Preventing Problems with Web Applications


Web apps are so ubiquitous in the current time that normal users of the internet don’t even know they exist. However, when they are shopping on a website and their cart fails to load or the video player on their favorite music site stops playing, their experience is hampered. These are web apps that are an inherent part of most websites and if preventive measures are not taken, the results could be fall in traffic of buggy web apps. These points list out some preventive tips for ensuring the web apps are not buggy –

• Minimize Fancy Effects and Complicated Styling That Does Not Enhance User Experience – It is true that users are dazzled by bells and whistles on websites but they would be even more dazzled when the app actually works instead of being buggy and erratic. Always remember that the more complicated and useless styling-effects are used, the greater are the chances of bugs. Don’t do anything that increases the frequency of bugs in your web app.

• Choose a List of Supported Browsers and Redirect Unsupported Browser Users with Scripting – You cannot cater to everyone on the internet. There are bound to be some lesser known browsers that you will miss. Another advantage of following this tip is limiting styling and scripting needs for a huge number of browsers – common and uncommon (according to the information provided by By only catering to the popular browsers, you would also be able to test your web app on these browsers more thoroughly.

• Use JQuery, EXT JS, and Other Cross Browser Compatible Libraries – These libraries have one huge advantage – many communities support and develop them – which automatically means that their activity is working and robust across a huge variety of web browsers. You will not have to exert excessive effort in the management of various supported browsers. Also, by leveraging the effort of these communities for certain tasks, you will not have to start from scratch.

• Beta Testing and Regular Monitoring – The first step of testing is ensuring that the web apps are performing as expected on supported browsers and unsupported browsers are properly handled as well. The second step, however, is constant monitoring of apps and the servers that ensure the website and apps stay online all the time. In fact, app performance monitoring is a service that many companies offer. There are a number of outside tools that you can use for application performance management, and there are also a number of free tools too. What’s the best fit is up to you, and it’s something that you have to decide based on your needs.

If you take these tips seriously, you will be able to minimize the requirement of troubleshooting in the future.