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Ready to develop dynamic and highly responsive website and application interfaces? Single page applications are where it’s at.
Web applications that load a single HTML page and update the content as users interact with it are known as single page applications, or SPAs.
With SPAs, all of the necessary resources are loaded when the user first accesses the application, instead of loading separate HTML pages for different parts. As the user engages with the single page, content dynamically updates, without needing to perform a full page reload.
Where single page applications load one HTML page and update the content as the user interacts with the app, a multi-page application (or MPA) consists of multiple pages that load separately for different elements of the app, with each page having its own URL.
The single page option enables a more seamless and interactive user experience as there are generally faster and smoother transitions between different parts of the app.
The downside to SPAs is that they can be more challenging to optimise for search engines and might need additional effort to ensure accessibility and performance boxes are ticked.
When it comes to search engine optimisation (SEO), multi-page applications have it easier, however navigation between the pages can be slower and less streamlined than with a single page app, meaning managing the state of the application can be more complex.
The specific needs of the application and the target audience should dictate the choice of which to go with. High level interactivity and real-time updates apps are well suited to a single page approach, where multi-pages are better for a more static and traditional approach to navigation and content organisation.
Several factors such as the specific needs of the project, the team’s expertise and personal preferences all need to be considered when deciding on which framework to use for your single page application.
Let’s take a closer look at the options.
A solid choice for larger teams or projects that need a high level of structure and scalability, Angular.JS is a full-featured framework. Offering an extensive range of tools for creating complex applications, there’s also robust support for TypeScript, dependency injection and reactive programming.
The best features of Angular and React come together to create a newer framework, Vue.JS. This option is all about ease of use and simplicity. It’s a great choice for smaller teams and projects that need a balance between structure and flexibility. The best of both worlds!
Some well known and popular single page applications include:
Other popular single page applications include social platforms such as Twitter and Facebook and project management tools, Asana and Trello. Online marketplaces are also known to opt for a SPA with the likes of Airbnb and Etsy being popular sites.
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