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The Front and Back Ends of a User Interface

The user interface is the way consumers interact with the products they rely on every single day. These menus often feature clean menus, consistent icons, and easy navigation. The simplicity of the design however hides some intricate and complex procedures needed to make it function so smoothly.

What Makes Up a Front and Back End

One of the most important aspects of an intuitive user interface are the front and back end functions, each having their own distinctinction qualities that enhance the overall experience of using a product. 

Whenever a user tries out a new piece of technology, one of the things they expect is ease of use. It should be obvious at a glance how to use the interface and where to locate the apps and icons that you would need to fulfill the immediate task. These interactions make up the front end of the product, the visual elements that the consumer using the device will see and navigate. 

The aspects that make up the front end are the consumer facing points of interaction. The front end and user interface are often used interchangeably as both are what users of a product navigate as they access the features the device offers. The apps on a phone, the menus and backgrounds, and all the user tasks are managed by the front end of the device and are delivered by front end specialized developers such as Aspirity front-end agency

The front end is supported by a back end, where procedures such as data and code are run to ensure the software works. This aspect typically can not be accessed by the user, but usually most don’t need to as everything relating to a user experience is tied to the front end. The backend authenticates software, accesses database servers, and processes requests behind the scenes. 

How they Work Together

When the front end and back end are utilized together, they make the user interface of a device function the way it’s intended. Users will only see what’s important to the tasks they’re accomplishing, like launching a game or making a phone call. What they do on the front end is processed by the back end to accomplish each task. 

Creating an intuitive user interface requires that both these areas work perfectly in conjunction with each other. Typically, one set of developers will work on the front end, and one set will work on the back, frequently testing to ensure compatibility, however some devs are aiming to work on both sides, known as full stack development, to make sure that every aspect of the project is as consistent as can be. 

In a successfully designed UI, a user would be able to accomplish every task on the front end without ever realising there is a back end at all. While a business might present a UI solution that is minimalistic and simple, behind the scenes it actually requires an intricate meld of two very different systems. A front end system displaying what a consumer sees and back end making it work both together from an innovative system that meets all the needs a consumer desires.

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