Differences between Websites and Web Applications

Posted by | Posted in Web Application, Web Design, Website Development | Posted on 13-05-2014

The debates on whether you should build websites or web apps for your business are ever growing. There are advantages and disadvantages to both and hence the best decision would only come from a close analysis on the various objectives behind your need for a website or a web application. Launching a web application has become the latest trend because of the many advantages it provides users and companies. However, there are some cases in which a website would be the best. As millions of new users are going mobile each day, they can be better served if you give them a web app instead of a traditional website. Nonetheless, the value of a good old website shouldn’t be overlooked or underestimated. As already said, you can arrive at the right decision if you know the difference and you can know the difference by reading further.

Let’s look at a simple definition of both to clearly understand the functions of each.

Website: A website is a set of related web pages arranged in such a way that they offer meaningful content. Websites exist on a computer connected to the internet and the computers that store them are called servers.

Web Applications: Web applications are interactive pages that help users perform a desired task like shopping for a product or retrieve information from an online database. Any number of web applications can be included on a website and thus it differs from a website.

Going back to the differences between web applications and websites, the following are the few important differences.

Purpose: The main difference lies in the purpose they serve. Web apps usually serve a single purpose and hence will help users achieve only one or a set of related functions such as ordering a product online or retrieving information stored already. Whereas, a website can have multiple purposes like reaching out to its customers, providing product or service information to visitors, building brand image, offer a place where users can contact them, and more.

Interaction: Some of the features of websites may interact with the users but usually a web page is static. A web application is solely built to interact with the user and hence users seek to use a web application only when they want to achieve something. Thus, web applications play a greater role in developing interest among users to stay longer on the site. When this function is used in the right way, you can have better results than otherwise.

Location: Both websites and web applications are located on the web. However, usually websites contain web applications. Thus, there can be several web applications within a website, but not several websites within a website.

How to Choose: There are several criteria using which you can choose the right applications for your business. You may have a website and applications in the website or have the applications separately. The best decisions would result only from a proper study of your needs and users’ expectations. If your users would like to use certain features or retrieve information or perform certain functions without navigating away from your website or if the information on your website would be required to use your web application, it is wise to embed your applications on your website instead of having separate domains for both. However, if your web application is query-intense and needs a different platform to make your website light, it is good to have a separate domain for your web application.

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