What Is The Difference Between A Website, A Web Application, And A Desktop Application?
What Is A Desktop Application?
The keyword to consider when answering this question is local. A desktop app runs locally on a device such as a PC or a laptop. A desktop application is stand-alone, and does not have to make use of an internet browser – or access to the internet – to run.
What Is A Web Application?
The software running a web app is partially or completely downloaded from the internet when the app is ran. Some run in a browser, which means the user accesses the application via a website. Some are client based, which means that instead of using a browser, the application is installed locally. Some are native apps, which are written in the suggested language for the device.
Web applications can store and access information locally or on a server.
The difference between a website and a web app is up to interpretation. A website is a collection of web pages, and possibly a database, which are hosted on a server under a single domain name. Websites are not particularly interactive. They are largely static. Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google are web applications – wikipedia.org and smartstarttech.com are websites.
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