Progressive Web Apps (or PWAs) are still part of 2019 hottest web trends. These modern web applications load like regular web pages or websites but have a high level of functionality. They can load instantly, regardless of the network state and browser choice because they’re built with progressive enhancement, a strategy for web design that emphasizes core webpage content first.
PWA ensures an instant, independence and reliable experience of users without cache issues. It’s safe because it served via HTTP to avert content snooping and data tampering.On top of that, PWA is user-friendly, installable and hassle-free which enhances the existing web technologies—thanks to its service workers and other built-in features. It can be shared via a URL and can re-engage users with web push notifications.
Let’s discuss some of the core attributes which are missing from common non-progressive web applications.
The app should be lightning fast when loading, it should be close to instantaneous and should also open when there is no network or fairly low-speed network like 2G. Google found that 53% of the users abandon the website if the page took longer than 3 seconds to load.
The scrolls and page transitions should be buttery smooth when the user is interacting with the web app. Everyone hates crappy scrolls.
The app should fit in all the different sizes of devices. The perfect web app should be like liquid, which takes the shape of its vessel.
If we want to make web apps closer to the native apps, they have to be installable and should reside in the home screen along with other native apps, so that the user can access the PWA in one click.
- Splash Screen
PWA adds a splash screen during the startup of the app. This makes the PWA feel more like a native app ?
- Highly engage-able
The app should keep the users engaged. A PWA provides features like push notification, home screen icon, full-screen and offline first app to glorify user engagement.