When you, as a user, aren't familiar with web or (mobile) app development, it's usually difficult to see the difference between a web application & a website. Because you're online searching for information, a product, or a service. You Google it and BOOM... There's your result right away. And, let's be honest, that's also the only thing the customer is looking for, not so much what lies behind this action.
But for us, as an App Development Agency, it's a whole other story. Companies frequently ask us to build their websites when they actually want a far more complex solution but are unaware that there's a difference. 🤷♂️
No worries, we forgive you... 😉🙌
Last Friday, we briefly discussed it in one of our visuals on Instagram. But in this article, we'll try to explain a bit more in detail what we (as programmers 🤓) mean by app development rather than building websites. We'll highlight some of the key differences that will help you understand how websites & web apps differ.
Let's go. 👊
A website is a collection of globally interconnected online pages hosted on single or multiple web servers & which have a single domain name. It's accessible through a network such as the Internet or a private local area network via IP address.
They can be easily developed & maintained by an individual, business, or organization. Website offer readable & visually appealing content (text, audio, video, images, etc...) with user-friendly navigation & web design in an effort to fulfill a variety of needs.
There're many different types of websites such as blogs, portfolio websites, government websites, or for example a restaurant’s web page where you can view the menu, hours of operation, etc.
Web applications are websites with a wide range of functionalities & interactive features, they gained popularity along with the rise of the Software as a Service (SaaS) trend. They're cloud-hosted, highly scalable, dynamic & built for user engagement. Web apps are extremely customizable, they're generally more difficult to build & require an experienced team of software developers.
🔥 That's us! 😉
Meaning it's a computer software accessed through a web browser & often connected to a database to provide this interactive experience. In web apps, data can be referenced, stored & accessed through a customized interface to simplify the delivery of information to your customer.
After reading the complexity & functionality of the web app you're probably wondering "Do you actually need a website?" 🤔
Well, depending on the needs of your business, the answer is easy... YES!
Are you confused again? That's not necessary! 😎
Regardless of the usefulness of websites, web applications have some very useful advantages & are more popular because of the following reasons:
So, to answer the question, which one you should pick between the two? It's easy:
As developers, building websites is quite easy once you know the tools and languages required. You just need to know the basics. Web apps can be more expensive & require more in-depth understanding & planning.
The choice is yours 😉
Check out the visual we made about this blog 👉 Web App 🆚 Website
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