DApps aren’t good enough — just yet…
Today, more and more companies and developers turn to using blockchain services and platforms for communication with their clientele through decentralized networks. Now that the momentum of these technologies is growing, it is now fairly safe to envision decentralized apps (or DApps) to quite likely gain popularity in the next following years. Right now, crypto industry is yet to witness applications truly ready for mass adoption, which is only a matter of time. This is why it is more than critical to start thinking of the development and implementation of DApps right about now. Those dwelling on the edge of modern technologies are more likely to be in a beneficial position in the competition.
What is a DApp?
From an end-user’s perspective DApps are not much different from regular apps and might look like ones. DApps, however, bear certain qualities that make them a separate category of applications. The main feature of DApps is that all data and backend are not stored on the centralized server. This follows from DApp generally being built within a decentralized networks and combining smart contracts with front-end user interfaces.
Being decentralized, DApps by definition cannot be controlled by any individual party, like a company or an organization. This gives them a huge advantage.
DApps as they are today
While DApps have not yet earned mass public recognition, one can say that their number and popularity are constantly growing. As thousands of decentralized applications are used and developed in the mean time, the most popular ones are tracked by such websites as dappradar.com. Here, the categories of decentralized applications covering NFT and DeFi register from thousands to hundreds of thousands of users. As the number of how DApps can be used and public interest are growing, their implementation is going to increase as well.
DApps aren’t good enough — just yet…
But how do decentralized apps look compared to the rest of blockchain technologies? The reality is that they occupy only a fraction of the market. How so? In other words, how is it possible that the otherwise attractive technology isn’t blooming? The answer to this question is so simple you’d be surprised. The UX of most currently available dApps remains far from its best.
While knowing that the data located in a decentralized application is not controlled by a single structure is, in fact, a luxury, the usability of most DApps is still too weak to compete with the popular centralized alternatives.
Improving DApp usability
In order to really get the DApps segment growing, developers should take a thoughtful and complex approach to improving usability of their DApps. First and most obvious, they should take care of the UI/UX part. The developers should track and incorporate the current trends of the blockchain technology into their apps, taking advantage of the nearly maniacal growing popularity that is currently ongoing in the crypto industry. Additionally, DApps developers can use certain tools, like PARSIQ, to link blockchain applications with external (classic) web services and platforms.
PARSIQ, sometimes referred to as the ‘Zapier for Blockchain’, is a good example of a blockchain company offering free software solutions that connect the blockchain world with applications and devices outside the network. ParsiQL-based software allows you to monitor and protect DeFi applications. It offers easy-to-use configurable triggers to manage various automations. The use of such tools lets DApps developers implement app features allowing their users to track important data.
An example of the above is how DApps could benefit their users during the boom of NFT in the summer of 2021 by offering the ability to track users’ favorite NFT creators through an app. Right now, many people know about NFT’s, at least through the news like that of an artist Mike Winkelmann, aka Beeple, whose piece of NFT art was sold through Christie’s for 69 million US dollars — the highest (to date) the cost of the NFT product. Moreover, Beeple’s regular work on releasing NFT art that appears in his wallet, can be tracked on Etherium blockchain. Just click here to see all of his blockchain activity.
All of that can be implemented in decentralized applications using services like PARSIQ, so that users can track their favorite NFT artists’ wallets and be able to stay up to date about the newly released NFT’s. So far, no NFT-related DApp has offered such functionality.
Above that, DApp developers can come up with solutions that enable users to track their own crypto wallets and assets, ultimately having control over their entire portfolio. All that, combined with a simple user interface over a decentralized network, can be a great and safe solution for many crypto fans.
The future of DApps
It is only a matter of time, and decentralized applications will soon completely change the way users think of the decentralized networks. And while this is only a beginning, developers possess great opportunities. Improvement of the UI/UX and demonstration of the value of DApps is what will help developers bring DApps to mass adoption.