What are the benefits of Single Page Applications and how is it beneficial for your customers and product owners? This blog post discusses the idea behind SPAs and it will give you a solid base to making an informed decision about whether the SPA is the right choice for you. Keep on reading!
So most companies are now adopting this modern website design approach called the Single Page Applications. It’s best to explain the concept behind SPAs with the help of an example.
You may probably be familiar with Netflix, Gmail, and Facebook. If you are a regular user of any of these you might have noticed that the screen does not change a lot. Most of the headers, sidebars, and navbars remain the same.
The reason is that behind a SPA there is a heavy base of the application that downloads only once when the application starts and the rest of the bits and pieces are downloaded and displayed only when needed (like a series you are watching or your junk emails or a FB page you visit). This makes the whole experience all the better, as after the initial load very little data is transferred, making the website faster and smooth.
The traditional approach to building web apps is developing multi-page applications. Now, what are MPAs? Every change (switching from the junk mail to sent email or changing the series from Stranger Things to Breaking Bad) triggers a reload of the whole interface. So these apps are heavier because data transfers more often.
Both SPAs and MPAs have their own place in the web development world. It is upon the product owners to determine the right approach for their purpose.
In MPAs the template (looks) and logic (brains), both layers are put together in the same place. That implies if you add products to your cart and accidentally (or intentionally) press the back button, your products will be lost from the cart.
SPAs provide you with a lot more possibilities and options for user interaction. Considering the example of Facebook, the page doesn’t have to reload each time you comment or engage with posts on your feed.
SPAs are best for apps that have a lot of dynamic content i.e. forms, storing and manipulating data, searching and sorting, and other forms of user engagement. In short, SPAs are great for networking applications, banking applications, and other complex applications.
While if your page is going to be mostly static, which the user is supposed to not interact with a lot like blogs, articles, news, and so on then you should go for MPAs.
Your developers are more like a treasure for you. You should focus on adopting an approach of development that is faster and smoother for them.
As mentioned earlier, the presentation (front-end) and data (back-end) layers are separated from each other. So this makes it easier for the two teams to work together in parallel, shaping the process smoother.
SPAs are easier to scale, as the component-based structure is reusable it can be made to serve more users and different functionalities.
You can keep this tech stack in mind when evaluating the tech stacks for your next project. All the best!