Progressive Web Apps (PWA) are fast becoming popular with the web development industry. We have seen separate web development for different devices like – mobile, iPads, laptops in the past, but with PWA, it is changing. Progressive Web Apps discussions are fast getting familiar with the professionals in the web development sphere. The popularity of PWA is due to the never-ending issues that kept the responsive web designs and native apps bothering from time to time.
What is Progressive Web App?
A Progressive Web App uses the most advanced web technologies to deliver a native app-like user experience. PWA applications that are built are a combination of both web pages and mobile apps. According to experts, PWAs are highly advanced, responsive, upgradable, and secure. In general, PWAs are more than just responsive web designs, and with their presence, one does not have to separately develop a mobile application for the same websites or projects.
Here we will try to understand the feature of Progressive Web Apps:
1. Uncontrolled Access
Unlike mobile apps, PWA does not compel users for downloads or installations. In the case of mobile apps, if you want to access any info or purchase any item, you will have to first download the app of the store or company or website. While downloading, they will ask you to allow access to your media, contact, and other personal files, which can be a very risky affair. However, in the case of PWA, you do not need to install or download apps. Instead, you can search for the website of a specific store and then get access to PWA directly without any hassle, just like opening a website.
Therefore, there is nothing to install or uninstall, so there is no issue of freeing mobile space to create space for new apps. Also, users can use it anytime without paying any extra data charges for download.
2. Offline Access to Content
Offline access to content can be a surprising factor for many internet users. But, PWAs do allow access to offline content. This is due to the services workers who work in the background even when the user is offline. The apps can send push notifications, reload content in the background, and start processing based on program logic. The service workers use cache to gather API and load PWA instantly.
3. Enhanced User Engagement
You must have seen many websites with dialog boxes showing Allow and Deny button to click. Clicking on the allow button allows you access to the website even when you are away. Similarly, in PWA, it has got a link-adding feature, which enables apps to be cached, and users get direct access to the app from the home screen.
4. Modification is Easier
While in native apps, you must contact the app store for all the tweaking, updates, deployment, and bug fixing, in PWA, you can do it on your own. This saves the time of the app service provider as the entire control is with them. Giving someone else to fix your problem can only delay your work and waste your time. Moreover, PWA does not need to write two separate codes for Android and Apple devices.
5. More Secure
Cyber threats are one of the riskiest areas that web developers address without a doubt while developing websites. It is a well-known fact that Google encourages sites having HTTPS instead of HTTP. HTTP is not secure enough to protect users’ devices from risks associated with cyber threats. These days, websites are programmed in HTTPs, and even Progressive Web App can easily get programmed in HTTPS, which is a secure environment.
There is no suspicion about it that the Progressive Web App is going to be the future of web development. It is anticipated that soon, we will see e-commerce stores, hotels, restaurants, and other informative sources will move to Progressive Web App from the native app. Though it is still in the nascent scene, many developers have already started looking for ways to turn PWA into a great career opportunity.