With the current pace of adoption, newcomers like yourself should find it hard to find a solid base to build your PWA on. And we get it, of course, there just are too many different PWA frameworks out there, each with its own unique perks for you to choose from.
It’s for this reason that we find it necessary to provide you with a comprehensive, selected-best list with which you should find the whole framework-picking process a lot easier.
Let’s get right into it, shall we?
Best frameworks for your PWA development
Latest version: Angular 9 (Released on February 6, 2020)
- Well-laid-out methodology
- Large and active community of developers
- Complex infrastructure suitable for large scale projects
- Great archive of third-party extensions to choose from
- Optimized for speed and security, with unique and brilliant concept – ‘ahead of time compiler’
- Dependency injection to increase code efficiency and modularity
- Fully modular elements
- Requires understanding of TypeScript
- Steep learning curve
- Not SEO-friendly
The Angular community might be big, but it doesn’t hold a candle to the React community. In the Progressive Web App development sphere, React is well-recognized as a first-class citizen due to its ‘Create a new React app’ generator and all its initiatives to make PWA the new standard of the Web.
Latest version: React 16.13.1 (Released on March 19, 2020)
- Easy to learn: Syntaxes in React are simple and involve a lot of HTML writing skills.
- Decent server-side rendering support, which is the key to creating of an interactive and engaging PWA
- More flexibility in developing
- Among the top in terms of performance as it uses virtual DOM and various rendering optimizations
- Open-source library and popular — contributions are made everyday by the huge community of React developers from all around the world
- An understanding of JSX to make it easier to write and add HTML
- Lack of documentation
- Not SEO-friendly
- [Tutorial] Create your first PWA using React, Node.js and Firebase
- Progressive Web Apps: 12 Examples from Real Brands for Your Inspiration
Latest version: Vue v2.6.11 (released on December 14, 2019)
- Most easy to learn
- Decent documentation
- Can be combined with JSX and Typescript to produce the best results
- Enhanced rendendering performance due to Virtual-DOM
- Too flexible: There are too many reported and unresolved integration issues in big projects
- Small development team
Recommended reading: Magento PWA Studio vs Vue Storefront: Which one is for you?
Available as a lightweight, performance-oriented alternative to React, Preact is a framework ideal for PWA development as it’s light, fast, and should fill most of your needs. And the reason that it’s so great and so well-recommended inside the PWA community is that it’s fully compatible with React, and a transition from React to Preact is as simple as implementing a compatibility layer preact-compat to your existing code.
Latest version: 10.4.4 (Released on May 19, 2020)
- Light and fast
- Uses the same ES6 API as React, allowing for seamless compatibility
- It-just-works Preact CLI which offers superb PWA performance out of the box
- Comes with its own server-side rendering, routing, and add-ons
- A lot of ‘innovations’ in Preact are
- Need preact-compat to use React components or packages
Founded by Microsoft themselves to push adoptions of PWA forward, PWABuilder is built to be the best at what it does—that is converting websites into fast, functional, and engaging PWAs across multiple platforms. The recently released PWA Builder 2.0 also extends its official support to the Mac desktop platform driven by WebKit. The framework aims to create cross-platform PWAs, including availability in places that shouldn’t be possible such as Microsoft Store and Mac. Yes, macOS, as the recently released 2.0 version of PWA Builder has extended its official support to WebKit-powered browsers.
Latest version: 2.0
- Intuitive and comprehensive building/converting process
- Extensive documentation
- Backed by dedicated Microsoft team
- Use Vuejs for its web development and
- Built using Vue.js and Node.js
- Restricted flexibility
- Automated process which can make managing things a little bit harder
And that’s it for our list. Choosing a framework is the most crucial step which will determine the speed and responsiveness of your PWA later on. It’s better to spend some time to dig through your various options now since you don’t want to regret choosing the wrong framework for your PWA development, as that will result in major and unnecessary cost as well as resources.
In case your site is a Magento store, here at SimiCart we specialize in PWA implementation using Magento PWA Studio, using which the end result for your store is guaranteed to be fast, effortless, and engaging.