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Whilst there can be many different definitions of 'web application', we find the easiest way to describe a web application is 'a website that uses web technologies to provide services and functionality to its users'.
Or another way of putting it is 'a website that does stuff'.
In comparison, a website is designed primarily to display information to the user.
A lot of businesses are turning to web applications because it allows them to provide either their customers or their employees with software 'in the cloud'. Users can log onto your bespoke system in a browser, wherever they are. They can access data, sync services with other users and perform tasks securely, without the restrictions a closed network has.
There are a million and one things you can put in a web application, but all of them usually involve:
A successful web application project results in an attractive, highly functional product with unlimited potential.
A web application would match your business perfectly, allowing you to keep third party software, which is often disjointed and doesn't quite do what you want, down to a minimum. You won't have to compromise on functionality with your web application.
Although a web application can be designed to match your requirements, a typical web application will start with a login page, with all the users having a secure username and password. Additional security measures can be implemented if required.
Once inside, they will have access to various areas of the application. User access can be limited by the site administrators depending on their account level.
The web application will have a database behind it, which will store all data relating to the application.
Our web applications are typically coded using
We have a lot of experience coding web applications using these languages and use the most up to date techniques and coding practices.
Like websites, web applications can be made with a responsive layout, so can be accessed on tablets and mobile phones if required.
Every web application is different and yet every web application goes through the same process, from the early vision to finished software.
At Etempa Solutions, we take all our clients through this process, formally or informally as appropriate.
Critically important and yet often forgotten, we like to spend a bit of time at the beginning discussing with you about the web application, your requirements, your business and what you want to get out of it.
We often use this time to write a list of requirements - we find it helps to get both parties focused on the task and allows ideas to be exchanged and discussed.
We will use this information to write a proposal for you, which details what we will be doing and costs associated with it. We like to be clear and upfront so everyone is comfortable.
Every successful web application has an eye catching and functional user interface and we like to give every web application a unique sparkle.
Our experienced designers can work with as much or as little direction as you would like. This is a time when designs are passed back and forth, trying out new ideas and concepts.
This is also the time when we map out the functionality - what each button does, where data is saved and how does each process work.
We can advise on what's popular, what works and what doesn't, with unlimited revisions. Only when you're happy do we move onto the development stage.
This is a time where we turn the base designs and planned processes into a functioning web application.
All our code is clean and clear, following the latest standards, using the most up to date languages and is search engine friendly, if the web application is public.
It's at this stage the web application really comes alive and you can follow the progress by checking the testing site.
All your features and functionality will be added, as detailed in your proposal, with any additional services such as automatic backups implemented at this stage as well.
Once the web application has been completed, it will be thoroughly tested on a variety of browsers (including Chrome, Firefox, Safari and IE) and screen sizes (if your web application is responsive).
Although testing occurs during the development process, it is important to follow the development stage with specific testing of all the features.
We encourage you to test the web application at this stage too, to make sure everything is as you expected and so we can iron out any minor niggles.
Once everyone is happy, the only thing left to do is take it off the testing server and move it onto your chosen server (either our own hosting or your hosting provider).
We'll make sure everything is transferred across successfully and we'll go through the features and functionality with you so you know how to use it and get the most out of your new software.
With the web constantly evolving, so too must your web application.
Although your overall site might not need regular attention, it's always a good idea to keep your content fresh and up to date with your business.
As well as the visual side to the website, as technologies change, websites must be kept up to date with the latest security updates to prevent hackers and malware penetrating the code.
If you choose to stay with us after launch, we have a number of different maintenance packages to suit your web application and its technologies.
Due to the nature of web applications, we like to fully understand your business needs and software requirements before providing you with a quote.
During this stage, we tend to spend some time bouncing ideas off each other and come up with a comprehensive plan of the web application's functionality.
As with everything, the cost will reflect the size and complexity of the web application, but all our quotes include friendly, impartial advice from expert software engineers regarding technology, user interfaces or functionality, a relaxed yet efficient development team and as much interaction you would like with us.
You will be working directly with the people coding your software, which minimises cross purposes and allows us to intimately understand your business and your software.
Your cloud based software doesn't stop there. Having a web application can often be just the first step of growing your business into the cloud.
At Etempa Solutions, we offer the full package of web services to go with your new web application.
Every web application needs a domain name, web hosting space and someone to maintain it.
Although we're more than happy to work with your chosen hosting provider, we also offer an in-house hosting and maintenance service.
Basic hosting and maintenance starts at just £60 a year and we'll also manage your domain name for you.
Our basic package includes basic text and image updates; however if you require a more extensive updates service, we have a range of additional hosting and maintenance packages, including a bespoke package we can tailor to your needs.
Why stop with a web application for your desktop and laptop users?
Why not consider adding a responsive layout to the application so users can access it with their tablets and mobile phones.
It's the easiest way to create a mobile app, because it uses the same code and data as your current web application. They just access it using their tablet or phone's browser.
The cost of our responsive service varies depending on the size of your web application but all our packages include testing across all the main browsers and screen sizes.