To put it simply, a website is content-based with minimal interaction by the user, while a web application is interaction-based.
Think of your favorite blog. Your interaction with these sites is to simply click on to the next story. The main thing that differentiates a website from a web application is the collection and subsequent use of data collected.
A web application shall collect data and use that data in different ways to satisfy different requirements. This data can have one or many points of entry or exit.
Let’s touch on a few common examples of web applications and look at how they work:
A shopping cart e.g Amazon, Jumia
Another cool aspect of web applications is data visualization and data sorting. Forget digging through your stacks of papers and dusty files while crunching numbers on your TI-89 (for the cool kids) to understand what’s happening. Simply choose your search parameters and BAM!! You have your data in front of you to consume. This data allows you to drill down and make informative decisions.
Up next in the series…Part 2: Mobile Apps