5 Most relevant types of web application development
from any browser on any device.
To understand how to make a web application you first need to know a little more about this type of development. In this article, we leave you with five types of web apps, some examples, and other considerations that will be useful to you.
What is a web application?
A web application or web app is a version of a web page that has been optimized, usually by a development team, to be able to be used from a mobile phone. Thanks to this it adapts to any device.
These are 4 characteristics of a web application that will help you differentiate it from other types of apps:
They require a single development for any device. The same development in HTML5 is sufficient for any operating system.
It is not necessary to download them. The application is hosted on a server and accessed from a browser. This means that you need to be logged in to access it.
They are accessible from any browser. If you have a browser installed on the device (Firefox, Safari, Chrome…) you will be able to access the web application.
They appear as a result of traditional search engines. As you don’t need a download, you won’t find them in the app stores, but they will appear as a result in engines like Google.
Although native applications allow more complex developments, they are also more expensive and not always necessary. The decision will depend on the use to be made of the application.
Types of web applications
This time we want to make a classification of the types of web apps. This classification will be made depending on the function of how the web apps are presented with the content they must show. We distinguish 5 types of web applications and they are the following.
1. Static web
If we choose to create a static web app, the first thing to know is that this type of web app shows little information and does not usually change much.
As a general rule, they are usually developed in HTML and CSS, although moving objects such as banners, animated GIFs, or videos can also be displayed in some parts of the web application. We can talk about web application development with jQuery and Ajax.
A portfolio, a digital resume, or a company presentation page would be examples of static web applications.
To do this it is necessary to edit the HTML and update it on the server. These changes will normally be the responsibility of the webmaster or the development company that programmed the design of the web app.
2. Dynamic web application
Dynamic web applications are much more complex on a technical level. They use databases to upload information and these contents are updated each time the user accesses the web app.
There are many programming languages for developing dynamic web applications. The PHP and ASP dialects are the most widely recognized because they permit decent organizing of the substance.
Dynamic web applications often have an administrator panel (CMS) to make changes.
The update process is very simple and you don’t even need to log into the server to modify it. It also allows the implementation of many functionalities, such as forums or databases.
The layout of dynamic web applications can also be modified to suit the administrator.
3. Virtual store or electronic commerce
If, on the contrary, the web application is a store or digital commerce, we can say that the development will tend to resemble that of m-commerce or e-commerce.
The development is more complicated because it must allow electronic payments via credit card, PayPal, or another payment method. The developer will also need to create a management panel for the administrator. From it, products will be uploaded, updated, or deleted and orders and payments can be managed.
Some examples of web application projects for online sales are carried out by large companies such as El Corte Inglés. In this case, the web app adjusts to the mobile device as a mobile application, allowing interaction with it as if it were a native app.
4. Web portal app
With the portal, we refer to a type of application in which the main page allows access to various sections, categories, or sections. These are some examples:
Access zone with registration
5. Web application with content manager
In the case of web applications in which the content must be continuously updated, it is best to resort to a content manager (CMS) through which the administrator can carry out the changes and updates himself. Some examples of content managers are:
WordPress: Without a doubt, it is the most widespread of the content managers. There is a lot of information on the net, tutorials, and guides to personalize it, understand it and it is also free.
Drupal: It is a free software CSM. It is very adaptable and especially recommended for generating communities.
This type of web application is very common for content pages, such as blogs, news pages, or media.