What different a Website vs. a Web Application
Not a lot…or everything. It’s mostly an issue of view and semantics and is mainly opinion predicated. Even if you wanted to ask Wikipedia (and who doesn’t?) , you’d get definitions to get a net application and a website that sound awfully similar.
Most people will use the expression website for virtually everything, and they’re not wrong. If what you are talking about is something that exists out online and you get there with your internet browser, then it’s a website. However, if you ask someone in IT, you are equally likely to hear them describe something similar to that as a web program. If you asked ten different IT professionals to explain the difference between the conditions, you’re probably going to have ten different answers, but in the view of this IT professional, the difference boils down to this:
A site is informational
An internet program is interactive
To illustrate the difference, let us take the case of a restaurant’s presence. If you visit the site to your neighborhood Chinese takeout joint and find nothing more than the hours of surgery, a menu, directions from the nearest highway or a static map, and contact information listed, then you have got yourself a site.
However, if you went out and seen a site like the one for P.F. Chang’s, you’d find all the”static” data and then additional functionality. You can create a reservation, view a customized menu which includes costs at your local store, order your food online, or buy a gift card. This form of interactivity is specific to an internet program and is what differentiates it from a website. To put it differently, a web application is a website that the consumer can command.
So it’s just that easy… or is it? Let’s take a quick quiz. For each of the following, is your example (a) that a Site, or (b) an internet application:
1. An otherwise inactive restaurant website which has a Google Maps widget onto it, allowing users to input their own speech to get directions to the store.
2. A self-made site, built with no programming knowledge on the part of the founder, but that utilizes third-party widgets to interact with users (a site created in WordPress, by way of example).
3. A completely static web page with zero user interaction, which is constructed easily from runtime compiled back end code, NOT just static HTML.
4. One of the simplest, yet powerful, web pages on earth.
5. An information magazine web page with no particular user interactivity, but that hides all the content behind a pay wall requiring readers to log in to read it.
For every example above, a fantastic case could be made that it may be described as either a website or a web program. The lines are blurry, and any reasonable person may disagree, but in the end, as all of us know, it’s not the semantics that matter, but instead, the outcomes for that organization and also the impact the site has on visitors.