Many people, especially smartphone users are often under the impression that web applications are no better and of course, can’t compete with native mobile apps. Frankly, they have a reasonable base. Usually, websites need a good internet connection to load and when mobile phones first got introduced in the market, it took a good time for companies around the globe to build responsive websites that accordingly act on different smartphones. Poor responsive UX and shaky network connections are the main two reasons that kept people under this impression.
Now, to everyone’s surprise, Progressive Web Applications are seamlessly making it possible for websites to give a tough competition to native mobile apps by letting them run offline, allure users back to the web app utilizing web notifications and making them install right on the home screen.
Today will take a short trip to what exactly Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are and their key benefits along with why we are using them at Stellarbee.
Atlas, what are these progressive web apps?
Introduced by Google, PWA isn’t a technology in itself but a jargon that made viable by a set of new APIs that are accessible to web developers. This jargon aims to push developers to develop quick, secure, reliable, and user-engaging web apps.
Wondering how it would be so helpful for your business? Well, there are so many business cases on why Progressive Web Applications would be excellent for your application, with a range of big players sharing their stats since they enhanced their website to use PWAs.
Two such big players who tried this and witnessed a great improvement in their numbers are Alibaba and Flipkart. Alibaba saw an increase of more than 75% in their conversion rate, 4 times better interaction when they introduced the icon to add on the home screen and nearly 30% more active users on Android. On the other end, Flipkart witnessed a three-time increase in the time-on-site from 70 seconds to 3.5 minutes after introducing the Progressive Web App.
Now it’s time for key benefits of PWA
No internet? No problem
Users will be able to still access your website even if they have slow or zero internet connection.
Engage users via push notifications
You can always keep your users engaged with notifications. The web developers will have the ability to send notifications to users if the Push & Web Notifications API grant permission.
Icon right on home screen
Let your users install your web app by providing them the option to install the app on their home screen. Other essential features of PWA include responsiveness, quick turnaround time, and progressive.
PWAs at Stellarbee
Not just one or two, there is a hell of a lot of reasons why Stellarbee started taking Progressive Web Apps seriously. We are always looking for innovative and creative ways to enhance our clients’ websites. In addition, about 40% of smartphone users leave a website that failed to load under 3 seconds. Utilizing service workers to cache our websites and execute offline abilities on the websites we develop looked like a no-brainer to us.
Being able to provide our clients cutting-edge tools and technologies like web notifications to help them accomplish their business objectives is what we love to do at Stellarbee. This kind of improvement not only does enhance the user engagement but beneficial to the end-user as well.