Website or 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 a website, you need a custom website application. Read this article about the dangers of NOT using custom code.
In 2015, designer Frances Berriman and Google Chrome engineer Alex Russell coined the term "progressive web apps" to describe apps taking advantage of new features supported by modern browsers, including service workers and web app manifests, that let users upgrade web apps to progressive web applications in their native operating system (OS). According to Google Developers, these characteristics are:
- Progressive - Work for every user, regardless of browser choice because they’re built with progressive enhancement as a core tenet.
- Responsive - Fit any form factor: desktop, mobile, tablet, or forms yet to emerge.
- Connectivity independent - Service workers allow work offline, or on low quality networks.
- App-like - Feel like an app to the user with app-style interactions and navigation.
- Fresh - Always up-to-date thanks to the service worker update process.
- Safe - Served via HTTPS to prevent snooping and ensure content hasn’t been tampered with.
- Discoverable - Are identifiable as “applications” thanks to W3C manifests and service worker registration scope allowing search engines to find them.
- Re-engageable - Make re-engagement easy through features like push notifications.
- Installable - Allow users to “keep” apps they find most useful on their home screen without the hassle of an app store.
- Linkable - Easily shared via a URL and do not require complex installation.
This website is a Progressive Web App. You can install a shortcut icon on your home screen or desktop and access the app directly from there, without a browser. Plus, as you're navigating the site, if you lose your internet connection, the site's pages are still accessible! (except in Safari - but support in Safari is coming soon)
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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. With a custom Shopping Cart application, you can make good use of many of the most common features, and also create some of your own, for a truly custom user experience.
Reservation Systems are commonly used for transportation and event ticketing, car rentals, fine dining, and more. If you're using a third-party Reservation System, your website visitors may not be staying on your website while completeing their reservation and their user experience may be inconsistent.
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 or Twitter, 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.