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Web Applications vs. Websites

Web Applications vs. Websites

What is the difference between a website and a web application?

Websites are primarily informational and are defined by their content; web applications, on the other hand, are primarily focussed on allowing its users to perform actions. The content of a web application is dynamic, changes according to user interaction, and requires user input and subsequent data processing to fulfill its function. Through their dynamic approach, web applications represent the future compared to traditional static content websites.

A blog or a company website, for example, classify as a “website,” for they display the same content to all of their visitors. However, a spreadsheet, a mail client, or a company dashboard all classify as a “web application,” for they processes individual data inputs and user permissions, and show information depending on a range of input criteria.

What are the web app programming languages?

The main programming languages that are used for web applications are JavaScript, HTML, and CSS. These work together with other related frameworks for the front-end, because they rely on their user’s web browser to render the complete interface. Most applications are dynamic in nature and require additional server-side processing. This is done through any of the back-end programming languages or frameworks such as PHP, Laravel, NodeJS, and ASP.NET.

What are the main advantages of web applications?

  • Can run everywhere

    Web applications can run on any hardware and on any operating system as long as it supports a web browser.

  • Complete elimination of compatibility issues

    All users will use the same web-version, so there will be no different versions or compatibility requirements. Moreover, there are no user-related updates required because all updates are performed on the server side.

  • No spacing limitations

    Since web applications are not installed on the user’s hardware there is no limit for the amount of storage space that an app occupies. The only information that may be stored on the user’s hardware are cookies and cache files.

  • Increased safety against hackers and illegal cracks

    The pirating of web applications is far more complicated than self-hosted applications.

  • Cost reduction for both the business and the user

    A web app requires little maintenance and support and has low hardware requirements of the user’s device, meaning that it can run smoothly even on older, slower devices.

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