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What is PWA, or Progressive web app

miko lehman
Miko Lehman
CEO @ GMI Software
02 August 2022 5 MIN OF READING

Progressive Web Apps are continuing to grow in popularity and are becoming an essential part of the digital services offered by businesses. If you’re not familiar with PWA, they’re essentially websites with the ability to send notifications, load quickly regardless of internet connection, and appear as an app on your phone or tablet.

In this blog post we’ll introduce you to Progressive Web Apps(PWA), highlighting why they are becoming so popular and what you need to know to implement them in your business.


What is PWA – Progressive Web App?

A Progressive Web App is a website that has extra functionality and can be used like an app on your mobile device. Essentially, it’s a website that is designed for an app-like experience. The best way to understand Progressive Web Apps is to compare them to a traditional website. PWAs are served from static HTML files, and hosted on standard web infrastructure.

They are also accessible on any device through a standard browser and can send push notifications, be added to home screen, and have the ability to load quickly regardless of internet connection. PWAs can be accessed on both desktop and mobile devices. They are becoming known for their speed, user experience, and ability to work offline. Users can access the PWA at any time, regardless of whether or not they have an internet connection.

PWAs are essentially websites that act like apps. They are built using technologies that make them faster, more responsive, and easier to use. There are a few key differences between PWAs and standard websites. The main difference is in how they are served. PWAs are served using a standard HTTP connection, whereas websites are served using a more resource intensive HTTPS connection. This is why they typically load faster than standard websites.

The Importance of PWAs

As the use of smartphones and tablets grows, so too does the importance of the mobile web. Because of this, businesses are looking for ways to optimise the user experience on mobile devices. One solution is to build Progressive Web Apps. Eighty-five percent of all internet traffic will be from mobile devices by 2020. This is a significant increase from the 66% of mobile traffic in 2017.

PWAs have brought a number of advantages to users. One of which is the ability to load quickly, regardless of internet connection. PWAs are also designed to work offline, which means the content is accessible even when there is no internet connection. Also, PWAs can be added to the home screen, making them more accessible and easier to use.


Benefits of PWA

If you are considering implementing a PWA in your business, there are a number of benefits to take into account. A PWA will help to improve your SEO, as they are easily crawlable. Google recommends that websites be built using the HTTPS protocol. Although HTTPS is important, it doesn’t always guarantee that Google will crawl your site. When a PWA is created, it is built using HTTP.

This means that Google will be able to crawl your PWA and add it to their index. PWAs can be used across all devices and operating systems, meaning that a large number of users can easily access your content. They also load quickly, regardless of internet connection. This is particularly beneficial for users on slower connections, such as 2G. PWAs are easily shared across social media channels, meaning that you can reach a wider audience.

How to build a PWA

The first step to building a PWA is to decide which technology you will use. There are a number of different frameworks available, including React and Vue. Next, create a user flow so that you know where your users will navigate within the application. Finally, implement your design and add the extra functionality.

There are a number of different tools available to help you to create a PWA. You can also use a hybrid approach to creating a PWA. Hybrid PWAs are built using a combination of technologies, such as React and Vue, and a static HTML framework. This allows you to re-use your existing website code and create a hybrid PWA.

How to promote your PWA?

Once you have created a PWA, it is important to promote it to create awareness and generate traffic. You can do this through social media, email marketing campaigns, and press releases. Once you have created your PWA, add a link to your website and be sure to include a description of what your PWA is and how it can be beneficial to users. You can also add your PWA to app stores. Doing so will allow users to download your PWA onto their devices, making it easy to access and use.


From the introduction, it is clear that there are a number of benefits to building a Progressive Web App. PWAs are able to load quickly, are accessible regardless of internet connection, and can be added to the home screen of a device. If you have not yet implemented a PWA in your business, it is important to get started as soon as possible.