How To Create A Web Application [Step by Step Guide]

“A good process produces good results.”

Being an entrepreneur, you would definitely agree on this and understand how a good process can actually give you the best results.

The same goes for the web app development process. We know your business is close to your heart, and you wouldn’t make the slightest mistake while developing a web app. This is when the number of smartphone users is increasing along with the market opportunities to build a web app.

But, how to create a web application? To help you answer this question in detail, we talked to our web experts and gathered all the necessary information, such as prerequisites of web app development, the detailed web development process, and web development cost.

Let us discuss the step-by-step guide to create a web application.

Prerequisites to Note Before Developing Your Web Application

Before jumping right into web app development, it is crucial to understand what you need before starting the development stage. We have mentioned some important questions and their answers to make the web development process efficient for you.

  1. What Type of Web Application Suits Your Business?

  2. Check this table. Find suitable types of web apps on the basis of their use cases.

    Type of Web ApplicationIdeal for
    Static Web Pages/Single Page Web App
    • Entertainment
    • Streaming platforms
    Dynamic Web App
    • IT industry
    • Social media
    • Healthcare
    • On-demand
    • Retail business
    E-commerce Web App
    • Online shopping business
    • E-commerce business
    Portal Web Apps
    • Educational business
    • Transportation business
    • Government portals

    We have written about types of web applications and their use cases in detail.

  3. Why Choose MVP and How is MVP Beneficial for Your Business?

  4. MVP stands for Minimum Viable Product. In 2011, a book was launched “The Lean Startup”. The book was written by Eric Rhys. In the book, Eric shared his experience about how the startup industry works. Along with his experience, the book contains interesting business concepts including the MVP model concept.

    Generally, startups launch MVP to know the early feedback of the users and determine whether they should build fully functional products.

    Here are the purposes to develop an MVP.

    Benefits of MVP

  5. Should You Develop a Web Application with or without Coding?

  6. 3.1. In Which Scenario You Can Develop a Web App without Coding

    You don’t need to be worried if you don’t have coding skills. Even without coding skills, you can develop fully functional web applications using web development tools.

    • Bubble – Design a completely functional website without any coding
    • Pixate – Native web application without coding
    • Treeline – Develop a strong backend without coding
    • Webflow – Build clean and dynamic websites

    Note: These tools also come with restrictions and may not be suitable to create customized or complex web applications. Certainly, you need help from developers in such cases.

    3.2. In Which Scenario You Can Develop a Web App with Coding

    If you are looking to develop a high-end, customized web app, then we suggest you opt for a custom web app development solution, with the help of web developers.

    Reasons to build an app with coding:

    • Help you to develop a quality web app solution
    • Develop your web app with your business-specific features
    • Develop a strategic web app with in-depth research and unique functionalities

    Planning to Build a Custom Web App Solution?

    Our experienced web app developers will help you to validate your idea and consult you for free.

  7. Which Technologies are Used in Web App Development?

  8. Web app development is divided into these three stages. Along with the technologies, there are many web development software you can use to make your web development efficient.

    Development TypeDescriptionWeb Technologies
    Front-end TechnologiesTo design a front end side of the website
    • HTML
    • CSS
    • JavaScript
    • Bootstrap
    • Angular.js
    • React.js
    • Vuejs
    Back-end TechnologiesTo develop logical parts of the web application
    • PHP
    • RoR
    • Node.js
    • Python
    DatabaseTo retrieve and store the information depending upon the user input
    • MySQL
    • MongoDB
    • PostgreSQL

Step By Step Procedure To Create A Web Application [10 Steps]

  1. Validate Your Web App Idea

  2. Validating your web app idea is an essential step to consider while planning to develop a web application. But, the question comes how to validate your idea fast and accurately? Don’t worry; we have mentioned 4 ways, which will help you to validate your idea faster.

    • Start with researching about the target audience
    • Think of an idea that really solves your potential customer’s problem
    • Contact different people in the business niche and discuss the challenges they are facing
    • Check social media of different businesses and find the relevant information
  3. Research About Your Current Market

  4. Two possibilities exist when you initiate market research about your product.

    • A product already exists in the market
    • A market exists for that product

    2.1. A Product Already Exists in the Market

    If a product already exists in the market, you need to dig a little deeper and research. Find what exact features and functionalities the solution is offering and what are the user expectations. With this, try to find the loopholes and think about how you can improve the quality of your solution.

    There are 3 improvement sections for your product.

    • UI/UX wise improvement
    • Functionality-wise improvement
    • Performance-wise improvement

    It also might be possible that your similar web app already exists in the market, and you do not have a clue about it. So, how can you check whether your similar app idea exists or not?

    Use these tools to research existing ideas and new profitable product ideas for your business.

    2.2. A Market Exists for that Product

    First, you need to find the gaps in the market. After knowing the market’s existence, you need to understand the problems which are faced by your target audience. Even after the existence of the market, if your potential customers are facing challenges, this means you have a good opportunity to grab before anyone else does.

  5. Defining The Core Functionality

  6. You have validated your idea and researched your market. Now is the time to list down the core functionalities of your web app. But, it is suggested to list down only those features, which you think your users will find helpful. You should be keen on understanding the core problems and only offering solutions to that issue.

    If you keep adding the functionalities, it will take more time to develop your web app. We don’t want you to get discouraged. But to save your time and cost, opt for developing the minimal progressive web app, so that you can launch it sooner and validate it.

    The ideal web application does the following things.

    • Manage user interaction effectively
    • Control the user state
    • Performs the security check
    • Balance the performance

    To help you define the basic web app functionalities, we recommend following the below checklist while defining the web app functionalities.

    web app development checklist

    Once you define the functionality of your web app. It is time for you to hire an ideal web app development agency to understand your requirements and help you to develop a powerful web application.

  7. Choose the Right Web Development Partner

  8. What if you have defined the right functionalities for your web app, but are not able to find the right team to understand and develop your web app as you have projected? You don’t want to take risks here, at this stage.

    Why? Choosing the wrong web app development company may slow down your project timing or may turn your project into failure.

    Therefore, we would suggest you hire a professional web app development agency, which has the experience of developing websites and web apps for clients across the globe.

    Use these criteria to pick the best web development company.
    Things to Consider Before Choosing Web App Development Company

    Also, consider the following points before hiring a web development company:

    • How well your web app development company understands your requirements
    • Look for communication and collaboration approach of the company
    • Evaluate their core expertise by checking other platforms like Upwork and Clutch

    Compared to hiring freelancers from Fiverr, Behance, or other freelancing platforms, it is wise to choose an ideal web app development company. Because in a freelancing platform, you may not be able to get genuine service, authentic developers, sometimes you may get low-class service which is frustrating and costs you time and money.

    Rather, selecting a well-reputed web app development company is an ideal solution. Since you can directly communicate to their experts, check their portfolios, share your ideas with them and get trustworthy services. Also, you will get a complete web development team under one roof.

  9. Designing Wireframe and Prototype

  10. Designing Wireframe and Prototype

    After choosing the right web development team, you will need to coordinate with the designer and understand how your web app prototype should look. Designing a web app takes multiple stages. However, we have divided the entire designing part into 2 stages for you to understand it easily.

    5.1. The Designer will Sketch Your Entire Web App

    As one of our design experts stated, “Technology can limit your creativity.” Therefore, at Space-O, designers will collaborate on your web idea with the traditional method using pen and paper and help you to sketch your entire web app from scratch.

    While sketching the web app, our UI/UX designer will ensure to consider the design choices of the target audience, an exact idea of your web app, and functionalities. The following elements should be considered while sketching your web app. Even the same points will help you to design a mobile app (for Android or iOS devices).

    • Navigation – Shifting from one page to another
    • Branding – How your brand will look like
    • Forms – Login and signup form
    • Buttons – How the button and its text will look like
    • Other interactive elements

    The purpose of sketching the web app structure is to understand how your web app will function. You should ensure to simplify the sketch and avoid overcomplicating the design.

    5.2. Design a Powerful Prototype

    Once the sketch is done, it is recommended to use the below tools to create a fully functional prototype.

    The below-mentioned image includes web app design tools our designers use to design an interactive web app.

  11. Developing and Testing Your MVP Web App

  12. After the completion of the design stage, our team of developers will move towards this essential stage, web development, and testing stage. To help you understand the process, we have mentioned both stages below.

    6.1. Web App Development Stage

    As the designing stage completes, the development stage will begin. However, it is essential to pick the right technologies for the development stage. Generally, we develop an MVP using RoR and PHP. The entire MVP will be built from scratch.

    While developing your MVP web app, you should also make a note of which web application framework your web app will be developed. Angular, Django, Vue.js are some of the top web app frameworks for building web apps. These web application frameworks will help you to develop a web app that will run seamlessly.

    6.2. Web App Testing Stage

    Soon after the development stage, testing will begin. Following testing methods will be applied depending upon the web app functionalities and features.

    Testing TypeExplanation
    UI/UX TestingGUI testing is used to evaluate many components of the software that consumers will interact with.
    Regression TestingEvery modification made to the website is checked to see if it breaks the overall website flow in regression testing.
    Functionality TestingIt is a type of black-box testing that is used to determine whether a website meets the specified requirements.
    Compatibility TestingQA checks your software’s functionality utilizing an application, an operating system, a network environment, and mobile devices in compatibility testing.

    Note: Testing methods will be performed solely based on web app features and functionalities.

    After the successful development and testing stage, the MVP version of the web app will be validated by tech leads to check whether all the features have been integrated perfectly.

  13. Validating Your MVP Version from Tech Leads

  14. Validating MVP Version
    Validating is a method of gathering feedback on the final product. This will assist businesses in determining whether a product is reasonable and feasible to get launched. In such a volatile market, knowing this is critical.

    This stage will determine your MVP’s success. Use these questions to make sure that your MVP version is in line with your expectations.

    • Is your MVP serving the exact solution to users?
    • Does your MVP include the core features and functionalities?
    • Is this the right time to launch the MVP web app?
    • Are you only targeting a specific number of users while launching?

    If you have answered yes to each of these questions, this means your web app is ready to be launched. Now, you should move on to the next stage and plan to launch your web app.

  15. Launching an MVP Version of Web App

  16. Launching an MVP Version of Web App
    As you are done with validating your MVP, this is the time to launch your final version of the web app. You should know that validating MVP includes putting the product through its paces before it hits the market. This enables product managers to create the greatest actual product.

    To protect your initial investment and launch the web app with the essential features, launching an MVP version of the web app is the best choice. Initially, every startup needs investment to market its product. However, by launching the MVP version of the web app, you will have a great chance to target a wide audience.

    If your idea somehow attracts users, you will have the chance to approach your investors and fund your entire project too.

  17. Get Feedback of MVP Web App from Users

  18. Successfully launching the MVP is not the end of your project. You should understand the minimum viable product is not just a product, it is part of a process.
    So, why should you take feedback on the MVP web app? We have mentioned 3 reasons below.

    • Identify the latest improvements, products, and functionalities to help you develop the product accordingly.
    • Check whether your idea is really solving users’ problems.
    • You can test the marketability, which means planning to monetize your web app in the future.

    Along with the reasons, developing MVP has a significant amount of benefits. We have created the image to help you understand the benefits clearly.

  19. Continuously Maintain Your Web App

  20. Even after asking for the feedback of users, the development team should consistently monitor the product. To keep the MVP updated for an extended period of time, maintaining your web app is the only key element to consider. Our web app development team is well versed in maintaining an MVP web app. The web app maintenance includes the following elements.

    • Bug fixes
    • 3rd party API updates
    • Adding new functionalities demanded by users

    Cost of Web Application Development

    After discussing with our development team, we have gathered detailed information about how much it cost to develop different types of web applications.

    Type of Web AppDevelopment Time
    Static Web Application190 – 260 Hours
    Dynamic Web Application220 – 300 Hours
    E-Commerce Web Application350 – 750 Hours
    Web Portal Development600 – 1000 Hours
    CMS Web Application Development100 – 300 Hours

    Note: This is approx web app development cost. The final cost depends upon the web app features and functionalities and the developer’s hourly rate.

    So, let’s take an example for a static web app – If the developer’s per hour rate is $30, then you can multiply this rate with estimated development hours, which is 190 – 260 in this case, then the total cost would be $5700 – $7800.

    190 – 260 hours * $30 per hour rate = $5700 – $7800 total cost for a static web app

    Want to Know How Much Your Web App Costs?

    Want to discuss your ideas with web experts? Want to get a free consultation?

    Above we have discussed prerequisites, a step-by-step guide, and the cost of web development. In the next section, we have mentioned important questions and their answers to help you understand more about web app development.

    FAQ of Web Application Development Process

    Which are the best examples of web applications?

    Web applications are powering today’s business economy. To help you inspire to design your web application, here are the 5 best web app examples below. (Native mobile apps are also available to install.)

    1. Netflix – Video streaming platform
    2. Google Docs – Online word processor
    3. Pinterest – Image sharing and social media platform
    4. AliExpress – Online retail service
    5. Basecamp – Online collaboration tool

    How developing a web application can help your business?

    1. Security: Businesses have significant advantages by storing data on the cloud. Web developers use well-known platforms like Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure to deploy web apps securely on the cloud. By storing entire data on the cloud, you will have increased security and safety of your data.
    2. Simplify your work process: A web app smoothens your work process by allowing you to store your data in one place. It will offer greater visibility to your business and update all the data in real-time.
    3. Customizable and scalable: Developing scalable applications will serve multiple users without interfering with the performance of the app. Therefore, it is always wise to select custom web application development that is entirely scalable and flexible. Our team of developers will help you to develop business-specific dynamic web applications.

    Let’s Build Your Web Application Together

    In the article, you have learned about the entire web application development process. Along with this, you have also understood several things that you need to consider before planning to develop a web app.

    In fact, our web developers are well versed in providing complete web application development services for multiple business niches. Check web application solutions developed by our web developers recently.

    If you are planning to develop a web app or native apps solution for your business, please feel free to consult us. Let’s validate your idea first, and then build a successful web app solution together.

Author Bio
Jigar Mistry
Jigar Mistry
Designation: Vice President (Technologies)

Jigar Mistry is Vice President (Technologies) at Space-O Technologies. He has 14+ years of experience in the web and mobile app development industry. He has expertise in different mobile app categories like health and fitness, eCommerce, and on-demand.