Getting a web application developed or going with an existing cloud application that ticks most of your boxes – what should you be doing? This is a question you need to ask yourself and evaluate carefully before arriving at a conclusion.

Web applications and cloud applications are closely related but have distinct characteristics. Here are the pros and cons of each:

Web Applications


  1. Can be accessed from any device with a web browser, regardless of the operating system.
  2. Users can use the app without downloading or installing software.
  3. Updates are made on the server side and are instantly available to all users without requiring them to download updates.
  4. Developers can maintain a single codebase that works across multiple platforms.
  5. Easier to reach a wide audience since users only need a web browser to access the application.


  1. Generally slower and less responsive compared to native applications.
  2. Performance and availability depend on the quality of the user’s internet connection.
  3. Limited access to device-specific features and hardware compared to native applications.
  4. Web applications can be more vulnerable to certain types of security threats, such as cross-site scripting (XSS) and SQL injection.

Cloud Applications


  1. Can easily scale up or down based on demand, making them suitable for varying workloads.
  2. Many cloud providers offer automatic scaling features.
  3.  Cloud providers offer high availability and redundancy features, ensuring minimal downtime.
  4. Built-in disaster recovery options.
  5. Pay for what you use, allowing for better cost management and budgeting.
  6. Lower upfront costs compared to on-premises infrastructure.
  7. Access to a wide range of integrated cloud services, such as AI, machine learning, data analytics, and more.


  1. Accessing cloud applications requires a stable internet connection, which can be a limitation in areas with poor connectivity.
  2. Storing data in the cloud can raise security and privacy concerns, especially for sensitive information.
  3. Ensuring compliance with data protection regulations can be challenging.
  4. Risk of becoming dependent on a single cloud provider’s ecosystem, which can make it difficult to switch providers or integrate with other services.
  5. Managing and optimizing cloud resources can be complex and may require specialized skills.


  • Web Applications are ideal for cross-platform accessibility, ease of updates, and cost-effective development but may suffer from performance limitations, restricted access to device features, and security vulnerabilities.
  • Cloud Applications offer scalability, reliability, cost management, and access to advanced services but depend on internet connectivity, present data security and privacy challenges, risk vendor lock-in, and can be complex to manage.

Organizations should weigh these pros and cons based on their specific needs, technical capabilities, and strategic goals when deciding between web applications and cloud applications.