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The Ultimate Guide to Progressive Web Apps

Studies revealed that all apps lose users between the time the app is found and they start using the app. To use an app, the user first has to find it, download it, install it and then use it. But progressive web apps are different. The users can immediately start using the progressive web apps. There is no need to download and install them. The next time when the user returns to the app, he will be prompted to install it for a full-screen experience.

What are Progressive Web Apps?

Let us now know the characteristics of progressive web apps. These apps can work on any device. These take the advantage of all the features available on the device the user is using the app. The progressive web apps are websites and are easily discoverable by search engines. This is the advantage of progressive web apps when compared to the native application. The native application appears behind websites in search results.

Progressive web app looks like a native app with minimal page refreshes. One of the favorite characteristics of the progressive web app is that this works in low connectivity areas also. These come with features such as push notifications that make them re-engageable. Progressive web apps are easy to be installed on the home screen of the device of the user. These are readily available for installation.

How to Implement Progressive Web Apps?

Let us now see how to build a progressive web app using app shell architecture. The app shell architecture makes it easy to focus on the speed and gives the web app, features similar to native apps. The different steps in developing a progressive web app are like this.   Creating the HTML for the App Shell, add styles to core UI components, test and make required adjustments, add JavaScript bootstrap code and then test it out.

Service workers are the technology behind the Progressive web app. These are JavaScript files that run in the background. The developer had to write code to handle the push notifications, cashing, fetching of content etc.

Advantages of Progressive Web Apps

Progressive web apps are the hybrid of web pages and mobile apps. The user can get the experiences of mobile apps for the web. Here are the advantages of progressive web apps.

• These work for every user on every browser

• These fit for all devices from desktop to mobile and to tablets

• This app works offline and also on lower quality networks.

• Progressive web apps are up to date

• These are easily identifiable by the search engines

• These web apps have features such as push notifications that make re-engagement easy.

• These are installable easily

• No complex installation process and are easily shareable via URL

The benefits of the web app for the developers is that there is no need to go to an app store or build the web apps. There is no need to wait for the app to get published or have the fear of the app getting rejected. They can fix the bugs instantly.

The user of progressive web applications builds the gradual relationship with the applications. Web apps load faster. The key points to remember about progressive web apps is that no installation is required, the web app can be placed on the home screen so that it works as a short cut to open to full screen. PWA are already implemented by many companies such as AirBerlin and Flipkart and are said to have improved the user experience, increased the conversion rate and improved retention. Progressive web apps are the combination of the web and native apps developed for the mobile phones.

Kiran Voleti

Kiran Voleti is an Entrepreneur , Digital Marketing Consultant , Social Media Strategist , Internet Marketing Consultant, Creative Designer and Growth Hacker.

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