Building a website application, you have two options to choose from: a single page (SPA) or a multi-page (MPA) applications. Compared to multi-page apps, there aren’t as many SPAs on the web. However, its modern nature and enhanced usability give it a whole new outlook promising the increased popularity in the future.
If you are excited to learn more about SPAs, let’s move on further and fist find out what is a single page application.
Long time, people were familiar only with the concept of Multiple Page Applications (MPA) that processed numerous requests between clients and the server. Until the moment Ajax technology was presented. Enabling updates of the web page without reloading it, the technology provided developers with an idea of how a single page app should look like. SPA you know today is a result of a long trip from the release of jQuery, through Knockout.js, Backbone.js, and other frameworks to release of Angular.
So, what is it now?
SPA is a web application taking a single HTML page. Delivering dynamic updates, it allows interacting with the page without refreshing it. Making use of a single page app you can significantly decrease the server load and enhance loading speed for a better UX. This is possible because SPA only boots data on demand while the entire page has previously been loaded.
Being quicker than traditional multi-page websites, a single page app may be the best solution for business. Let’s consider SPA features to figure out what it is good for.
Some of the core features most competitive single page apps have are as follows:
These and other features significantly influence single page application performance hence making it more attractive for startups and other online projects. Single page application architecture is impeccable for dynamic apps, SaaS platforms, social media, and more.
Prior to moving on further to the most striking examples of the websites based on SPA, let’s linger on one more essential question. When developing a single page web application, you need to choose an appropriate framework that will help to reduce the cost of development while making a high-performance application. There are multiple options to choose from, however, the top ones are Angular, React.js, Vue.js, Meteor, Ember, and Aurelia.
Now, let’s move on to the examples of single page application model. Although there aren’t that many SPAs, most likely, you encounter some of the popular ones on a daily basis, checking your inbox on Gmail, scrolling the news feed on Facebook, or managing your day with Trello.
Many people use Google Docs for work. Did you know that Google Drive applications are SPAs as well? Whatever you’re doing, clicking on any element, typing, or accomplishing any other tasks throughout the document, the UI changes dynamically following your actions.
Along with promotional web resources and landing pages generally based on the SPA model, even online store owners can also make a single page application using Angular. A single-service company like Seedlip that trades soft drinks took advantage of the SPA format.
Now, let’s dive deeper into SPAs and take a closer look at the pros and cons of single page application model.
Single page apps aim to improve website performance and increase conversions. Let’s explore more benefits of a single page application:
In addition to the advantages of a single page application, there are also a few disadvantages you should be aware of. But don’t worry, they are not ones you can’t bear.
For all their great qualities, SPAs do have some disadvantages when compared to multi-page applications. So, let’s see what they are.
These are the major drawbacks you may face using SPA software. Some others include a higher development price, security issues, lack of scalability, etc. Yet there are ways to overcome it and more experienced developers can help you with that.
Any website architecture type would have its own pros and cons. Choosing one should be based on the kind of project or business goal you have. And with the modern development approaches, you can get around most issues.
In case you’ve decided to develop a single page web application, but still have concerns about it, feel free to contact us. Being an outsourcing company we’ve already launched a great number of custom projects and have experience working with SPA. Thus, we’ll be glad to advise on various issues.
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