Five Types of Web Applications

If your organisation is just getting started in developing a web application, you may have encountered the fact that there are factors and resources required to design a web app.

But first, have you already decided what type of application you need for your business? Did you know that there are various types of web apps, ranging from productivity to customer service, depending on your business goals and objectives?

It is critical that you first choose which type of web app is best for your company. Because from there, you can better establish the precise requirements for a well-honed process on developing a functional, high-performance web app.

So, in this article, we’ve outlined some common types of web applications. Hopefully, you’ll be able to choose a web app that best meets your business objectives.

1. Static web applications

This is the most basic and straightforward kind of web app with all the text, images, and assets built in. But unlike static websites, which can be difficult to update, this web app makes use of modern technologies to upload and update new source files, commit changes, or rebuild the site easily.

Because of its ease of use, static web apps are among the greatest cost-effective solutions for small businesses or people who require a basic online presence and can function well offline. However, their simplicity comes at a cost of restricted utility. Users cannot interact with the content, or store data on a database.

As such, static web apps are appropriate for reference sites that only provide information, such as portfolios, brochures, or landing pages.

2. Dynamic web applications

In contrast, dynamic web applications are more advanced than static web apps as they provide personalised, interactive content and generate data in real time in response to user actions or requests.

This form of web app is perfect for businesses that value user engagement and content variability because it leverages databases to load material that is updated each time a user accesses it. Administrators can alter the app’s content, such as text and photos, through the administration panel.

Facebook and Netflix are fantastic examples of dynamic web applications as when users log in, these apps display movie or content recommendations based on their previous activity on the app. These recommendations shift as users’ behaviour changes over time.

3. Progressive web applications (PWA)

Progressive web apps are cross-platform programmes that leverage the most recent technologies, features, and innovative enhancement methods to provide users with a native mobile-like experience. These programmes do not require downloads or installations and may be used both online and offline.

Businesses use progressive web apps because they improve the performance and adaptability of web applications. Even if there is a terrible internet connection, adopting PWA might make it easier to view information. Furthermore, by sending push notifications, businesses can engage with potential customers, improve leads, and increase revenue.

Starbucks, Spotify, and Twitter are examples of progressive web apps. These apps give an adequate user experience regardless of which device the user is browsing on, delivering greater flexibility to businesses and better experiences to users.

4. e-Commerce web applications

Any company that promotes and lets customers buy products or services online may need an e-Commerce web application. This type of web app is not just about selling products or services, but it involves various functionalities including:

  • Product displays or catalogues
  • Product searches and filtering
  • Shopping carts
  • Payment processing
  • Customer accounts and order management
  • Customer service tools

Examples of e-Commerce web applications are Amazon and eBay. These apps allow users to buy and order products, as well as create shopping carts for later purchases. Another example is SSA Philippines’ library, which allows consumers to purchase ebooks to expand their understanding of using educational technology tools.

With e-Commerce web apps, companies can reach a larger audience, provide a one-stop shop for their goods, and allow users to access their services anytime, anywhere.

5. Content Management Systems

A content management system (CMS) enables website owners to generate, update, and publish content such as images, text, and videos without relying on a technical team or any knowledge of programming language. They are appropriate for companies that are interested in blogging, news websites, and training and upskilling, all of which require frequent content updates without substantial technical knowledge.

SSA Group’s Talent Solutions is one example of CMS. It is a hiring platform that enables businesses to easily identify, connect with, and manage qualified applicants. With its easy administration and publishing tools, it allows administrators to effortlessly pool talent resources and manage applicants’ information and resumes.

Additionally, SSA Culinary is another example of CMS! It offers various culinary courses to Singaporeans, from halal food to authentic Singapore cuisine. Its online system manages and organises information from learners who sign up to take culinary lessons. With its publishing tools, it is also easy to upload, change, and edit courses as needed.

After reviewing some of the different types of web applications, do you think your company needs one? Or if you currently have one, does it fulfil the needs of your business? Do you want to try venturing to another type?

If you’re not sure what to answer, SSA Innovations can help you out! We offer consultations and web development solutions tailored to your specific business needs, from engaging cross-platform applications to scalable programmes that grow with your company. Contact us today!

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