Using and owning solutions has numerous benefits but the current media landscape forces owners to keep up with the changes. Obsolete tech gets in the way. Epecially in business when it’s supposed to generate revenue or be the showcase of the company. That’s why today we are going back to our latest topic of top signs of the outdated frontend. Go back to the first part of our article or read on to learn if your solution needs a small or even major update.

Redundancy in the legacy code

If the solution has already been on the market for some time, chances are that it has undergone some improvement. If the process of development was conducted by multiple specialists especially ones with lower experience, there might be some redundancy in the legacy code. Unclean codebase may also be the result of oversight or lack of code review. The term redundancy can be explained as the occurrence of unnecessary or repetitive elements that are of no use. It not only increases the size of the app but can interfere with its functions and overall performance.

No support

The tech surrounding us constantly changes, and we expect it to. What does it mean for our apps and sites? Emerging advancements and innovations help developers create new features and better-performing systems and thus upgrade the user experience. Unfortunately, the softwares utilizing older versions of technologies have their restrictions and sometimes cannot be adapted to the changes. Frontend development being at the forefront of user interactions suffers the most in this department. No support and compatibility mean the only thing left to do is to take a leap, invest in the future of the solution and embrace the novelties.

You don’t get the information that you need

Although analytics is not in the scope of frontend per se the interaction and communication regarding data collection between them is a crucial part of a well-designed platform. An ineffective analytic process is a clear indicator of an outdated frontend base. Without proper user behavior analysis, the owner has to rely solely on the results and own observations which is not only inefficient but can lead to wrong conclusions. The lack of insights is deeply problematic when it comes to assessing the effectiveness of other frontend upgrades. It can cripple the measurement of the impact on not only the solution scope but also the users themselves.

High operating costs

Probably one of the most obvious signs of an outdated frontend is deeply interconnected with other indicators mentioned before. Growing or heightened operational expenses are hard to miss but finding out where they stem from is a whole other thing. Software that no longer meets the requirements often needs extensive manual maintenance or constant patches. Other parts of the app tend to be the temporary solution as the server side takes on a part of the overload at the cost of more input resources.

Security breaches

Outdated frontend structures can lack the necessary security measures that protect both, the users and the app or site itself. Cyber-attacks and other security threats utilize new tactics to breach vulnerable measures each day. Outdated structures do not stand a chance in comparison. Occurring vulnerabilities open an array of dangers to the overall functionality and most importantly the data from customers.

Failing to adhere to modern security standards is detrimental to the trust in the relationship between the business and users. This means that not only the solution is at stake but also the reputation of the brand. One of the best ways of threat prevention is a security code review which eliminates software bugs as well as gaps in protective measures.

The importance of frontend moving with the times

Determining whether your solution needs an upgrade and recognizing if the frontend side is at fault may sound difficult. Fortunately, knowing these signs gives you a good overlook of the problem and helps you to decide when it’s time to reach out for help.

Adopting a vigilant and proactive approach keeps your app up-to-date and allows you to deliver the most optimal user experiences in this ever-evolving digital landscape.