The 6 Steps To Develop a Web application or Web software?

by Nicolas Chevillard on 29/06/2022

Updated at 5/10/2022


In 2022, web applications have become essential. 

Even if you don't really know what web software is, you are using web softwares it every day. This can be Google, Twitter or even Tik Tok which are web applications.

However, there are hundreds of others, which serve a different purpose. Web software is, for example, the perfect way to develop an internal tool for your company and therefore facilitate the work and efficiency of your employees or to set up a SaaS (Software as a Service). At Oshara, we specialize in the development of web applications to fully serve the needs of our customers. Let’s see, how to create a web application?


Table des matières : 

First of all, what is a web application / web software? 

Before moving on to the steps of creating and developing web software , it is important that you first understand web applications.

Definition of a web application or web software:

It's very simple, a web application is an application or software that can be used directly on the web, because these are hosted on remote servers. In order to use one, you only need an internet connection and access. However, unlike a classic application or software, you do not need to download them to your machine.

What is the difference between a web application / web software, a mobile application and a classic website?

It is true that the difference between web software with websites or mobile applications is hard to visualize and most people confuse them. We are going to explain the difference between these 3 elements to you so that you no longer make the mistake.

A website : the website is a set of pages, for the most basic, made only in HTML and CSS. It is also hosted on a server . Its sole purpose is to present information to the different users who visit it, these users will browse different pages on these websites using links in order to learn about different topics. In addition, each page of a website has its own address, which is called: the URL. 

A perfect example of a website, as far as informative content is concerned, is Wikipedia which is now known to everyone. 

Mobile application : the mobile application is software that is downloaded to a phone, so it will take up space on your device's memory and will use the power of your device to operate. To interact with this application, the user does not need to go through a browser, he uses it directly on his smartphone. More commonly called: “native application”. 

As an example of mobile applications we could cite Messenger , which is an application that needs to be downloaded to be used.

Web application : As for it, the web software has both the characteristics of a website, but also the classic software. The web application has only one objective, it is to offer a possible interaction to its users, while being hosted on a server. The only constraint for the usage of web software is that it has to connect to the server. It is also important to know that generally a web application is part of a website. 

The example known to all for web software is Google , which is a search engine. The user on the Internet enters keywords that correspond to what he is looking for, in the search bar. This interacts with this web software in order to obtain a specific and more than informative effect.



What are web applications or web software used for?

Now, we can ask ourselves the question of what can web software be used for? And why is this solution much more advantageous than a native application or even a simple website? 

Here are the many advantages that web applications can offer:

Power : By hosting web software on a dedicated server or on the cloud directly, you no longer depend on the type of your client's device and its power. Indeed, the power of some devices is a real problem for native applications, it requires a lot of analysis to be able to successfully run a native application on all existing devices. This is therefore the advantage of web applications, because they only require an internet connection and access to an internet browser to be able to run on all devices. 

Updating  : Web software can continually update itself, even though many do not. The advantage here is that for a web application, updates are done on the server side, so all users benefit from them without even having to install them.

Development : Web software only needs to be developed once, while a native application needs to be studied in order to be compatible for Android as well as iOS. 

Now that everything is clear to you about web applications, we can move on to the steps to create one: 

Create a web application: the 6 steps to follow

  • 1 - Define the purpose and concept of your web application / web software

It is essential to start by defining the objective or concept of your web software. The most important thing is to find the need that your web application will meet. Define what your web software will be used for? Do you want to use your web application for your own business or make it self-service? or do you intend to sell this web software and make it available with a monthly, annual or weekly subscription? 

To help you, ask yourself why you want to create this web application? Do you want to give a professional vibe and smooth sailing of your business? Or maybe you want a web app to improve the experience of your customer touch points, and the experience of availing the services or products from your business.

For example, Canva is a web app that lets you easily make visuals for different purposes. This one is completely free. However if you want to access more tools, this one sells a monthly subscription with many advantages.

  • 2 - Do market research

Indeed, market research is often ignored even though it is an essential step in the creation of your web software. This will allow you to save time, avoid errors and have a real overview of the market you want to reach with your web application. Thanks to market research, you will validate the assumptions you had when you asked yourself what my web software will be used for. Additionally, there are two important things you need to address in your market research. You need to analyze the mistakes your competitors have made and find out if a market actually exists for your web application.

  • 3 - Choose features

How will your web software work? 

You need to define the main functionalities that your web application will have, these are the functionalities that will respond to the main problem of your users. As we discussed earlier, you can update your web software with upaetd new secondary features after you are satisfied with the main feature(s). 

To help you identify these features for your web application, ask yourself: How can my web software help users solve their problem? 

  • 4 - Design the prototype of your web application / web software

A prototype is a rough outline of the layout of your web software, how it will look on different screens, and the user journey that you will find most intuitive and relevant. 

A tip, avoid directly adding color or other unnecessary design elements, you are looking in this step to build the skeleton of your web application, just make Wireframes. 

In other words, the wireframes must answer the various technical questions that you have such as how to go from screen A to B, what effect will a button have when a user clicks on it or even how will you place the contents to have a clean display. 

  • 5 - Develop the design of your web application / web software

Once you have established the different wireframes as well as the links between the different pages of your web application, you will be able to move on to designing these wireframes. That is to say, add colors to the different elements, choose the font(s) you want to use for your web software. Your web application must have its own graphic identity so that you stand out from other web software. 

  • 6 - Develop your web application / web software

Once the final design of your web application is done, you will have to develop a web application or contact a web agency specializing in web software development (like our agency Oshara, which has been specializing in this field for more than 10 years today). 

This step will be the last before putting your web application online. This is a technical and complicated part, since you are going to have to choose a technical solution, among many, for the realization of this. Choose your programming language to use, or use SaaS or a CMS and many others.

If you have completed all these steps then, you are now ready to put your web software online and confront it with the market you have defined. Don't forget that for a web application to work and last over time, you must update it continuously and consider adding additional features. 

If you would like to know more about the subject or have a web application developed that would correspond to your project, do not hesitate to consult this service page or simply contact us for the development of a web application and personalized support at your needs and your budget. 

We are a marketing agency specialized in web development and we have been helping entrepreneurs and companies for more than 10 years to succeed in their digital transformation and to succeed in the projects they undertake. 

While waiting for the next column, if you have any questions, call us . 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a web application?

A web application is an application or software that can be used directly on the web, since these are hosted on remote servers. In order to use one, you only need an internet connection and access unlike a classic application or software, you do not need to download them to your machine.

How to develop a web application?

  1. Define the objective and the concept, 2. Do a market study, 3. Choose the functionalities, 4. Design the prototype, 5. Develop the design, 6. Develop the application


Nicolas Chevillard

Nicolas is a marketing assistant for Oshara Inc. He is passionate about digital and loves creating content on the theme of marketing and technology to teach you more!

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