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One of the latest trends in the IT world these days is cloud computing. In a nutshell, that means using the Internet or the Web to store data and run applications. Cloud computing is something that’s been around for many years now. Some of the earliest examples are Web-based email services like Hotmail (now called Outlook.com).
Do you have an idea for some new cloud-based software? If so, you might be wondering where to start if you wanted to develop and distribute it. Well, you’ve come to the right place because today’s guide will walk you through the process! Here is what you need to know:
Make your server setup universal
When you develop cloud software, one of the primary challenges to overcome is compatibility. You need to build a solution that works irrespective of the host setup.
Take WordPress, for example. It’s a blogging platform that you can set up with ease on any server hardware. It doesn’t matter which version of PHP you use, or whether you use Apache or something else on your Web server. The software will work “out of the box.”
When you design any software, irrespective of where it gets used, your aim is to make it easy to use. All too often, developers end up building programs that only make sense to programmers! You need to think about your target audience when designing your software. And you also need to consider the cloud hosting platforms they use.
Use a responsive design
Most people go on the Web from their mobile devices these days. It doesn’t matter whether you use your smartphone for personal use or business. What does matter is that anyone can access a website from their iPhone or another device.
One of your software’s selling points should be that it uses a responsive design. In other words, it should adapt to anyone’s screen size and device type.
Use a decent cloud hosting provider
Are you planning to offer SaaS (Software-as-a-Service)? If so, you will doubtless have thousands of users connecting to your server at any one time. That’s why it makes sense to use a top cloud computing provider. One of the biggest complaints of cloud services is when access gets degraded.
That’s the last thing you want to happen. Why? Because your users will get annoyed with the slow service! And if it’s something that happens on a regular basis, you can guarantee they’ll go elsewhere!
When you select a cloud computing provider, make sure you can find out the server details. You will also want to find out what kind of connection their servers have to the Internet.
Make sure your software is secure
One of the biggest challenges you will face when building cloud software is security. There will always be the rogue elements of society that want to try and “hack” into websites and steal data.
That’s why it is crucial you think about your software’s security. For example, you might want to ensure the entire site uses TLS technology. And you may want to log out accounts that are inactive after a certain period.
I hope you’ve found today’s guide useful. Thanks for reading it!