Web development: the 6 most frequent problems and how to solve them
by Gaurav Gupta
Have you ever had to develop a website? I do not mean to sit down to program it, but to have to, at least, order it and work with the person or team that carries it forward.
While a website, particularly an institutional website, is far from a huge project plagued by complications (as it might be to develop an entire product), there can still be several factors that imply delays, costs and frustrations. With experience, these cases are becoming more and more “old acquaintances” and you will already be familiar with dealing with them or avoiding them altogether. But in the meantime, this article may be of help to you.
Frequent problems when facing a web development
Prioritize innumerable features over the launch
That the site is online is essential. This is one of the most obvious but also most overlooked aspects of any web development. There are an enormous number of cases in which, due to not having certain benefits, the site is delayed more and more, wasting valuable time to be accessible.
This point is so important that there are many companies and professionals who consider the launch of the website as a stage in its development, not the end. As we mentioned in the article with the first steps to define a digital strategy, a good site today is better than a perfect site tomorrow.
Pretend a design that appeals to everyone
This is closely related to the above. Instead of taking the examples in JPG that the designer put together and discussing them for weeks with your partners, it is best to negotiate quickly some middle point and advance with your layout and programming. “Playing” with a functional website, being able to navigate and see it in your browser is much better than discussing it on static images and will help make it easier to make design decisions, preventing the project from getting stuck . Again, the priority is to launch the web, not achieve a design that marvels the masses.
New needs arise that increase costs
This is a risk that is always latent. To minimize this, it helps a lot to plan well and, above all, to work with excellent professionals. A company or freelancer that has developed websites for a long time and for various businesses will know quickly to detect if you are missing some key issue.
If new requirements arise in the course of the project, it will be useful to evaluate their relevance, cost and how necessary it is to include it in the current stage. If it were found feasible to include it later, for example one month after the site was launched, its associated cost would not be immediate.
Incompatibility between the services of the hosting service and what you need
This is mainly a technical matter and, as such, it is ideal to see it with someone skilled in the subject. It can be the programmer, the project leader or even some representative of the hosting service. In any case, it is crucial to be able to clearly state what the site is all about so that the expert in question can evaluate it and contrast it with what is offered in the hosting plan.
Be sure to keep, or require the developer, to back up everything. In addition, it is vital that the code or your CMS are as secure as possible: upgraded versions, complex passwords and various levels of security. Again, at this point it is helpful to work with experienced professionals.
The site is not visible on mobile devices
Ideally, the site has a design ready to fit various device types and screen sizes (what we call responsive; in this article we tell you why to choose it). However, if budget issues or times cannot be addressed in this way at a first stage, the site should still be able to be viewed from a mobile device. This has to do with the technology with which it develops, for example, many devices will not be able to open a site developed in Flash. Thus, it is important that this point is raised before beginning the web development so whoever is going to do so is aware.