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Web2 To Web3: Why Move And How To Migrate

Vitaliy Basiuk
Alissa Adams
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March 16, 2023 | UPD: June 12, 2024 | 6 mins min. reading | 852

Web2 To Web3: Why Move

We live in the digital age, where things change at a blistering pace. What was considered the latest tech advancement yesterday could be replaced by something new today.

In the time that has passed since the early days of its popularity, the Internet has experienced a major leap forward. Around 25 years ago, the Internet consisted primarily of static, read-only sites. This first generation of the world wide web is referred to as Web 1.0 (Web1), which was replaced by Web 2.0 (Web2) in the mid-00’s — and this is what we’ve been using up to now. Web 2.0 welcomed user-generated content and introduced unprecedented ease of use and interoperability to Internet users.

However, some central authority entities gained a level of control over the world wide web, making decisions about what should and shouldn’t be allowed. This triggered the advent of Web 3.0 (Web3) — the next iteration of the Internet. Unlike the web monopolized by several major tech companies, Web 3.0 is decentralized, meaning that it’s built, run, and owned by users.

With Web2 as the current version of the Internet and many Web3 apps already existing in parallel, it’s safe to say that Web2 and Web3 can coexist for years. And while the Web2 vs Web3 dilemma doesn’t affect average Internet users as of now, it might be critical for businesses. In this article, we will provide reasons for changing Web2 to Web3 and dive a bit deeper into the technical side of a Web2 to Web3 shift.

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Web2 vs Web3: What’s the difference?

Although Web2 and Web3 are similar technologies, they do differ significantly, with Web3 having some decisive advantages. While Web2 is owned and controlled by centralized entities, the ownership of Web3 belongs to its builders and end-users. Next, Web2 transactions are impossible without intermediaries — banks and payment systems. In contrast, Web3 utilizes cryptocurrencies and the decentralized protocol approach to enable peer-to-peer transactions with no third parties involved. Additionally, Web3 offers greater security and enhanced connectivity.

Can Web3 completely replace Web2?

In theory, it can, but Web2 and Web3 will likely coexist for years, like Web1 and Web2 do today. Yes, Web1 is still here — you can come across “read-only” pages that contain only static text and images like in the Internet’s early days.

And although shifting entirely from Web2 to Web3 is unnecessary and will take time, Web3 can solve some of the major Web2 challenges. It can return rights to content creators, decentralize monopolies that control the web, such as Google, Meta, or Microsoft, and enable secure and transparent transactions. Existing in parallel with Web1 and Web2, Web3 will decentralize the Internet and give opportunities to everyone who wants to have more control over their data and assets.

How do I transition to Web3?

Web3 is a relatively new technology, so DIYing your transition can be a challenging task. The best way to ensure a smooth and hassle-free transition to Web3 is by partnering with a trusted Web3 company.

How much does it cost to move an application from Web2 to Web3?

The cost of Web2 to Web3 migration services can vary a lot, depending on many factors, such as your Web2 business application type and complexity, the exact migration needs, built-in security features, time needed to complete the project, the Web3 team size, and whether you want to include post-launch maintenance and support services. For an accurate estimation, you need to connect with your service provider.

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Vitaliy Basiuk
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Written by Vitaliy Basiuk
CEO & Founder at EvaCodes | Blockchain Enthusiast | Providing software development solutions in the blockchain industry

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