Many business owners starting out right now, know they need a website. A consistent online presence that can market and attract new leads while you handle back of house shenanigans. In a world filled with apps, a question often asked is: What is the difference between a website and a web-enabled application? If you ask me this question more than once, there's a high chance you'll get several different answers. Even other professionals struggle when trying to explain the difference. On their face, they sound descriptively the same. Each option shares being accessed through a web browser. Both have you clicking links to navigate to different sections, and both can have login pages.
Often developers joke that the difference between a website and a web application is a couple thousand dollars. While high-larious, we can breakdown the difference simply:
We use both daily, and in a lot of casual cases, the line stays blurred. Sitting at the screen after logging into Facebook, you've got a website if you don't interact with anything else. But, as soon as you begin to interact with its interface, its programmatic backend algorithm's kick in. Studying what you watch, like, dislike, interacting with co-workers, former classmates, etc. and providing suggestions for the next time you logon. Simply, a web app is a fully functioning application that runs on a remote server and requires user interaction.
We can expound on this even further though, to even better understand their subtle but important differences:
If you're still as confused (and I won't blame you), let me reiterate that web-based applications require user input, data processing, and the performing a set of functions. While a website can have embedded web apps, the growing trend is to offer complete software solutions through browsers. Think Canva, or Google's productivity suite (Docs, Spreadsheets, Slides, etc).
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