Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) are web applications that use modern web technologies to provide a native app-like experience to users. They can be accessed through a web browser, but can also be added to a user’s home screen, receive push notifications, and work offline. PWAs are designed to be fast, responsive, and reliable, and can improve the user experience for e-commerce websites.
Magento is an open-source e-commerce platform that allows businesses to create and manage their own online stores. Magento supports PWAs through the use of PWA Studio, a set of tools and libraries that allow developers to create PWAs that integrate with the Magento backend. PWA Studio provides a set of pre-built components and a framework for building custom PWAs, making it easier for businesses to create high-performance, engaging e-commerce experiences.
How to build Magento using PWA Studio
- Install PWA Studio: PWA Studio can be installed using the following command:
npx create-pwa my-project
- Configure the Magento Backend: The next step is to configure the Magento backend to enable PWA integration. This can be done by installing the GraphQL module, which is included in the latest version of Magento 2.4.0 and above.
- Create a Custom Theme: PWA Studio comes with a default Venia theme, but it is recommended that you create a custom theme for your Magento PWA. This can be done by creating a new directory in the
src/themesdirectory of your PWA Studio project, and then configuring the theme in the
- Build the PWA: Once the theme is set up, you can build the PWA by running the following command:
- Deploy the PWA: Finally, you can deploy the PWA to a web server or hosting service. This can be done using a tool like
http-server, or by using a hosting service like Firebase or Netlify.
It’s worth to mention that PWA studio is a toolkit and a set of libraries that helps you to build a PWA, it’s not a complete solution and you’ll need a developer familiar with React, GraphQL, and Magento to be able to build a PWA using PWA Studio.