Web portal development is one of those IT topics like cloud computing or backup and disaster recovery. Business owners and executives might not completely understand all of the details and implications, but they tend to get excited when they hear about the potential applications and business benefits.
As with backup planning and cloud computing, the magic of a great web portal – an online resource that connects many inputs or points of information into a single usable tool – can lead to big savings of time and money. But, as with these other technologies, the key is getting the finished product that actually accomplishes what it’s supposed to.
As a veteran web programming team, we’ve seen the ins and outs of this process. In order to help ensure your next web portal development project is a success (especially if it’s your first one), today we are going to give you a few tips on what to look out for. Here are a few things that make for a great web portal …
A Clear Business Purpose
You aren’t going to create a web portal for fun, and developing any online application or resources is a big project. So, it’s very important you begin with the right purpose in mind. Have a clear sense of what you and your team hope to accomplish and your programming partner will have a much easier time delivering on your needs.
Full App or Information Compatibility
It’s always a tragedy when a great idea for a web portal can’t be brought to fruition. However, it’s easy to have that happen, particularly if you don’t have compatibility between the various tools (like email, forms, online databases, plug-ins, etc.) and the custom software itself. That’s why your choice of programming vendors is so important.
An Easy-to-Use Interface
In the same way that your web portal has to work well to serve its purpose, it also needs an easy-to-use interface. Your employees and/or customers shouldn’t feel like it takes them a long time to figure out your web portal, or like they need extensive workarounds. Blending usability with high performance can be a bit of a balancing act, but it’s crucial to the success of your project.
It goes without saying that your web portal need strong programming. If your development team rushes, or isn't thorough enough, you won’t just end up with a product that is bad or works slowly – you could cause crashes and online security headaches for anyone who uses your site.
Want to Know More about Web Portal Development?
You don’t have to be an expert in web programming to get the online portal you need to take your business to the next level. In fact, all you really need is a sense of where you want to take your organization, and an experienced technical team who can translate that into a workable internet app.
If you’re ready to move forward with your web portal development project – or just want some clear answers from a team you can trust – now is a great time to schedule a complementary consultation with WebRevelation. Contact us today. We’ll be happy to give you the information you’re looking for and help take your ideas to the next level!