May 13, 2022

A Guide On Single Page Applications Or SPAs

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The traditional desktop applications have been replaced by web applications. The web application is now advanced and makes use of Single Page Applications (SPAs) rather than multiple-page applications (MPA s).

Well, if you are not informed about the Single Page Applications or SPA s then this article gives you an insight into the same.

If developed properly, you can make use of Single Page Applications (SPAs) to the maximum advantage to meet your business requirements.

What are Single Page Applications?

Single Page Applications are the ones that do not reload the entire page so that the user does not have to wait till the page reloads. It enhances the user experience as well as user engagement with your business application.

Single Page Applications make use of client-side JavaScript. In this case, the web application does not have to contact the server every time the user makes a request. The application code hijacks it from the server! It is done by using the JavaScript frameworks like Angular, React, Vue.js, Meteor.js, Knockout.js, etc.

Some of the most common single-page applications include Gmail, Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter, Google Drive, etc.

Benefits and Pitfalls of Single Page Applications

Like two sides of a coin, Single Page Applications also have many benefits and pitfalls. Let’s go through some of them :

Benefits of SPA s

  • Super Quick

Single Page Applications are super quick when compared to the traditional page reloading mechanisms. It has been found that if it takes more than two seconds for a web page to reload, then it impacts the business adversely.

  • Enhanced User Experience & User Engagement

Single Page applications improve your business website’s user engagement and user experience to a higher level. It makes them more interactive and thus retains your customers.

  • Caching capabilities

Single Page Applications have caching capabilities. So that they can cache any local data effectively. It sends a single request to the server and thus uses the entire data required without requesting every single time a response is made.

  • Adaptive in Nature

SPAs are adaptive in any kind of browser, maybe for computers, mobile phones, or tablets.

Pitfalls of SPA

  • SEO Optimization

SEO is purely dependent on URL, Meta tags, and page sessions, SPA s do not make use of it at all. Things are a little more complicated than the traditional web applications. Search engine optimization becomes a minor headache for Single Page Applications.

  • Difficulties in Upgradations or Integrations

Technology changes daily. So if you want to upgrade your business website or even integrate it with the third-party plugins, themes or extensions it becomes a little difficult.

Issues with Link Sharing

SPAs have only a single URL address and if you want to share content with complex functionalities, it becomes tough. 

  • Security Threats

SPAs are prone to security threats and attacks. The hackers can easily manipulate the codes and thus execute cross-site scripting attacks.

Summing Up

Single Page Applications are the best if you want to get the desired results from your business website. They too have their pros and cons. But the advantages outlay their pitfalls! 

If you are planning to develop Single Page Applications for your business needs, contact Zoondia, a leading single page application development company.

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