Web App Development in 2022

Web app development enables web-based projects to engage users, while giving responsive interactions the highest priority. Web development and Web App development often go hand in hand, both with equal importance. Knowing the difference between the two will not only help you understand what they are individually but also if it’s a good idea to apply Web App Development to your business.

What is a Web Application?

Simply put – A Web application is an interactive app that is created using web development technology that users can access from their browsers.

A Web app utilises typical front-end and back-end web development technology. Similar to websites, web app development and web development share a plethora of common attributes.

Web app developers often use JavaScript, CSS, and HTML on the front-end, while on the back-end many developers will utilise server-side languages such as Ruby or Python, that are also commonly used to build websites.

What’s the difference?

Web apps are interactive by design, while presenting information is the primary purpose of a website. Telling them apart can initially be a little tricky, but once you start to notice the difference, it becomes clear why their differences matter.

Traditional websites commonly have users who scroll through or click information as their methods of consumption – some websites go as far as recording information such as emails and other personal information in order to record an online purchase.

Web apps however, optimise the user experience so that users are able to do much more than just scroll and click.

A perfect example would be browsing your local pizza shop’s website versus managing your social media account on Facebook. The former is an example of a website, while the latter is an example of a Web App – Both provide an online experience through a browser, but they are inherently different in their own way.

What are some of the Advantages and Disadvantages of Web Applications?

Web-based applications make the development process a lot easier. Businesses are able to create interactive applications for their users without having to invest in the resources necessary for creating a mobile app.

Advantages

Easy Integration

Users can utilise web apps from almost any device. Tablets, Smartphones, Laptops, and Desktop computers can all use and access web applications regardless of operating software. (iOS, PC, Android)

Ease of Development

As mentioned above, web applications can be used on any platform which means that you just need one team of developers with the required skill set to create it. However;  If you choose to create a mobile application and would like to reach the same audience as your web applications, you would have to create two versions of your app for both Android and iOS which requires twice the amount of resources to execute

Convenience

Web apps exist purely online – they do not need to be downloaded or installed. While storage isn’t something you look at when considering an app, it can still be considered an advantage considering the amount of bloat that can accumulate on your devices over time.

It also frees a user from the requirements of updating software which requires the use of data and depending on where you live, this can be an added cost to the initial purchase of the app.

Disadvantages

Speed

Web applications, while convenient and easy to use, lack the speed of a mobile application that is hosted on a local server. 

Ease of Access

Internet access is required to operate Web applications whereas mobile applications can sometimes be operated without it.

Functionality

Since web applications are designed for the broader audience and include all platforms, they are specifically not tailored to utilise native hardware and operating systems to its full potential. 

Types and Examples of Web Applications

Client-Side Web Apps

Dominating in front-end development. These apps focus primarily on the UI (user interface) and bring high performance levels. Due to client side rendering, there is little to no time wasted buffering a page, increasing the speed at which interactions occur.

Server-Side Web Apps

These apps are created with back-end development and are primarily databases, application programing interfaces (API’s) and any other background processes. Server-side apps work better with static content and are often a lot more secure and offer more compatibility than client-side web apps.

Web applications are available everywhere. Knowing what they are and how they operate can help you decide if it’s something you want your business to have. 

Some of the examples of Web Applications include;

Google Docs

Probably the most commonly used web application on the internet currently. With high functionality and auto-save, Google docs are unparalleled and feature a massive amount of options users can avail of directly through a browser without having to download or update any software.

gCast

A marketing platform that allows marketing teams to send automated and targeted emails, SMS, and surveys to a database of addresses. The UI is fairly simple and can be easily navigated for anyone trying to set up a marketing campaign.

Canva

Canva is a web application that allows users to create and share graphic designs. The entirety of its database is accessible through a web browser.

Final thoughts and Conclusions

Web applications are quite unique in their functionality. They don’t quite align with a mobile app or a website but offer the benefits of both.

Depending on the requirements of your business it might be worth considering development of a web app.

We hope this article was helpful to you and if you’re in the market for anything web related, be it mobile app development, website creation or web app development, don’t hesitate, get in touch with us and book a FREE consultation. We specialise in all things software related and are in this business to help people.  Shoot us an email at info@localteam.com.au or call us on (07) 4599 7300 Mon-Fri :9am-4pm

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