An Ultimate Guide To Select The Right Web App Development Stack For Startups
Confuse about the technology stack? You are not the only one; selecting the right tech stack is challenging for any startup. As startups and small businesses usually have a limited budget, that’s why they need a compact solution to start with their project.
Though web app development might sound amazing, the selection of tech stack needs attention. Keep in mind, the wrong choice of web app development stack can cost you time, money, and make your app fail the race.
Let’s start from the basics.
What is a web development stack?
In simple words, a web stack is the collection of software and tools required for website or web app development. It usually contains an operating system, a programming language, database software and a web server that works together to develop a functioning web app.
There are two sides to web app development: the front end technology (client-side programming) and back-end technology (server-side programming).
Front-end technology stack
The front-end is a visual part where your client (users) can see and interact (work) with the web app. Some essential components that help in client-side programming are
- HTML- Hypertext Markup Language helps to define the structure of information displayed on the browser.
- CSS- Cascading Style Sheets helps in determining the style of application content, for example, the font style, colors, and layout.
Bootstrap is one of the most popular front-end framework toolkits to build responsive and mobile-first sites.
Back-end technology stack
The back-end technology stack develops behind the scene web app development. The programming & scripting, server architecture, database administration, backup, scalability, and security comes under the back-end tech stack.
Let’s check the following elements:
Operating system: Developers choose OS to build your web app. We prefer Linux and Windows.
Web server: Developers need to process HTTP requests sent by users (from the browser) and then return HTTP responses (as a search result) in the form of web pages. GoDaddy and Amazon are some of the web servers we rely on for the hosting server.
Databases: This is where the app data are stored, for example, figures, dates geo-positions, etc. MySQL, MongoDB, ElasticSearch are some of our preferred databases.
Storage: For storing large files, we use AWS S3. We found it to be more reliable, secure, and convenient.
Hosting: It helps the website owners post their website onto the Internet. We mainly work on GoDaddy, AWS, DigitalOcean, and any other hosting services preferred by clients.
Programming language: PHP, Ruby, Java, C#, Python are some of the most used programming languages to write codes on the back-end.
Web development frameworks: Frameworks simplify the process of code writing and enhance the app performance.
While selecting the technology, most of the time, we offer our customized choice of the stack for optimal results. However, there is some popular web stack combination which you need to know about before moving ahead.
- LAMP- Linux (OS), Apache (server), MySQL (database), PHP or Perl (language)
- Python-Django- Python (language), Django framework (server), Apache (web server), MySQL or PostgreSQL (database)
- MEAN- MongoDB (database), Express (back-end framework), Angular (front-end framework) and Node.js (runtime environment)
- MERN- MongoDB (database), Express (back-end framework), React/Redux (front-end framework) and Node.js (runtime environment)
This is what front-end and back-end tech stacks may include. What we offer may vary depending upon a document-oriented or relational project. Our developers use a solution that is best suited for a project.
Things to consider for selecting a web tech stack for your project
- Find which type of web application you are planning to build. Web app projects are categorized divided into three types: Simple, Mid-level & Complex.
Simple web app project requires less time, budget & effort as it is built with the help of off-the-shelf solutions such as CMS software. A single landing page and simple online stores are usually developed with a readymade solution. A mid-level web app consists of more features and functionality than a simple one, and thus, it requires a proper framework. Enterprise apps and e-commerce stores are some of the examples. Complex web app comes with lots of integrations and functions. They may require different programming languages and technologies as many people access it. For example, Fintech software, social networking sites, healthcare software are some of the popular yet complex projects.
- Plan your budget Outsourcing from a good web app development company requires a decent budget. Though, it depends on your project type and size, as a general rule, more advance the technology, the higher the development cost.
Different outsourcing companies have different price models. Before you talk to any of the company, you must check their previous works. Developing a web app and releasing to market is one of the few things. Besides, you need to maintain, update, and keep it optimized with time. Your software solution provider can guide you on how to manage the budget for maintenance.
- Don’t forget about the time to market the app as it depends on the tech stack. Remember, the faster you create and release your app, the ahead of the competition you are. If you have less time on your hand, you must start with an MVP.
You also need to consider other factors like Third-party integration, scalability, security, and updates as well.
Things to discuss with a web app outsourcing company
- Explain the requirements of your project. You need to explain your targeted audience, their age, interests to the company. This, in turn, helps them to create UI and better UX to meet all expectations of potential customers.
- Keeping up with the trend. As you think about the scalability and flexibility of your web app for future growth, make sure your web app design goes with the trend for a better future.
- Check secure tools for your web app data. The technology you select must be encrypted and secured to offer future users a flawless service. Ask our web app developers about the tools to understand the process.
Tech stack of three successful projects
While each project comes with unique and different needs, analyzing the technologies of these three projects will help you to understand how tactically they have selected each tool.
On the whole
Following the tips and using an established tool, assure a desired project. Being a startup, you need to plan the budget for development costs very sincerely. Also, you have to take both pros and cons into account before going for any software development.
If you’re still not sure which tech stack is more appropriate for your web app idea, our expert web app developers can guide you.