What is a Multi-Page Application?

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A Multi-Page Application (MPA) is a traditional web application model where each new page or piece of content requires loading a new HTML file from the server.

How do MPA's work?

In an MPA, every time a user requests a new piece of information or submits data, the browser requests a new page from the server, and the server responds with a fresh HTML page. This process involves the complete reloading of pages.

Advantages of a Multi-Page Application

  • Familiar navigation for users, with a clear separation between different pages and functions.
  • Easier to optimize for search engines, as each page can be indexed separately.
  • Simpler development and debugging, especially for smaller websites, as each page is separate.

Potential drawbacks of Multi-Page Applications

  • Slower user experience due to full page reloads for every content change or action.
  • Higher server load, as each request involves serving a complete HTML page.
  • Less seamless user experience compared to SPAs, as there is a noticeable interruption during page loads.