Web Apps & Websites

Web apps (applications) and websites are in essence the same thing. They run on a web server somewhere, whether it’s on-site physical infrastructure or in the cloud, and tend to have a database serving the data behind the scenes.

The distinction is made when it comes to their use. Below is a description of the general differences between “Web Apps” and “Websites” but sometimes they overlap and incorporate features of both.

Generally speaking, a web app offers user login and deeper functionality, whereas a website offers a landing page for a customers (after they have found them on a search engine) and contains contact details, product details etc.

Web apps are places on the internet where customers/users return regularly to do a specific set of actions, websites are more often “discovered” and browsed by unfamiliar users.

Web App

Log In / Register Page

Before the user can start using the features of the web app they are normally invited to register/log in with a username and password. Because of this, the web app creator can keep data safe and provide a personalised experience to the user.

Payment Gateway

This is normally incorporated into the registration process described above and allows an app to put up a paywall, asking users for payment to use the web app. With this also comes the account management screens to change billing details etc.

Account Management

An area within the web app for users who are logged in, where they can update their contact details etc. Sometimes users have several settings to personalise the app for themselves and these are often found in this section.

Web Site

Contact Us Page

This will be a page containing details of how customers can contact the company. These normally include a contact form, address, phone number and email address.

Services / Products Page

Companies nearly always have a section where they can display their products or services and sometimes link this to a web shop.

Web Shop

If a business has products and services they can sell directly online, they will inevitably have a webshop component to their website. In this instance there is some cross over with a web app, as users will be required to log in and pay online.

The lists above are by no means exhaustive but will give you an idea of the differences between the two, giving you a clearer idea of what you need. Alternatively, you can contact us for advice.

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