When it comes to web apps, most people think of eCommerce, but there are actually many different kinds of web applications:

  • Static Web Apps – These web apps feature pre-rendered, cached content that is sent to the user’s browser, offering no personalization. Due to the lack of interactivity, some people do not consider static websites as “apps.” A common example is a marketing landing page.
  • Dynamic Web Apps – Dynamic web apps use server-side and client-side processing to generate code in real time, making it possible for the page display to change each time a page is refreshed or new input is added. A common example is a blog.
  • eCommerce App – A dynamic web app that supports browser-based shopping. An eCommerce web app manages the database of products, orders, and payments. Even giants such as Amazon support both web and mobile apps for shopping.
  • Portal Web App – A dynamic web app allows users to log into a secured or gated area for services, unrelated applications, or links. A common example of a portal is Google, providing services for search, email, and more.
  • Content Management System Web App – A content management system (CMS) allows users to create their own content without technical knowledge. Examples of a CMS would be WordPress.com (to create blog content) or Canva (to create design content).
  • Progressive Web App – A progressive web app (PWA) is a website that resembles and behaves like a mobile app. Both mobile app development and web development practices come into play when building a progressive web app.

After understanding the benefits of web apps, and the kinds of web apps that are available, the next step is putting together a development plan that reflects the needs of today’s consumers and the latest best practices.

The rest of this article will provide a step-by-step guide to developing a web application in 2021 – from a simple web app to a more complex, dynamic interactive eCommerce site, this guide has it all.