If you have read our previous posts, you must have a clear idea of what is a web application and how it differs from other types of mobile applications. The development of Web applications is not limited to smartphones or tablets rather this type of application is designed to run on any browser, either on fixed computers, laptops, or mobile devices. In this article, we will classify the different types of web applications. This classification is based on how web apps show the content they accept. Based on this, we have up to 6 different types of web applications.
Static Web Applications
If you choose to create a static web app, the first thing to know is that this type of web application displays very little content and is not particularly flexible.
Static Web Applications are usually developed in HTML and CSS but these are not the only platforms to develop the static app; you can use jQuery and Ajax as per your own convenience. You can also include or display animated objects, such as banners, GIFs, videos, etc. in the static app handily.
Unfortunately, modifying the content of static web applications is not easy. To do this, you first have to download the HTML code, then modify it and finally send it back to the server. These changes can only be made by the webmaster or development company that planned and designed the first Application.
Examples of the development of static web applications include professional portfolios or digital resumes. Similarly, a page presenting a company could also make use of this type of web application to display their contact information.
Dynamic Web Applications
Dynamic web applications are much more complex on a technical level. They use databases for data loading and its contents are updated each time the user accesses them. They usually have an administration panel (called CMS), where administrators can correct or modify application content, whether text or images.
Different programming languages can be used for the development of dynamic web applications. PHP and ASP are the most common languages used for this purpose because they allow the structuring of contents.
In this type of application, updating the content is very simple and the server does not even have to be accessed for the modifications to be made. Also, it allows you to implement an abundance of features, such as forums or databases. The project – in addition to content – can be modified to match the administrator preferences.
Shop online or e-commerce
If the web application is an online store, its development is likely to resemble that of an m-commerce or e-commerce site. This type of application development process is more complicated because it must allow electronic payments that can be made from credit cards, PayPal, or other payment methods. The developer must also create a management panel for the administrator; that will be used for the listing of new products, update them, delete the entries, and manage applications and payments.
Your web application fits on mobile devices the same way as a mobile app does, making it possible to interact with it as if it were a native application.
Portal web app
Through the portal, we are referring to a type of application that accesses the various sections or categories through a home page. These applications can include many things: forums, chats, e-mail, browsers, areas accessed through registration, the latest content, etc.
Animated Web Applications
The animation is inevitably associated with Flash technology. This programming approach allows you to display content with animated effects. This type of application allows more creative and modern designs and is one of the key technologies used by designers and creative directors. The disadvantage inherent in the development of animated web applications is that this type of technology is not suitable for web positioning purposes and optimization of SEO because search engines cannot properly read the information they contain.
Web applications with a content management system
The content should be constantly updated when it comes to web application development so that the installation of a content management system (CMS) is a serious option to consider. The administrator can make use of this CMS to implement changes and updates alone.
These content managers are intuitive and very easy to handle. Some examples of content management systems are:
- WordPress: is undoubtedly the most widespread around content management. There is plenty of information, tutorials, and guides available on the internet that will help you customize it and understand how it works. Besides all this, it’s free.
- Joomla: This CMS is second only behind WordPress. It does not have as many users as the last, but has a strong community and is also very intuitive.
- Drupal: it is a free CSM software – very adaptable and is especially recommended for building communities.
This type of web application is very common among the content pages: personal blogs, corporate blogs, professional blogs, news pages, articles, media, etc.
Other considerations in the development of web applications
Each type of web application has its strengths and weaknesses, but let’s not forget that, ultimately, it remains a website. They are not native applications, no matter how similar they may be in appearance to these (this will depend on the web application project and not in its development). You will need to comply with regulations on cookies and enhance application security against possible hacker attacks – in a similar way to be done with websites.
Similarly, remember to address SEO properly (not ASO positioning ) as your web application will appear in the results of search engines like Google, Yahoo or similar; especially since the Google algorithm has been updated. Current web applications want a look similar to a mobile application. They do this by maintaining a website that reduces cost significantly, a favorable fact that you must take into account. If you need consultancy or web app development services, contact us. We would love to help you!
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