PWA or Progressive Web Apps

It’s time to talk about PWA or Progressive Web Apps.

Most likely you’ve heard about it, but don’t really know what those apps are and how they work.

So what is it that makes these apps progressive?

Progressive Web App isn’t a native app and at the same time it’s something bigger than the web app. Actually, by not being a native app, PWA may add some benefits to bring up your audience engagement.

PWA is a website that is transformed into an app. And what is more exciting, that it’s not a complicated task to create it if you follow the instruction precisely. It’s simple: you have your website code that is hosted on the server and basically that’s it. PWA uses the resources your website uses and you don’t have to write an app on Java or React Native etc. It functions pretty similar to Desktop Mobile Application.

Another great thing about it is that if there’s an issue with an internet connection, thanks to the service workers and caching, users will still be able to use it.

Besides, many resources show us that an average user barely downloads even a single app from the market in a month. PWA is more engaging and convenient for the users, because while being on your site, user can be shown a pop-up asking whether he’d like to add an app to the home screen.

What does it take to create PWA?

1) Web App Manifest – JSON file with some metadata on your app like app icon, background color, etc.

2) Service Worker – they handle network requests and responsible for caching.

3) App Icon – an icon that will be shown for your app on desktop

4) HTTPS – PWA or not, keep your websites secure and get SSL certificates!

It sounds pretty exciting, doesn’t it?

Now when you know more about it, you may consider turning your website into PWA (we believe it’s a good idea), and our is here to help you. Just drop us a message!