Do you create a web application or a website for your startup?

21 Feb 2018 / Web Applications
Author: Moin Mohammed, Infoquest DMCC

Do You Create A Web Application Or A Website For Your Startup? - There is a difference between web apps and websites, for those who were wondering after seeing the article title, think of a website as a static page which is usually one page and is used as a landing page to attract customers. They would have involved HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, but there would not be a lot of programming involved.

A web application is something like Skype, Facebook, and Twitter. In web applications, you can interact with the customer, gather data from sources, and use it for enterprise work and many other things. Web applications not only use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, but they also use PHP, Python, Rails, CakePHP, Microsoft .Net and many more languages. In short, the web application is something that you want if you are looking at the long-term future of your business. When you want to search for web application development in Dubai, use the services of Infoquest.

Here are some of the questions that you need to ask when you are confused between creating a normal website and a web application:

  • What is the kind of content that needs to go into the website?
  • Should the site be updated often?
  • Would there be any user-generated content?
  • Is there a forum on the website with a login for registered (read paid) users?
  • Would you like to pull data at intervals?
  • Is the website read-only or will users input their information?
  • Will users make payments on the website?

The answers to the above questions will give you an idea of what you want, whether it is a website or a web application with a bunch of features and functionality.

What separates a website from a web application?

To give you further examples, a web application would be Google Docs, Google Maps, Reddit, etc. Web sites are usually blogs and news sites that provides a decent user experience (Certainly not better than web applications) and has access to advanced browser capabilities. If all you need is a Home Page, About Us, contact information and a few other details that will not change much except for a blog which might get 2 or 3 updates per week, then all you need is a website. The number of functionalities that a website will have will also be lesser than an application as the usage doesn’t demand it.

In a web application, there is some sort of interaction with the user where the users may do a transaction or update their information, or any other action that will require storing the information in a database. If you are still confused between the kind of web application solutions in Dubai that you want, Infoquest can help you decide the same.

Websites are usually read-only while a web application is read-write where its aim is to achieve a specific task. A web developer will be able to give you the difference between a web application and a website based on your requirements. This is why it is always best to get the experts to work on your needs, for web application development in Dubai, we will be able to help you.

Website/ Application hybrids:

You might also notice that many websites are actually website/application hybrids where it provides all kinds of information to website visitors but they also have the provision to register where they get access to an application which has a lot of functions to perform.

Finding an agency that has the capability to build a normal website is not much of an ask, but it requires a technically strong team to build a web application as you need to have a better understanding of the needs of the business along with being proficient at various programming languages. For web application solutions in Dubai, contact the development team at Infoquest who would be more than happy to help with your requirements.

Work with an experienced agency like Infoquest:

Never use an inexperienced agency to work on an application as there are a lot of factors one needs to consider when building an application including security as your users are putting in personal information or details of their credit card, so it is your responsibility to safeguard that information. An experienced agent will know the nitty-gritty of this and it will be easier for them to risk-proof your application.

When you begin work on your site, it might be enough to work on a website, but as the demands grow stronger and there are a lot of functionalities that require to be added, you can transition it to a web application.

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