Basically, the goal behind turning your WordPress site into PWA is to speed up loading pages, increase reliability, boost performance and work offline. Apart from these it is easy to develop, implement, update and can be added to home screens with shortcuts. These features will help to improve conversion, increase engagements, increase revenue, etc. In addition, the user through the mobile browser can visit the website for quick access to the web app. Converting to Progressive Web App is a simple process because of numerous techniques available in the Progressive Web App development company such as plugins, tools and resources. But it requires some prerequisites to meet to convert WordPress into Progressive Web App.
The prerequisites to be met are:
- Progressive Web Apps require HTTPS WordPress website.
- PWA requires browser support. Currently, some versions of Google Chrome, Chrome for Android, Mozilla Firefox, Firefox for Android are the browsers that support PWA. In fact, many more are expected to join in the list very soon with the growing demand for a Progressive Web App.
- Your WordPress site must work on all devices and screen sizes like desktops, mobiles, laptops and tablets
- WordPress Version should be above 3.5.0.
- PHP version should be above 5.3.
Converting a WordPress site into a PWA is mainly done in two ways. One is manually and the other way is through plugins.
Another simple way for non-software developers to convert WordPress site to PWA is through the WordPress plugins. There are many free and paid plugins available to finish this converting job for you. They are:
- Progressive WordPress (PWA):
The WordPress PWA plugin with additional features supports Google AMP. It is compatible with most of the popular web browsers. They master in sending mobile and web push notifications. The app display can be customized according to the user device to look more like a Native App. This plugin gives the option to users to add the site to their Home Screen.
A plugin that creates a Progressive Web App for your WordPress site.
- Super Progressive Web Apps:
An easy way to convert a WordPress site into a super functional Progressive Web App. It is the best plugin for customizing your WordPress site with advanced features. Apart from that, it can create high-calibre offline pages. It generates an icon for your PWA website to provide your users ”Add to Home Screen” option. This will enable to use the app offline also just like any other Native app.
A eCommerce PWA themed plugin that targets better online sales upon the transformation of WordPress to the Progressive Web App.
- PWA for WP & AMP:
The combination of PWA and AMP brings the user of the WordPress site a fabulous experience more than that of a Native App.
2.Paid Plugins are:
- WordPress Mobile Soft:
A paid plugin that turns your WordPress site into a Progressive Web Application to work on all platforms. It has more attractive features besides Offline Mode, add to the Home Screen and Web Push Notifications. Price of it is comparatively reasonable to other paid plugins. (Price may start around $21.)
- Progressive Web Apps For WordPress
This plugin by DaftPlug upgrades your WordPress site to a Progressive Web App using all the modern web capabilities. Apart from Fast, Reliable, Native-App experiences, with no app stores requirement, Push Notifications, Offline Mode and add to the Home Screen. It has advanced added features such as Toast Messages, Swipe-Based Navigation, Shake To Refresh, and Pull To Navigate. Price of it is also comparatively reasonable to other paid plugins. (Price may be around $21.)
- WordPress Mobile Pack:
You can customize your app’s appearance with the help of a lot of built-in themes which are available on purchase. It helps to connect well with Google Analytics and Google Adsense. It’s expensive when compared to WordPress Mobile Soft and Progressive Web Apps For WordPress. (Price starts from $37.)
Building your Progressive Web Applications with AngularJS / Ionic 1 and React Progressive Web App themes. They offer a variant range of Progressive Web App themes, UI kits and extensions. It’s also expensive when compared to WordPress Mobile Soft and Progressive Web Apps For WordPress. (Price starts from $49.)
Concluding the process:
A thorough check for errors and fixing it up is required before launching to avoid user disappointment. And if you are still confused in choosing the plugins or facing problems to do it manually then don’t worry, you can simply hire a professional developer to do the job for you.