The Risks Of Choosing Wrong Technology For Your Web App

Gimena Aguerreberry
September 4, 2021

For any software product, the technology used in building it has a direct impact on its performance. The opposite is true as well. The kind of performance you need in your software determines the technology that goes into building it.

When building a web app, you should first determine the tools your web app needs. With so many options for tech stacks, choosing the right technology is a crucial factor that can make or break the success of your app.

Selecting the wrong technologies for your web application carries significant risk, it might cost you money, effort, and funds. The technologies that you choose to build your web application might be inadequate for your project and business needs. Before you start working on the project, you need to understand what you want to do and whether it suits your business goals.

What Is A Web Development Stack?

What you’re experiencing on a web browser is built through a set of frameworks, programming languages, databases, and tools. The combination of every piece of tools and technologies that result in a web application is called the web development stack.

The technology stack for web development is then categorized into front-end and back-end. The tools that power both types of web components differ, yet synchronizes to function as a whole. Both front-end and back-end dev stacks are mandatory when you’re building a web app.

Front End Web Development Stacks

Frontend, which is also known as client-side, refers to the interface that users interact with. An e-commerce store on the browser is the client-side of the web solution. Visuals, graphical layouts, and user-friendliness are important factors for a successful frontend.

Backend Web Development Stacks

The back end, which isn’t visible to the end-users, involves business logic, authentication, database management, and synchronizations with the client app. Also known as the server-side, it is made up of a server, database, and applications that run on it.

Choosing the right technology stack for your web application.

With so many technology options for different components, it is a daunting task to select the best technology stack for your web app development.

Each tool has its own pros and cons and yields different results for different kinds of applications. Selecting the wrong tech stack can hamper your idea from taking the desired shape so you must consider some important factors while choosing the right tech stack.

For small projects or MVPs, you can go with simpler stacks like Python-Django. If you want a full stack option for small applications, Nodejs-React can be a great choice too.

However, for mid-size projects like enterprise applications or eCommerce applications, full stacks like MEAN or MERN are essential. The development of large-scale web applications like online marketplaces, social media networks, or content-rich applications requires a well-chosen combination of useful technologies.

It’s better to select core technologies like ReactJs, AngularJS, or Ruby and Rails and then combine them with other effective tools and languages depending upon the functionalities you need in your web application.

Choosing the right technology stack for web application development requires a thorough understanding of each of the tools involved. You have to be extremely cautious about not falling prey to your own biases or personal preferences.

If you don’t have in-depth knowledge and expertise in web development, you may end up selecting the wrong tech stack.

To minimize the risks, you should team up with an expert web development company that can help you come up with the most feasible combination of web development tech stacks.

The Risks Of Choosing Wrong Technology For Your Web App

Choosing the wrong technology for your web application may result in having serious problems with hiring developers who will be able to expand your existing app. If you’ve built a web application in the past, you may have chosen a technology that developers don’t want to work with anymore.

Using outdated technology can also result in costly rewrites of your app and the necessity to switch to a whole new technology stack. And that costs a lot of time and money to execute.

Sometimes creators of a given technology decide to stop supporting and developing it and you have no other choice than to switch, but you can avoid this by relying on the expertise of your technology partner who will recommend the most futureproof tech available.

Transferring an app to a new technology stack may be difficult, time-consuming, and expensive, but there are situations in which it is worth the effort.

Developing and adding new features to the app

Choosing the wrong technology for your web application and the limitations of a given technology make adding new features impossible.

Sometimes companies choose technologies that have a lot of ready-made, built-in solutions. WordPress and e-commerce platforms are good examples of this. It may be a good choice in certain cases, but chances are that you’ll want to introduce some custom features and it is not possible or demands a lot of developers’ work.

Always ask your technology partner about all the limitations of the technology you’re planning to use for your web app. And make sure that the tech is still being developed and supported by the company that created it. If it’s not, often it means that you will not be able to add new features.

An app full of bugs with serious quality problems

Cost is an important factor to consider while developing a web application, of course. But don’t look only at the price you have to pay for the project. The quality of the app is more important than the budget you have. Sometimes it is good to do less but better, than trying to chew up too much.

Focusing only on the price tag may result in creating poor quality code, exposing your business to security leaks, infecting your app with numerous bugs, and the impossibility of adding new features. All of those setbacks lead to one simple consequence – losing users of the app caused by using cheap and bad tech.

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