Modern businesses cannot do without effective mobile app solutions. Now that almost 65 percent of your potential customers are using mobile apps to book flights, order food, request a ride, and make purchases, you simply cannot afford lagging behind in the fierce competition era. It’s about time you started exploring various options and looking for professionals that will help you pick the most efficient web architecture for your app. Make sure to familiarize yourself with today’s article that’s concerned with web application architecture best practices and web architecture types to figure out what web app is the best bet for you.
What is Web Architecture?
Web architecture ensures the interaction between the application components and the logic between clients and servers. Let’s take a closer look at this logic.
When a user hits a specific URL in their browser, the browser immediately contacts a web server hosting a particular page. The server responds within seconds and grants the user the access to the requested page. Each web app consists of two parts. The first one is the client side, also known as frontend. In simple words, it is everything a user sees on their screen when interacting with a web page. The second is a server side, or backend. Exactly this part, which is not visible to users, creates the logic to the app and responds to HTTP requests.
Web App Architecture Types and Their Business Benefits
So, what are the types of web architecture and how you can choose the right one for your specific business project? Let’s find out.
Server-side HTML web apps
The first type is Web 1.0, also known as a server-side HTML web app. The serves generates HTML content and sends it to the client as a full-fledged HTML page. To see the update, a user needs to completely reload the page so that client can send the request to the server and load its entire code once again. The main advantage of this approach is high development speed, since everything is developed all at once. It usually requires hiring a full-stack developer capable of managing both the frontend and backend sides. With this type, you can choose any server language and frameworks to suit your project’s specific needs. Such apps also tend to be more secure as all the logic and data are stored on the server side and the user cannot access it at will. Among the disadvantages is poor usability: the user has to wait until the page reloads completely even if only a part of the page needs to be reloaded. This type of architecture is more commonly used for developing static websites that consist of ready-made pages (fonts, JS, graphics, HTML). So, if you need an economical website for your business that will boast increased page speed and resistance to burglary, the service-side HTML web app will be the best bet for you.
Progressive web apps
The latest trend in web architecture is progressive web apps. What distinguishes this type of app from others is its ability to work offline by using the data cached during the last online interaction. Progressive apps allow you to send push notifications that keep customers interested and engaged. Moreover, progressive web apps combine the efficiency of a website and the convenience and visual appeal intrinsic to mobile apps, which helps to enhance the user experience and increase customers’ satisfaction.
What’s more, you can drive more traffic to your website, increase your conversion rate, and page views while decreasing the bounce rate compared to traditional mobile websites.