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Launching Your First Web App? Here Are 8 Steps to Get Started

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March 28, 2017

After all our years of professional web application development, BluEnt is an expert in explaining how to create a web app. We love sharing our expertise with our audience. So if you’re thinking about starting your first launch or just need some guidance on how to move to the next stage, check out these 8 steps in the web app development process.

Step 1: Create a Sketch
As with any product launch, the first thing you should start with is your vision. Take a step back from your computer screen and pick up a pencil. What does the basic version of your web app look like? Since this is the earliest iteration of your web apps design, don’t be afraid to try out different ideas until you find something that resonates. If you’re already in talks with your development team, this is a great time to start getting expert feedback.

Step 2: Start Wireframing
A crucial part of the web app development process is app wireframing. This is often thought of as an X-Ray of your website since its main job is to show the prominent components of any given page. This could simply be a pencil-and-paper extension of your results from Step 1, or it could be a clearly structured digital file on Photoshop.

Are you stuck at this phase? Give one of BluEnt’s developers a call for professional guidance on how to take your web app further.

Step 3: Decide on a Theme
This is where you hone in on how you want your website to make visitors feel, both at first glance and throughout their user experience. This should relate back to the web app’s ultimate purpose. Is it a web portal striving to maintain productivity for HR personnel. Is it an e-commerce site for clothes and accessories? These will inform what mood your overall design should inspire in your audience.

Step 4: Draft a Mockup
Next, it’s time to start creating the first mockup for what your web app will look like once it goes live. This is where all the work you’ve done in sketching and wireframing comes together. Unlike the first two phases, however, it’s crucial to use sophisticated web app design tools like Photoshop so you get a true sense of the layout, colour palette, and flow.

Once again, working with your app developers early on will give you a clear sense of what features to include and how to make them appealing and easy to navigate for users. To learn about BluEnt’s approach, check out our client testimonials here.

Step 5: Incorporate Web Design Trends
UI & UX trends are in one day and out the next. If you want your web app to seem up to date, it never hurts to do some quick research on the top design trends of 2017. However, trends aren’t just about aesthetics. Modern web application development revolves around constantly searching for new ways of achieving the user-centred design. From infinite scrolling to new-and-improved landing pages, talk to your developers about which of these techniques will help you achieve the results you’re looking for.

Step 6: Optimize Performance
After you’ve picked out some web design trends you like, it’s important to start balancing vision and performance. Many features that do wonders for design are a huge burden for performance, such as large pictures, graphics, and animations. Slow page loading is a huge turn off for users and often leads to abandonment within seconds. Furthermore, rich design elements often lower SEO rankings by virtue of being unreadable by search engine crawlers.

BluEnt has years of experience working with clients to develop a web app that perfectly meets their needs. We offer rich user interface design that is as fast loading as modern technology allows so that users don’t have to sacrifice quality for speed. BluEnt’s in-house SEO experts guarantee that our web app development process is search engine-approved, giving our clients yet another advantage in the digital space.

Step 7: Make It Responsive Responsive UX & UI design
is a necessity in today’s age of mobility. The ability of a web application to fit all screen types and sizes is key to staying accessible for users no matter where they are. BluEnt's creative designers and UX experts follow UCD methodology to create intuitive navigation, organized flow of content, and visual appeal regardless of whether a visitor is on their desktop, tablet, or smartphone.

Since we understand how crucial this is, we also help clients move their traditional websites to responsive ones without any downtime. If responsive design interests you, fill out a form to learn more about our services.

Step 8: A/B Testing
Heard of A/B testing for web applications? Also referred to as “split testing,” this is the process of comparing two different versions (A and B) of the same page. The goal is to measure their performance alongside each other by showing them to different users through randomized testing. After determining which performed better, you can choose which version of the page to move forward within web app development.

And there you have it! You’re ready to take on the challenge of entering the world of web apps, and BluEnt is excited for you to begin the journey. Send us a message today to find out how we can help.

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