What's the difference between a web app and a progressive web app?

  1. Capability for Offline Usage: One of the significant features of a Progressive Web Application (PWA) is its ability to function offline or in low-network conditions. PWAs can cache certain resources and content, allowing users to continue using the app even when they're not connected to the internet. Traditional web applications typically require an active internet connection to function properly.
  2. App-Like Experience: PWAs aim to provide a more app-like experience to users. This includes features like full-screen mode, push notifications, and the ability to install the app on the device's home screen. While traditional web apps can offer some of these features, PWAs are specifically designed to feel and behave more like native mobile apps.
  3. Improved Performance: PWAs often leverage modern web technologies to enhance performance, such as service workers for caching and background data synchronization. This can result in faster loading times and smoother user experiences compared to traditional web apps.
  4. Discoverability: PWAs can be discovered through web search engines, just like traditional websites, making them more accessible to users who may not actively search for apps in app stores. This can potentially increase the reach and visibility of the app.

How are PWAs similar to web applications?

  1. Security: PWAs and web apps offer the same level of security as they both utilise HTTPS and secure login techniques.
  2. Cross-platform functionality: Web applications and PWAs can be used on browsers and mobile platforms alike. All the latest web browsers and modern mobile phone devices work seamlessly.
  3. Automatic Updates: PWAs and web apps update themselves automatically, ensuring that users always have the latest version of the app without needing to manually download updates from an app store or website. This feature simplifies maintenance for both developers and users.

In summary, while both web applications and PWAs are accessed through web browsers, PWAs offer additional features and capabilities designed to provide a more app-like experience, improved performance, and better offline functionality.

The good news is that we can create both web apps and progressive web apps here at Evergreen.  Get in touch today to see how we can help.