Single Page Application: Benefits, Pitfalls, And Its Impact On Businesses

Single Page Application: Benefits, Pitfalls, And Its Impact On Businesses

Sam Walton has said – “There is only one boss. The customer. And he can fire everybody in the company form the chairman on down, simply by spending his money somewhere else.” These words are something any business should swear upon. They are true, and the fact that customer centric products and services are gaining momentum today, is a proof to it. As a business, each and every of your decision should be taken in accordance of being beneficial to the customer. Speaking of customers, you should know that most of your existing and potential customers today are on two places – online or mobile or both. So, if you are able to tap both of those sources at the same time, undoubtedly, you’ll be able to optimize your reach. Mobile applications are a great way to go about it.

Today, there are a number of Mobile App Development Company, having expertise as well as experience, and servicing a number of clients. If you are looking to get a Mobile application developed for your business, you have a Single Page Mobile Application (SPA) option available which you can go for. So, what then is a SPA? What are its needs, benefits, pitfall, and how will it impact your business? Let’s get in to the details.

What Is A Single Page Mobile Application?

A Single Page Mobile Application is an application design approach, developed using JavaScript where the user consumes and interacts with a single HTML page. In it, instead of loading new pages, new elements are fetched and updated within the existing page. This is possible because JavaScript can manipulate the elements on that page itself. Also, here separate URLs are created for separate views or elements within the page so that the page’s URL is altered without reloading the page.

Simply put, a Single Page Mobile Application is an application wherein there is no need to reload a page while it is being used by the user i.e. it is a single page with which the user interacts.

Benefits Of Single Page Mobile Application

Good Speed: Speed is the main advantageous factor of having a SPA. Its resources such as HTML, Scripts, CSS, etc. are all loaded when the app is launched. There is no need of reloading them and thus, there is no time spent. Also, as there is a single page only, there is also no time spent in loading another page. Thus, it is has a great speed.

Easy To Navigate: The architecture of SPA allows for a linear experience i.e. it is easy to find things on the app and the navigation is not much difficult. The users just need to scroll, and there is no need of clicking on any links.

Efficient Caching: The SP sends single request and all the resources; elements and the data are all stored at that time. There is no reloading later on. This is a good option when the user has poor connectivity. Thus, SPA offer offline experience and allows developers to provide local caching.

Greater User Experience: While the SPA’s resources are not being reloaded, the only changes happen in the data which is transmitted to the server and from the server. Thus, SPA is quick and responsive, and doesn’t need to wait for the client-server communication. This ensures a great user experience.

Easy To Debug: A Single Page Mobile Application is easy to debug as it has special tools and technologies for it. Thus, the network operations can be monitored, and also the page elements and the data associated with them can be investigated easily.

Pitfalls Of Single Page Mobile Application

Reduced Speed: When we consider Speed as the biggest benefit of a SPA, we need to also understand that while SPA requires loading of the page and elements etc. only once, the complexity of the SPA can affect the speed. If you build a rather complex SPA, it’ll put more load on the browser. The loading will then take longer time. This will be specially so if low power devices are being used.

Memory Consumption: With JavaScript, you need to make sure of memory leaks not happening. This may happen as the single page will be running for longer time. Also, thus, SPA may consume more memory than necessary, and the user’s device may become sluggish due to unavailable memory

JavaScript May Be Disabled: It is possible that your user may have disabled JavaScript on their device. As SPA work using JavaScript, the developers then need to come up with ways so that the users can access your SPA and the information within without JavaScript.

Requires More Security: With SPA as there are no new pages, your app is more vulnerable to hacking. And if your SPA is accessed by hacking, even new scripts can be injected on the client’s side. In short, you need to keep an uptight security and accordingly take necessary precautions.

Not Good SEO:  Search Engine crawlers find it hard to index your SPA, because the single page and a URL with doesn’t really change. Of course, you can make sure to use static URLs and HTML5 to enable Google crawler to be able to access your SPA;  However, we suggest to go for developing a SPA for your business when you are not much relied on SEO and have other options to reach clients.

What Is The Impact Of Single Page Mobile Application On Your Business?

For a SPA, the same backend API can be utilized for both the web and mobile. This enables to streamline the information flow. Also the development process of SPA’s takes much less time when compared to Multi-Page Mobile Applications. Also it works as a great standalone native Mobile Application for your business. With the speed and navigation benefits to the users, and great user experience, more customers prefer SPA’s. Thus, it gets you to reach out to more consumers.

Single Page Applications thus, as we explained earlier, has its own advantages as well as disadvantages. As a business, you should thus make a decision if this is what you require. And if you are still confused if it’ll suit your purpose, make sure to get in touch with us. We are a Mobile App Development Company and will help you with what you exactly need.

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