1. Todo List App
This one is pretty simple, but it’s a great starting point for any developer. Building a todo app uses CRUD functionality which allows you to create, read, update and delete your lists. While a todo list sounds extremely simple, the content can be whatever you want it to be and many of the more complicated apps that you probably use are extensions of this simple idea. You might start with a simple todo app with no need for third-party libraries, but you might then want to add authentication or databases.
Todo list apps are far more than a list of things to remember at the shops; in the business world, a todo list app can be developed into a task manager. This type of app can help your teams to organise tasks in a shared space, collaborate wherever they are, delegate and set deadlines. With a todo list app, you can empower your teams to work more productively and efficiently.
2. Blogging App
The next step up from a todo list app is a blogging app. There are several ways to achieve this in React. Your development team can use Markdown (.md) files, a popular way of writing and formatting text. Or, more likely for extended applications, they’ll want to pull content from an external source, like a content management system (CMS). As a blog consists mainly of static pages, they can use a static site generator but will then need a React framework and a transformer to convert content into HTML. There are then options to include more dynamic content and custom React components to create something more impactful.
With a blogging app, your business can create and publish content on the go, add media, reply to and moderate comments and receive notifications about engagement. A blogging app is an excellent way to increase visibility, share content and drive engagement.
3. Ecommerce App
An ecommerce app is where things start to get even more interesting. The app will include a lot of similar features to a blog, with a lot of static unchanging content and data either being sourced locally or pulled in from a CMS. However, development will also include writing server-side code, using APIs and ensuring you can manage authentication and payments securely. Your developer needs to be able to use React to incorporate the functionality of shopping cart software, push notifications, multiple payment options, customer support and more.
With more people shopping online than ever before, an ecommerce app is a clear way to establish your online brand. It enables you to retain customers, boost brand loyalty and gain a competitive advantage. Do it right and you can create an engaging, personalised experience that will make it easier than ever for customers to interact with your brand.
4. Community App
Like a todo list app, a community app involves creating, updating and deleting data. However, that data needs to be stored in a database with the ability to give users permissions for adding different types of content, like text, images and videos. Again, to take this a step further, a more complex community app would need to include authentication and enable likes to comments and replies to comments on the threads.
A community app gives your customers or followers a chance to interact with your brand and each other and creates a safe and private space for them to ask questions, get answers and receive exclusive content and offers. With a community app, your customers have a chance to influence, get involved and ultimately feel more connected with your brand.
5. Chatting App
Instead of posting static content and allowing comments, a chat app enables messages to be displayed in real-time and, therefore, enables you to communicate with your customers more easily. There are many different types of chat apps, each with its own format, design and function. However, the basics of a chat app are to change posts into threads to create an ongoing conversation. More complex chat apps require real real-time databases, so there’s no need to refresh or reload the page to see new messages. They can also enable different roles for users, such as moderators and link preview functionality.
Live chat apps help business owners and support teams to connect with individual customers in real-time; they offer an opportunity to deliver customer support and collect information. Done right, chatting apps can minimise response times, drive customer engagement, improve customer experience and make it easier, simpler and faster to connect with everyone.
6. Messenger App
Another type of real-time chatting app is the messenger app. This type of app enables users to talk one-on-one or in groups through different channels. Again, this type of app requires real-time data functionality from a database. Developers will also need to be able to add features such as notifications, so users know when they’ve been messaged.
For business communication, while personal apps aren’t suitable for the business world, messaging apps can be a significant productivity enhancer. By developing a messenger app, you can prevent Shadow IT, protect sensitive company and customer data and provide access to information. Messenger apps help to democratise the workplace, build trust and accountability and enable workers to collaborate more effectively.
What Will You Create in 2023
With React, you can create everything from a simple todo list app to a complex messaging app. Of course, this isn’t an extensive list of everything you can create. In fact, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re working with an experienced development company that has already built these kinds of apps for their customers, there is no end to what you can achieve. If this has sparked an idea, it’s time to talk with a React development consultant to find out how React can drive your business forward in 2023.