Website vs Web App: What’s the Difference?

Websites

Web Apps

https://vancouver.ca/ — while this could be confused for a web app because of the size and depth, there are no interactive elements to the site. To use interactive features like Paying a parking ticket, you are taken to an external web app link.

https://www.intersection.is/ — a very pretty, but simple agency website.

http://www.jonathandacosta.com/ — a beautifully functional portfolio/design site with an emphasis on responsive design for mobile viewers.

http://www.croptheblock.com/ — filmmaking group with several locations, with video feed directly on their website.

https://mail.google.com/ — the Gmail web app is responsive for any device, and they’ve built connected native apps for Android and iOS devices as well. It is a powerful and simple app with functionality like Email, Calendar, Google Drive, live chat, and more.

https://twitter.com/ — the social media platform who invented the 128 char “tweet”. With a simplified layout, moderated content and powerful servers, it is easy to see how 13 years in the making, it is one of the most widely used social media platforms on the planet.

https://www.wikipedia.org/ — while it can deceptively appear like a brochure, informational website, Wikipedia is actually a powerful, multilingual web app. The Wiki knowledge base enables users to view and collaboratively modify content and structure of it’s pages directly from their web browsers.

https://www.kayak.com — a powerful aggregator of data, Kayak collects flight, hotel, and rental car information from a slew of websites then filters and organizes the content presented to the User based on their search criteria.

https://www.amazon.ca/ — one of the most powerful shopping platforms on the planet, Amazon is also one of the largest cloud computing platforms, as well as distributing video, music and audiobooks through various subsidiaries.

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