having plain text storing confidential information of users. So, is it really bad? Yes, it is. When a database is breached into by an attacker, the sensitive data is greatly compromised, harming the personal data of users, and causing big-time damage to users.

So, as a modern developer, you need to ask yourself a lot of questions like “Is the information accessible enough to attackers?” “How will they use the information to their advantage?” “After the database gets hacked, how will the information be used?” Hence, encryption is useful for protecting user data against the attackers, especially when the database is compromised.

Our final words

There are many points to be added to this list. When building web applications, ensure not to make the above mistakes, and you can have users living up to your application making them popular then always. If you have more points to share regarding things not to do with web application creation, then please participate in the discussion right here.

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