26th May 2018, 7:33 pm in Digital Strategy
The Differences Between a Website and Web App
A website and a web app, despite sounding similar, only have one thing in common. Both of them require the internet to work.
Differences between a website and a web app
A website is an online page which contains static information about a business or organization. It doesn’t get updated very often unless it’s an e-commerce, news or social media website. Business websites inform online audiences about their products, services, press releases and information for investors. Some business websites like ours have blogs. Only the blog gets a lot of updates.
A web app is an online program which has dynamic and interactive functions. They are similar to desktop apps and rely a lot on users’ interaction. While some desktop apps have interactive features, such as the “Send File..” or “Share” features in Microsoft, they still focus on the user’s individual task.
Some of a web app’s interactive features include file and data sharing, and task collaboration. A web app can also allow you to do both. The degree of functionality depends on the type of web app you are using.
Is there a website that acts like a web app?
Actually, there are. Sites like WordPress and Wix function as both. To users, they function as websites. To web designers and developers, they function as web apps. As a website, WordPress or Wix sites are informative. As a web app, it allows the owners to collaborate on the development of its content, and upload files.
How about social media?
Social media pages are interactive, but they are not web apps. They are websites that inform people about you and promote social interaction. On the other hand, web apps promote interaction for business purposes. Even if a social media page is customizable and allows you to collaborate (like the Shared Album feature in Facebook), its main purpose is to inform people about your life and beliefs. Using it for social interaction is completely up to you. There are people who are present on social media but do not engage in any type of interaction.
Does my business need to develop a website and web app?
Any business or organization needs to develop its own website. Developing a web app depends entirely on the nature of your business.
If you’re a tech company, then it makes sense for you to develop a web app, especially if you’d like to cater to startups and young entrepreneurs. Startups and entrepreneurs use a lot of web apps because they function as well as desktop apps, but are more affordable. A lot of companies that offer web apps entice customers by giving them a free trial.
Who can help me develop my website and web app?
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