When building a new app, one of the last things people think about is scalability. And that is one of the most common errors made by new developers and business owners who have apps developed for their business. However, this could prove to be disastrous in the long run since there is no telling how much data your app will have to manage in the future. Committing errors that will limit its scalability and create downtimes could be disastrous to users. Here are a few tips on how to scale an app the proper way.
Prepare for Scalability Since the Beginning
While many business owners go in thinking that their app will remain local, it’s always better to plan ahead in case your app becomes really popular. Crucial questions have to be asked before you even build the app. First, you have to assess how many people you realistically expect to use the app in the coming months. Second, you have to assess the amount of data that will be stored in your servers. These are all very important questions that need to be asked since data heavy apps may necessitate a lot of storage and put a toll on your bottom line in the long run. Which leads us to our next point:
Know What Kind of Data You Will Be Dealing With
Will you be storing simple files that won’t take too much space on your servers, or big files such as videos and photos per instance? These are all very important points to consider before you even build the app. But you also have to understand how this data will be accessed by your users and which data will be the most critical. This will allow you to focus more attention on important areas as far as security and resources go.
Keep The Clutter to a Minimum
As a new app owner, it can be easy to get seduced by new advancements in technology that promise to improve scalability over night or simplify processes. But it’s always better to keep things simple and go with technologies you already know. Constantly using the latest and greatest shiny new tools may be tempting at first because of the apparent benefits they seem to offer, but using a new piece of software may become problematic after a period of time. Old methods tend to stay up to date and many new software developers come and go, leaving users with obsolete versions of their tools. This makes scalability that much more difficult to accomplish.
Get Your API Done First
Many people make the mistake of having their app interface designed first and think of their API later when the need for synchronisation arises. But that’s another huge mistake that could hurt your business in the long run. Developers can build complete experiences in Visual Studio and integrate them to your API for easier customisation. You never know how many parallel apps will be developed with your main app, so building your API first for conformity will make integration easier.
Make You Jump On New Platforms First
New development platforms pop up everyday and too many app owners and developers make the mistake of concentrating on iOS or Android only. Many people think that working on lesser platforms is a waste of time and won’t benefit them in the long run. But there is never really a way to know which platforms will become runaway hits and jumping on new trends early is always a good idea.
Scalability is all about applying sound principles across the board to make sure that the whole process goes smoothly. With the help of the tips above, you should be able to avoid the pitfalls that inhibit many business owners to take their app to the next level.