WP + PWA using PWA plug-in

When I was developing for Android, I was excited that I would be adding to my resume that I was able to develop in the fastest growing sector of the mobile market. But something was gnawing at my craw. It felt divergent.

When I started developing computer applications, the industry was using literally hundreds of platforms. IBM, Xerox, Sun, Wang were the big players. Commodore, Radio Shack, Apple, Timex were little players trying to get a piece of the action. The players didn’t play nice with each other either. A program written for the CoCo wouldn’t work on the Apple IIc. Even one written on the Commodore VIC-20, would not work on the Commodore 64. Forget trying to put it on a Sun Microsystems machine. IBM was right out.

Then came this World Wide Web thing. It leveled the playing field. A page written on the Sun Microsystems could be viewed on the Apple Macintosh. The world computers were becoming integrated. FINALLY!

Now a few developers have built Angular, and made Progressive Web Apps (PWA) possible. Now, a website can be an app on your device. The developers of WordPress liked it so much, they made several flavours of PWA for WordPress.

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I tried PWA on spec.

The first plug-in I tried was PWA. It came highly recommended, was first in the Add-New list, it was developed by Google, and seemed to have lots of support. I built a new free site on Hostinger to test it out. In spite of the popularity and support, I could not get it to work and could not easily find a video to help me out.

Campy or what?

While trying to find videos to teach me to use Google’s PWA plug-in, I kept stumbling upon Super PWA. It wasn’t what I was looking for, so I kept looking.

Lo-res. My peeps.

I finally decided on PWA for WP & AMP, mostly because the search for help on the first plug-in was fruitless, and I liked the flavour of tutorial I found for this plug-in.

In the end, the plug in worked the first time. Now, I can explore the features and maybe I can go back and explore the plug-in developed at Google.

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