Web development

A brief explanation of web development in our glossary

Explanation of terms

A web app is an application software which is usually based on a web browser. HTML, JavaScript and CSS and can be accessed in the Browser of different end devices via the Internet, which is why no prior installation or download is necessary.

Differences Web App/Native App

While Native apps are specially programmed and installed for one target platform, web apps work on all Operating systems and devices that have an up-to-date web browser. Native apps are installed via the respective app store, while web apps do not require installation. Web apps open directly in the browser and adapt to the end device, which is why they can be published without an approval process. The access to web apps via all compatible browsers makes the essential difference that they require a continuous internet connection.

Native apps are often developed specifically for specific operating systems (iOS, Android). developed. So if you want them to run on multiple systems, there are two ways to do it: A native development for each individual operating system (Advantages: Better possibilities to customise the app and to use the operating system-specific advantages) or a hybrid development that works directly on several operating systems (Advantages: Significantly cheaper).

Web apps, on the other hand, are programmed for use in the browser and can thus be used immediately on every smartphone and PC/laptop. Therefore, the development effort here is usually lower than for a pure app development.

Due to the large selection of browsers, it is not always possible to optimise web apps for every browser. For complex applications that are actually only used on the smartphone, pure app development is therefore often still recommended. You can find out whether your software would be better implemented in the form of a native/hybrid app or a web app in a non-binding discussion with us.

Last but not least, web apps have an advantage over native apps when it comes to closing security gaps. Whereas native apps require a download of a new version to close a security gap, a security upgrade can be easily implemented in the software of the web app.

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Examples for a Web App

Web apps usually offer the user interactive elements in order to be able to use the service provided. Normal Websites are usually informative. Many Google services such as Google Maps, Gmail or the search engine belong to the category of web apps. Other examples include various internet services from Amazon and Ebay.
For a visual impression, feel free to browse through our web app gallery.

Your web app* could look like this:

Examples of web apps in which twigbit has been involved in development

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Definition and basics

Web development is the creation of websites and applications for the internet. The task of a web developer is not only to plan the design and architecture, but also to take care of the further development, maintenance, subsequent improvement and creation of extensions for already existing websites or web apps.

Usually, web developers carry out requirements analysis. In addition, internationalisation and localisation processes need to be carried out if the corporate website has a global focus.

Three layers

  • Frontend development refers to client-side programming, i.e. what is seen by the client
  • Backend development refers to the development of the systems running in the background
  • Database technology: A database contains all the files and content needed for a website to work successfully.
Web programming

There are various options for programming websites. If you don't have any programming skills, you can use various homepage construction kits such as wix, jimdo or webnode.

If you have a basic prior knowledge of programming languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP, you can programme the application yourself with the greatest possible freedom.


The Hypertext Markup Language can be usedtodefine the basic structure of a website. It can be used to develop elements such as text sections or hyperlinks through so-called tags. It is used in web development for the semantic rough structuring of digital content.


Cascading Style Sheets (CSS for short) are used by web developers to define the appearance of a file formatted in HTML.


JavaScript is used to integrate dynamic content, such as input fields or animations, into a website. It is used as an extension of the basic framework of HTML and CSS.


PHP is a scripting language that is interpreted on the server side. The web server transmits the file to a PHP interpreter, which generates the requested website and returns it to the web server. From there, the interpreter output is sent to the browser.

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