1. General Understandings of Progressive Web App for Magento 2
What is Progressive Web App for Magento 2?
As you might know, the Progressive Web Application technology has appeared as a new trend in the recent years. While the mobile webs and mobile apps aren’t able to fulfill customers’ needs and suits with store owners’ financial ability, building a PWA seems to be more feasible. Firstly, since the PWA still run on browsers but deliver app-like experience for the users, it can handle the disadvantages of both traditional webs or native apps. Secondly, the cost of building a PWA is more affordable than creating a mobile app.
Tigren released a great Progressive Web Application theme for Magento 2. Therefore, if your store is Magento based, you can easily acquire this modern technology without spending a penny.
Why should I use Magento 2 Progressive Web App?
By using our Magento 2 Progressive Web Application, you will bring about the best experience for all of your customers, especially for whom prefer mobile shopping. More specifically, they will enjoy fast loading speed, full-screen mode, push notification and offline feature. Compared to the native apps, it’s much easier to persuade your customers to create an app shortcut on their homescreen.
There are also an array of benefits from using Magento PWA, you can find out more here.
2. Highlights of Progressive Web App for Magento 2
- 5 seconds to add a shortcut on homescreen
- Great app-like experience
- Full-screen mode and responsive design
- Lightning load speed
- Push notifications (when the browser & app are closed)
- Offline mode (allow opening the app without network connections)
- Good for SEO (be shareable)
- High security (HTTPs)
3. Conditions for Building Progressive Web App for Magento 2
In order to converting your current website to the Progressive Web Application, your site must be served over HTTPs. This condition is set with the aim of avoiding any dangerous content intrusion.
4. Evaluation Tool for Magento 2 Progressive Web App
In order to evaluate your Progressive Web App performance, you can use the Lighthouse extension of Google.
First, you must download the Lighthouse Extension & add it to your Chrome browser.
Then, go to your PWA page, click on the Lighthouse icon on the browser and tap Generate Report:
Finally, check the result.
5. Customers Guideline on Progressive Web App for Magento 2
When the customers visit your site on their browser, they will be invited to receive notifications and add your PWA to their homescreen.
Here is the PWA shortcut on the customer’s homescreen and push notification:
Another thing that might be useful for the users is that they are allowed to access some certain pages in your site even when there is poor or no network connection as long as they visited those pages before.