Entrepreneurs are often worried about how much it would cost in real-time to build an interactive and smoothly running app, especially in today’s world where 89% of the world depends on mobility, and the end-users expect the start-ups to have a mobile solution.

This question tops the charts of the FAQs in the IT industry’s client support, and it is almost always answered with vagueness and non-transparency, with an “it depends on a lot of factors.”

What exact factors are we talking about?

When an entrepreneur is trying to outsource an app development company, this kind of ambiguity around cost calculation makes things extremely confusing for them. This is why we decided to give a full-blown breakdown of mobile app cost calculation in India, and through this article, we aim to give you a clearer idea of what goes on during the app development process and how it affects cost.

By the end of this blog, you’ll be able to not just easily recognize the ballpark amount of your app but also to manage and reduce the costs if required by cutting back on some particular features that seem unnecessary.

Let’s get started!

Worldwide app development costs

Let’s first get an idea of how much does it take in different parts of the world to outsource an app development company.

North America is the most expensive place to hire a developer, and you have to pay close to $150 per hour for iOS development and Android apps go even higher. In Australia, it’s close to $110per hour for both platforms and in the UK it’s close to $70per hour.

India is one cheaper but quality places for IT and mobility solutions across the globe. The rate for iOS app development revolves around $30 per hour and for Android, around $26 per hour. It’s cheaper than South America and Eastern Europe also, both of which have hourly rates in the range of $35-$40.

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The cheapest IT hub is that of Indonesia, and over there, it only costs $11 per hour for iOS and $12 per hour for Android.

Outsourcing v/s local app development

The only important reason as to why locally hiring a developer might turn out to be a better choice is physical proximity that leads to better and more straightforward communication. However, in our experience, outsourcing an app Development Company isn’t as terrifying as it may seem at first.

In fact, when you keep yourself open to outsourced companies, you essentially open your doors to a wider talent pool and a higher level of expertise. You might also get in touch with experts who are well acquainted with the kind of technology that is only rarely available in your region.

Local app development ensures deeper involvement and no time zone challenges. Plus you might find cheaper options locally.

These are the main pros and cons of both options, use your better judgment, and analyze your requirements through these parameters to establish which one of them is best for you!

Key factors affecting app development costs

Key factors affecting app development costs

When you hire a developer, there are certain fundamental factors that affect your cost of app development, like their hourly rate and development time. First of all, let’s focus on how the complexity of an app affects its developmental time.

• A basic app with a minimal amount of features and functionality takes around 500-700 hours to develop.
• Slightly more complex and a higher-performing app take around 700-1000 hours.
• A full-fledged complex app with extravagant features and UX takes more than 1200 hours of development.

Now let’s talk about all the features that differentiate a basic app from a complex app and how much do they contribute to the costs and time of development.

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1. Functionality

Some features are easier to add and take relatively lesser time while others take hours and hours of development and testing and debugging. Depending on the type and complexity of a particular feature, the developer can choose to code from scratch or use an API.

Let’s discuss the approximate hours taken for the development of common app features.

• Login and forgot password functionality – 35 hours
• Profile completion with photo and about – 26 hours
• Edit profile – 50 hours
• Push notification – 28 hours
• Upload media – 25 hours
• Search bar – 15 hours
• Messaging with reading receipts and online status visibility – 150 hours
• Admin Panel for user management – 70 hours
• Admin Panel for payment management – 30 hours
• In-app streaming and broadcast functionality – 120 hours

So now you know the kind of time these features take, and depending on your region, you can calculate how much your app would approximately cost. Some other key factors to remember while pre-determining the cost of your app –

• Social sharing within app or app integrations with popular social media networks for sharing requires third-party libraries and therefore charges extra.
• If you want to offer in-app purchases, the cost will increase with every option you add (GPay, PayPal, Credit and Debit cards, etc.) Payment integration usually takes around 75 hours of development.
• Using native device features like camera, contacts, network, Bluetooth, accelerometer, geolocation, NFC chips, etc. will cost you extra since this integration involves platform-specific APIs. If you want to integrate audio or video calls in the app (for instance, WhatsApp, Discord, etc.) it will take close to 300 hours of development. Integrating a map takes around 100 hours.

2. Visual Appeal

The cost of your app greatly depends on the kind of user interface you want to offer. The effort needed in the visual presentation includes a lot of factors like input controls, and the amount of navigational as well as informational components in an app.

If you opt to use OS-supplied navigational items that give a standardized view, it will cost lesser. However, if you want a full-blown customized design that gives an unprecedented user experience, be ready for a slightly heftier amount.

3. Platforms

App Platforms

We have already discussed the amount it takes to build an iOS v/s Android app. However, it’s important to note that your best bet for global reach is Android but if your focus audience lies majorly in the West, then Apple is the leading choice.

If you want to launch your app on both platforms, it’s better to go for a cross-platform or a hybrid app that can be launched on both Play Store and App Store instead of getting two different apps developed by two different teams to upload on different platforms.

Note that Android is known for its better penetration in the enterprise market and Apple for its rich customer engagement.

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4. Backend and Admin

This is one of the more critical aspects of your app development that you need to focus on. Admin panel is meant to make it easier for you to understand your audience better since it gives you a word-by-word analysis of user engagement. They are used to manage app content and user statistics.

Administrative features also may include in-app user feedback tools and some manual steps if you require them.

It is very important to consistently assess the performance of your app in order to be the best standing out company in a world full of cut-throat competition. There are a lot of Admin templates that you can choose from, but if your app is something that you need a customized, specially tailored panel, we would recommend investing in it.

Just communicate this to your Outsource App Development Company and they will tell you how much it would cost you to have particular admin features.

5. The Team

When making an engaging and influencing app, it’s important to have a good team on board. Most startups just hire a developer and feel like that’s enough, but depending on your project requirements, an extended team of experts is always recommended. Here’s a breakdown of an app development team

• Project Manager
• One or more developer(s)
• Business Analyst
• Solution Architect
• Quality Assurance Specialist
• UI and UX Designer(s)
• Graphic Designer

6. App Maintenance

Yearly app maintenance is a crucial practice to ensure that you’re delivering only the best to the end-users. We recommend allocating approximately 15-20% of the initial app development costs into annual maintenance every year.

Maintenance mainly includes

App Maintenance

• Consistent bug fixing
• Enhancing app stability
• Optimizing the code
• Preparing your app for the upcoming OS versions
• Adding new features and scaling up
• Complying with any new conditions of third party APIs

App maintenance is extremely important even if you’re not looking to scale up or add any new features since it ensures that there’s no hindrance in your communication with the end-user.

Your work with the Outsource App Development Company doesn’t end at product launch, it goes on for years after it. So make sure that you appoint the rightly spirited people who are dedicated to delivering only the best. 

These were some of the very important factors that inevitably will influence the cost of your app. Further, it might depend on some particular features and customized services, which you will have to take a thorough account of from your developer.

When developing an app for your business, there’s always this huge dilemma about what platform to choose to drive the best customer engagement.

There are almost 3 million apps on the Google Play Store and slightly less than 2 million on App Store, clearly, this is the day and age of unprecedented cut-throat competition in the world of mobile solutions. According to us, it is the small fundamental choices that you make in the development of your app that make or break your customer’s decision to stay on it for a little longer!

While React Native, the product of Facebook has ruled the market for over 5 years, Google’s recent brainchild Flutter is already starting to get similar traction from expert app developers across the world.

Why is Flutter getting so much clout at such an early stage of introduction to the market? And what is it about react native app development that experts want to cling to, even though there’s an advanced option of Flutter?

In this article, we’re going to answer these questions and some others to collectively determine which platform is best for your startup or business in 2020. Let’s get started with some basics.

What is Flutter and What is React Native

Both Flutter and React Native mobile app development are cross-platform development tools, which means that they create one single code base for apps that can be run on both iOS and Android devices.

As a result, both of them have some common benefits that set them apart from platform-specific app development tools like Angular and ReactJS, for instance –

• Lesser cost of development when you need the presence of both Android and iOS
• Lesser development and testing time
• Easy plugins
• Lesser ”go-to-market” time

React Native was created by Facebook for their internal operations, but they open-sourced it in 2015, whereas Flutter was launched by Google in 2017, and has been heavily advertised for ever since.

Let’s compare these platforms on the basis of various parameters

Programming Language

React Native runs on JavaScript, which is currently, the most popular language of web development and is almost considered as a mandate for anyone who codes. So even if you hire a relatively less experienced app developer, he would mostly be well-acquainted with the tricks and techniques used in JavaScript. It’s dynamic and has a huge community backup, so one can easily go on international coding forums online and look for solutions to any problem while developing.

Flutter uses Google’s own programming language, Dart. It’s an object-oriented language which has syntax similar to HTML 5 and CSS 3 which are modern frontend UI specific web development methods. It is unpopular but its style is very similar to the C programming language which makes it extremely easy to learn. If you’re looking for Flutter developers, there’s an added challenge to ensure that a potential candidate has good hands-on experience with this particular language.

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Technical Architecture

React Native uses Facebook’s architecture Flux. To communicate with the native modules, React Native uses the JavaScript Bridge, which is a JS runtime environment architecture. So the JavaScript code is compiled and converted into native code during runtime. This results in slightly poorer performance and more go-to-market time for the app.

Flutter uses Dart’s frameworkSkia C++. Here, no bridge is required for communication with native modules because most of the components are in-built. Dart comes packed with multiple functional frameworks like Material Design and Cupertino which have all the required technologies. Skia C++ engine has all the required protocols and channels.

Installation

React Native is installed using NPM (Node Package Manager) which any JavaScript coder is familiar with. NPM can install packages locally or globally, just that the developer is required to understand the exact location of the binary. When React Native is being installed on macOS, another step is involved and that is to have the HomeBrew package manager as well.

Flutter is installed by going to Github and downloading the binary for a specific platform from the source code. If you have a macOS, you would need to add the flutter.zip file as the PATH variable. Flutter installation is a lot lengthier and more exhausting since the step of downloading binary is involved. This might otherwise be useful for non-JavaScript developers but is anyways considered a flaw.

UI and APIs

For a cross-platform app to feel like a native app, it’s important for it to have support for the native component i.e. it should always have an API to access the native modules effortlessly.

React Native Mobile App Development is mostly dependent on third party libraries to access native modules. The core framework of React Native only offers UI rendering and device access API.

On the other hand, Flutter is advanced and very rich in APIs. It comes power-packed with a plethora of UI rendering components. Apart from device access and other basic APIs, it has other advanced libraries like that of navigation, testing, stateful management. Material Design and Cupertino widgets also make the spectrum wider. There is no (or negligible) dependence on third-party libraries.

CI/CD Support and DevOps

Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (/Deployment) practices essentially bridge the gap between developmental and operational activities by deploying automation in app building.

If you make your app on React Native, you won’t be able to find any official documentation on how to set up CI/CD, however, there are a lot of third-party tools and some expert forums which can help you with that. Sometimes, based on their experience, you can rely on your developer about having understood this process in their previous projects.

Flutter has official step by step documentation on continuous integration and testing on their website. It also has some links to external sources and forums which will help the developer get the most out of the technology. It’s very simple to set up CI/CD on Flutter.

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Real-World App Interfaces

App components of React Native apps look similar on iOS and Android devices. This means that if there’s a button on the app interface, it will look the same irrespective of the fact that the app is functioning on Apple OS or Android OS.

Flutter, through Material Design and Cupertino, achieves something extra. It contains two different sets of widgets that are able to conform to two different OS designs. Essentially what happens is that your app will behave similarly on both platforms but will always have some imitation of the specific platform. This makes the app look a lot more natural on any device since it resembles its native components.

Also, note that Flutter apps look just as good on older operating systems as they do on up-to-date ones. In React Native, there’s a risk at the app’s UI when the app components are upgraded after an OS UI update.

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Release Support

Launching apps on the Play Store and App Store is already a tricky process and it gets a lot more painful when you create a cross-platform app.
With React Native, you have to go through a manual process to launch the app on the App Store. However, there are some trustworthy third-party tools that can be deployed for the same, for example, Fastlane.

On one hand, React Native relies on third parties for automated release support, and on the other hand, Flutter is one of the platforms which are known for their strong command-line interface. Anyone can use those command-line instructions and put the apps on the Play Store and App Store easily. Flutter has also officially documented their release process on fastlane which makes it accessible for anyone’s perusal.

Top apps made with the platforms

Since React Native is Facebook’s own internal programming platform, all of their apps are made through it – Facebook, Facebook Ads, Instagram, etc. Other major industry examples that have used React Native to build their apps include Skype, Airbnb, Walmart, SoundCloud Pulse, and Tesla.

Google made Google Ads app on Flutter, which is by far the most prominent example. Other amazing works developed on Flutter include Xinayu by Alibaba, SpaceX Go!, Hamilton Musical app, Watermaniac, Reflectly, PostMuse

To Sum it up

Both Flutter and React Native App Development have their own pros and cons in terms of maturity, community support, etc. It is entirely your and your developer’s decision as to which platform you want to go with. This article has given you enough content for you to have a conversation with your developer right now and decide things based on these factors!

Keep in mind the kind of app you are making, the kind of service you are offering, and the kind of audience demographic you are targeting. All of those things factor-in in your decision and when accurately researched with a dedicated developer, you are sure to find the right mix!

Remember, there are more than 3 billion smartphones and tablets being used in the world at this moment, and you want maximum reach, maximum conversions, and maximum sales. The world is an endless pool of opportunities when you have the right team at your backing!

If you’re a startup or a company planning on building a website and looking to hire Developers in India, you are probably loaded with hundreds of options right now! This article makes a case for why you should be hiring dedicated PHP developers for your web solution, so stay tuned till the end to have a thorough breakdown of the all-roundedness of PHP!

PHP has a very wide range of functionalities which can also be easily extended via an amazing set of add-ins. It has tremendous community support on the internet via forums since it is an open-source language.
All the versions of PHP after 5.0 have been instilled with object-oriented features making it a very efficient solution and now PHP allows OOP concepts also.

Whether it be industry newbies or well established and experienced coders, PHP is the top rank priority for all of them, owing to its adaptability, versatility, and flexibility. It is considered as one of the most practical languages amongst all options for web development like CGI, ASP, Perl, and JPS. Let’s find out the key features of PHP and establish what makes it stand out!

Why use PHP to build your website

Why use PHP to build your website

If you have been wondering if PHP is the right choice then here let us give a brief picture –

Feasibility of databases

PHP framework enables the developer to work with a lot of relational databases and its database connectivity is unparalleled. The most common database server, MySQL is free in PHP. Some PHP frameworks also offer a feature of object-relational mapping or ORM which helps in simplifying database operations. ORMs allow you to perform complex database operations without having to code.

Speedy Development

The extensive set of tools, features, and snippets available in PHP frameworks gives the developer a kick start for a web development project. With the presence of such support from the language, they can deliver the product at a much quicker pace, and might as well want to invest their precious time into creating a richer and more intriguing user experience.

Fast Software

PHP-developed websites are known to load quickly and swiftly. This functionality is owed to the fact that products of PHP run on their own memory and do not depend on a third party.

Code Generators

PHP framework offers free and paid code generators which are essentially automatic programs that produce code for you based on the settings you have chosen. This way, when you hire a dedicated PHP developer, you not only save time and money but also ensure that the product turns out to be clean and maintainable.

Automated functionality

Some of the common tasks in web app development like caching, session management, authentication, and URL mapping can be carried out by the PHP framework automatically and saves a lot of time in the development process.

Secure product

Commonly occurring threats in websites like data tampering, SQL injections, and cross-site request forgery can be easily prevented by your dedicated PHP developer with the help of the framework’s built-in security products.

Efficient unit testing

Unit testing is one of the most recurring and exhausting tasks involved in the development of a web app, but PHP simplifies it by offering a native object-oriented unit testing framework known as ‘PHP Unit.’ It runs automatic unit tests and offers help with coding also.

Having considered so many benefits of the framework, let us now move to the next segment and try to understand what makes a good PHP developer!

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Attributes of talented and dedicated PHP developer

Attributes of a talented and dedicated php developer

One of the most important attributes to look for in a coder, of whatever framework, is a good problem-solving skillset. You need to find a PHP developer who has a good sense of analytics and the ability to think of one particular situation from a number of different perspectives.

Another quality of a good PHP developer is dedication, you would see him or her putting in constant self-developmental efforts and moving towards a place of more knowledge and more expertise.

Dedicated PHP developers also ensure to contribute to and take away from the community on a regular basis. This is important since PHP is an open-source network and a developer’s reputation depends on how much they are present on the forums and how much their contribution actually helps others in troubleshooting. They should have good collaborative skills.

Some of the technical things that a good PHP developer is supposed to know are:

  1. How to work efficiently and smoothly with database servers like SQL and MySQL
  2. How to work with HTML and CSS
  3. How to work with JavaScript
  4. How to get the most out of control systems like SVN and Git.
  5. How to make the most out of frameworks like Laravel, Symphony, Y112, etc.
  6. How to implement content management systems like Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress effectively
  7. What is Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) and how it is better for web development
  8. How to integrate APIs and add-ins in web apps
  9. How to carry out smooth MVP designing and development
  10. How to do PHP related cloud integration

In the next segment of this article, we will figure out how to hire dedicated PHP developers in India.

Step by Step Guide to finding a dedicated PHP developer in India

Some of the important things to look for in your PHP developer are mentioned here –

Communication Skills

Your developer should be good at getting a message across so that later you don’t have to worry about the communication channels between them and the team lead or the marketer.

Good industry experience

Take a look at the projects that they have previously worked upon. Don’t feel held back from politely asking them for a brief description of something that you find interesting or something that is related to your product. You can ask them about their main strategy while building that web app or their main challenges and how they overcame them.

Alignment with project goals

Ensure to communicate your specific project goals with your developer beforehand and check to see if their credentials and interests fall in line with those goals or not. This will not only enhance your overall web app development experience but also define the ballpark of project scope and budget better.

Quality of service

There are a plethora of PHP developers available in the Indian IT industry, but what makes someone stand out is their dedication to ensure quality. This includes everything from building a product with less go-to-market time to debugging quickly as and when required, and abiding by their deadlines, and deliver in time.

Some facts before we end

According to a study conducted by W3Techs, 78.8% of all websites that use server-side programming languages, use the PHP framework. It’s clearly the leader. When you’re looking to take your business online, it’s very important to make the right choices in the initial few stages, so it’s better to trust something that almost 80%of the industry bids upon.

Acknowledge that the role of the developer is critical in web development and their technical credentials, as well as interpersonal skills, have a major role in how your product turns out, so be sure to make all quality checks and to ask the right questions before hiring a dedicated PHP developer in India.

It’s no wonder, every business today, whether large or small needs technological tools and applications to flourish and sustain. And hence servers play an indispensable role in ensuring the smooth operation of any business, especially the ones involved in the IT sector.

The server is an integral part of an IT setup that acts as a central hub for the company network to facilitate easy communication and interaction between the IT devices connected.

Servers are fundamental for enterprises that wish to maintain an online presence and want to have a smooth website hosting experience to please clients. Therefore, effective server management is such a big deal. It is an essential requirement and not an option.

Not just server management, Effective server management

Effective server management and support services can make things easier and routine operations smooth for you. The facilities offered by server management service providers keep your web server running in top condition. Effective server management is very important but more than often companies fail to realize its potential benefits.

Well, that’s a big mistake and needs to be strictly avoided. The server’s default settings are not sufficient enough for the long term and thus outsourcing the server management task to a good server management company is crucial.

In this article, we’ll explore the importance of server management for businesses. But before we dig into the detail, let us first understand the underlying concept- what server management exactly means and how it is beneficial for organizations.

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What is Server Management?

What is Server Management?

Server management simply refers to the maintenance of web servers that run your website. The server management process involves managing and monitoring server infrastructure to make it operate at its peak performance.

The server management practices also include the management of hardware, software, detecting problem and putting backups in place, problem analyzing, and putting the right security elements.

The fundamental objective of effective server management encompasses:

● Creating a secure server environment.
● Mitigating the possibility of server slowdowns and downtime.
● Continuous server monitoring and upgrades to adjust it according to the evolving needs of an organization.

Nevertheless, not paying attention to proper management of servers can lead to serious consequences. It may result in the start of a series of problems such as data loss or data theft.

The inconvenience caused due to these issues can have major implications for your business. As per the study, it has been found that 94% of companies that suffer data loss fail to recover.

Types of Servers

There are different types of servers according to requirements, these include:

● Application Servers
● Physical Servers
● Web Servers
● Back-up Servers
● File Servers
● Data Servers
● Virtual Servers

The aforementioned servers either run on a Linux or Windows environment. While both the physical and virtual servers require server management and support to operate to their optimum efficiency.

Pick a Smart Option for the proper functioning of servers

Effective server management begins with assigning the task to a dedicated technical team that can keep track of the server for technical faults and diagnoses them on time if any. The provisions of server management services work on eliminating downtime to zero.

Apart from this, server management practices also entail providing continuous upgrades to the server for performance improvement. The function of servers is not only limited to database storage rather it also plays a crucial role in managing different business operations. Plus, it is also responsible for assembling all IT requirements and commands for promoting better functioning of the company along with enhanced coordination at every point of the business.

Failure of a server either due to configuration disruption, output disorder, or any other reasons can lead to significant data loss. This can bring your whole business to halt. Data losses due to non-functional server issues are catastrophic for any company as they need considerable time and investment, which is not acceptable in the fast-moving business world.

Although it is a cause of worry, approaching technical experts can help simplify server management to a great extent. That’s why most of the companies consider outsourcing server management to trusted server management and support service providers.

The dedicated server management organizations provide you superior level professional services at affordable prices.

Reasons why Server Management is important for your Business

why Server Management is important for your Business

Not all businesses can afford to keep track of all the latest developments in the server industry. That’s where the companies who offer these services prove to be of immense help. They are acquainted with all know-how of the industry therefore they can appropriately handle the task. Thus, by opting for their services you can excel in your business niche.

Furthermore, here are the reasons why dedicated server management services are important for your business.

1. Server monitoring

Taking care of the server involves keeping watch on it all day and the process starts with server monitoring. Server monitoring refers to tracking and analyzing key metrics that influence the performance of your server.

With continuous monitoring, your business can function at its optimum efficiency. Also, it makes you aware of upcoming issues before time so that they do not impact your business’s real-time performance.

Another benefit of server monitoring is that it provides a comprehensive look into your company’s IT infrastructure to assist in the formulation of future business expansion strategies. Therefore, it is important to have an active server management team for server monitoring.

2. Server maintenance

Lack of server maintenance is likely to raise issues impacting your business performance. Server management companies take the responsibility of performing regular audits, software updates, backups, security checks, and restoration processes to ensure good server performance. While the server software, preventative measures, and security features require timely updates of which your company might not be aware.

For this you need dedicated professionals to work 24*7 as and when required. Moreover, your server is also likely to face day to day problems which might need frequent changes in server settings. For the best possible changes, help from server management experts is preferable.

3. Custom server setup

As previously discussed, there are different types of servers depending on the requirement. The server configuration for a WordPress blog is quite different from the one needed for the Ecommerce website. Thus, your service configuration depends on your business needs.

Server management professionals conduct an in-depth analysis of your business hosting and server requirements to find suitable server settings and specifications customized according to your business type.

For the initial server setup, tested strategies from the industry are implemented for configuration. This is done to ensure maximum server performance while eliminating the risk of cyber-attacks and exploits.

4. Server stability

Server stability depends on multiple factors such as load times, server software, speed, service up-time, etc. Even a slight variation in server configuration can bring down the performance of the entire server. Therefore, it is better to seek professional assistance for server performance tuning.

Dedicated server professionals administer your server completely and provide server timely software updates to avert the risk of rising conflicts and downtime. In addition to this, they also scrutinize and re-optimize other server performance parameters like database lag and page load times.

5. Backups

Data loss situations can traumatic. They can considerable loss on your business. As revealed by a study, 60 percent of small businesses that experience data loss close within six months. As such, having data backups is very critical for your business.

Since troubles are unavoidable, it is better to prepare yourself for such unexpected events. Hire a server management company to take up the task of keeping your data safe and secure. Server management professionals provide you the ease of mind by creating regular data backups.

So even if your server has become non-functional, you have your data at your disposal.

6. Up-time assurance

Uptime is the requirement of every online business. If a server cannot assure you up-time during peak service hours then likely you’ll lose your customers. This uptime reduction poses risk to your businesses therefore to address this, you need expert server management.

Effective server management can make your servers run 100% of the time so that your services are available all time. Well, this is possible through the round clock server management and support.

Server management companies take up the task professionally and provide you 24/7 support, no matter what time of day it is.

Internal Server VS External Server Monitoring

Any company that wants effective server management first needs to decide whether they can manage servers internally or need to outsource the task to an external management company or else need a combination of both.

If your company has a good number of technical professionals, then managing your own servers is preferable. This way you will have access to your entire server environment. But to ensure your internal server management team works to its maximum efficiency, they need to have access to the right server monitoring tools.

There are several server management tools in the market that come with varied management options to keep your server operating at its best. Ranging from simple options like performance tracking to sophisticated ones like workflow management, there are a range of server monitoring tools to fit your company’s needs.

How to Choose the best Server Management Tool

Puzzled over choosing the right server management tool? To initiate your research by looking for software that offers you both – operating systems monitoring and IT infrastructure monitoring. Next, ask yourself these two important questions:

● Does your server management software have all-in-one monitoring? An ideal server management software should offer you monitoring across applications, systems, and any existing or upcoming Xaas planned services.
● Is the software capable of performing analytics functions like diagnosing root causes of server issues?

With answers to these questions, you can find software that can meet your organization’s current as well as future needs.

Server Management a necessity today

Today IT server management is a necessary requirement. Effective server management practices ensure that your IT systems function at their maximum potential. They provide you assurance of server security, up-time, and prompt resolutions in case of any issue. Thus, effective server management can help you address all server performance inefficiencies.

But the most important thing to consider is to opt for professional server management services. Leaving the job to inexperienced management can bring down the server and can cause immense damage to your business.

Therefore, always rely on a trustworthy server Management Company. The server management specialists from these companies are experienced and can handle issues before they affect your clients. Moreover, they also guide you on preventative steps to keep viruses, malware, and other security breaches at bay.

To replicate the experience of a native e-commerce app would have been considered a far-fetched challenge a few years ago. However, increasing mobile accessibility amid a march of progress has led to the development of an interesting solution – PWAs. And remember progressive web apps that took all the right vitamins, they are for all, desktop and mobile users alike.

We’ve had them around since 2015, and almost all tech giants including Twitter, Alibaba, Amazon, and Walmart have already launched their web apps and reported doubled conversion rates, only to set the stage for small and medium businesses to leverage the same tech stack.

And e-commerce is definitely one of the industries that are most heavily benefitted by the development of PWAs.

We are not just talking, let numbers tell you the story

According to a report in eMarketer, mobile sales are expected to account for almost 54% of total eCommerce sales by 2021, which clearly establishes that mobile sales channels cannot be overlooked by online shopping brands. Even though mobile traffic is growing, mobile conversions still lag a lot behind the desktop ones, owing to a number of factors.

Web apps for e-commerce solve the problem around poor mobile conversions, and how. A survey at Jaxenter reported that 46% of their developer audience expect PWAs to be the future, while only a small 14% believed that native apps will ultimately prevail.

In this article, we will figure out exactly why PWAs have had such a huge impact on the e-commerce industry and what are the main benefits of web application development. So let’s begin from the beginning.

What is a PWA

PWA stands short for a ‘Progressive Web App’. In the simplest terms, is an advanced website with the look and feel of a native mobile app.

Websites undoubtedly are more discoverable and definitely more sharable, and faster than an app. It has ubiquity over different devices and implements user-centric security. On the other hand, native apps are more reliable and lend a richer experience, they work offline (eg. you can pick your cart offline but need connectivity or confirm order and payment) works offline, always visible on devices that it’s downloaded on. Both the website and native apps have their standalone experience.

So what better? Well, the answer is PWA’s

PWAs brings to you the best of both worlds – they’re more discoverable, sharable, and fast like a website, and rich, reliable, and secure like an app. Progressive Web Apps are the futuristic apps that bring the mobile web experience in an app.

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PWAs in real life

Originally proposed by Google, PWAs seek to resolve the key issues faced by app makers. They’re low on cost and highly secured. The main usage of PWAs has been observed by the businesses which are looking to target both mobile and web platforms.

Progressive web application development can be carried out through static site generators like VuePress and Gatsby which help in launching powerful storefronts that can later be connected to the e-commerce backend. JavaScript language is also extensively used in front-end development to create smooth customer-oriented mobile web interfaces.

What makes PWA’s a better choice

They bring consistency, reliability, and engagement to user experience, creating unparalleled consumer loyalty. Certain key attributes why Graffersid suggests PWAs are:

  1. Progressive – they work for every user independent of their choice of browser.
  2. Responsive – they work on all devices – desktops, phones, and tablets and adjust according to the screen size automatically.
  3. Connectivity independent – they have the ability to work offline and don’t become unavailable during network issues.
  4. App-like – they offer a truly native experience and can be installed on the phone.
  5. Fresh – they’re always up-to-date with information posted by the host.
  6. Safe – their security is established by the fact that they’re always served via HTTPS.
  7. Discoverable – unlike native apps, web apps can be indexed by a search engine, making them easier to discover for the user.
  8. Sharable – having a URL structure likability makes them easier to be shared by the user.
  9. Fast – they load and respond to user interaction very quickly, even faster than an average webpage. Faster checkout rescues sales in most cases.
  10. Engaging – They can send push notifications and can be actually installed on a smartphone which makes their re-engagement value extremely high for the end-user.

Why PWA’s are the new ecosystem for e-commerce

First things first, progressive web app development takes a lot lesser time and budget in comparison to native app development. Second, they’re lighter and multifold faster than your average mobile app.

Let’s discuss similar benefits of progressive web apps in detail, in the specific context of e-commerce.

The Smart System

It is one key factor, that enables the app to feel like a website. Whenever a user accesses the app the very first time, PWAs smart system springs into action and downloads not just the prima-facia but background components as well, which give users a faster experience and makes it available offline as well.

Higher SEO ranking

In 2018, Google made mobile-first indexing a norm, which means that they will now use the mobile version of a page’s content while evaluating its relevance to any particular concern of the user. So during indexing and ranking, your page’s mobile version would be considered and not the desktop version, and one of the most important ranking factors in mobile-first indexing is page speed, which is highest in PWA form.

In fact, Google itself has been rendering consistent support for PWA since its launch in 2015. This way PWAs increase the index ability of your page and are extremely healthy for search engine optimization and overall discoverability.

Engagement and re-engagement

This is one of the most important features in Web apps for e-commerce – the ability to keep the consumer hooked. First off, the icon of a PWA can appear on the home screen of the phone, making it a lot more personal than a website.

Secondly, they allow you to send push notifications – so now you can keep them updated with flash sales and seasonal discounts or even casually hit them up about an abandoned cart. According to stats, 2.7x more people will click open a push notification than an email.

Google reports that almost 60% of PWA users allow the page to send them notifications, which substantially hikes the chance for the business to promote their products or highlight a discount. 

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Consistent innovation

When you roll out some updates or changes in your web app, the user automatically instantly receives those updates (in presence of a network), unlike a native app, where they have to go to the Play Store/App Store and install the updates themselves. This reduces friction for the user at many levels.

Also, you don’t need to update codes separately for iOS and Android versions of your app – just install changes in a single web app codebase and you’re good to go.

Speed

PWA’s are fast.

Need we say more!

Accessibility

Google reports that 53% of mobile users abandon a site if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load. Speed is extremely important in e-commerce mobile solutions, and PWAs capitalize exactly on that. They not just load in fractions of a second but also are available during poor or no network conditions.

Additionally, PWAs use very less disk space – on both the business’ server and the user’s device – making room for benefits such as faster loading times, less data usage, and less required storage space – all of it leading to more conversion. For instance, Tinder’s PWA takes less than 3 seconds to load and it has been reported to increase conversion rates by over 80%.

Final word

Web apps for e-commerce have breakneck advantages in terms of performance, offline support, engagement, SEO and of course, the richness of user experience. A PWA completely eliminates the requirement of development, maintenance, and marketing of any platform (iOS app, Android app, or website) other than just the single PWA web page.

PWAs in e-commerce have proven to get better conversions and more secure transactions. They also help in reaching a wider audience since they’re responsive and sharable.

According to Google, when an already existing e-commerce store switches to a Progressive Web App, they are likely to witness a 20% overall revenue boost on an average, it can be a lot more depending on the other strategies that your digital marketer combines with the development.

Conversion rates on mobile have straight up doubled in some cases like Flipkart. So if you’re an e-commerce business looking to see some drastic changes in sales and conversions, PWA is the answer! PWA is the future.

If you’re a startup or a company that has a fair share of a digitized business, then you must know the importance of having a smoothly functioning mobile app along with a highly attractive website/web app. But having all things to offer to the end-user comes with a cost that is almost always unaffordable for small and medium-scale businesses.

Not just that, it is also a very annoying dilemma for the developer to choose a framework for development. On top of that pop-ups like ‘Hire Dedicated Flutter Developers’ or ‘Hire Dedicated Angular Developers’ confuses you even more.

A lot of things go into consideration including budget and targeted geography, but mainly, it is about the functionality of the app. You need to find the perfect match of language and app functionality to bring out the best efficiency and working potential of any mobile solution.

Talking of which, we should also not forget that while making a mobile solution, it can be really hard to choose if you want to make an android app, or an iOS app, or a hybrid one.

All of these concerns come into perspective when we keep under the lens Google’s two leading programming languages – Angular and Flutter. So we thought, why not do a thorough, point-by-point comparative analysis of both the app development platforms to give app makers a clearer vision as to which one is best for their upcoming project!

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If you are someone whose foot is already in the door and looking to Hire Dedicated Flutter Developers in India or  Angular Developers, stick with us till the end of this article, let the experts from Graffersid take you down to the very details of the functionality and terminology involved in both Angular and Flutter.

Angular

What is Angular

Angular, which is also popularly known AngularJs is an open source structural framework which was developed in 2010 by Google. It was a very ambitious project since it was a hybrid framework that could be used to make both web and mobile apps. It was adopted early by the leaders and was popularized within months owing to its remarkable accessibility, usability, and flexibility.

It’s still used by millions to build dynamic webpages, and it is the primary choice for anyone looking for a complete client side solution for building a web app. It is written and developed in Windows Typescript language and uses HTML structure to build and control new web apps.

Talking about the architecture and functionality of the Angular platform, we should also mention that it basically has six components:

  1. Data binding,
  2. Type Components,
  3. Service Components,
  4. Provider Components,
  5. Filter Components,
  6. Dependency Injection

Angular offers very versatile usability of the front end in any web app.

Besides this, there are some impeccable and remarkable advantages of using Angular JS as a programming language. First of all, it offers you the flexibility to develop the front end development and conduct testing simultaneously with ease.

Secondly, Angular developers can create and test any web application very quickly and effortlessly in MVC (Model-View-Controller), MVVM (Model-View-View-Model), and MVW (Model-View-Whatever)types of architecture.

The apps made on Angular are extremely stable and efficient and its open source library has been contributed to by millions of experts from across the globe over the decade, so it’s safe to say that almost no bug will be left unresolved if you know the art of checking the forums.

But what it lacks is one very crucial feature that is also partially the reason for the birth of Flutter. Angular mobile apps are platform specific, which means that you cannot use the same code to build both android and iOS apps.

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For instance, you have already made an Android app with Angular and want to make its iOS counterpart, you will have to start from scratch by using the same syntax in a different way, owing to the different functionality of the two OSs.

Flutter

What is Flutter

To say the least about what Flutter offers that Angular doesn’t –here, you can use one single code to build groundbreaking apps for both iOS and Android platforms.

Google launched Flutter in 2015 as a longer-term solution for cross-platform app development, but it would not be wrong to say that Flutter realized popularity only around 2018, which was when it started to be more stable.

The architecture and functionality of Flutter is very vastly usable. Its components are:

  1. Flutter Engine
  2. Dart Platform
  3. Foundation Library
  4. OS Design Specific Widgets

These components distinguish Flutter from any other framework, they make it an SDK (Software Development Kit). This means that there is no involvement of any third party app and its Library has itself as the components.

Unlike Flutter, the core components of Angular are just UI building blocks with different functionality. Yet, it’s important to note that Angular is one of the best (if not THE best) rendered third party dependent frameworks.

In Angular, it’s very easy to download and integrate components from other parties to develop an app.

The programming language that Flutter runs on is Dart. It’s an object-oriented language which has a syntax similar to Java, HTML 5, CSS 3, and JavaScript, all of which are modern frontend UI specific web development methods. Dart was also developed and defined by Google.

It is unpopular but its style is very similar to the C programming language which makes it extremely easy to learn.

So if you’re planning to Hire Dedicated Flutter Developers in India, make sure that they are very well acquainted with the specific language. In Angular, there is no such challenge posed as no new language is required beyond HTML, but the complexity of use in the platform cannot be denied.

It’s important to note that Flutter offers web supports using standard-based HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. This enables the developer to compile an existing Flutter code into Dart which can be embedded in the browser and be deployed to any web server.

Flutter offer faster apps in comparison to Angular, but the stability it provides is still questionable. On the other hand, Angular is slower but offers a lot more stability as an open-source framework.

Other differentiating details and comparative conclusion

Other differentiating details and comparative conclusion

Since it has been developed in an advanced age, one of the major drawbacks of Flutter is that it does not support the 32-bit version of any app in iOS. In other OS too, it only narrowly supports 32-bit versions. The market assumes that a newer version would resolve this problem, even though Google has a very bad history of product royalty.

On the other hand, Angular works only with CRUD development (Create, Read, Update, and Delete). It’s not that big of a concern since most enterprise apps work on the CRUD system but isomorphic app rendering might turn out to be difficult to build.

Flutter’s other disadvantage is that Dart is an extremely unpopular language and isn’t known by many developers, so it can be difficult to find dedicated flutter developers in India. But Angular, on the other side, running on HTML, has an extremely explicit configuration, so most of the commands need to be specified and that doubles the work of the coder.

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Angular is ranked as the second-best programming language in the world, and Flutter is the third, so the competition is visibly very close. But if there’s one thing we can confidently establish about their usage, it is that the target OS for Angular JS is Microsoft and iOS, whereas Flutter is an overall mobile solution.

Angular JS remains a globally trusted, well established open-source framework that is written in the most basic coding language, HTML. Even though ranked second, as of now it is the most stable framework that we know of.

Another key point to note is that Flutter has not been very widely tested on apps regarding the issue of safety. Angular has its roots established and IT engineers trust it for its safe maneuver.

The world is seeing a consistently increasing shift towards mobile and other smart devices, which makes it highly probable that Flutter would expand its bases and come up with better versions of itself.

In every decade, there is one framework that entirely flips the landscape of the coding industry and leads it towards the next generation of IT products, and experts confidently say it’s Flutter for this decade. It is expected to be the number 1 language in the upcoming years.

We are yet to see the newest version of Flutter, and of course, considering whatever updates it comes with, it will change the landscape a lot, and a lot of the comparative analysis we just did would have to be reconsidered.

But as of now, it’s safe to say that Flutter is in its budding stage and it won’t be fair to blindly trust its stability and safety just because it’s lesser work for mobile solutions. Angular is still leading the market because of its trustworthiness.

These were all the things you needed to know as a developer who’s confused between Angular and Flutter for your next project. It’s completely upon you to choose the better of the two, now that you have a clear cut understanding of the context and consequences. Happy coding!

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