Difference between Web Application and Website

By Jaxson

Main Difference

If you are thinking to create a product presentation of your organization or business then first you considers either you wants to create a product application or product website or both. If it is in your mind that web application or websites both are same than revise your opinion because there is a fine line between them. Here we will discuss web application and website one by one before drawing and understanding the difference between two.

Web Application

A web application or web app is a software or program that works in a browser. It is created in different languages like CSS, HTML, JavaScript, which are supported by browser. It is a popular and convenient software or program because you can update your material without disturbing your website’s clients or users. Google account, online retail sales, Wikipedia, online banking service are kind of web application. It requires some integrated tools, software and a compatible browser. Today you can create different website application through multiple open source free software like Drupal, Symfony or Django.


Website is a place on internet, which contains multiple interconnected pages from a single web address. It can be accessible through local area network or internet. All websites collectively makes the world wide web (WWW). HTML and XHTML languages are required to write the web page documents. Most websites uses the other websites elements  as well. Some websites are free and some requires subscription charges because they are created for business purposes. Facebook, YouTube, news site, Wikipedia are examples of free websites and gaming, magazine subscription and stock market sites are examples of paid websites. In 1990, British physicist Tim Berners Lee created the world wide web, which was declared free on 30 April 1993.

Key Differences

  • Web application is the part of website. It is itself not a complete website. While website is that complete product, which you see on your browser.
  • Web application functions and tasks are much higher and complex than website. Website just shows the collected data and information in an order on a page. Web application actually maintains the whole website.
  • Website is a source of information while web application works interactively.
  • Website works on a web browser while web application runs and used separately on computer.
  • Developing a website is more easy and low cost project in compare to developing website application. Different platforms are required to develop website application.
  • Website is easily ascertainable through any operating system and device. Just insert the URL and get the desired result. While in website application first you have to download and install it to make it useful.

Leave a Comment