Everyone wants top of the line development services for their websites and mobile apps, and we believe, the better choice would be to hire a full-stack development company. While they come in for a tad bit more money, say 5-10$ more per hour for each intermediately experienced full stack developer, they can prove many times more beneficial, depending on your project requirements.
We aren’t saying they should be the top choice for every scale of business, as a simple saying, they aren’t supposed to be too good for large scale businesses. But still, they have the money and can spend it, so why not go for a development company which has specialists for both ends and has experts for the others? That’s exactly our point today, and what we would be focusing our blog on.
‘Knowledge is power’, it is quite literally true these days, as businesses don’t have the time to waste on things like communicating small mediocre things. When hiring full-stack web developers, even if you have a team and specific personal for each technology of the stack, there would be many times when a full stack developer will come handy. Over and above these, they can understand both ends easily, and know and suggest, what would be the best path of moving ahead.
Breaking down website development in components, for an easier understanding of the subject.
- Front end
- Back end
- Cloud services
Let’s begin with a simple explanation, of each component of full-stack development, to put things in perspective.
Being a website and mobile app development company, we have talked this many times before generically, we will try to keep it specifically for this blog in here.
The front end, or as we call it, the client-side of a website/app, is the panel directly accessible to the user/client/customer. Everything that the user can see, is styled using it, and all the navigations and linking to the back end, is done through front end development services. Excellent knowledge of design elements, while having a knack for knowing what suits the users of a particular niche, makes up for a good front end developer.
2. Back end
The backend or the server-side of an app or website is where the functional things are set to be performed, every piece of code that’s written on the front end is knitted through the back end. It also includes the content management system which can be made brand new or be customized per requirements.
It is usually built along to ensure a person who doesn’t know the language in which back end is built on, to make edits on the website content according to their will and requirements.
Data push and pull is one of the most important factors when building a scalable website, every back end developer has expertise in at least one database to make things work. But don’t be deceived, a true specialist would be required to fill in for areas when the expertise of a back end developer falls short. It is a must-have skill for a full stack developer too, as, without it, all they can create are static websites without any data pull.
4. Cloud services
Services like Amazon web services, Microsoft Azure, Google cloud platform, and more, are aimed at making cloud computing available to everyone. As we know it, these services offer everything a website needs, on the cloud, you just need a subscription and a back end developer to make use of the cloud services. Although you would need to hire a specialist for the particular cloud service you choose, many full stack developers already have experience in integrating one or more in their projects.
What does Full Stack development mean?
Full stack development is a methodology when a developer is capable of working on both the back and the front end together and creates a perfect balance and mix of both. Generally, a back end developer knows bits of design, and the front end developer knows bits of architecture.
But that isn’t the case with full stack developers, they are specialists at one end while being experts at the other. The application or website that a full stack developer creates doesn’t have these ends sandwiched, but built-in perfect synchronization, with one another.
Let us now discuss the advantages and disadvantages of full stack development, as these will play the most part on choosing full stack path and technology stack for your business:
Advantages of Full Stack development services
1. Rapid prototyping
The most important thing for both startups and long-established businesses alike is to create prototypes and work on changing them at a fast pace. Full Stack developers can help achieve that with ease, through making the MVP of using both back end and front end development technologies, while ensuring to use the best practices of both. All the time for communication and integration is already saved, making Full Stack development one of the fastest ways of prototyping your app/website.
2. Truly agile development
Full Stack development is the perfect way for implementing the agile methodology, be it communicating the feedback, or making changes to components. Even though larger projects can get tougher to manage for a small team of full stack developers, they can still do it much better than core developers who are specialists in only one end. It is a must to go agile for many business categories, and if your niche fits into those, we highly suggest you hire full stack developers for the same.
3. Cheaper development
You can save a lot of money if you opt for one developer for both ends. Even though it may or may not end up being the perfect app, a top full stack development company or developer will always ensure it turns out to be the best. With the experience that full-stack developers have, they know what’s best for most niches, and will take it from there, to ensure your app fits both user’s experience speculations and their demands.
4. Faster market entry
The overall time to develop both the website and the app can be significantly reduced when you hire full stack developers to build them. The individual components that make the app complete are all taken care of by a single developer, ensuring minimum requirement of communication and minimum wait time. They can implement the app or website, completely on their own, which can reduce the total time by a huge margin which in turn reduces the cost to develop too.
5. Better synchronization
A full stack developer completely understands each component of mobile and web development and can work them in perfect sync. This is one of the main benefits of full stack web development, the websites are majorly demanding on both ends when compared to mobile apps, and this is where full stack development truly shines. Since they know ins and outs of all technologies and both ends, they can be the best communicators and project managers out there.
Disadvantages of Full Stack development services
1.Limited technology stack
This is where you should consider hiring a full stack development company instead, their working capabilities and experience far exceed that, of one single full stack developer.
2. Technologies might not be a perfect fit
Not every technology will be interchangeably workable with the technology that suits your project, and the developer might not have a lot of experience in the technology you choose. This isn’t actually a really big disadvantage as most developers learn the particular stack that is suitable with each other, or at least workable with each other. Another thing to know is, the front end frameworks differ much lesser than back end technologies, so you should focus on choosing the stack wisely.
3. Developers are hard to find
Full Stack developers can be hard to find, putting over and above that, a project that requires 10 of them, makes things much more difficult. And the developers you finally find, should be experts in the technologies preferred or suitable for your website/web app/application. As we said above a full stack development company will help you with these problems, but if your project just ends apart, which would although hardly be the case, you should consider hiring front and back end developers separately.
4. Tough to achieve scalability
For large organizations and bigger projects, where the budget is good and the team sizes are over 200+, the full-stack might not end up being a very good idea. Since all the advantages associated with full-stack web development and full-stack mobile app development doesn’t fit, it can be called a disadvantage of its own. But there is one thing, where full-stack developers fit this equation, they can still make prototypes much faster than the back end and front end development services opted separately, making them an ideal choice here.
Advice for everyone looking to hire Full stack developers
As we exclaimed above, full stack developers can be hard to find, so here, we will discuss if they are worth hiring for your business.
If yours’ is a startup
Let’s begin with the most popular choice of the era, startups that focus on bringing new things to the internet. It is obvious they would need an online presence, no matter the niche, but we will give you advice based on your core demand is an online presence.
The overall cost reduction and reduced time to actually develop the website/app can prove to be highly beneficial for a startup. If you are planning for funding and want a prototype at the earliest, or if you want early entry to the market, hiring full stack developers should be your foremost choice.
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If your niche is highly and highly focused on detailing and you only want the best app out there, you might have to go and hire teams of front and back end developers separately. But if you can compromise a bit of quality, in exchange for a lot of money and reduced development time, hire full stack developers’ eyes closed.
If yours’ is a moderately aged business
If your business is already set-up and running, and you are planning on expanding through taking it online, you would probably want a full stack developer by your side. But things aren’t so black and white in this particular space, as there are a lot of factors to weigh in.
You will have to weigh in a lot of things, acquiring new customers vs. retaining the old ones, as both will assume different expectations from your business. The best way out is to consult a good web development agency for this, as they would be the unbiased people in this situation, they offer both full-stack development services, as well as generic ones.
But what you need to do on your end any which way is, take note of the types of users you have, and is they like fluency over perfection or vice versa. If they aren’t all about perfection, you already would know going the full stack way could be the key to their heart, do the same analysis for potential and future customers.
If yours’ has been a long setup business
The first thing which comes to mind is, ‘Why exactly would an organization with an abundance of resources not invest in creating separate teams?’. The answer would be, to have the best of both worlds at their side and working for them.
This is as big as it gets, and the full stack developers might not be the specialists they want, they can very well be the specialists they need. And the thing about big companies is, they are already at their peak, to go forward they need the innovation that only full stack developers can provide them, it all goes down to that after all.
So, if you plan to go full-scale experimental, or planning to launch a new product, or add functionalities to the one you have right now, a full stack development company or full stack developers are worth giving a shot to. Make sure to keep the balance between generic developers and full stack developers, for optimum experience and growth of your business.
We hope we made it worth your time in our all you need to know about full stack development guide, and that we were able to give you some clarity upon the topic. As you might have read at places, full-stack developers are unicorns and things like that, with half of our workforce being full stack developers, we don’t really believe that, they were hard to find but here we are. There are a lot of developers taking the leap and planning to expand their expertise by becoming full stack developers.
Choose the ones which suit your business and your strategy the best but do keep in mind the result of your choice. Choosing front end and back end developers separately can give you a product of topmost quality, but mediocre fluency. Choosing quality full stack developers can give you the most fluent product one can imagine. It all comes down to what suits your business and potential customers, over and above everything else, find that and you will know the best choice of development path for your business.