Web application development is a lengthy process whereby web applications are built using pre-existing software programs. Some of these applications are improvements on existing applications, while others are entirely new and different applications that are supported by the software used to build them. Custom web application development is similar to the latter, as they are entirely new applications requested by a client to accomplish a certain task or goal on a computer/internet site.
One such example is building a landing page for a personal blogger's site. It is a custom job because the client has his/her own blog that he/she wants to launch with a specific look, idea, and feel to the landing page. When building any web application, and especially when custom-making a web application, there is a lot of risk involved, and risk mitigation becomes part of the project quotient. Before you request a custom web application to be developed by a development team, you should know what risk mitigation will be necessary for your project.
Greater Risks with Money Pages
If a web app or page is going to involve money in any way going forward, there is intensely more risk than a page that doesn't involve money. As such, your development team has to go to greater lengths to construct security protocols to protect your web app. If they do not, your web app could be hacked and your clients/consumers would lose a lot of their time or investments, or their own personal accounts could be traced back to other accounts that would put them at risk. If your intent is to build that sort of web app, you will need to accept the fact that it will take longer to build because of the need to mitigate major risks to your users.
Open vs. Closed Groups
Risk mitigation for open groups is greater than it is for closed groups. That is because in a closed group web app, only those who are "invited" may enter after they have accepted their virtual invitation. Open groups have higher risks for being infiltrated and corrupted, so your development team has to design a way to allow people into the open group but close back doors that will restrain individuals from entering the group "unannounced." An example would be a web app where you start a Christmas Club for family only, versus a Christmas club for all your friends, their friends, and friends' friends. You can see how the open group of friends would quickly become a risky mess versus the family Christmas Club where you can find out who is causing trouble, if any.
For more information, contact a company like Volare Systems, Inc. that offers custom web application development.