Brian Foote and Joseph Yoder of Big Ball of Mud have famously said: ‘If you think good architecture is expensive, try bad architecture.’ Web application architecture is the basis of a successful app. In business, it helps and supports its growth by catering to its ever-growing requirements.
In our series of pieces for non-technical business founders we’ve already covered choosing the right technology stack and the basics of UI/UX design and today we would like to shed some light on web app architecture, how it works, its most common practices and the latest trends to finally understand if there’s such thing as a perfect architecture.
Web application architecture establishes the relationships and interactions between the application components, which includes middleware systems, user interfaces, and databases. Its main goal is to make sure that all of the elements can operate together correctly.
The logic is the following: when a user hits a specific URL in the browser, the browser goes to a web server that is hosting a particular page. The server responds within seconds and shows a user the requested page. The timing here is vital; otherwise, a user will abandon the page.
Now on to the next question — how does web application architecture work? When we are talking about an application, it consists of the client (front-end) and server (back-end) side. The client side is everything a user sees on the screen when they interact with the page, and its code responds to user’s requests. While the server side is not visible to users, it creates the logic of the application and reacts to HTTP requests. Together, these two applications running concurrently constitute web application architecture.
And finally, the most important question before we move on to covering the main types and deciding which one suits your project more — why web application architecture is important? It’s an important component of your future business growth. With the right approach to web application architecture, you can reach a wider audience by giving them up-to-date content. Your business doesn’t have to be present everywhere or at a specific place to reach potential clients and be able to sell your products or services.