Single-page applications or SPAs stand among the latest trends of web experiences. Just like any other website, it flawlessly works on any browser. However, unlike the other websites that might need a reload, SPAs do not have to refresh every time there is a need for new content. The content is downloaded automatically based on the interaction of the user with the website.

Think of websites like Facebook or Trello. You will not need to refresh Facebook every time. Every time you click on the like button or hit the comment button, the comment gets automatically posted and the like gets registered. As you keep scrolling down, new content keeps popping up. You do not have to refresh the page to see new content. These are the advantages of any single page application. 

Under the hood

How do SPAs perform the transfer of data without a refresh? The answer lies in Ajax and HTML5. JavaScript frameworks such as Angular, React and Ember takes care of the client-side of the single page application. It minimizes the number of correspondences between the user and the server.

Advantages of single page application

Single-page applications have become the order of the day! You can see a lot of novel start-ups working on cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence and Blockchain resort to single-page applications and not cumbersome web ecosystems with multiple pages. What makes a single page application is an attractive prospect? What are the advantages that they bring?

Google, from its vast resources of the data, has revealed that any page that takes more than 200 ms to load has possibilities of presenting detrimental effects to the business. Single Page applications can help address these challenges.

A single-page app can cache local data effectively. The number of communications between the app and the server is quite limited. Therefore, most of the data is stored by the app itself. This data can be used to work even off-line. This feature effectively addresses issues like poor connectivity and limited Internet speeds. Once the device is online again, all this data can be synchronized.

Single-page applications are designed to give users a flawless user experience that goes with the flow. In short, SPAs present linear experience. They contain a perfect storyline that marks a clear beginning, the middle and the climax. You can bring in features like parallax scrolling and effects like hover over. Just like how it works on Facebook, single-page applications make scrolling uninterrupted. There is no need to click on links every time you need extra information. This feature comes in as an effective bliss for mobile devices where users are used to scrolling on the device with swipes of their fingers.

SPAs also make it easy to debug. Using simple tools like Google Chrome, it is quite possible for you to debug your app with the developer tools. Since the apps are developed on JavaScript frameworks, it can give a greater edge over multipage applications when it comes to debugging. You can even monitor network operations and investigate page elements.

Enter AngularJS

AngularJS is one of the many JavaScript frameworks that make it possible to conveniently build SPAs. It was backed by Google and it is designed to deliver an intuitive and immersive experience on single page application. It has literally revolutionized the way in which web applications and even mobile applications were looked at. AngularJS has been the driving force behind some stunning websites like PayPal and Netflix.

AngularJS has been constantly upgrading its self to match up with the standards of user requirement and has even gone ahead in redefining what would be required by the users. It helps a lot of entrepreneurs engage their audience with an immersive web experience.

Conclusion

Needless to say, minimalism would be the order of the day in the future. It is all about communicating effectively in the least possible time. People might not have the patience or even the thought to navigate between pages. In the circumstances, it is essential to have experience on the web and all other devices that will not waste the time of the user in communicating with the server and at the same time, give users an experience that is personalized and real-time. 

For these purposes, it is better to go with a single page application. With the evolution of ability and all other JavaScript, it won’t be long before all the experiences of business across all entities remain the same but at the same time, interactive and personalized!

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