20 Oct · 7 min read
Do you own a small or medium-sized company? Or perhaps you are the owner of a business. Whatever the size of your business, you require a website.
'Websites promote you 24/7: no employee will do that,' Paul Cookson once said.
A website can be an effective tool for business development. But here's the question: what web stack is required to create a site that meets the needs of your clients while also assisting you in meeting business objectives?
A website, according to the average Internet user, is a visual representation of the company's products or services. However, the visuals are supported by technology. Technologies determine how a website or app works, what features it may have, and how effective it is. The web development stack appears on the scene at this point. In this article, we will be discussing some factors that you consider while selecting the technology stack for your website.
To begin, let us define a technology stack for web development. Web development is a multi-step process divided into two major groups: frontend (client-side) and backend (server-side) (server-side). A web stack is made up of all the libraries, frameworks, programming languages, tools, databases, and software used in the process. In general, this is a one-of-a-kind solution for creating a project.
The best technology stack for web applications is the one that best meets the company's business objectives. Even though it may appear that simply copying the stack of another company for your own business will yield effective results, this is not the case. The issue is that different tools perform differently for different purposes.
You might be wondering exactly which option is most suitable for you. The answer is determined by your objectives as well as your prior programming experience.
If you have more experience and want more flexibility, a stack like LAMP or MEVN may be a better fit for you. These stacks give you more leeway in selecting the tools and technologies you want to use.
It's also worth noting that none of these stacks must be strictly followed. If you want, you can mix and match different technologies. What matters most is that you select the tools and technologies that will best help you achieve your objectives.
Although there are also some other factors that you should consider while choosing the best stack for your website:
While selecting the technology for your app is one of the first decisions you'll have to make, keep in mind that product development begins with the problems you want to solve, not the solution.
What will your product have to offer your customers to solve their problems? What is the goal of your app? What features and functionalities can best provide this value? These requirements will guide the tech stack. Finally, the technologies should flow from the product idea that best serves the user.
It's also critical to understand the industry you're entering because your competitors can serve as benchmarks on both the business and technology sides.
The nature of your project may influence the web stack you use. To create a web app, use only a web browser and both frontend and backend development stacks. The challenge here is to make real-time data processing on web pages work quickly and smoothly. As an outcome, the web development technology stack ought to be as cheap as possible.
Stacks of mobile applications differ. When developing a native mobile app, you must select one platform (iOS or Android) or both. The development process includes the use of specific programming languages such as Swift for iOS and Kotlin/Java for Android. It is critical to select tools based on the task at hand. The site builder used to create a simple blog may not be suitable for creating a large e-commerce store.
Assume you've decided to create a weight loss app. If it only collects the users' weight over time and provides essential analysis and recommendations, the app is too simple.
However, if you want to provide a suite of services such as meal and workout planning, real-time chat with a nutritionist or dietician, the ability to view your friends' progress, and payments for various in-app services, your project will become significantly more complex.
The size and complexity of an app also influence the tech stack. The stack for the more complex weight loss app would most likely differ from the stack for the simpler one. It's also about how complex the extra features are, as well as the amount of effort and resources required to build them.
The timeline of your project's future requirements will be critical in determining which tech stack to use. Your chosen tech stack is insufficient to meet the current needs of your project. You should ensure that the technology stack can meet future requirements. Your tech stack must meet the timeline requirements of your product and product developers. Even if it is open-source software, you should still ensure this.
Even though it is critical to launch the product as soon as possible, it is also critical to consider your company's expected growth and your online representation of the web app tech stack.
For example, you may be a startup right now, but you intend to scale your business in two years. As a result, it is preferable to select a web development stack that allows for scaling. It works like this: you should be able to add new units to your server or database, the technologies should be able to handle hundreds or thousands of users, and so on.
It is also critical to understand how you intend to scale your business. The issue is that the set of technologies used to process more requests from your country will differ from those used to process more requests from other countries. As a result, use your business development plan as a tool to determine the types of technologies you require.
Web application security is critical. Users expect their data to be managed and stored securely, whether they are using a full-fledged e-commerce site or a simple blog. Data breaches can result in legal issues, tarnishing the company's reputation and causing financial losses.
Given the serious implications of security risks, you'll want to use technologies that have no known vulnerabilities. Begin by establishing clear data access and processing policy. Dependency-checking solutions, static code analytical techniques, and tracking systems should all be used by developers.
It is critical to decide how much money you are willing to spend on developing your web app.
Although the majority of web development technologies, tools, and frameworks are open-source and free to use. However, you may need to purchase subscription plans to gain access to their advanced features.
Aside from subscriptions, another high cost would be paying the invoice to your web development partner. As a result, before finalizing a technology stack, it is necessary to weigh the cost-benefit ratio.
Choosing the best website technology stack is a delicate process with numerous factors to consider. There are already several tried-and-true options and combinations to believe, but it's critical to plan thoroughly and in advance. This can assist your team in being more resource-efficient and meeting project deadlines.
While your in-house team can choose the unique technologies for your website, you may also want to engage an external team of experts who can advise your company on the business and technical decisions you'll need to make for your product.