What are Website Applications and why do I need them?

A web application is a software or program which is accessible from your website. It runs inside the visitors web browser. Its frontend is usually created using languages like HTML, CSS, Javascript, which are supported by major browsers. While the backend could use any programming stack like LAMP, MEAN, etc. Unlike mobile apps, there is no specific SDK for developing web applications.

When websites started back in the day, their primary function was to give information. In todays era, this has changed radically. A website is now a very interactive place. Think of someone processing a shopping cart from the browser. It is a common example of website application.

A website application does for a company what e.g. an atm does for the bank. It allows transactions. Thus bringing the company to the customers place.


Website Applications

A closer look

Web applications are more popular because of the following reasons:

  1. Compared to desktop applications, web applications are easier to maintain by as they use the same code in the entire application. There are no compatibility issues.
  2. Web applications can be used on any platform: Windows, Linux, Mac… as they all support modern browsers.
  3. Mobile App store approval not required in web applications.
    Released any time and in any form. No need to remind users to update their applications.
  4. You can access these web applications 24 hours of the day and 365 days a year from any PC.
  5. You can either make use of the computer or your mobile device to access the required data.
  6. Web applications are a cost-effective option for any organization. Seat Licenses for Desktop software are expensive where SasS, are generally, pay as you go.
  7. Web-Based Apps are Internet-enabled apps that are accessed through the mobile’s web browser. Therefore, you don’t require to download or install them.


When implementing a web application, you have to pay extra care to some of the following areas:

  1. Security is not guaranteed, so it is vulnerable for unauthorized access.
  2. The web app may not support multiple browsers with equal precedence.
  3. The web application is built explicitly for a certain operating system, so it is difficult to discover from the app store.
  4. Limited scope to access the device’s features.
ParameterWeb ApplicationWebsite
Created forA web application is designed for interaction with the end userA website mostly consists of static content. It is publicly accessible to all the visitors.
User interactionIn a web application, the user not only read the page content but also manipulate the restricted data.A website provides visual & text content which user can view and read, but not affect it 's functioning.
AuthenticationWeb applications need authentication, as they offer a much broader scope of options than websites.Authentication is not obligatory for informational websites. The user may ask to register to get a regular update or to access additional options. This features not available for the unregistered website visitors.
Task and ComplexityWeb application functions are quite higher and complex compared to a website.The website displays the collected data and information on a specific page.
Type of softwareThe web application development is part of the website. It is itself not a complete website.The website is a complete product, which you access with the help of your browser.
CompilationThe site must be precompiled before deploymentThe site doesn't need to be pre-compiled
DeploymentAll changes require the entire project to be re-compiled and deployed.Small changes never require a full re-compilation and deployment. You just need to update the HTML code.