Prototyping with WordPress
Prove concepts and data structures before committing to full custom development.
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Prototyping with WordPress – Little to No Code

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Create a Functional Proof of Concept or MVP

Go from concept to working software quickly by prototyping with WordPress

Nothing beats custom code that gives you full control over every aspect of the application and creates fast, secure, scalable, and flexible applications. Coding, however, takes a lot of time, and the discovery process alone can take weeks. Fortunately, QAT Global can leverage WordPress to create a functional proof of concept or minimum viable product (MVP) for you so you can quickly test the functionality of your idea or solution with little to no custom code, and do so at a comparatively minimal cost. We can rapidly create highly interactive and visually appealing applications using WordPress for a wide variety of application concepts.

A key advantage of prototyping is the ability to test an idea, learn from the process, and make reasonable assumptions about feasibility without utilizing all your time and resources. Creating an MVP gives you the power to truly validate a business, solution, or app idea while also saving development time and budget. Should the MVP succeed and result in customer purchases or other desired actions, you can then move forward with the full development of a custom application that will scale more efficiently and meet your detailed requirements accordingly.

Prototyping with WordPress allows QAT Global to create a solution for you that will enable you to:

  • Visualize how your app will work

  • Test the market with an MVP

  • Test interfaces internally

  • Improve the client discovery process

  • Improve time to market of product

  • Impress clients

  • Prove concepts and data structures before fully committing

  • Elevate user experience

Flexible Solutions
That Give You
Ultimate ControlHigh-FunctionalityHigh-Fidelity

Creating flexible, high functionality and high fidelity prototypes traditionally requires a lot of custom development time upfront. Managing a project’s time and resources is a primary concern for both the development team and the client.  As a result, in order to meet deadlines and budgets, the majority of the time both parties agree not to create them. However, these types of prototypes can be invaluable as they contain a high degree of interactivity and provide a better look at what the final solution will be. This is where QAT Global’s use of WordPress comes in.

We find that WordPress is an excellent choice for quickly creating prototypes due to the inherent flexibility of theme templates, diversity of common functionality you have at your disposal through plugins, and your ability to quickly customize the user experience. WordPress even provides the base functionality found in most applications, including user logins and role management, data queries, media management, URL routing, and database structure within the core software.

High-Level Components

To understand how WordPress can be used to build a functional prototype or MVP quickly, you need to understand that an application can be broken down into the following five high-level components. All of which QAT Global has the experience and expertise to architect and design for your custom solution.

Input Forms 

Most apps have some form of data inputs, such as a registration form, download form, contact form, poll, survey, or quiz to collect data from their users. This can be accomplished using a forms plugin, such as Gravity Forms, in WordPress. 

Layouts

Layouts are the visual part of an application and are how your application shows it’s content. This is accomplished by using free, commercial, or custom WordPress themes, popular page builders, and shortcode libraries.

Content Structures

Applications typically need a way to store custom data, which can then be shown dynamically. This is supported by the core software and can be extended with plugins such as Custom Post Type UIAdvanced Custom Fields, and Custom Content Shortcode.

Users

Applications require some type of user authentication and the ability to offer slightly different workflows based on user roles. With WordPress, you can give stakeholders a real feel for the application with the out of box support for user authentication, access control, and user flows. This type of functionality can be extended with user management and membership plugins such as Profile Builder or S2 Member Framework.

Workflows

Almost every web or mobile application will have a workflow. For example, when a user fills out a form, an email will be sent to that user, as well as to the admin. WordPress plugins provide common workflows such as e-commerce, forums, e-learning, and social networks many out of the box. There are also a large variety of plugins that allow you to create custom workflows quickly and easily.  

The client wanted to quickly develop an MVP web app to facilitate a primarily self-service online HST option to validate their business idea. Getting a solution to market very quickly was the main priority as the market is highly competitive.

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