Website & web application; What’s the difference?

Nowadays, we can often hear both of the terms website and web application. Though it may seem there is no difference between the two, once you decide to have your own website, you would probably like to learn the difference.

In the following text, we attempt to define the difference between the two, in order to help you decide which choice is the one that suits your company’s needs the most.

A website consists of several (as many as you need) web pages, connected by one domain. In other words, it is a combination of different web pages joined in one domain name.

The main characteristics of a website are its static and informative aspects. That basically means that websites serve a purpose of presenting your information in a visually appealing manner. They can ither be in a form of a blog, a portfolio, or many other informative forms, that may combine various visual aids such as pictures, slide shows, videos or animations.

Some of the standard domains for websites include:

  • .gov (Government websites)
  • .edu (educational institutions’ websites)
  • .com (general commercial websites)
  • .info (informative websites)

On the other hand, web applications consist of a front-end part for users, but also include a back-end database segment. They are suited for clients whose requirements exceed a basic static website.

Web application is an interactive software able to meet the clients’ needs by offering much more functionalities than a website. Depending on its purpose, web applications can support various functions, such as user registration and login, online payment, connection to other users and so much more. Due to its complexity, a web application costs more than a static website.

Some examples of the popular web applications are Facebook, Youtube, Google, Twitter and many others.

So, who are web applications for?

Those who require a web application include companies or individuals who want to maintain constant connection with their clients, with the main purpose of raising the level of interaction and the number of visits.

Some examples include real estate, food delivery, clothing procurement and many others.

In conclusion, if you are thinking about having your own website or web application, first thoroughly analyse your companies’ needs and goals in order to choose the option that would agree with you and that would match your set budget.

Our team of qualified programmers is more than happy to help you make this decision, and create ither a stunning website of a highly functional web application that would meet your needs perfectly.

Yours, Developico

Author: Milan Aljetić

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