The difference between a website, web app, and mobile app?
Websites allow you to access information.
With a website, you’ll only be able to access information and get an understanding of something, such as text, images, and illustrations.
A website is something that you can see and read, but there’s nothing that you as a user can do to change, activate or manipulate the data.
Web apps perform tasks for you.
A web app will go one step further. It’s a website on steroids, performing actions and tasks for you. It doesn’t just allow you to access or look at information but automatically performs a programmed task for you.
Mobile apps (or native apps) download to your device.
Another name for a mobile app is a native app.
They are downloaded and installed onto your device using the App Store or the Play Store. This means that the app can run without an internet connection. Essentially, you download the data (the app) onto your device. I will run using your operating system (your machine) without needing the internet – although you will need the internet to download it in the first place or need the internet to access paid parts of the app.