PWA's are all the rage right now, it's what most people in the world of web and technology are talking about and if you've been following us here at Hussey Coding you'll know that we are taking a look at this new development too.
Over the last few weeks we've taken a look at what PWA's are (PWA - What's all the fuss about?), they're speed (PWA speed - Websites vs PWA) and recently what they are like to interact with (Interacting with PWA). Today we will ask a new question of PWA's, having all the speed and apperance of a native app is great but what we really want to know is ...
Maybe a better way to answer this question is to firstly ask what is reliability?
According to the dictionary reliability is
"the quality of being trustworthy or of performing consistently well."
so the question we are really asking here is do PWA's perform consistently well?
We all know that the mobile web browser doesn't always deliver in this department, how often have we gone to our favourite store or site just to see the very cute yet very frustrating downasaur?
And though we don't really get that with native apps so much, how often have you gone to play your favourite game on the commute to work or your lunch break to find you need to download the newest version, which takes up the entirety of your time?
PWA's look to combat both these issues and more!
As frustrating as it is seeing the downasaur it's even more frustrating when it's displaying on your website, with the avarage person abandoning the site all together after the first 3 seconds you could be losing out on valuable sales and traffic. One of the best things about PWA's is that they work offline, yes you read right, they work offline!
They do this by saving some of the apps resources in the cache meaning that they will always be accessible and run smoothly and quickly. Now it is important to point out that maybe not every single part of the PWA will be accessable but you will still get desktop level speed and reach to those areas that are, giving your users the ability to browse, add to cart and in some cases even purchase items all while being offline!
They also update themselves, well, I say they update themselves, developers do the updating but that means that the user doesn't need to keep downloading updates all of the time, in fact as soon as a users mobile device connects to the internet then the PWA will begin to update automatically in the background, assuming the user has granted it permission to do so, meaning that the next time the user opens up the PWA, it will be the latest, most up to date version of that app BUT WAIT, there's more, since this is a web application all of the updates will be accessable to anyone with an internet connection regardless of device, model or web browser!
Of course if you have been with Hussey Coding for a while now you will have been reading our series on security, how important it is, our list of common cyber attacks to look out for and our list of things to help you better secure your stores, if you missed any of them we'll post the links to the series below.
With this in mind are PWA's secure? Being a hybrid of web and native can they be secured? The answer is yes! A majour advantage to PWA's is that they originate on the web which means they have access to HTTPS, this is a major step up in security over native apps. Obviously, security is never guarenteed and even the most secure of sites and stores come under attack and at some point hackers will go after PWA but for now, those little magic padlocks are there to help.
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