Navigating the World of Progressive Web Apps with Ionic 2

By Justin

Building progressive web apps can be hard. Getting what is traditionally considered a “native” look and feel on the web is something that many web technologies are just getting the hang of. The awesome thing about Ionic is that we specialize in providing the native look and feel PWA’s strive for, with performant, native style components and a complete base to build your PWA on, so you can just focus on building something cool.

This is why Ionic is the perfect platform for building progressive web apps and the reason I chose to build my latest PWA, IonicHN, with Ionic 2. Also, for those not familiar with what a PWA is, check out this article for more info.

Since Ionic 2 is built with web technologies that normally run in a WebView when packaged as a native app, it’s already built to work perfectly in the browser—in fact, IonicHN runs just as well as a packaged app as it does as a PWA. This gives you a huge advantage when building your PWA with Ionic, because if you know how to build an Ionic 2 app packaged as a native app, then you are already 95% of the way to building a PWA. Just add a service worker and a manifest, and you’re ready to deploy!

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