The web application is the software program that runs on a browser with a definitive user interface and purpose. Developing a web app takes a lot of time and investment in order to meet the end goals.
The web apps can be accessed on any device if the device has an internet connection and a browser.
Whenever a client approaches to inquire about the total cost of website development services to a website development company, the answer is always largely vague. This is because the cost is situation-dependent and has a lot of factors that make up the final estimate. Each project is unique in terms of the UI/UX development, backend endurance, networking, and storage requirements and finally, the technology and tools needed.
The following factors mentioned are the crucial ones that decide the overall cost of web app development.
One of the basic requirements for any software development is the technology to be used. For a web app, the technology used will add a cost to the development.
There are several ready-made platforms available online which makes it easy to design a website. These platforms mostly use drag and drop method and provide ready-made templates for development. However, this allows for limited customization. If you use one such tool the cost of development will be lesser than the cost required to develop it from scratch. However, you cannot develop a complex website from the tools available as the requirements will be unique and harder to tailor.
The use of technology like Java, Angular JS, Swift, etc increases the overall cost. These are used in developing a website from scratch.
2) Functionality and App Complexity
The cost of development mainly depends on the number of complex functionalities needed. If an app demands high-end features with complex backend structure, then paid databases and non-open-source features of technology might be needed.
In general, the following features increase the complexity of the app:
a) Personal information storage and user interactive interfaces.
b) Successive server access for heavy data upload and download. This might demand paid services like AWS S3 Bucket storage or other cloud storage access, which further requires a paid membership beyond a certain limit of usage.
c) Transaction services like handling payment gateways.
d) Admin control panel with user end access.
e) Site localization with support for native languages and locations across the world.
Before heading to deciding the cost, make sure you pen-down the details of each requirement, like the need for functionalities, use of third-party plugins, storage limits and back-end configurations. Make a thorough research on the alternatives for each one to cut down on the expense and make it more MVP (minimum viable product).
3) The UI/UX Design
This corresponds to the look and feel of the app. The complete aspect of placement of each user interactive asset, like buttons, text boxes, etc., along with the other aesthetic elements like color combinations and layout designs come under UI/UX design.
The cost is accounted to by the hiring of a UX designer, to the nature of implementation of the UI.
There are two ways in which UI development can take place:
a) To use the ready-made templates which might be paid or free.
b) To develop each UI component programmatically from scratch.
As rightly guessed, the first option might turn out to be less expensive, however, the flexibility and control of using the second method are undeniable.
4) Deadline and Team Size
The time frame available for development is one of the key factors in deciding the cost of development. Similarly, the team size made of developers, testers, UX designers, managers, and tech leads involved in the project also adds equal weight in deciding the expense.
For a lesser time for development coupled with higher team size, the cost will be more. However, if ample time is given for development, the cost will be reduced accordingly. Always frame out the budget of the app and accordingly decide on the team size and the time for development.
If you are giving the project contract to an individual, the cost cutting can be implemented reasonably. But, expect the cost to become heavier if the contract is made with a custom software development company.
Outsourcing can be affected by the developers’ locality of living as well
The US developers are more expensive than developers from Ukraine, for instance. Hence it is crucial that you be informed about various factors before outsourcing it. Also, have statistics with terms and conditions in hand, to make a better deal.
5) Support and Testing
Once the app is developed, it must be quality tested before releasing it to the production environment.
Besides regular testing, QA testing will be carried out to ensure the product is free of bugs. QA sometimes demand automated testing which calls for a paid testing software and experienced QA analysts to carry out the tests. This adds to the project cost.
Once the app is tested, it needs to be released into the production or ad-hoc environment. Most of the times, buying the domain for hosting the websites will be expensive, especially if you want to customize the domain requirements.
Once the app is up and running, there will be issues raised in the normal course of user experience and unforeseen test environments. Hence, there needs to be a support team available to instantly address such issues. Having a support team is a necessary investment.
6) Miscellaneous Requirements
Sometimes, apart from investing in functional requirements, there will be a need for other features for the app to run according to the demands of the end user. Some of them are scalability, responsiveness, security, load management, etc.
For websites that draw more traffic, there is a need to handle the requests per unit time, more efficiently. These features demand extra architectural additions, which further demand more cost.
For example, bootstrap needs to be integrated to improve the website responsiveness.
This was an overview of how the estimate for the cost of website development can be made. There will be finer details that would add or subtract the cost, depending on the choices made.
Before heading out for proposing a project contract, a lot of research and paperwork needs to be done in order to draw an accurate estimation money investment the needed for the required performance.
Make sure you choose things wisely to get the best out of your investment.