Challenges in website designing
Website development is a highly dynamic, challenging and competitive field. No matter how great your idea is, the fir factor governing the success of the website is the users take on the application. How are they finding it ? Your unique idea can be copied by someone and presented in a much better and fancy way than yours and can get all the credit which had to be yours.
Taking the simplest example, there is an enormous number of social networking sites, Facebook, Twitter, hi5, Google+ and many others. All of them are more or less based on the similar concept. Their interfaces, level of interactivity, navigational menus etc differ from each other. What web site implementing the ideas that appeals to the users most gets the highest traffic.
There are a few challenges that the web development team faces in order to keep up to the performance benchmark of the application and at the same time, retain and increase the number of visitors surfing the websites. A few of them are enumerated below:
The building blocks Selecting the individual units of the design is one thing, then integrating them together is a mammoth task. Their suitability in terms of interacting with each other, how they collaborate and their combined performance is more important than their individual existence. If their placement does not justify and do not fit in the big picture, they are not really worth in the design.
Scalability During the conception of an application, it is not very easy for the developers to anticipate the scale it is going to reach up to, in the coming days, months or years. There cannot be an accurate measure of how extensive the data and content expected to be, the access rate, the number of concurrent users that will be using it
Security and Authentication In spite of taking all the precautions and taking necessary measures, a web application is still vulnerable to security threats. There can be many issues under this umbrella, which sometimes are not in the control of developers. The hackers can break into the secure system and can break almost everything if there are loopholes in the application security. The most common security attacks are:
In this mechanism, the hackers use a fake page to barge into the sensitive data of the web site with bad intentions. They often create a illegitimate replica of the page and misuse a trustworthy entity. The most common strategy of phishing is mail spoofing and though instant messaging. Phishing also includes other attacks such as SQL injection, XSS, inclusion of remote files, path traversal etc.
1. Deception at the service layer: The person who is making a service request, his identity can be spoofed by an outside attacker by sending a valid SOAP XML message to the service provider. Similarly, the attacker may be able to spoof the service provider too and accept illegitimate messages and send them across the web.
2. Message-level: the XML messages are prone to tampering because they are transported between the client and the server end without any integrity constraints.