Five Benefits of Using a Progressive Web App

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Article by Quinn Frankel

Through the past decade, the number of people using mobile devices to access the internet has soared up. In fact, users now consume 2x the amount of content on mobile than they do on desktop. It’s now even more important to have your application be accessible and properly utilized on mobile devices. Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) combine the capabilities of websites and mobile software to create an immersive user experience across all devices. PWAs are built using common web technology and are intended to work on any platform that uses a regular browser. PWAs have been widely adopted because of the advantages they have when compared to other web applications. Here are 5 benefits of using a progressive web app for your next project. 

1.PWAs tend to have lower development costs

PWAs do not require multiple downloads or versions for different devices. This differs from native apps that may need multiple downloads after the initial install. This significantly reduces the amount of effort that is needed for developers to create the app and, as a result, the cost decreases. 

2. PWAs have a faster installation time

Unlike regular mobile applications, PWAs do not require a long and complex installation process, which significantly improves the user experience of the app. Users can just download an app and it’s on their device instantly, no need to go to the App Store or the Google Play store. Even though there’s no app store involved when downloading PWAs, users can still access the app via a desktop icon. Some browsers even offer call-to-action-like teasers that prompt users to download PWAs when they visit respective websites. This functionality comes built into browsers and allows the apps to enhance their credibility and reliability. As this software does not require installation on devices, users can easily access the PWA via a URL, which significantly contributes to the high shareability.

3. PWA’s Update Automatically

PWA’s have specific functionality that allows them to update automatically, without notifying users and bothering them with permission requests. These apps update themselves every time when users visit them, thus eliminating the need to download changes and install them.

4. PWA’s have enhanced security measurements

PWA’s rely on HTTPS to provide data safely and securely to minimize the risk of any security issues. Security for PWA’s is handled by well-protected browsers, which allow your app to be free from content tampering or other harmful security risks. 

5. PWA’s can operate offline seamlessly

The capability to operate offline makes PWA’s much more convenient than websites, which require a proper internet connection. Built-in service workers cache important PWA features and information automatically, which eliminates the need to download it and allows users to access the app without an internet connection.

Are you considering a Progressive Web App development project?  Do you have a PWA project that you’d like to get started on but need guidance?  We’re happy to help!  Please reach out to us here, or on Twitter or LinkedIn. 

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