5 Steps to consider WHILE creating a PWA app with React Native


React Native Technology is a rising star of the mobile app development field, and on the other hand, PWA’s are one of the most important technologies used in the tech world, as they do not just bring convenience to the developers, but even users get several benefits. And you know the game of accessing the best out of this app increases further, when developers, no need to write the whole code again and again.

Any idea what I am hinting at?

Yeah, that is the inclusion of React Native technology in the progressive apps. But is this possible, yes it is very much possible from the technology forefront.

However, there are a few steps to be considered while making the PWA using RN.

So what are you waiting for? Here in this post, we are going to take a closer look at those essentials. Just stay tuned with s, and scroll further to unbox the best of fusion of two mind-blowing technologies.

1. Provides add to home screen option

An app is all about convenience and comfort offered to the users, and this cannot be skipped with PWAs as well. To make the user experience better and enhanced, it is necessary to give them more improved features, by letting them access ‘add to home screen option’. No doubt, it changes the game, but to implement this Developers need to add Web App Manifest or manifest.json file to PWA.

2. Web app Manifest changes the game

As a PWA developer, you need to keep a strong check that your users can download the application on their mobile devices without any problem. And to make this journey as smooth as possible, it is mandatory to add the manifest.json file directly in the directory of the application. This will have important details such as name, description, icons, and splash screen. You must know that manifest.json is an important aspect of PWA app development. It helps the aesthetic look and ensures how well the app would appear on the home screen of the user. It holds metadata in the public folder, which takes charge of the app’s appearance.

3. Secure network connection

Well, this is a very basic requirement, but when it comes to PWA, developers recommend using HTTPS pages to secure the connection. This helps in securing and creating trust among the users, and further helps in activating the home screen installation.

4. Service worker

Every efficient and experienced PWA app developer is well-versed with different factors of development, and one of them is a service worker. It is basically a function or process that runs in the background of the app and remains unbeknown to the users. To be précised, this is the background script, that solely has two major functions; the first one is to intercept background network request, and the other function allows intercepting cache information for offline purposes. Further, with the help of this service worker, developers also get the opportunity to take control over other factors, such as installations, push notifications, caching, to name a few, and make the user-experience as comforting and convenient as possible.

5. Custom Splash screen

Not many of us know out there, that while building progressive web apps, till the application gets completed, the Android displays a white screen. Hence, if you have customized the splash screen, then a white or blank screen would not entertain you unnecessarily. For a PWA app built with React Native, it is essential to let your app get the feel of native applications. This enables developers to add custom backgrounds along with the custom icon for the PWA, with a custom splash screen.

In a nutshell

PWAs are the future of mobile app development, and if you build them using React Native, then nothing can beat this combination. Indeed, there are multiple reasons to opt for this technology and on the other hand, RN also comes with a load of benefits for the users. It ensures not to bug down the user0expence from any possible corner and gives them a scalable app solution that runs faster.

With this hope that you would have gained some important information through this post today, to create a successful PWA using React Native, I sign-off for today.

But keep watching this space for more enticing information coming your way.

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