Web3 apps vs. dApps

Web3 applications are similar to dApps but maintain a far higher degree of autonomy and have a lot more features that can be changed. Though they may hold many of the same features and be built in a similar fashion, there are some key differences between web3 applications and dApps.

DApps, or decentralized applications are more beholden to the chain that they are built on, whereas web3 applications have a lot more liberty when being developed. This is, however, only one difference between the two.

Web3 apps - Benefits

The benefits of web3 applications over dApps are:

  • More autonomy in development (proofing algorithms, modules, etc);
  • Simpler development (JavaScript programming language and SDKs);
  • Sidechain technology and its interoperability-related benefits;
  • Modular approach to development;

Through all of these factors, web3 applications can be built within an ecosystem but not as a separate layer to the foundation of the chain.

Decentralized Applications - Benefits

Compared to web3 applications, dApps are less independent, but that doesn’t mean they don’t come with their own advantages.

  • Less to consider (dApps rely on the mechanics of the base protocol);
  • Many protocols to choose from;
  • Different contracts make for easy utility of different token standards;

Now we can look at a comparison between the two types of development tools.

Web3 Applications vs. Decentralized Applications

DApps are more common as they were popularized by the Ethereum network, it being the first blockchain protocol to allow them.

Web3 applications have taken the lead from dApps and are easier to build and more flexible than them too. This is due to web3 apps being built on sidechain technology, rather than applications built on top of the mainchain.


Web3 apps give developers more space to change different aspects of the app and optimize their platform. There is also greater opportunity for interoperability since web3 apps have the aforementioned autonomy from the mainnet. Moreover, they can be built by simply using the Lisk SDK and the JavaScript programming language.

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Web3 apps - Benefits

Decentralized Applications - Benefits

Web3 Applications vs. Decentralized Applications