Web based applications should perform meaningful and valuable tasks in support of your business operations or for your customers or clients. If you want to do something other than just display information on your website, you need a custom web based application.
Shopping carts are used extensively on eCommerce websites, but many of them are a one-size-fits-all solution that may or may not work well for your business needs. With a custom shopping cart, you can make good use of many of the most common features, and also create some of your own.
Reservation systems are used for transportation ticketing, car rentals, fine-dining and more. If you're using a third-party reservation system, your website visitors aren't staying on your website while completeing their reservation and their user experience is inconsistent and out of your control.
The best way to increase customer loyalty is to be attentive to your customers needs. With a Customer Relations system, you can engage with your customers/clients in personalized and meaningful ways through your website.
Content Management systems allow novice website users to manage the content on a website through a, hopefully well designed, user interface. From updating text and graphics to managing inventory in a database, there is a lot that can be done to make the process of managing content on a website easy.
What is your business? Many data or fact driven services, like accounting, banking, consulting, financial management, legal, lending, etc., can be provided to your customers/clients through your website with a custom application built to do what you do.
Letting visitors buy and sell for a fee on your website works well if you have a high volume of traffic and a popular site, because an online aution's value increases with popularity and use. Classifieds are often successful on a smaller scale for niche offerings or markets.
Searching hundreds, thousands or even millions of websites to find the best whatever... Sound difficult? Not really. Program an application to fetch the content from a continuously updating list of websites for specific information, analyze it, and display it on your website. Simple enough.
There is fierce competition in the area of social media application development with many websites to choose from. The majority of the world is currently on Facebook, but that doesn't mean your idea can't be the next big thing. Remember MySpace?
Blogs were the very first web application that ever existed. While they are simple enough to implement through WordPress and other commercial blogging websites, custom blogs styled exactly to match your website require back-end support from a web developer.