Top 5 Difficulties in web application development

In this day and age, there are a plethora of websites available for every single business category and it seems to be a competitive challenge to capture users’ attention. To stay ahead of the competition, you may be required to formulate a unique and effective web development strategy to keep up with customers’ growing demand. In this era of digital transformation, web app development is evolving at a rapid rate with a growing availability of technologies and tools for business to build better, larger, and high-level performing products.

For any web development project, there are certainly a number of key factors that determine the success of the entire project. In this article, we examine some of the challenges that must be overcome in order to increase the successful chance for your web app project:

Difficulties in web application development

Below are some of the most common difficulties when it comes to web application development:


System Performance

Generally speaking, a high-level system performing web app needs to be up and running 24/7 with a fast loading speed. The standard is your web app should take no more than 3 seconds to load. Taking longer than this would frustrate and make customers leave your site to other competitors. It is important that developers think thoroughly tuning the application for optimal performance. Usually, web performance issues could be related to: Poorly Written Code, Growing and Unmanaged Databases, Traffic Spikes, Poor Load Distribution, Default Configuration, Troublesome Third Party Services, Etc.

One of the way to improve the loading speed of web application is to use CDN. Content delivery network (CDN) is a system of distributed servers (network) that deliver pages and other Web content to a user, based on the geographic locations of the user, the origin of the webpage and the content delivery server. [1]

So, basically with CDN, instead of using a single server for your web application, a network of servers can used so that the requests on the server will be routed to other servers balancing the traffic.

Design and UI/UX

Back in the days when mobile devices were not yet available or widely adopted like today, web design was a lot simpler and only made for desktop. Today, web applications designs need to be responsive and work across browsers on multiple devices with different screen-size and hardware specs. If users find you’re the design of your web application complicated or confusing, then it would be very difficult to attract and maintain users’ loyalty.

Additionally, website navigation is also an important part that is often overlooked by developers. An intuitive design with easy navigation offers a pleasant experience to users by showing them the information they were looking for without users having to go through a learning curve.  


As business will be constantly growing and expanding, it’s safe to assume that the number of business customers will also increase too. Thus, when developing web application, business organization need to leave room for growth and taking into account scalability requirement.  Basically, the web application needs to perform at high-level regardless of the number of users increase. In this case, scalability does not relate to system performance nor it’s about the optimal use of computing resources and bandwidth. Scalability has more to do with load balancing between servers. So, when the number of website visitors (traffic) increase, additional servers can be added to balance the load.

Technical Expertise and Experience

The technical expertise and experience of developers will determine the quality of final products, which in turn the project results. Depends on the specific requirements and scope of projects, appropriate technologies will be selected. To choose the technologies that are best suitable, companies should take advantage of by consult with the software development outsourcing companies, and their software architects in order to have a good overview and understanding of the technologies required. This would help organizations to make better informed decisions.

Besides, when it comes to web development, an experienced developers should also be able to apply frameworks for the project so they will not have to hand-code the web application from the ground-up.


Security is one of the most important aspects and should not be left until the final phase of the software development life-cycle. For some particular projects such as e-commerce, the web application product will deal with customers’ payment information such as credit card details, billing informations, and other confidential data. Thus, security measures must be applied to ensure security standards requirements are met and also for customers to safely carry out online transactions. Some of the popular forms of attacks include: Denial of service (DoS), Password attack, SQL injection attack etc. it’s crucial that companies know about this and apply the necessary measures to prevent and defense all the potential attacks.


Developing a successful web application requires thorough understanding of the process. This article has reviewed the five most encountered challenges when it comes to web application development. It’s important that you consider and take into account the above mentioned steps to ensure the successful delivery of your web development project, fulfilling specific business requirements.