Why exactly a web application?

We live in a time of a universal connection of all our devices. Users wish to have unlimited access to photos, videos and applications, which means that we have to follow them and offer them just this. But in theory everything sounds easier than it really is. The world consists of an infinite number of devices – each with its resolution, screen type, technical capabilities and operating systems.

More than just an application

We are living in the era of multi-connected devices. Users want to access their apps, pictures, videos or other types of content on the go, anytime and anywhere. This means that if you are developing a digital product you want to support as many devices as you possibly can.

The idea sounds great and simple enough, but the reality is a little bit different. Generally speaking there is a vast number of different devices out there. Most of them have different screen resolutions, hardware specifications/limitations and of course different operating systems. The traditional workflow was to create native applications, each supporting a given operating system.

Well this method worked, but it had its own problems. Long development cycles are the first of many problems. If you wanted to support Android, iOS, PC and MacOS operating systems, you would end up with 4 different applications. Each of them would need to be developed and deployed separately. Once each build/version is deployed, users would need to download the appropriate version to their device. If I was a user with an Android phone and a PC and I wanted to use them on both devices, I would need to download two separate versions. This wouldn’t be a huge problem if this were the end to the story.

New path: web application

Applications are like living beings. They evolve. Every new feature or a simple bug fix means that it needs to be implemented in each version of the application and of course deployed once again. This means that users would need to update the app on every device they own. As you can imagine this is time consuming for both the developers who need to handle a large codebase, and for the end users who need to constantly update the app.

This brings me to web applications. Well web applications run in the web browser. This means that the users simply navigate to the appropriate web address and it works. There is no need for downloads or updates, because the application is always up-to-date, regardless of the device they are using. In the long run, web applications are not only time, but also cost effective to develop.

What about data security?

You might be worried about data security, due to the fact that our products are running in the web browser. What makes it so different from a normal website? The answer is hosting. Web applications are usually served from a dedicated host. Our products are hosted on Amazon, which provides comprehensive security capabilities to satisfy the most demanding security requirements. Additionally our administrators are constantly monitoring and maintaining the servers to ensure the maximum layer of security and user experience.

Conclusion

I hope that this article explains the reasons why web applications are the future. If you have any additional questions regarding the subject feel free to check out our FAQ section, or contact us via our Contact us page and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter.

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