What are the different types of Web Development?

People are more inclined to use mobile phones for all kinds of internet browsing these days. 4388 million people are active users of mobile-based internet. Hence, Businesses should be looking to steer their web development strategies in a direction where mobile-based browsing would be optimized. One foolproof way to do this is by creating a web application that is nothing more than a web page being revamped to enhance mobile browsing. 

 

Web app development involves just one development process which lets them function across all devices. It does not have to be downloaded by the consumer, all they need is an internet connection to view it. They can run on any browser including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, etc. There are several types of Web Development which can be broadly categorized into 5 types.

 

 

Static Web Design

 

Static Web apps are not that popular as they limit how much content you can put on your page and are also not very convenient to use. The programming languages they are built with include HTML, CSS, jQuery, and Ajax. You can also add images, videos, GIFs, and other animations to the page to spice up the design. Static Websites are created when they are for personal or professional portfolios and used for digital curriculum in schools and colleges. If your business wants a simple web page that just departs information relating to your business such as contact information, this could be the choice for you. One disadvantage of using a static website is that it is very tedious to make changes when necessary. You will have to download the respective files(HTML, CC, etc) from the server, modify in code, and upload them back to the server. This means you would need the help of a developer or the company that set it up for you every time you want to make a small change. 

 

 

Dynamic Web Development

 

Dynamic Web Development is comparatively much more complex in terms of the code and software involved than Static Web Development. A database is used to store and load the files related to your website and every time a consumer visits your website these contents are updated. All this is done through a Content Management System(CMS) which is also known as the administration panel where you can limit access based on which part of the website the user is modifying.  You can also change any content that you have to such as text or images.

Dynamic web development is also very flexible with the type of programming language it accommodates, PHP and AHP are generally preferred as they allow efficient structuring and organization of the content. The Administration panel makes it very easy to upgrade content and allows modification without having to access the servers of your website. It also comes along with many other attractive features such as forums or databases. It also allows you to plug in a greater variety of designs and templates for your website. 

 

ECommerce based Web Development 

 

ECommerce websites are much harder to maintain as there is a lot more interaction between the consumers and the business providers. Setting up an e-commerce or e-commerce related website application requires a lot more factors to be taken into account. It should be able to display the image and price of an object, it should be able to add these objects to a shopping cart and calculate the total cost of all the items in the cart and should facilitate online payments by cards or applications such as Paytm or PhonePe. Hence, there will be more than one person managing such a site. A Content Management system is also necessary for ECommerce websites for a more flexible way to manage everything that goes into your website. The developer can set this up and regulate permission for access given to each user. This way the respective people responsible for listing new products, deleting products not in stock or updating them, and taking care of all orders and regulating payments can do their job independently. The best part is they can do all this while using a mobile phone as the website will be responsive.

 

Web Portal Development

 

A portal acts as an entry point. All portals are web applications but not all web applications are portals. A portal can access several sections of a landing page. It can bring you to various different platforms such as forums, chats, Emails Search Engines, and other areas that users can access by registering for the web portal. Many different industries use web portals. There are Banking and Insurance portals, Patient(Hospital) portals, Government portals, Student and Faculty portals and much more. These portals require the user to login and they can only access the content if they get the login right. A portal acts as a secure access point for important information. It provides quality interactive applications for those who are part of the portal. 

 

Content Management System(CMS)

 

A website can be linked to a Content Management System to make it function just like how the user wants it to. With a CMS the content must be constantly updated and regulated. With a CMS many users can also access the development side of the web application and make the necessary changes. There are many CMS that is acting as the backbone for several famous web applications. Here is a list of quality CMS that are of quality and easy to use:

  • WordPress
  • Drupal
  • Joomla
  • Wix
  • Weebly¬†
  • Squarespace

Before you go about creating your website, identify which category they belong to, and choose a suitable web development types to ensure you have all the features that you require available to you.