Progressive web apps are changing how we interact with websites on the internet. PWA is by no means new; it is simply a collection of existing practices that make web apps function similar to mobile or desktop apps.

The goal of every progressive web app is to offer a seamless experience across mobile apps and desktop websites. While not all of the features from your favorite app can be ported over to a PWA, you essentially get the same user experience.

Problems solved by Progressive Web Apps

Internet Connectivity: One of the biggest challenges faced by internet users is slow internet. While many parts of the world have access to high-speed fiber connections, a large part of the population does not.

Having access to progressive web apps eliminates the need to download dedicated apps over a slow connection. You also minimize load times on websites when using progressive web apps.

Forced App Installs: While your app may offer the best features and user-experience, most phone users do not like having too many apps on their phones. You can resolve this issue by offering a well-built progressive web app that offers the same experience as your mobile app but for web browsers.

Load Times: According to a study by Google in 2016, 53% of mobile users abandon sites that take over 3 seconds to load. Web apps eliminate this issue by offering a complete web experience in one page instead of making users move from one page to another.

User Engagement: Even though users spend most of their time on native apps, mobile reach as a whole is much higher than that of dedicated apps. If users are not very engaged on your mobile apps, a good web app can get you the audience you need.

Why develop Progressive Web Apps?

Progressive web apps are capable of solving all of the problems we discussed earlier. Their offer top-notch capabilities and excel at offering quality user experiences to users.

Speed: Progressive web apps are very fast. While you do have to invest in development, they can offer a consistent experience for all users regardless of platform. By using caching for web apps, you can improve the user experience even better when it comes to load times.

User Experience: When it comes to user experience, PWAs offer exactly what the average native app does. They can send push notifications, have access to device features and can be well-integrated into any platform.

Reliability: This is the biggest advantage of progressive web apps. Unlike web apps, native apps have to be developed for all kinds of devices that come with a variety of hardware. Development of progressive web apps is not as complicated, and PWAs are capable of offering rich user experiences with fewer hiccups.

Conclusion

Web apps fit right between generic websites and native apps and combine the best of both worlds. They offer the same experience as a dedicated mobile app but without eating up storage space on users’ devices while also offering all of the great features that a native app can.


About the Author

Ankit is Technical Architect with 10 years of experience in delivering high end applications in various open source technologies. He is an expert in PHP, Drupal, WordPress, MVC (Zend, Laravel), MySQL, Oracle, JavaScript, JQuery, CSS 3 & HTML 5, Twitter Bootstrap (Responsive Sites), Linux (Ubuntu, Centos), Server (Apache and Nginx), AWS, Performance Optimization (Memcache, APC, Reverse Proxy Cache), Nodejs, GIT, SVN.
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