Responsive websites offer better digital experiences for those who use mobile devices to access pages in a browser. However, they continue to be more time consuming for web developers to design and build. They also fall short in delivering consistent experiences across different web browsers and devices.
While responsive websites can prioritize mobile-first capabilities and adapt to screen or browser size, they don’t take full advantage of device functionality.
Simple and Consistent Development with PWAs :
Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) have emerged as an innovative approach to creating a single web property that takes full advantage of all modern devices and browser types.
PWAs take the best of native mobile apps, mobile sites, and responsive websites to deliver the flexible experiences and advanced features today’s users demand. In short: PWAs simplify design, development, and even project management by helping organizations build and maintain one app that can fully realize and convey a brand’s vision.
Points on Response website and PWAs – Features and Limitations:
Innovative businesses are turning to Progressive Web Apps to meet the rising expectations of today’s sophisticated users while lessening development and maintenance costs. This is not surprising when you consider how websites and PWAs compare in terms of speed, functionality, ease-of-use, and adaptability.
Websites often include various tracking scripts and rely on real-time data transfers to deliver information “on-demand” to visitors. This can lead to slower or incomplete page loads that test a user’s patience and lead to unnecessary frustration.
PWAs can cache more data and offer a faster experience by using fewer data. Their ability to work offline can also maintain usability in low or no connectivity areas. With increased speed, PWAs also can support higher search engine rankings.
Functionality and ease-of-use –
While websites are optimized for search engines, they are unable to leverage many more advanced mobile device capabilities. Building a single website that accounts for variances in all device and browser capabilities is a lofty undertaking.
PWAs take advantage of unique native mobile capabilities, including instant access from the home screen, availability in app stores, and geolocation standards in a stable and secure environment. Similarly, PWAs offer push notifications and are capable of delivering content offline.
While a responsive website means only one site to update (as opposed to having a desktop and mobile website) they do require more resources to optimize for devices, develop, maintain, and meet user expectations. And as new, connected devices continue to emerge, responsive websites become increasingly more difficult to adapt to new formats and functionalities.
This reduces the time and costs associated with rolling out digital product enhancements, as well as minimizes ongoing maintenance costs. PWAs can also enable more rapid adoption of tech advances.