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Web Applications

Web applications are a big part of our day to day life - even if we don’t realise it. Have you edited a document online to share with colleagues? You’ve used a web application. Ordered a food shop online? You’ve used a web application. There are many examples of web applications that are essential in everyday life - but how can they help businesses? 

Put simply, a web application is software that runs on a web server, rather than on a computer - meaning that it is accessible through a web browser with an internet connection. To put this into context, Microsoft Word is a piece of software, whereas Office 365 or Google Docs is a web application.

Web applications are not only incredibly accessible, but they allow users to actively interact and engage with content, rather than simply taking in static content from a web page. 

For businesses who need an interactive platform, a web application is an excellent option. Interactive sites, online document editing, forums, online shopping and online systems (e.g. accounts systems, online HR platforms etc) are all web applications in action.

Do you want to explore the benefits of working with a web app development company and building a web application for your business or organisation?

What Is The Difference Between A Web Application And A Website? 

To put it simply websites are accessed through browsers and provide information for the visitor - rather than allowing the visitor to interact or communicate with the site. They are often built using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and will need to be manually updated. 

A web application on the other hand is interactive and built with engagement in mind. Additionally web applications are computer software which is accessed through a web browser, but is interactive, examples include Twitter, Facebook and Gmail. They can also be used to create mobile web apps that can be submitted to the app stores. 

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Why Work With Us For Web Application Development? 

Our web application development team will be able to discuss with you the benefits of a web app for what you want to achieve and involve you in the process every step of the way. Unlike other web app development companies, we don’t believe in one process for every project, we tailor our approach to your project and work together collaboratively.

We’ve worked on a variety of web apps over the years, including bespoke booking systems, portals and internal systems, meaning that no matter what you have in mind our team will have the skills and expertise to create a web application that is not only easy to use, but represents your brand.

Are you looking to discuss your web application project further? Would you like to discuss whether a web application is the right solution for you?

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Common Questions

Web applications are used to make a piece of software or program accessible using a web browser, rather than relying on a download of some kind. They are designed with interaction in mind, and can scale alongside a business as they grow.

To put it simply websites are accessed through browsers and provide information for the visitor - rather than allowing the visitor to interact or communicate with the site. They are often built using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and will need to be manually updated. 

A web application on the other hand is interactive and built with engagement in mind. Additionally web applications are computer software which is accessed through a web browser, but is interactive, examples include Twitter, Facebook and Gmail.

This depends on your requirements, and what will work best for what you’re trying to achieve. It’s worth weighing up the pros and cons of having a web application developed, and what this will mean for your brand.

Some businesses will need a web app or a website. Others will need both to make the most of the digital market. It’s always a good idea to discuss with your agency your ideas, goals and what you would like an app to do, in terms of your overall digital strategy.

When considering a web development company for your application, you want to ensure that they will work with you as a partner and take your ideas into consideration while they are developing the web application, whilst also taking the time to understand your business, processes and customers.

It’s always a good idea to ask to see examples of other web apps that the development agency have worked on, whether they offer bespoke software development, and what their process is when working on a web app project.

This depends on the project, we prefer to use Agile, however, we can use Kanban and Warterfall depending on the project's requirements.

A native app is one that you would download to a smartphone and generally can work without an internet connection depending on the kind of app. On the other hand, web apps don’t need to be downloaded or installed, meaning they’re available to almost anyone with an internet connection.

Yes, just like native apps, web apps can be submitted to app stores and downloaded by anyone who has access. Unlike native apps you can use them whenever you have an internet connection — regardless of which device you are on.

It’s also worth noting that in most instances, web apps are easier to update/maintain, with a lower upfront/ongoing cost, in comparison to a native app.

A web app is beneficial due to lower development costs, the fact that it is easier to maintain and update, as well as generally being quicker to create. Additionally, web apps benefit from having one code bank for iOS and Android, rather than having to develop a native app for each operating system and app store.

Web apps rely on an internet connection — this is not always the case for a native app. While it is possible to get Wi-Fi or 3G/4G/5G in most locations, it’s something to be aware of. Similarly, web apps can operate a little slower than a native app. Also, make sure that you talk to your developers about browser support — you want to ensure that your app can be used on a range of browsers, so that it’s not a barrier.

As a general rule of thumb, yes: developing a web application is quicker than creating a native app. However, it is crucial to understand the differences before you make a decision based on your goals and ideas for the app. Bear in mind that custom web based application development will take time to get right, so this shouldn’t be seen as a quick fix.

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