For quite some time now, UX has been the focus of modern web development. Several factors affect this, including page load speed, usability, scalability, and design. But now more customers prefer mobile web browsing over desktop browsing, any website— whether a niche blog or an e-commerce store — should begin to prioritize mobile friendliness.
In the present day, applying a mobile-responsive theme and using tools such as Google's Mobile-Friendly Test and receive further recommendations on how to optimize your website is incredibly easy to. However, if you want to take things to the next level, you can develop a Progressive Web App (PWA) to provide your mobile users with fresh and memorable new experiences.
A PWA uses state-of-the-art web technologies to enable features like apps. Unlike classical mobile websites, when loading new content, a PWA doesn't need to refresh the entire page— nor is it necessary to access internet connectivity. They are also installable, which means that by adding a home screen shortcut, users can easily reuse them.
Progressive web apps have the ability for the mobile web to become the next great thing. This was originally suggested in 2015 by Google just a few years ago. But it has already received a lot of attention within such a short time because it is relatively easy to develop and deliver great user experience for the application.
A PWA is a complex project that could lead the direction of your mobile web presence in the future. But if you're totally new to PWAs, there are 7 tools and resources on the right track:
You need to have a deeper understanding of what they are capable of when it comes to developing a PWA. For examples, you can refer to PWA.rocks to see PWAs in action in several categories, including business, games, shopping, and social. This will help you to see what your PWA might look like in the future. Also, when conceptualizing what your PWA will offer mobile users, you can take inspiration from the available examples.
- Elegant dependency tracking updates the correct parts of your UI automatically when your data model changes.
- Declarative bindings A simple and straightforward way to connect parts of your UI to your data model. Using arbitrarily nested binding contexts, you can easily build a complex dynamic UI.
- Trivially extensible Implement custom behaviors in just a few lines of code as new declarative bindings for easy reuse.
- Can be added on top of your existing web application without requiring major architectural changes
- Compact -13kb
- Works on any mainstream browser
- Comprehensive suite of specifications means its correct functioning can easily be proved on new browsers and platforms
Developers who are acquainted with Ruby on Rails, ASP.NET MVC or other MV * technologies may view MVVM as a form of MVC in real time.
The quickest way to create a PWA is to use PWABuilder and quickly build a service worker that works by pulling and serving the "offline.html" from your web server whenever users lose internet connectivity. You can also send your PWA to the Android and iOS devices app store.
All you need to do to use PWABuilder is insert the URL of your website and then fill in additional details such as your name, site description, and preferred icon. You can also modify some properties like the screen orientation, language, and background color of your PWA. The platform will then generate a manifest automatically based on the information you provide.
For self-made bloggers or affiliate marketers, a PWA is not exactly a DIY project, but it can be done with the right resources. If you already have previous experience with content management systems but are totally clueless about developing web applications, then using Google Developers, a resource library that can help you learn how to code, you can get the basics down.
Google Developers have a detailed guide on how PWAs work, how one can be built, and how it can be run properly. It also covers other basics such as "add to home screen banner" enabling and using HTTPS.
Remember that Webpack has a steep learning curve, which means that you'll spend many hours looking for tutorials and online guides. The great news is that on other sites, including the documentation section of Angular 4.0, the webpack is widely covered.
There are a handful of repositories on GitHub today that involve PWAs. As you experiment with your first PWA, you can learn from these projects or start your own repository. GitHub now also has features for project management, enabling you to work with other developers remotely.
PWAs are the future of mobile web experiences, but they are not used by many brands at the moment. You are now fully able to create an outstanding PWA and establish an authoritative presence with the tools above. Just keep in mind that with the constantly evolving technologies, resources, and practices evolve too.