Written by Trasha Sharma
Business Analyst at Royal Cyber
It is highly recommended to switch to PWA to meet the business demands. PWA is the future of multi-platform development as they are powerful, more secure, fast, and app like. PWA is an all-in-one solution for a site or an app and takes very less space in the app directory of the device.
Generally, Magento (know about the latest version, Magento 2.4) store uses theme components to define the look and feel of the front-end of the website. However, Magento's PWA studio provides a different and modular approach for creating a custom front-end experience using storefront applications. PWA Studio development requires less Magento tool knowledge to create a customized storefront, and the concepts and the tool it uses are more common and standard among the general front-end developers.
Various benefits of using PWA are:
A PWA Studio storefront application communicates with Magento using its external API. These external API services interact with Magento’s internal service modules and return the response through the same external API. GraphQL is the preferred API for this purpose (fetch and push data).
PWA is installed in Magento using Venia storefront (PWA storefront). The coupling between a PWA Studio storefront and Magento should be such that the storefront has a dependency on Magento, but not vice versa. A PWA Studio storefront and its backing Magento server are two independent applications. Therefore, unlike Magento themes (which has its codebase in Magento), PWA’s codebase is separate from each other.
PWA is integrated with Magento using the following major steps:
Magento's fron-tend themes such as assets, scripts, layout files, etc. are not used by PWA studio storefront. Instead, PWA studio uses its own storefront applications to build front-end store and uses Magento’s GraphQL and REST APIs to send or receive data.
Therefore, PWAs are taking the technology industry by storm. They provide a solution to the many issues merchants, customers, and developers encounter with omnichannel commerce. PWAs allow sites to present their content and other information in a very appealing way and it is in such a quick format that it serves both applications and the websites. PWAs act like an application but can function on mobile websites – thus terminating the need to download an application from the app store, saving users both time and space.