Thinking of building a site that is more than just an informational resource? Looking to innovate a little and build some exciting features for your clients? Need to chat through some ideas you have?
Alongside our more traditional websiteignition service we can also help plan, build and launch more sophisticated web services which we commonly refer to as “web-apps”.
These sites are often more advanced and dynamic than the traditional website, making them much more captivating and enticing for your visitors. We’ve worked with a number of companies to design, build and launch custom web-apps for their businesses.
I have an idea, but I don’t know where to start!
No problem at all. Every project we’ve embarked on has started just like this. In fact, a vast number of the projects we’ve worked on started with an idea the client didn’t even think could be built, let alone to their budget!
We do the planning for you, and can quickly assess the likely costs involved in building your project. We’ll help you to consider elements that you might have overlooked and will provide you with ideas on how your idea could be built and rolled out. Just give us a call or fire us an email and we’ll happily assist you with this.
Should I build a mobile app for my idea?
Building a dedicated mobile app is expensive both in monetary terms and ongoing maintenance. Once you’ve built an app for the iPhone, you would then need to embark on another project to put that app on Android and possibly Windows Mobile. Costs can quickly spiral and projects become overwhelming to manage.
Ultimately the suitability of a dedicated mobile app depends on your idea, but so far every conversation we’ve had with on this subject has led to us suggesting that the client pursue a mobile-optimised web-app instead.
The web capabilities of smart phones is almost as advanced as traditional desktop web-browsers and allows the development of sophisticated “native-style” mobile web-apps that look and function like true mobile apps. However, by building a mobile-optimised web-app, instead of embarking on separate projects for each distribution you can build a single service that works across all mobile types. This ultimately lowers cost, development time and removes the requirement to wait for the “app-stores” to “approve” your updates. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that the popularity of web-apps is outstripping the pace of development of the native mobile apps.
There’s a wide number of articles online that backup our wild claims but a notable example is with the Financial Times. The FT built a dedicated iPhone app, as well as a mobile optimised web-app. They found that within three months of launching their iPhone app, the web-app was receiving more visitors, and the numbers were increasing, where the iPhone app numbers were falling. In the end, they ditched their native mobile app in favour of their web-app. More can be read about this on this article here.
What have you built?
Check out our up-to-date portfolio of web-apps here >