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What is a web application?

Every time you 'do' something online, you're using a web application. This could be online shopping, online banking, or web-mail, filling in a form - anything. Web apps are software that is stored on a remote server, provided by a third party. They can be used directly from your browser without having to download anything. You could have a website that is simply a set of images and text. It's only when you need your visitors 'do' something that you need a web app.

What is a web application development?

Well – this is what we do. Web application development is the process of using client-side and server-side programming to develop an application that can be accessed over a web browser. We begin by identifying what you want your application to achieve – what problem you need it to address. Then we design the app, making sure we do so within the best framework. Finally, we test it and deploy it. And then – your web visitors can start using it.

What's the difference between a Web App and a Website?

A website can be a static page that only gives out information. A Web App, however, is a dynamic part of programming that responds to user input. It allows your website visitor to carry out certain tasks.

What are the different types of Web App?

1.   Software As A Service (SaaS)

SaaS is a method of software delivery that allows data to be accessed from any device with an internet connection and a web browser. In this web-based model, software vendors host and maintain the servers, databases, and the code that makes up the application.

2.   Business App

Business software (or a business application) is any software or set of computer programs used by business users to perform a business function. Business apps are used to increase productivity, to measure productivity, and to perform almost any business functions accurately and effectively.

3.   Web Portals

These are 'gateways' that allow authorised users access to their personal or their company's data. The simplest, most common example would be your online bank account. A portal might be used as a means of communication, management, collaboration and data sharing. They can usually be broken down into three main types -

  • Business to Business Portals
  • Business to Customer Portals
  • Internal Business Portals
  1. Static Web Applications
    These are made of "fixed code," and unless the site developer makes changes, nothing will change on the page. It's like a brochure for a business. That's why static websites are sometimes referred to as brochure sites. 

Nothing is stored but the actual pages of a static site. There's no interactivity at all on a static site.

  1. Dynamic web applications
    A dynamic web application generates the pages/data in real-time as a response to a request. Here's a really simple example. On LinkedIn, when you 'like' a post, the 'thumbs up' symbol and the word 'like' turn blue. You've generated a request that is sent to the server. The server then generates a response, which is the colour turning blue.
     
  2. Ecommerce apps
    Ecommerce applications are used as a medium for marketing, retail, wholesale, auctioning, e-banking, booking etc. In other words, they are platforms designed to support online commercial transactions for products.
     
  3. Content Management Systems (CMS)
    A content management application (CMA) is the front-end component of a content management system (CMS). The CMA interface allows users to create and manage corporate or website content. A CMA usually includes templates that automate many of the repetitive aspects of content creation and editing.
     
  4. Progressive web apps

A progressive web app is a web application that uses the latest web capabilities to provide users with an experience comparable to a native mobile app. While web technologies are used to build a progressive web app, its functionality mimics that of a native app.

 

 

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