Technology moves fast. The digital landscape today barely even resembles what it did even ten years ago, and it’s hard to compete without being up to date on what’s happening. Progressive web apps (PWA’s), and the unique way they’re developed, are at the forefront of the digital landscape. It’s the perfect example of how rethinking the philosophical approach of development can impact the technology of emerging apps. Let’s take a look at how it’s done.
There’s a lot to unpack with PWA’s, but we’ll try to explain it simply and concisely. Imagine all the performance and fun of a native mobile app with all the power and accessibility of a website. They install directly to your browser, meaning no visits to the app store or lengthy download. Any updates or maintenance are done directly from the back end, so no dropped service or uninstalls due to faulty operations. Some PWA’s, like the Swiss public transportation app SBB, even work offline, so travelers can access their tickets and passes anywhere. And, its responsive UI and push notifications keeps retention rates high and users engaged.
If you’re looking to enter the market ahead of the game, PWA’s are a great way to start. That said, the entire development and operations process is crucial for ultimate success.
You want progressive? There’s no more advanced way to develop and operate an app than using a DevOps team. This revolutionary philosophy tears down the walls of the office, integrating the development and operations teams from beginning to end. This opens lines of communications, keeps delays and handoffs to a minimum, and lets troubleshooters identify issues and provide solutions at every stage of development. Streamlining the process saves money and lets the team aggressively dominate the timeline, helping your PWA hit the market at the optimal time ahead of the competition. When there’s collaboration on that level, everybody wins.
Full Stack Development
In the same realm of DevOps, full stack certified developers have unique qualifications to ensure smooth and swift actualization of your product. These highly trained and experienced workers know the entire development process, are proficient in all languages and methods for cross-platform and multiple device compatibility, and can work in all stages to ensure top quality throughout. Highly skilled workers that are qualified to work on all stages of development naturally reduce delays, encourage communication, and reduce both timeline and labor costs.
The Agile approach to software development is another indication that the development partner you’ve chosen is on the right path. There’s a lot that goes into the Agile philosophy, but we’ll focus on the all-important testing process, and why it’s so crucial to a successful product.
Like all the other collaborative efforts we’ve examined above, iterative testing processes and Agile developers continuously test, troubleshoot, and fix various glitches that inevitably pop up throughout the development phase. This necessitates constant vigilance and communication, and everybody has their role. When there is uniform effort, there is consistent function throughout. Essential features that the client wants are easily integrated, developers don’t waste time working on unnecessary features, and the user stays engaged and retained. This also satisfies project managers and C-level investors, as the transparency of the process and timeline are easy to see and monitor.
Why Choose a PWA?
Now that you’ve seen the various ways to streamline and optimize development, let’s identify the reasons why developing a PWA will give you the best shot at success.
- Responsive: One of many advantages of having a web-based app is the ability to respond to all sorts of issues, good or bad, on the back end. Whether there’s a hot new feature that needs to be implemented quickly, or a glitchy bug that needs to be removed, every technical maneuver can be quickly and definitively executed from the back end, without costly delays, updates, or downtime. This makes everyone happy.
- Discoverable: Here’s a subject that not many ambitious app creators consider. Getting noticed in a hugely competitive market is very difficult, and trying to edge your way up an app store’s ranked list depends on a lot of variables you can’t control. Because a PWA is based from a website, it can be found on standard search engines, making it far more visible to the average Internet user. Thus, standard forms of digital marketing, like SEO and blog posts, can be used to organically move your PWA up these lists, giving you much more visibility to a far bigger audience than you could get on an app store.
- Real-Time Refreshable: Any content you decide to change or add on your PWA is instantly visible to the user. This means new features, inventory control, flash sales, or any other messaging you want to hit your users right away. Typically, with native apps, you would have to send update requests, and hope your users agree to do that right away. No such worry with PWA’s.
- Offline Capability: As we mentioned above, this feature makes certain app features on a PWA impossible to ignore. As long as the data entered offline is properly cached, it can be retrieved through automated processes and applied instantly. Make sure to let all users know about this unique feature, as it’s definitely a desirable feature.
Wrapping it Up
There’s a lot more to a PWA than we can outline here, but knowing the essential features and progressive ways it can be developed should help you identify the perfect web app development partner. Do your research and put in the time needed, and get your PWA live!
Are you interested in creating a PWA? Here at Koombea, we’ve got the process locked down so don’t hesitate to reach out to us for a free consultation!