What is a web app?

Web apps and websites are often confused with one another. In the world of software development, it is important to know the difference between the two, particularly so that the real benefits of web apps can be leveraged. 

As opposed to the one-way informational website, the web app is a more complicated piece of software that is accessed through a web browser and is connected to a database. Web apps are interactive and easily accessible to wide audiences. 

In this blog, we are going to discuss web apps in more detail.

How do they work?

Web applications are more complex than websites. They work with data servers to be able to perform an impressive range of functionality and customisation. How data is referenced, stored, and accessed has a key role in how web apps work.

Web applications have a unique workflow which includes the following steps: 

  • By using a web browser or an application’s user interface, a user can trigger a request for information from a web server over the internet.
  • Upon receiving a request, the web server forwards it to the appropriate web application server.
  • Afterwards, the web application server performs the requested task and generates results.
  • In response, the web application server sends the requested information to the web server.
  • As a result, the web server responds back to the client and displays the requested information.

Web apps are coded with programming languages that can be supported by browsers, as they rely on browsers to execute the desired programmes. These include JavaScript and HTML. Generally, web apps can be used on all browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, and so on, so that they can be accessible to the largest audience possible. They don’t need to be downloaded to be used as with other apps.

The difference between websites and web apps 

Websites are static modes of displaying content and relaying information to users online. They are more simple forms of online information that don’t offer the same dynamism and interaction as web apps. 

Web apps, in contrast, are living, breathing web applications that are created through software development. They prioritise user engagement and they offer a much more interactive platform than that of a website.

Examples of popular web apps include:

  • Gmail
  • Canva
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Amazon

All of these platforms allow users to personalise and customise information, as well as navigate the platforms in an interactive way. 

Benefits of developing a web app for your business

Introducing a web app for your own business or company can be a wonderful business decision. There are lots of benefits involved with having your own web app, including…


Cost-effectiveness: Software development projects that are dealing with web apps tend to have smaller time-frames than for other software projects. This means that the software development company working on your web app will be finished quicker and will have a smaller fee. In addition to this, web apps require less maintenance than other pieces of software, and so costs can be reduced in this area too. 


Shorter project time: As above, web app projects are less complex and so they are quicker to complete. As well as cost-effectiveness, this also means you can complete the software development life cycle from defining requirements to deployment much more quickly than others and you can enter the competitive market at an early stage. It is always a good thing to get a head start.


High accessibility: Due to the fact that web apps can be accessed from a range of browsers and devices, it is much easier for customers to use them than native apps. They don’t need to be made compatible for Apple, Android, or both, and they don’t need to be downloaded from a specific app store. They are freely available to your entire user base and this makes them far more accessible than other software options, giving you a much wider audience reach. 

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