What are Progressive Web Apps

    Before we get into the topic, let’s discuss the original Web application and application. That’s in 2014 that Web applications become popular, thanks to HTML. Web applications are similar to websites, the only major difference between the two is that Web applications focus on interacting with users.

    Progressive Web APPS aka the original PWA as well as Web applications that offer better performance and lead to better user engagement.

    It is a fact that the Mobile industry is on a boom all the time, which has led to easy access to smartphones for everyone. Add to this easy and inexpensive access to a fast internet connection. Today, everyone has a smartphone and has access to high-speed internet. This has led to a paradigm shift from desktop to smartphone for Internet use.

    Therefore, to be effective in such an environment, by the year 2015, Google introduced PWA which allows users to access fast loading sites on their smartphones. PWA uses a worker service that essentially saves the PWA server in the user’s browser and the system adds a new feed in it over time. This leads to a faster website that works well on all platforms — be it desktops, smartphones, tablets, etc.

    Here are the benefits of Progressive Web Apps:

    • Reactive layouts for each device

    Responsiveness is a request every website must meet. This essentially means that a site adapts itself according to the screen size of the gadget of the accessible site. There is nothing better than Progressive Web Apps (PWA).

    • Affordable price

    PWA is affordable in the sense that if you use PWA, you do not need to develop different versions of the same website that will be compatible with different platforms. Thus, PWA helps you reduce development costs.

    • No updates

    Unlike traditional applications, PWA does not use the traditional installation process in which users are redirected to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store to download updates. Instead, PWA is smart enough to update itself when visitors access the website. Therefore, due to the lack of conventional updates, it saves visitors a lot of time.

    • Push Notifications

    This refers to a short message that is posted to the user to inform them of various activities. This is common on native applications as well as Web applications.

    • Less storage space

    One of the biggest advantages of PWA is that it consumes less memory space, while traditional native applications take up to 50MB or more of space on smartphones, the PWA version does not take more than 2MB of space on your smartphone.

    • linkable

    This means that PWAs easy to share because of the URL.

    Now that I’ve expressed the benefits of PWA to you, here is another good news – literally every website can be a progressive app!

    Here are three criteria you need to consider for a PWA-

    Your website should run under HTTPS

    You’ll need a web app manifest for your website

    You need a worker service

    Put simply, the PWA alias Progressive Web App is a common phrase that illustrates building websites with a futuristic approach to satisfying the following:

    • Responsivity
    • Mouth-watering interactions
    • Safe
    • Cost
    • Discovery
    • Installable
    • Linkable

    In other words, PWA is a new, better and improved combination of a website and mobile application.

    Progressive Web Apps
    Progressive Web Apps -Github

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