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6 Mobile Web App Development Best Practices On The Move

by Kaushal Shah (writer), , July 20, 2016

With the increasing demand for mobile web apps, creating out-of-the-box & feature-rich apps has become a challenge for developers. So, here are six best practices to help them create successful apps.

In the last few years, the use of hand-held devices has rapidly increased and the number of people accessing the internet via mobile has also doubled. Needless to say, mobile computing has become ubiquitous and it’s amazing.

With this prominent mobile growth, businesses are shifting their focus towards offering mobile-centric solutions to customers. As a result, the pressure of building great mobile apps that provide a fascinating user experience is levied on the shoulders of the developers. Now, catering to the increasing demand of building great apps and striving to support wide-ranging mobile clients is unimaginatively arduous for developers. So, here are six best practices to develop mobile web apps for business that covers the areas of application data, control, security, user awareness, and experience.

6 Mobile Web App Development Best Practices Developers Must Try:

  1. Utilize cookies sparingly: Cookies are the most common means to store data on a client server. For every request, the data stored in cookies is transferred to the server. But this can negatively impact the performance on a mobile network. So, you may disable the cookie support in the mobile network or device configuration.
  2. Use right client-side storage technologies for local data: Utilizing the benefits of client-side storage puts web applications on par with the native apps with regards to start-up time and responsiveness. This provides two notable advantages:
    a) Locally stored app data can be showed immediately when the app starts enabling reduction in start-up latency
    b) First, make updates locally and replicate the changes back to the server in the background while the connectivity is available so the web apps can responsively continue to operate even when the network signal becomes unreliable.

  3. Replicate local data to a server if required: Data stored in a client-side storage API is not visible to user’s other device. So, it is often required to send this data back to a server to provide a consistent view across devices and possibly recover data in case of a lost or damaged device. As a thumb rule, data must be replicated back to the server as soon as possible.
  4. Enable automatic sign-in: An application requiring user identity usually prompts for user credentials and gives the option to sign-in automatically on the next usage session. This makes it important to provide a sign-out link when automatic sign-in is enabled.
  5. Provide users a choice of interfaces: Device characteristic detection is not just imperfect but it cannot account for the varying use cases of an app. As a result, automatic detection isn’t enough as the only mechanism to determine which version is appropriate.
  6. User Experience: Considering the additional complexities of interacting with an app through a mobile device, more importance should be given to the overall user experience. There are a number of factors that influence user experience including latency, data consistency, and interaction method.
  7. Use right client-side storage technologies for local data: Utilizing the benefits of client-side storage puts web applications on par with the native apps with regards to start-up time and responsiveness. This provides two notable advantages:
  8. Locally stored app data can be showed immediately when the app starts enabling reduction in start-up latency

    First, make updates locally and replicate the changes back to the server in the background while the connectivity is available so the web apps can responsively continue to operate even when the network signal becomes unreliable.

    The omnipresent nature of mobile apps and devices intimates that developing mobile web apps will become more crucial in coming times. So, in order to develop great apps while supporting a wide mobile client base, the above-mentioned best practices are mandatory to follow for developers.

    Are there any other best practices you follow in order to build successful mobile web apps? Please add it our list through comments.



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Kaushal Shah is a writer for BrooWaha. For more information, visit the writer's website.
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