What is the Progressive Web Apps (PWA)
Progressive web apps (PWA) are web applications that display websites in a mobile application interface. In other words, they are websites with the native app experience. This new website technology combines the best of web and the best of mobile apps. Users easily access the PWA by adding them to their home screen.
When users launch the web app on their home screen, your website gives them an app-like experience. Your return visitors will have quick loading times and great experience even at the low-quality network. Every page is stored locally and will open instantly when offline.
Why use the Progressive Web Apps?
The progressive web apps have unique attributes and can be a major enhancement and evolution of modern browsers. Building a progressive web app has many advantages which include increased engagements, improved conversions and also, delights the users.
These characteristics are;
- Progressive: Works for every user irrespective of their choice of browser. This is because it is built with the progressive enhancement as its fundamental principle.
- Responsive: Fits in any form factors which include desktops, mobile, tablets or any form yet to emerge.
- Reliable: Loads instantly regardless of the network conditions and also works offline.
- Experience: Gives the users an app-like experience.
- Discoverable: Easily found with search engines as they are being identified as applications.
- Fast: Once loaded, they provide a very smooth experience.
- Recent: The service worker update process keeps them up-to-date.
- Installable: Easily installed without going through the trouble of app stores.
- Linkable: Do not need package installation but can be simply shared via URL.
Criteria to consider your site a Progressive Web app (PWA)
There are three baseline criteria your site must have before it can be regarded as a Progressive web app by a browser.
- It must be served from HTTPS – Progressive web apps must be served from a secured website. Secured websites have the HTTPS and not the usual HTTP.
- It must include a Web App Manifest – A web app manifest defines JSON-based manifest. This gives developers a place to put metadata of the web app like the name of the web app, the preferred URL to open the web app, the link to the web app icons and so on. The metadata is very important for apps to be added to the home screen or grouped among the native apps.
- It must use a server worker – Service workers provide a scriptable network proxy in the web browser to manage the web/HTTP requests programmatically. They manage cache effortlessly and provide a stress-free environment when web apps are offline. They are also handle the push notifications, synchronize data and provide centralized updates even in low-quality network.
Only browsers that support web app manifest and service worker can use the progressive web app. Browsers like Chrome and Firefox are the major browsers that support PWA. However, it is expected that more browsers will join the list before the end of the year.
How to Convert your WordPress (WP) to PWA
For users to access the (PWA) technology and add it to their home screens, you must have super Progressive Web application (superPWA) installed. This superPWA makes the conversion of your WordPress (WP) to PWA effortless.
SuperPWA is easy to organize and makes setting up the Progressive web app swift. It also removes any saved database entry when changed or uninstalled.
Steps to convert your WordPress website into a progressive web application;
- Visit WordPress admin > Plugin > Add New.
- Search for ‘Super Progressive Web Apps’.
- Click “install” and then “Activate” Super Progressive Web Apps.
There are many other plugins you can use. The above one is just an example. If you wish to see a live example, simply visit our website https://www.plusplushosting.net using Chrome or Firefox and you will see a message asking you to add the site in your device, simply click yes and you will have our site icon in your device and clicking on it you will access it the same way as you do with any other installed app.