We visit hundreds of web properties in a week. Almost all of them are either a normal website or a web application. We are used to calling each of them just a website. But, they both are different and both of them have their unique features for users to interact.
For example, the social media sites we use daily are web applications and the NEWS portals or blogs we read (well most of them) are websites.
So, are every website and web applications still different or they both are the same? Let’s understand!
What is a website?
A website is an online digital property that contains information in the form of text, picture, videos, voices and other forms of content.
A digital property where you want to show or market your work is a website. For example, the blog you are reading right now, a portfolio website that you build to showcase your work, the company’s corporate website for marketing purposes or simple one-pagers where you can visit and access the content.
But well, there is a small difference between accessing and interacting with the content. Yes, you can interact with the websites as well, but the functionalities and abilities are lesser than what you can do with the web app.
What is a web application?
A web application is an app where users can interact and use various functionalities. These apps are generally hosted on servers and can be accessed via a browser on the user end. For example, e-commerce websites let you see the products and also helps you to submit your order with a lot of functionalities built around it!
Similarly, social media applications also let you create content, follow or even set up payment options in your account. Compared to a website, web applications can do many things and let people engage with the content online.
Which one should your business adopt?
According to your business use-case, you can decide which one suits you best for your business and growth.
If your business demands an application that just needs to showcase your business portfolio and do marketing activities for your brand, then a website is better for your usages.
If your web property needs to have complex features like having user signups, sending a lot of intersecting marketing messages and notifications, keeping users engaged, and letting them manage their profile while intersecting with others on the platform, your choice should be a web application.
Web applications are generally complex and a lot of things are managed via back-end software and automation tools. Thus, marketing and promoting your web application is easy, user tracking would help you to gain a better market share.
Compared to a simple website, a web application would be able to integrate with multiple APIs and other tools to make the user experience better. For a website, collecting user data and basic information might help, but requirements would grow in the case of a full-fledged application. So, according to your requirements, make the right decision.
So, to summarise this question about which one should your business select from a website and a web application – if you have simple usages where a lot of data and collaboration is not needed, go with a website.
If you want to make a complex thing that runs with precision, go ahead with the web application. If you have a business idea in mind and want to take consulting, contact us and get a technical solution!