The difference between custom software and a website

Custom software and websites are similar in that they are both, fundamentally, lines of code written by a programmer or developer. These are then translated by an operating system or browser to allow us to view and interact with the final product. The dynamic websites found online nowadays have a lot more in common with software applications than the old static web pages of the early 2000s, but there are still some key differences.

What is custom software?

Software is defined as a set of instructions telling a computer what to do. Custom software, specifically, is software that has been developed according to specifications set by a person or company. It is unique to them, and they would typically own the rights to the software.

Examples of software applications include word processors, accounting software, games, media players and graphic design software.

What is a website?

A website is a page, or series of connected pages, that can have a number of functions. THese include receiving and/or conveying information, reaching new consumers, marketing a company, and facilitating ecommerce.

What are the differences?

Here are some other ways in which custom software differs from a website:

  • The language used to create them – A website is typically written in a scripting language like HTML, with CSS used to style it and Javascript used to create interactive elements. Custom software is created using a programming language, of which there are many. Netgen uses C#, for example. There are also some languages used in both websites and applications, such as Python, Java and SQL.
  • Software is generally client-based – This means it’s run from the device you are using. The software uses your device’s resources and, unless it requires an internet connection, can be used offline.
  • Websites are generally server-based – This means they are stored on a server somewhere and you access them via a web browser. You won’t be able to access the site without an internet connection.

Netgen develops both custom software and websites

If you’re looking to develop your own custom software or website, contact Netgen. We have expert programmers and web developers with years of experience, ready to take on any project.

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