Do I Want an App, A Website, Or Something Else Entirely?

Nick Sokol, PhD
4 min readOct 11, 2023

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A mobile app has a certain status to it amongst the general population. Generally speaking, if you’ve made a mobile app and published it on the app store you’re instantly awarded “cool” points for creating a piece of software that can be accessed anywhere and at anytime via a smartphone. Despite being over two decades old (the first app was published in 1997 on a Nokia phone — a Snake game), a mobile app carries all kinds of prestige amongst technical and non-technical users. Startups in particular love having an app. Everyone has a cell phone, so if there’s some aspect of your business that can be conducted on a mobile app it supposedly increases accessibility, encourages recurring revenue, promotes the business as a whole. However, most people do not realize when they need an app and when they just need a website. Let’s dive into what an app is, what a website is, and when it would be appropriate to use one over the other.

What is A Website?

A website is a collection of web pages hosted on the internet that can be accessed through a web browser. It serves as a digital space where you can present information, products, services, or content to a global audience. Websites are typically built using web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. They can range from simple static pages to complex dynamic sites with interactive features, e-commerce capabilities, and databases. Websites are highly versatile and are an essential part of an online presence for businesses, organizations, individuals, and more. They can be accessed on various devices, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones.

A website is like a digital storefront or an open book about your business or interests. It’s your virtual identity, and it’s accessible to anyone with an internet connection. The beauty of a website lies in its accessibility, cost-effectiveness, and ease of maintenance. Whether you’re a small business looking to establish an online presence or an individual blogger sharing your passions, a website is the foundational element of your digital identity. It allows you to convey your message, showcase your products, and connect with a global audience. Moreover, websites are the primary source of information for individuals researching…

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Nick Sokol, PhD

I write about Sustainability, ClimateTech, Entrepreneurialism, Technology, and Software Engineering.