Main Challenges People Face When Building a Website

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Main Challenges People Face When Building a Website

Depends on what kind of websites someone is going to launch, several challenges might encounter the developer. I am listing below 3 key challenges that present themselves web developers face building websites. Fortunately, each of these challenges can be overcome in different ways, it just takes time and effort.

Website loading speed tends to be a real challenge for web developers. Nowadays, in order to have a successful website, it has to be optimized for a very low web pages load speed.This means for developers that users do not like to wait so long nor have the patience for slow web applications. A lot of research confirmed the fact that people will abandon any website that takes more than three, sometimes couple seconds to load. That puts more stress on developers as users ask and look for several functionalities with rich contents that might affect negatively the website overall load performance but want it fast as well. The developer will have, depends on the website type, to either optimize and well configure the CMS/web creator used to mount the website, apply changes as needed to optimize his programming code,choose the right hosting platform and/or even go further in details and play with the DNS settings, use privates ones with a third party service such as Cloudflare to speed them up.

Nowadays, Websites face more security threats than ever before. Phishing, sending Spam emails, getting personal information are some of the reasons hackers target users online. For instance, launching an online store would require providing a secured connection, preferably with a SSL certificate to encrypt data being transmitted between visitors and the servers. Depends on the website(s type, we might be required to have password-protected sections to protect and/or allow access only to specific users. All these are part of the different security challenges that developers have to deal with.

SEO is an old-fashioned yet very important aspect that has to be taken seriously when building a website. Developers actually need to build websites that are optimized and search engines’ friendly. Several tips and tricks have to be implemented in order to achieve this. The code has to be well-written, maintain pretty low pages’ size, etc. Not only the onPage tips need to be respected because as of 2016, several other factors have to be considered for the SEO. For example, many search engines including Google have started using HTTPS secure pages loading as part of their ranking algorithms. That basically means that a website with a secure connection will rank better than a similar one running with the HTTP protocol. All of this adds other real obstacles in the development process of a website.

Several other challenges are present in the website development process such as the website accessibility from different devices/platforms, the compatibility with different browsers, user experience and much more. As the Web also continues to grow, developers face more and more challenges and that’s totally normal.

By | 2017-05-16T22:06:09+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Opinion|5 Comments

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  1. Hailegziabher Dechassa May 16, 2017 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    Saber, you made excellent discussion here. Cyber security is one of the biggest threats information technology. Since security threat is not a one way attack, it is difficult and almost impossible to build a system that is totally secure. However, most cyber-attackers use a website to spoof and/or a way to attack a system and building a secure website might play major role. Building a website resistant to SQL injection, IP address filtering, encryption and SSL can help to build relatively secure website but also be a challenge for the developer.

    • subaruplus May 16, 2017 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      Hi Haile,

      In my personal experience as a web-specialist, I see a lot of common security issues that affect our clients’ websites. One of these security issues is the significant amount of malicious scripts that are sending out SPAM emails. Most of these scripts get into the website when installing a CMS plugin, or by simply hacking the files. That being said as it is a real challenge for developers as they have to keep the websites clean and secure.

  2. Mackenzie Cadue May 16, 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    I found enhancing the user experience to be one of the biggest challenges web developers face as well. One fact I found in my research is that 53% of mobile users will abandon a page if it takes more than 3 seconds to load (http://www.marketingdive.com/news/google-53-of-mobile-users-abandon-sites-that-take-over-3-seconds-to-load/426070/). My research opened my eyes to the high expectations that developers are facing. They must provide quality content and features and fast to keep the users engaged.

    • subaruplus May 16, 2017 at 10:31 pm - Reply

      I would have to agree with your findings that over half of users would rather skip on to another website than wait for one to load. We want to see it now! That is a lot to ask of our web developers but it is necessary for the success of the businesses they represent that the web developers keep up with our idea of our ”immediate access” needs.

  3. Stuart Lenig May 24, 2017 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    I think you have raised a very pertinent issue. If load times are slow people will abandon sites. Today people spend much of their time on website destinations more than in surfing and looking around activities. I wonder if a new ‘thickness’ to the web may encourage people to start surfing more to abandon stable regular and dull changeless posting sites like Facebook. I don’t find facebook very interesting, and I can’t imagine why people stay there for very long. It is long on people you know but frankly thin on content. Good points.

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