Web Apps: Best Practices, Types and Components

There are different types of web application architecture with various components, so it is wise to have a grasp of the basics before choosing a vendor to outsource your web app development projects to. Let’s dive straight in.

Web Application Architecture Basics

Web application architecture is responsible for the visual aesthetic and speed of interaction of your app via scrolling and clicking. It will also include the security of both the site and the user, as well as enabling self-sustainability and regulation by enabling the likes of A/B testing and analytics.

It should also scale out and log errors efficiently to help solve issues quickly and guarantee a high level of automation.

Web App Architecture Components

There are two groups of web app architecture components that affect the user experience and the structural layout.

The user experience components cover dashboards, statistical data, notification elements, layouts and activity tracking, and pretty much everything else that adds to the visual aesthetics of web app pages.

The structural components refer to the database servers, which will be written in the likes of HTML, JavaScript and CSS. Other scripts required to create good backend web app architecture include Python, PHP, Java, Ruby, .NET and Node.js.

These components can come in different models, such as one web server and one database, which is the simplest form. With a web app architecture consisting of just one server and one database, server stability is absolutely crucial because any problems with it will prevent the app from working. Another model involves two web servers and one database, which is more reliable because of the back-up server but is always now reliant on the database running smoothly.

The most dependable model is obviously having multiple databases and web servers as they will be able to manage and process much larger amounts of data while remaining reliable, thanks to the multiple back-ups of both servers and databases.

Web Application Architecture Types

There are three different types of web application architecture, with each of them having pros and cons, which you should consider before making a final decision. The three web app types are Legacy HTML, Widget and Single-page web app architecture. Below we explain the advantages and disadvantages of all three.

Legacy HTML is best used for static pages and not for dynamic web apps. This is because the user receives all of the web app’s HTML on request and everything on the page will reload when requested, rather than just the necessary elements.

Widget web apps are better for more dynamic web apps as they enable data loading without a full page reload. Widget web apps send AJAX queries and in return, they get bits of relevant data in HTML and JSON. The disadvantages of widget web apps are that they take longer to develop and can have cybersecurity issues.

Single-page web app architecture requires the user to request a page and is reliant on server requests in either JavaScript or HTML, rather the widget web app’s JSON data exchange.

Choosing Your Web App Architecture

While the building of an app might be a complex process, identifying what kind of web app architecture you need requires you only to imagine what your end web app product will look like and how users will interact with it. Once you know what you want, speak with the developers to plan out the development process and final app aesthetic and UX and the ideal web app architecture for your needs will become clear.

If you are interested in find out more about how EX2 Outcoding can help with your web apps, please contact us on +1 800 9747219 ext. 202 or info@outcoding.com. Alternatively, complete the form on our contact page here and a member of our team will be in contact with you.

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