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There’s an app for everything these days, from banking to education, trading to shopping. Every company has an app, and our governments have streamlined their services into apps.
But wait a minute – developing and maintaining an app is time-consuming and costly for small businesses.
Fortunately, there is another option, one that assists small enterprises. This solution combines app-like functionality with web-based technology — I’m referring to Progressive Web Apps.
What is a Progressive Web App?
Wait a second! What exactly does the term “native apps” mean?
A native app is a software application developed in a specific programming language for a certain device platform, such as iOS or Android.
PWAs are also built on and enhanced with current APIs to provide enhanced features, as well as dependability and installability on any device.
With today’s technology, almost any site can be converted into a PWA. This means that a PWA can be built much faster than a native app, which is much more difficult to create.
PWAs have recently gained popularity. Many large companies’ websites are PWAs – consider twitter.com, one of the most popular social media platforms.
If you visit the site on your smartphone, it will be added to your homescreen. When you open the saved site, it looks and behaves exactly like a native app – no browser, just the installation you did on your homescreen.
It makes no difference whether you run it on an iOS or Android phone – all you have to do is log in and you’re ready to go.
PWAs are also used by the following companies:
- Jumia (leading eCommerce website in Africa)
And many more.
These apps are actually installable on your home screen and offer a comparable experience and features to their native apps.
What Makes a Good PWA?
- They adapt to any screen size.
- Because different devices have different screen sizes, users will use your application on various devices. As a result, it’s a good idea to ensure that your app can be used on any screen size and that its content is accessible at any viewport size.
- They’re simple to set up.
- Users who install apps are more likely to interact with them. Making PWAs installable gives them the appearance, feel, and behavior of a standard web app.
- They offer a unique offline experience.
- When a user is offline, keeping them in your app rather than reverting to the default offline page provides a more consistent experience.
- Travel and airline apps, for example, should be able to display trip details even when they are not connected to the internet. Another example is a music app, which should allow users to access offline playback.
- They can be found via search.
- Through search engines such as Google, we can discover new websites and apps. If you have a PWA, it aids in driving traffic to your app. You simply need to ensure that the URLs are present and that search engines can index your sites.
Because a PWA is an app that can be installed, it should have an icon. As a result, your app will be easily identifiable.
What Are the Differences Between PWAs and Native Apps?
Progressive Web Apps are less expensive to develop than native apps.
When creating a native app, you must first learn a programming language and then create a version of the app for each type of device, Android and iOS.
You will also need resources to maintain and update the app in the future, which means a lot of money and time.
In the case of a PWA, you can use a single codebase across multiple platforms. It also saves time because you won’t have to create it from scratch; instead, you can modify your existing website to fit.
Search engines can index PWAs.
Native apps are not indexed by search engines and can only be found via the App/Play store’s website. App Store Optimization (ASO) can help you make your app more discoverable on the App/Play store, but that’s another story.
PWAs, as opposed to native apps, function like websites and can thus be indexed by search engines. This allows them to rank higher in search results (better SEO).
PWAs are more secure
PWAs are more secure because they run on HTTPS. These are security protocols that no exchange between client and server so data doesn’t get tampered with.
To secure your native apps, you need to implement various security measures, like multi-factor authentication and so on.