Which is better SPA or MPA?

Nowadays, be it website, web application or mobile apps all are moving from single-page interface to multi-page one, but is it really needed? Both SPA and MPA has their own pros and cons. So, for mobile app development or any other app development it is necessary to consider every aspect of both the approaches.

Before settling for one of the app-model, mobile app developers should think about two things. Firstly, the content on which the app will be built on, the content-approach is must before finalizing the app-model. Second important thing is what part of the content and the application will be available for the user and what should be hidden. Below I stated some of the important differences between SPA and MPA. Hope, you’ll have a clear idea about the designs and accordingly decided which approach is better for your application. What is SPA?

Single Page Application (SPA) is a web app, website or mobile app that interacts with web or internet dynamically rewriting the current page with the new data from the servers, instead of loading whole new pages. The main goal of SPA is to make the application faster and more efficient. The most used SPA applications are Gmail, Google, and Facebook etc. SPA is all about providing outstanding and faster user experience and without any extra load-time. Pros of SPA

• Application works much faster (once downloaded).

• Mobile app development is simple and streamlined.

• SPA applications are easy to debug.

• It is easy to develop web app from mobile app and vice versa because the backend code is reusable.

Cons of SPA

• SPAs are usually slow when it comes to download them, because all the heavy APIs and frameworks required to be installed.

• SPAs are less secure.

• These applications are prone to memory leak.

What is MPA?

Multi Page Applications (MPA) are somewhat traditional applications. As the name suggests MPA has multiple pages that are needed to load from the server to the devices at one go. MPAs are larger and bigger in size in comparison to SPAs. These type of applications have all the content loaded in multiple pages that loads all at one go unlike, SPAs which loads one page at a time from server as per the instructions.

MPAs are bit complex and difficult to develop because dealing with lots of data and static pages are involved. And this thing obviously, increases the response time of the applications.

Pros of MPA

• MPA is an easy-navigation approach.

• MPA offers better scalability.

• User-friendly applications.

Cons of MPA

• It uses multiple UIs.

• Frontend and backend code are tightly bound and hence making it difficult to move the app from web to mobile or vice versa.

• MPAs are slow applications.


Before deploying your application, the goal and purpose of the application should be clear. Like if you need multiple categories like an e-commerce app then MPA is the best approach. And if you’re developing an application with less content or an app that needs quick responsive like social-media applications then SPA should be the choice.

Though, nowadays almost all the Mobile App Development Company are moving towards SPA but one shouldn’t blindly follow the rat-race instead consider the all aspects before choosing the app model. But there are some app ideas that won’t work if follow SPA and can be a hit if MPA is being opted. Hence, the mobile app developers should choose smartly.

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