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5 keys to choosing the right frontend development technology for your website

When developing a web site, the “front end,” or the part that users will interact with, is vitally important to the ultimate success of the project.After all, if your site is slow … if it has confusing navigation … if it does not provide easy access to the information visitors want to access … visitors are not going to stick around for long – especially not long enough to buy your products or services or take the action that you want them to take.

That’s why you and your website developers must be careful when making front end technology stack decisions. You must understand who is going to use the website and how they will interact with it.

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Startups and small businesses, in particular, can find the technology stack decision challenging because they usually have limited budgets and, thus, need a technology stack that provides the most bang for the buck to get their projects off the ground.

To ensure you make the right decisions, you must carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of front-end technologies like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, which can be considered as the minimum required technologies to start with.

You must also then consider more advanced front-end frameworks like Angular JS and React JS, which could ultimately produce better results but at a higher cost.

Making the frontend technology decision even more complex is the fact that web technologies are advancing so fast that it is becoming tough for even most developers to keep up with all the changes. New tools pop up every year rendering older tools slow and inefficient.

Here are five keys to consider when selecting a frontend development technology.

Key #1 – KISS … Keep It Simple Stupid!

The first thing to consider when determining frontend technology is the acronym “KISS” which stands for “Keep It Simple Stupid.” KISS is basically a law in the world of marketing but it also can be applied to web development services.

What you need to keep in mind is that the technology you choose may never end up mattering because the product itself fails.

Many startups go with a scaling technology and spend time and energy on a robust build, only to find out that there’s no market for their product.For that reason, whenever you want to build a product from scratch often the best option to go with is the easiest one.

A landing page with Wordpress or Unbounce could well be enough. Maybe even a static page faking what you’re try to solve would work.

It’s important to gauge interest in your product before you go through the trouble of building it. It’s okay if the technology for the proof of concept winds up being different from the one you use in the end.

  Key #2 – Determine Your Personal Requirements

The second thing you need to do when determining frontend technology is develop a good idea of what your visitors expect and what you want to provide them.

The technology you choose should depend on the problem you want to solve. Some things are better done in one language than another — for example, Python is great for computation and statistics.

Here are some more things to keep in mind:

Users before technology

Products should be built for their users. What product do you want to build? How can you create the best user experience? Think about who will be using your system.

Will they work on desktops or tablets? Will they access things via a mobile connection (as 60% of all users currently do)? Should there be a desktop-style application? What browsers will be used most often?

Speed and performance

Do you have (excluding) criteria? Will the software be running in your intranet? If so, initial loading times could be less than optimal.

Always think agile when possible. Is performance really a problem you need to deal with right now? If you intend to be big, you can always start with Platform-as-a-Service (like Heroku) before improving performance with your own infrastructure.

Migrations & legacy systems

Do you have databases and/or data which need to be migrated? Do you have legacy systems which need to be transferred to the new system? These and similar considerations need to be examined and evaluated.

Security

Security should never be neglected. Depending on the kind of data you work with, security could even be the most important factor.

Determine why you need to secure something before deciding how to secure it.

Key #3 – Take Advantage of Open Source Technologies 

When selecting frontend technology (as well as building new software), you should seek out open-source solutions when possible. 

These solutions prevent you from having to build everything from scratch. This will save you a lot of time and is probably more secure (many heads are better than a few).

 You’ll also be able to focus on the business side of things and on making your product stand out.

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Once you’ve singled out a prospective open source technology, you should run through a checklist.

 What kind of license does it have? Does the language or framework have the features you or your developers need? How many core developers are there?

Key #4 – Investigate Technology Ecosystems

Something else you should do when selecting frontend technologies is take a look at its ecosystem.

Every technology has an ecosystem composed of people and tools. So how big is the ecosystem behind the language or framework? How many Stackoverflow questions, conferences, and online tutorials (e.g.

Udemy) are there?

What does Google Trends say? Is interest in the software still growing? How many packages (npm, PyPi, etc.) are there, and do they have licenses you can work with?

Also important: is the community welcoming new members, and how active is the community? How is

the support for users and developers? Is there a mailing list, a chat channel, a Slack room, or a ticketing system?

Key #5 – Get Informed About Long-Term Trends & Available Technology Support 

Every technology has a lifecycle. You want to choose mature technologies because they are reliable.

You should check the latest Technology Radar to get an idea of how future-proof technologies are; this can help you decide whether to adopt them or put them on hold.

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The Technology Radar is free and it separates technologies into the categories of Techniques, Platforms, Tools and Languages & Frameworks.

However, you should use the resource with caution, as the information it provides is not set in stone.

Another idea is to check industry-favorite technology stacks with stackshare.io or techstacks.io.

If you are sure to do the five things outlined in this article, your chances of selecting a high quality frontend development technology for your project will soar.

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