Web Applications Explained

The Internet is the way of the future and over the last decade, any business should be online with a strong web presence if they want to have a future. It is the only effective way to exchange information, communicate, transact, and build brand presence. Data from website visitors must be processed, stored, captured, and transmitted. This is where web applications are one of the most important aspects of web sites and its functionality. A web application is a widget in the form of content management systems, shopping carts, login forms, contact forms, enquiry forms, etc.

A widget is indeed an incredibly ubiquitous phenomenon that is highly complex and technical in nature, but still grossly misunderstood and widely unknown. Comparing modern websites to the early web pages with its static graphics and tests, it is an opposite of personalized dynamic content according to website and business owner’s individual settings, tastes and preferences. A modern website allows transmission, storage, processing of any sensitive data including personal details, social security information, credit card information, etc. Shaping websites to the way you want it and need it is a common example of what a web application does.

Thus is it a computer program in itself within a website allowing clients to retrieve and submit data from and to a database on the Internet via their web browser. The technically oriented individual could see it as an application or widget that queries the content server that dynamically generate documents to serve people on the specific website. Documents are in a standard formatting to support browsers in forms like HTML or XHTML. With JavaScript, for example visitors view a page’s dynamic elements when a mouse hovers over it. The browser used is the key to reading material on the web as it is how the data is interpreted and run. The significant advantage of developing a web application is that it performs the intended function irrespective of browsers used.