Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Design for Weblications (1)

The fundamental purpose of all web applications is to facilitate the completion of one or more tasks. Unlike visitors to traditional, content-centric websites, users of web applications invariably arrive with specific goals, tasks, and expectations in mind. Of course, that’s not to say that visitors to content-based websites don’t also arrive with certain goals and expectations, but rather that the motivations for using a web application are almost always explicit and precise.

Main Deference between a Web Application (Weblication) and a Traditional Website.
It is important to establish an objective means of differentiating between a web application and a traditional website.

  • One-to-one relationship – Web applications establish a unique session and relationship with each and every visitor. Although this behavior is fundamental to Web applications it is not present in either content-based websites or desktop applications. A web application such as Hotmail knows who you are in a way that Cnet or even Photoshop doesn’t.
  • Ability to permanently change data – Web applications allow users to create, manipulate, and permanently store data. Such data can take the form of completed sales transactions, human resources records, or email messages to name but a few. This contrasts with web services like Google that allow users to submit information but do not allow them to permanently store or alter information.
  • And the Web applications (Weblications) are deferent in many other ways like:

- More interactive and requiring constant user action and reaction
- Complex interaction than in the traditional websites
- More likely to be used more intensively and more frequently than traditional web sites
- Its users are willing to invest more time in learning the functionality of it for the payoff of increased productivity.


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