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Apps are not a new concept but blockchain technology has brought a huge transformation in the way apps were understood. This is done with the introduction of Decentralized Applications (DApps).  

DApps are decentralized apps that don’t run on centralized servers, which means they do not have any centralized authority to control them.

They connect users directly with a changed infrastructure and authority. They do not have any central point of failure and that’s why these apps do not experience downtime. DApps differ from traditional apps in many ways. Here, in this blog post, we are going to share the major areas in which they both differ from each other.


Development process

In traditional web applications, developers code using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, whereas the process of blockchain DApp development is a bit different. Developers utilize smart contracts programming language to render the pages and use smart contracts instead of APIs to get the database details. This logical difference in the development process leads to a significant difference in the infrastructure of web applications and DApps.


Level of centralization

Apps and DApps differ a lot in centralization level. Traditional apps are completely centralized and if the central server experiences any issue, the entire system is brought down. On the other hand, DApps do not have any central authority as it is distributed equally in every node. If anyone of the node experiences failure or gets hacked, the DApp will still be available.



No cost is associated with traditional apps. So, you can easily use them without spending anything for it. On the other hand, users of DApps have to pay every time they use it in the form of tokens. The DApps, which are run on public blockchain such as Ethereum, are funded with Initial Coin Offerings (ICO).


Storing value

DApps make use of tokens to store value and on the basis of certain conditions, it issues value to the nodes of a peer-to-peer network. On the other hand, many conventional apps do not store value at all. Instead, they only provide the infrastructure to complete the execution of transactions. As the bit of value is lost in the support of infrastructure, the value for user in web apps are less than DApps.



Fully Decentralized applications have increased possibility as compared to the traditional applications for integration. DApps could easily be integrated into new applications until and unless any permissions are not required or any conditions are not introduced by enterprise solutions. Otherwise, a blockchain developer India can easily carry out the integration process without a need of central permission.



Traditional apps have thoroughly tested and authenticated security mechanism. Since they serve on a centralized server, traditional apps are vulnerable to only the central point of failure. On the other hand, DApps do not have any centralized authority. They are distributed among different nodes, so there is more possibility of vulnerabilities.  These vulnerabilities are often because of the mistakes made while using new code.



When compared to traditional applications, the speed of decentralized applications is still lacking. That means businesses, which require fast processes cannot go for the blockchain app development as executing multiple transactions is not possible through it. However, the developers are continuously working on overcoming this limitation with the technological changes. Traditional applications win over the DApps whenever speed is considered as the main factor.


Financial models

As compared to the traditional applications, DApps make use of different financial models. Since DApps store value within the application, they do not depend upon the external sources. DApps make use of tokens and enable the creators to issue currency in the form of tokens. The aim of using such financial models is not only to make the exchange process but also to motivate investors.



This is another difference between apps and DApps as building trust is very essential. Traditional apps build trust on the basis of their past reputation while DApps build trust within the technology itself. As apps have their intermediaries to serve as the guarantee of quality being provided, it is considered as the reputational or legal proofs. On the other hand, DApps have trust ingrained in technology and doesn’t require reputational or legal proofs.

Hopefully, we are able to provide you the basic understanding of how traditional apps and DApps differ from each other. If we forgot to mention any important difference that you feel should be added then do share with us. We are happy to take inputs from you as they are highly appreciated.

If you are seeking the best DApps development services, get in touch with SoftProdigy. Our team of experts offers efficient development services not only to their native clients but to the clients across the globe. So, get in touch with us now for any blockchain development solution. We are always happy to serve you with the best services in the industry.

About the Author

Rahul Joshi is the driving force behind the Business Analysis and Product Development activities going on under the roof of SoftProdigy. With years of expertise in his niche, Rahul loves to work closely with his clients to know their business better and work like a part of their digital team.
A fervent learner, Rahul loves to keep himself updated about the ongoing digital trends. He aims at delivering the best UX through his revolutionary ideas and development skills.

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