You must have heard a lot of rage about single page applications these days and you haven’t, you are probably living under a rock.
SPAs provide a bunch of benefits like seamless and smooth user experience, easy development, simplified debugging and reuse of the same code to built mobile apps. Many apps that you frequently use are single page apps. To name a few: Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Google Docs, etc.
Unequivocally, SPAs are the chartbusters these days and everyone wants it for their business. But before you hire a web application development company you must know if an SPA is suitable for your business needs or a traditional multi-page web application is good for you?
To answer this, first, lest understand the types of web applications.
The inception of web introduced hypertext documents but those were replaced by the sophisticated and feature-rich web apps. The current web application development scene can be divided into two approaches. They are:
Multi-page applications are the traditional web applications that reload the entire page and displays the new one when a user interacts with the web app.
Each time when a data is exchanged back and forth, a new page is requested from the server to display in the web browser. This process takes time to generate the pages on the server, sending it to a client and displaying in the browser which may affect the user experience.
However, AJAX had made it possible to render just a particular component of the application, but this makes the development process even more difficult and complex.
As per the name suggests single page applications consists just one single page. SPAs present the content in an easy, elegant and effective way as it loads all the content on just one single page rather than navigating the user to different pages.
SPAs are faster than traditional web applications because they execute the logic in the web browser itself rather than on the server. And after the initial page load, only data is sent back and forth instead of the entire HTML that reduces the bandwidth.
Though single page application approach can be used to build any kind of web app, here are some things you must consider before you go for it.
First of all, you need to list down the feature and functions you need in your web app. Will an SPA do justice to all the function and features you need? For instance, is your site more content-intensive or graphics-intensive or both? Can all the graphics and content be appropriately placed on one page?
Does your business deals with specific product or service, or it you cater a variety of products and services. If your business deals with a single product, nothing can be perfect than a single page application. While, if your business caters a variety of services or products, you definitely need to give importance to each of them by bifurcating them in different pages with a multi-page application. This would even provide you the benefit of deep linking of every page.
(Trello – Single Page Application)
Do you want to provide a real-time experience without a page refresh to your user? For instance, a real-time car configurator. Check out our single page real-time car configurator made for Rezvani.
(Rezvani’s Real-time Car Configurator by Techuz)
Web apps these days, whether it be SPAs or MPAs are highly sophisticated, feature-rich and provide an amazing user experience. So, in order to get maximum out of these two approaches, you must consider the needs of your business and the customer. Above we have tried to cover the major factors that can help you to select between single page application and traditional multi-page application that would serve the maximum benefit to your business. If you still have any questions, do not hesitate to contact an experienced web development company like Techuz InfoWeb.