Desktop Applications are getting replaced on a large scale by web applications. A web application is any computer program that performs a specific function by using a web browser as its client. Mobile users are significantly growing, and the need of complex web applications is immense than ever before. Web Apps can be designed in two formats. As a Single Page or Multiple Page applications. Both carry their own advantages and disadvantages.
Single Page Application (SPA)
SPA is a web application that fully functions within a browser and page reloading is not required during its usage. It interacts with the user by dynamically rewriting the current page rather than loading entire new pages from a server. In this situation user experience is smooth and a user experiences no interruption between pages.
A significant rise in the demand of Single Page Applications has been noticed. Single Page App development requires strong frameworks that have the ability to handle large applications required for richer web applications.
How Single Page Applications Work?
When to use SPA?
When there is a need to develop dynamic platforms with small data volumes, SPA is the best fit. If there is a need for mobile app development in future, SPA is the ideal selection to start with.
Classic examples of some of the Single Page Applications that we use every day are;
• Google Maps
• Google Drive
Advantages of Single Page Applications
Disadvantages of Single Page Applications
Single Page Applications are less secure.
SPAs are not SEO friendly.
Multiple Page Application (MPA)
MPAs are traditional web applications. It means every time the application needs to display the data or submit data back to server it has to request a new page from the server and then render it in the web browser. Size of Multiple Page Applications is bigger than Single Page Applications.
MPAs is suitable for large companies with a broad range of products or services that require lots of features.
Advantages of Multiple Page Applications
SEO management is better in MPAs.
MPAs can provide lot of analytics on how a web application is performing.
Disadvantages of Multiple Page Applications
More time for development is required
Maintenance & updates is complex
The selection of SPA or MPA completely depends on the business goals. SPA or MPA has its own merits and demerits.
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