Progressive Web Apps

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What is Progressive Web App?

Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are web applications that are regular web pages or websites, but can appear to the user like traditional applications or native mobile applications. The application type attempts to combine features offered by most  with the benefits of a mobile experience.

Without any dispute, the development of Progressive Apps (PWA) is one of the top web technology trends of 2018. They are regular web pages designed to emulate mobile pages in appearance & functionality with the aim of combining the advantages of both while negating any disadvantages.

Progressive Web Apps looks to bring about a Mobile app like experience to Web pages/Websites. They can load instantly, work offline as well as load on low-quality networks because of service workers.

How it offers amazing user experience?

Progressive Web Apps are user experiences that have the reach of the web, and are:

Reliable

Load instantly and never show the downasaur, even in uncertain network conditions.When launched from the user’s home screen, service workers enable a Progressive Web App to load instantly, regardless of the network state.

A service worker, written in JavaScript, is like a client-side proxy and puts you in control of the cache and how to respond to resource requests. By pre-caching key resources you can eliminate the dependence on the network, ensuring an instant and reliable experience for your users.

Fast

53% of users will abandon a site if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load! And once loaded, users expect them to be fast—no janky scrolling or slow-to-respond interfaces.
Respond quickly to user interactions with silky smooth animations and no janky scrolling.

Engaging

Progressive Web Apps are installable and live on the user’s home screen, without the need for an app store. They offer an immersive full screenexperience with help from a web app manifest file and can even re-engage users with web push notifications.

The Web App Manifest allows you to control how your app appears and how it’s launched. You can specify home screen icons, the page to load when the app is launched, screen orientation, and even whether or not to show the browser chrome.

This new level of quality allows Progressive Web Apps to earn a place on the user’s home screen.

Why build a Progressive Web App?

Building a high-quality Progressive Web App has incredible benefits, making it easy to delight your users, grow engagement and increase conversions.
  • Worthy of being on the home screen
    When the Progressive Web App criteria are met, Chrome prompts users to add the Progressive Web App to their home screen.
  • Work reliably, no matter the network conditions
    Service workers enabled Konga to send 63% less data for initial page loads, and 84% less data to complete the first transaction!
  • Increased engagement
    Web push notifications helped eXtra Electronics increase engagement by 4X. And those users spend twice as much time on the site.
  • Improved conversions
    The ability to deliver an amazing user experience helped AliExpress improve conversions for new users across all browsers by 104% and on iOS by 82%.

Lighthouse

 

Lighthouse, an open-source, automated tool for improving the quality of your Progressive Web Apps, eliminates much of the manual testing that was previously required. You can even use Lighthouse in continuous integration systems to catch regressions.

You can run Lighthouse in Chrome DevTools, from the command line, or as a Node module. You give Lighthouse a URL to audit, it runs a series of audits against the page, and then it generates a report on how well the page did.

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