A progressive Web Application (PWA) is a disruptive innovation that has redefined the basic tenets of the web experience in smartphones. It is an ingenious blend of the best of both worlds – responsive websites and native mobile applications. Needless to say, PWAs are gaining momentum and are predicted to be the next big thing in the realm of mobile app development. Switching to PWAs turned out to be highly profitable for several biggies as users started to spend more time on PWAs. Take a look at some of the success stories of PWA adoption.
Flipkart experienced an increase of 40% in the re-engagement rate and 70% in the conversion rate!
Twitter succeeded in getting down the bounce rate by 20% and increasing the pages per session by 65%!
The click rate in “trivago” shot up by 97% and there was a 50% hike in user engagement!
Hence, the rate of PWA adoption is rising and it has been observed that most businesses prefer to hire Ionic app development services for executing their Progressive Web App development project. Business enterprises like Facebook, Tinder, BookMyShow, Starbucks, Forbes, Pinterest, and Uber have successfully expanded their customer base with the help of Ionic PWAs.
In this blog, I have penned down the reasons why Ionic has gained a lot of traction amongst the software community for being one of the best frameworks for progressive web app development. But before we dive deeper, let me enlighten you about Ionic and PWAs.
Ionic in nutshell
Insights on PWA
The X Factor in Ionic that facilitates PWA development
Take a look at the top reasons to leverage Ionic development services for developing PWAs.
Ionic enjoys the support of Angular, which is known for its ability to develop exceedingly interactive mobile and web applications. Angular’s component API forms the foundation of the Ionic framework and AngularJS provides the sentence structure extensions of HTML to Ionic. These goodies help Ionic developers add amazing and user-friendly functionalities to the app.
A Free and Open-Source Framework
Ionic, being platform-independent leads to the creation of apps that run seamlessly on the major operating systems- Windows, iOS, and Android. When these applications are deployed via Apache Cordova with a single codebase, they automatically adapt themselves to the platform or device they are functioning in.
A Captivating UI
Ionic’s re-adaptable and reusable UI elements help to create visually attractive interfaces. Furthermore, Ionic adds pre-defined CSS classes to modify and customize the major components like buttons, caches, navigation, form inputs, sliding menu, and pop-ups.
A Strong CLI
Ionic’s Strong CLI (Command Line Interface) enables creating, building, testing, debugging, and deploying applications with ease. The CLI also ensures faster installation due to reduced dependencies thereby enhancing performance as well.
Ionic is an HTML5 framework and so requires a native wrapper to function like native apps. Cordova, a bunch of command-line tools, and the plugin bridge acts as a native wrapper and also enable easy access to native-like device features such as GPS, camera, etc.
Earlier, the developers followed the traditional approach of posting updates on the App Store and then left it to the client’s discretion whether they are going to update the app or not. However, things changed with the advent of Ionic empowered Hybrid apps. Since Hybrid apps function within a web view, developers can now remotely update the app at the web layer outside the app store, using smart tools such as PhoneGap ContentSync, Ionic Deploy, etc.
The Ionic community comprises more than 5 million developers around the globe. Community Forum, World Wide Slack, Stack Overflow, and GitHub are some of the forums that answer developer queries and provide them with the necessary guidance.
Ionic PWA development: Steps to get started
It’s time for some practical advice on getting started! Follow these steps.
- Downloading Ionic and installing the dependencies that are necessary for it.
- Downloading Node.js6 LTS and NPM 3+ installers and installing Ionic CLI globally.
- Using Ionic start to begin a new project.
- Running ionic serves and integrating Ionic with Cordova.
Now, the Ionic app is ready for use. The next step is to add Service Worker and Web Manifest to convert Ionic into a Progressive Web App. Service workers are nothing but the scripts that provide offline functionality, caching features, synchronization in the background, push notifications, etc. Web Manifest provides info in the JSON text file about the application.
Pieces of advice on Ionic PWA development
Would like some useful tips on Ionic progressive web app development? Well then, this is for you!
- Gather more insights and go through the basic tutorials from the PWA Resource Page.
- Whitepaper: The Architect’s Guide to PWAs provides practical guidance on project development and the projects best suited for PWA.
- PWA Toolkit provides information about the best practices of Ionic PWA development.
The alternative frameworks for PWA development
This blog must have given you panoramic insights on Ionic progressive web app development and you must have realized why the big market players have opted for Ionic, despite the availability of other options. Ionic creates versatile PWAs with an outstanding UI and UX, using standard tools and a single codebase. Hence, Ionic PWAs enable enterprises to explore new horizons, cater to the demanding requirements of present-day customers, and at the same time ensure a cost-efficient development. Would like to architect Progressive Web Applications with the help of an Ionic Development Company? Reach us! We are a noteworthy outsourcing software development company with a rich experience of 10+years in developing Ionic web/mobile apps.
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