Technology evolves at a rapid clip, and it’s hard for even tech-savvy people to keep track of all the changes. Many business owners and tech rookies get confused, for example, when it comes to Websites and Web apps. In this post, we’re going to take a look at the major differences between the two and help you pick the option that you need the most:
The biggest (and most basic) difference between a website and a web app is their goal: a site is typically created to provide ‘information’ about a company or organisation, while a web app is a software that provides a ‘service’ online. Often, these apps are integrated into an existing website. For example, an online retail site will have catalogues of products for customers to browse. The ‘purchasing’ process of the items, including accepting payment, dispatching an item and generating a receipt, is handled by the web app integrated into it.
Websites are easy to setup and require just basic HTML, CSS, sometimes content management system (CMS) software (like WordPress), and – for excellent websites – frameworks like .NET. Web apps, because they are meant to handle sophisticated services, are much harder to setup and require advanced technical knowledge and database integration. Some platforms you can use to create them include PHP and .NET.
Cost to setup
The building, running, maintaining, and updating a website is cheap. Building a web app is a costly and time-consuming process. They are also difficult to manage – some organisations create IT teams specifically for maintenance.
Conclusion: Which one do you need?
Every medium to big-sized business will need both. Small businesses, on the other hand, can make do with just a website. It all depends on your unique requirements, budget, and vision for the future. If you run a restaurant, for example, a site is adequate to display your menu and show customers the way to your place with a map. A web app, on the other hand, will let customers order food online, pay bills, and reserve tables! You can hire an experienced website development team to build both at affordable rates.