5 Tips To Ensure An Excellent UX For Progressive Web Apps

Progressive Web Apps (PWA) are revolutionary as they create better experiences on mobile web, therefore changing our perceptions built on web applications. The progress has been made possible by recently standardized features in JavaScript and web browsers. Developers have the duty bestowed on them to investigate whether progressive web apps are adequate for use or not. They also have to ensure that user experience (UX) is equally good with native apps.

The following are items you should run through every time you create a PWA.

 Avoid The Most Common UX Mistakes That Can Ruin Your PWA

When designing a PWA, you will realize that it is closer to creating a native mobile app as opposed to a conventional responsive web app. Be keen therefore not to make the same mistakes that conventional web designs face when they are being redesigned for mobile.

Usage Of System Fonts

You should be aware that users are comfortable more so with what they are familiar with including fonts. They will be more comfortable using your Progressive Web App if they can change their style to match the OS they are using. The font alone can be a deal-breaker or sealer. Ensure that you enable and allow for such flexibility for the app by implementing different menus and buttons on different platforms.

Apart from providing such options, you can decide to use the system’s preferred font, which will be different for IOS, Windows, and Android, among others. The trend is notable in use by big names like Microsoft, who used Segoe, and they influenced others such as Mozilla (Fire Sans), Google (Roboto) and Apple (San Francisco). Including system fonts in your app development assist you and the audience to be more comfortable.

Allow The Content To Be Shared Easily

It is common for Progressive Web Apps that the current URL is never easily accessible. Ensure, therefore, that users can share what they are looking for without struggling. Make it simple and easy for them so that they enjoy their experience. Include a share button, which enables users to share what they are viewing easily and quickly. They can copy the URL to the clipboard and share it to networking sites.

Be Keen That The Buttons And ‘Non-Content’ Are Not Selectable

An excellent example of this is chrome, which will select even with a single tap on the screen every time. It goes further to create a bug that taps on buttons a ‘non-content’ which now act as selections, and they keep being selected. It inconveniences users and deters them from having a good experience in apps and websites. Ensure that you fix such issues.

Retain Scroll Position On The Previous List Page

It applies when the user presses back from a detail. Users sometimes need to pick items maybe in a list to view its contents in details. When they are done and need to tap back to the previous page, they should not be brought back to the top of the list, but to the position, they were at, that is, the same scroll position. The position they were at before they pressed or tapped on an item to view. It enables the user to have the best experience. It is tiring and almost annoying when browsing a list of items, products or articles when pressing back takes you back to the top of the list repeatedly.

Smooth And Fast Screen Transitions

Progressive Web Apps should make the user feel as though the app is locally installed on the device. Blocking on the network must therefore not slow down transitions in screens. It is common that when a user taps on a linking a web app they have to wait first, looking at the present screen and then they are suddenly taken to a new screen. It should be looked into t avoid such a delay and then sudden activity as it takes away the feeling of the Progressive Web App being part of the device the user is using.

Enhance Load Performance

Google recommends the following techniques to ensure that you provide a rich web experience that is load performance free.

  • The PRPL Pattern

It is a pattern meant for structuring and serving PWAs. It optimizes more straightforward development and deployment, and it stands for

-Push critical resources for the initial URL

-Render initial route

-Pre-cache remaining routes

-Lazy-load and create remaining routes on demand

The pattern is beneficial in that it enables minimum time to interaction on using and mobile devices as well as ensuring caching efficiency overtime.

  • Service Worker Caching

It is a script that your browser can run in the background despite the page being closed. It enables your PWA to serve responses almost instantly, even on sluggish networks. Service workers contribute a lot in allowing native app features like off-line capabilities, background synchronizing, and push notifications possible on PWAs.

  • Server-Side Rendering

It helps PWAs and especially the users to get Content faster, especially when JavaScript fails or is disabled. Search engines index it easier too.

Progressive Web Apps are a channel for developers to provide the best experience for users on their devices, and these recommendations help them to achieve these goals.

Cody Wilson

Code Wilson is a Marketing Manager at AIS Technolabs which is Web design and Development Company, helping global businesses to grow by Ecommerce Script Services. I would love to share thoughts on Social Media Marketing Services and Game Design Development etc.

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