Anyone who follows Ionic closely knows we’re all-in on Progressive Web Apps. And while many of our readers have a double Master’s degree in PWAs by now, we know that lots of you are just climbing onboard the PWA hype train.

To help anyone curious about PWAs, and to round out the story for people who are already familiar with the topic, we decided to package up all the need-to-know info in a handy white paper: The Architect’s Guide to Progressive Web Apps.

Why all the hype around PWAs?

For those of you who are new to PWAs, here are the basics you need to know:

The term Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) was only introduced in 2015, so the concept is still relatively new. But, thanks to broad adoption of the underlying web standards and APIs that make PWAs possible — think Service Workers, Web App Manifests, and more — PWAs are about to take off in a big way. They offer significant advantages over the status quo, and the tools are out there to help developers use them.

Obviously, we think PWAs are extremely exciting, we’ve built a whole platform around them. But, we’re not alone. In fact, conservative research firms like Gartner are projecting that by 2020 fully 50 percent of all mobile apps will be PWAs. Big brands like Twitter and Pinterest are also doubling-down on the PWA trend.

Practical guidance to get started with PWAs

Of course, any new technology brings up a ton of questions for the people who actually have to implement them, and PWAs are no exception.

To help answer some of these questions, and give digital architects and developers a resource to consult, the new Architect’s Guide to PWAs provides very practical guidance on when and how to deploy PWAs as part of a broader app strategy, and lists out the key resources you’ll need to learn and get started developing your own.

We kept it short and to the point, with clearly marked sections, so you can skip to the things you’re wondering about — although we think the whole thing is worth reading.

Give us your feedback

We hope it provides a solid foundation for those of you considering or getting started with PWAs. Think it’s missing something? Please let us know. With technology that’s advancing as quickly as PWAs are, we’ll plan on updating it as techniques and technologies change.

Download the Architect’s Guide to PWAs, and let us know what you think!

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  • Alberto

    Very basic but up to date and with a clear introduction to the PWA world and its reasoning.
    For newcomers it’s useful, for anoyone with some experience not so much.
    I’ll share it when needed, thanks for the job done.

  • Francisco Caivano

    Disappointing…, PWA’s have a lot to do with the “open web” movement, and not building on top of private/closed ecosystems.
    But then you go and publish a “downloadable white paper” which, after adding your personal detail’s you can only read using a flipping book solution which doesn’t allow to download in PDF or any other format…

    • Andrew Haire

      Hi Francisco, thanks for the feedback. Sorry you didn’t like the flip book experience. We thought that would be better for readers. You can definitely download the paper though. Just go to full screen view and you’ll see an option to download it at the top. If you don’t see it, let me know and I’ll email it to you directly.

      • Dead Parrot

        I too need the PDF – not only is there no download option in the ‘flip book experience’ (which is HARD TO READ!), but in chrome, NO ‘full screen’ option!

        • Andrew Haire

          Hey, sorry you didn’t like the flip book version. We thought that would be a better experience. But, since you’re not the first to express frustration, we went ahead and killed it. It will now direct you straight to the PDF version, which you can find here:

  • Korte

    its good to know about PWAs through this article. thank you. hope it will help us in many ways, i will download it must. thanks again and hope to see more about it in the downloaded file.

    • Andrew Haire

      Thanks Korte!

  • Marley Silva

    Sincerely, I expected more from this guide.

    • Andrew Haire

      Hey Marley – This is definitely more of an intro guide. While we know that a lot of people have a good understanding of PWAs and what they’re all about, there are still a ton of folks who are just ramping up on the topic. This is more for that category of reader. That said, what kind of info were you looking for? We will keep it in mind as we think about new articles or updates to this guide.

  • Matt J. Sorenson

    “Please enter your business email address. This (HubSpot) form does not accept addresses from”

    Well, ok then. Moving along.

  • Pushpraj Singh Verma

    Great work!! This blog contains a complete guide to a beginner who wants to learn Progressive web apps. It has a lot of information which can show you a brief knowledge of PWA. Thanks for sharing this informative post. It helps me a lot. Here is a blog which will be very useful if you want to build and deploy a PWA.

  • YouStable

    Hello sir your knowledge is great in PWA’s Here i also do write a article on Progressive web apps. please guide me is it good or not.

  • Viktor Dmt