How to Develop and Deploy Progressive Web Apps Faster?
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Today optimized user experience is a prerequisite implementation strategy for every business. This is because users expect optimized UX as a basic requirement. Therefore, UX-centric web development is the trend for quite some time now and it is influenced by several factors including design, usability, page loading speed and readability.
However, the advent of mobile devices have brought a paradigm shift in web browsing as more and more people access your website via their smartphones and tablets. As a result, web development experts are prioritizing mobile friendliness of a website more than ever.
Though you can easily apply a mobile responsive theme or optimize your site for mobile devices with tools like Google’s Mobile Friendly Test but developing a progressive web app (PWA) can help you take things to the next level.
What‘s a PWA? How it differs from a traditional web app?
Originally proposed by Google in 2015, PWA enables app-like features by using modern web technologies. While traditional web apps refresh the entire page when new content is loaded, PWAs doesn’t need to do the same.
Moreover, PWAs can be accessible even without internet connectivity as they leverage service workers and they can also be reused from the shortcut added to your home screen. They are capable of rendering an app-like experience by making the most of re-engagement tools like push notifications.
As big players like Twitter and AliBaba have already adopted Twitter successfully, it is very likely that you might like to pursue PWAs projects to ensure a sustainable mobile web presence.
Tools and resources to get you started with PWAs
Here are modern web development tools that would enable you to strengthen your future mobile presence with progressive web app development:
Understand about PWAs at PWA.rocks
Prior to getting started with developing a PWA, you need to understand thoroughly the capabilities of a progressive web app. Therefore, refer to PWA.rocks to see progressive web apps in action under various verticals.
You can get an inspiration from the available examples to conceptualize the features of your own PWA. Moreover, you can also visualize how your PWA look like and what it would offer to your target audience.
Get the basics down at Google Developers
If you are new to web development then try to go through the library of resources offered by Google Developers and learn more about coding. This resource also offers a comprehensive tutorial on how to build a PWA, how it works and how to deploy it correctly.
So, it is the right resource to get your basics right and also learn how to enable the “add to home screen banner” and also how to use the HTTPS.
Build lightweight PWAs with Knockout
Furthermore, this platform easily integrates with existing websites without requiring you to rewrite extensively.
Create PWAs swiftly with PWABuilder
One of the fastest routes to transform your PWA idea to reality is by using PWABuilder. This tool enables you to fast build a service worker – the element that enables the offline functionality of your app by pulling and serving the “offline.html”.
Using PWABuilder is quite easier; just insert the URL of your website, fill in other details like your name, brief description of your site, and an icon of your choice. This platform also allows you to customize certain properties. For instance, you can modify your language, background colour, screen orientation, etc.
Based on the information you have given, the tool will generate a manifest automatically.
Take the AngularJS pathway
If you find AngularJS too complex for your PWA then ReactJS could be a reliable alternative.
Leverage components of ReactJS
Manage dependencies easily with WebPack
Despite steep learning curve and inadequate documentation, Web pack is the best choice for developing front-end driven progressive web apps.
Use Polymer as a template
The open source project by Google, Polymer can significantly reduce the time required to build a PWA by providing you with templates as well as other reusable components.
The Polymer template basically uses the PRPL pattern to speed up development of PWA and optimize the delivery of the app to a device.
Our web development experts at Helios use Polymer to build prototypes quickly. It allows them to immediately begin with the coding for the project and bypass custom setup rapidly.
With the aforementioned tools, you are fully empowered to create a full-fledged PWA and establish an authoritative web presence.
As tons of brands are currently investing on PWAs, do you think PWAs are the future of mobile web experiences? Please initiate a conversation by leaving your comments below.