What’s right for your business: Single-Page Apps or Multiple-Page Apps?

by Alok Singh March 23, 2018

The Web App Development is surely replacing the previously existing desktop applications as they are easy to update and also more efficient. One of the effective features is that these web applications are not bound to a single device. When an App Development Company, proceeds to transform an app-idea into an app-reality there are few questions that need to be answered first before this transformation.

Some of them being, to decide the app model, development approach and most importantly whether it will be based on the SPA or MPA design pattern. The SPA stands for Single Page App and MPA meaning Multi Page App, are the two main design patterns for the web apps. Recently, the Single-Page applications have been creating quite a buzz in the IT industry and have become a personal favorite for a majority of developers. As a leading Mobile App Development Company, we at ChromeInfotech have worked on a wide range of Single-Page apps that even got featured in App Stores.

Basically, the single page apps are a new and modern approach for the traditional multiple-page applications. The SPAs can be described as applications that were built for the web to offer more dynamic interactions. These apps can be accessed through a web browser like Google or Bing and they somehow also resemble native mobile applications.

Both MPA and SPA have their pros and cons so let’s have a look at the Single-Page Apps in detail with the help of examples:

Single-Page App

When talking about the single-page apps, one can define them as a web application that completely fits on one single HTML page. That means the SPA works inside a browser and do not require any reloading of a page during the usage period. Facebook and Google are the two widely-known examples that use SPA in their web development.

Pros of using the SPA

  • Because the single-page app moves the data processing to the browser there is a significant reduction in response time which further improves the processing speed of the page.
  • The single-page apps are favored as they resolve the issue of low performance and also increase the conversion rates. By reducing the response time, one can save a lot of the hardware costs.
  • One of the major requirements nowadays is ‘Adaptability’ and SPA is known to reuse the same backend code of a web-based app to a mobile app. This cannot be achieved by the multi-page app.
  • The SPAs can easily distinguish between what’s User Interface and the data, with this the streamline testing is made simpler during the app development process.
  • The single-page apps allow the coder to be flexible that means the frontend can be rewritten and will cause no influence to the server except maybe to some of the static resource files.
  • The SPAs can easily cache to any local storage space with the dispatching, for example, the app can send a request to a server and simultaneously store all that data which it receives.
  • Debugging is an important aspect that needs to be dealt with when it comes to developing applications. The multi-page apps allow you to debug with Chrome but in the single-page apps this whole process a bit more approachable.

Cons of using the SPA

  1. One of the worst things that can happen to a day is it getting lost i.e., in the single-app pages memory leaks can occur which are mainly caused by the event listeners. A memory leak can be defined as a loss of information in the computer memory that’s available.
  2. Scalability issue is also encountered in these single-page apps due to the cross-site scripting known as XSS used in it. The hackers are known to exploit the vulnerability of the SPA through this type of scripting.
  3. On the single-page applications, the forward as well as the backward browser buttons do not work. So, if you click on the back option on the browser then you will be actually transferred to the page that was opened before that particular SPA.

Here the question is not really which one is the best web development procedure but ‘which design your business require’ is the main point around this concept. Between the SPA and MPA, choose the one according to the amount of information you want your end-users and how interactive you want your web page to be. Check out some of our work here.

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