What is a Progressive Web App?

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Article by Quinn Frankel

What is a PWA?

The iPhone was released in June of 2007 and has sparked a social revolution ever since its release. Following Steve Jobs’ release of the iPhone, nearly 63% of total internet usage happens on mobile phones. Using the internet on your mobile phone has become a global trend due to the convenience and the ability to access anything on the internet. With the creation of web apps comes the vital responsibility of living up to the standards of a useable app. That’s where PWAs come in. PWA stands for Progressive Web Applications, mobile apps that can be delivered through the web. PWAs are built using common web technology including HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. They’re intended to work on any platform that uses a standards-compliant browser. PWAs have been widely adopted recently because of the extreme advantages they have when compared to other applications, advantages such as faster loading times, smaller application sizes, and higher audience engagements.

What are the advantages of having a PWA?

They’re very responsive web apps that can work for every type of user and can fit any platform including desktop, mobile, or tablet. PWAs are able to allow offline users or users on a low-quality network to use the app. When the app is connected online or to a high-quality network, the information that was used during the offline time is published. PWAs are innovative, they are always kept up-to-date due to the service worker update process, and they are also extremely safe because PWAs are served via HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) which prevents snooping and ensures that content from the app hasn’t been tampered with. PWAs can be easily shared via a URL, they do not require complex installation, and they provide a home screen without the use of an application store.  

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