Progressive Web Apps

A Progressive Web App (PWA) is a web app that uses modern web capabilities to deliver an app-like experience to users. These apps meet certain requirements (see below), are deployed to servers, accessible through URLs, and indexed by search engines.

Progressive Web Apps are user experiences that have the reach of the web, and are:

  • Reliable – Load instantly and never show the downasaur, even in uncertain network conditions.
  • Fast – Respond quickly to user interactions with silky smooth animations and no janky scrolling.
  • Engaging – Feel like a natural app on the device, with an immersive user experience.

This new level of quality allows Progressive Web Apps to earn a place on the user’s home screen.

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Why build a Progressive Web App?

Building a high-quality Progressive Web App has incredible benefits, making it easy to delight your users, grow engagement and increase conversions.

ding a high-quality Progressive Web App has incredible benefits, making it easy to delight your users, grow engagement and increase conversions.

  • Worthy of being on the home screen
    When the Progressive Web App criteria are met, Chrome prompts users to add the Progressive Web App to their home screen.
  • Work reliably, no matter the network conditions
    Service workers enabled Konga to send 63% less data for initial page loads, and 84% less data to complete the first transaction!
  • Increased engagement
    Web push notifications helped eXtra Electronics increase engagement by 4X. And those users spend twice as much time on the site.
  • Improved conversions
    The ability to deliver an amazing user experience helped AliExpress improve conversions for new users across all browsers by 104% and on iOS by 82%.

What is required?

To be considered a Progressive Web App, your app must be:

  • Progressive – Work for every user, regardless of browser choice, because they are built with progressive enhancement as a core tenet.
  • Responsive – Fit any form factor, desktop, mobile, tablet, or whatever is next.
  • Connectivity independent – Enhanced with service workers to work offline or on low quality networks.
  • App-like – Use the app-shell model to provide app-style navigation and interactions.
  • Fresh – Always up-to-date thanks to the service worker update process.
  • Safe – Served via HTTPS to prevent snooping and ensure content has not been tampered with.
  • Discoverable – Are identifiable as “applications” thanks to W3C manifests and service worker registration scope allowing search engines to find them.
  • Re-engageable – Make re-engagement easy through features like push notifications.
  • Installable – Allow users to “keep” apps they find most useful on their home screen without the hassle of an app store.
  • Linkable – Easily share via URL and not require complex installation.

What is Cloud Hosting ?

Cloud hosting is the procurement of computing resources from a cloud computing provider or facility to host data, services and/or solutions.

Cloud hosting is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud delivery model that provides a suite of remote/virtual services. These are delivered on an on-demand basis and hosted on top of a cloud computing infrastructure.

What are the benefits of a cloud server?

  • A cloud server gives the business user stability and security because any software problems are isolated from your environment. Other cloud servers won’t impact on your cloud server and vice versa. If another user overloads their cloud server, this will have no impact on your cloud server, unlike with physical servers.
  • Cloud servers are stable, fast and secure. They avoid the hardware issues seen with physical servers, and they are likely to be the most stable option for businesses wanting to keep their IT budget down.
  • Cloud servers provide a faster service for your money. You’ll get more resources and a faster service than you would for a similar price of physical server. A cloud-hosted website will run faster.
  • You get scalability with cloud servers. It is very easy and quick to upgrade by adding memory and disk space, as well as being more affordable.

Benefits of Cloud Hosting

  • Flexible Pricing Structure
  • Very Easy to Scale Server Resources
  • Redundant Server Environment
  • High Uptime and Availability
  • Speedy Server Setup Process
  • Safety From Server Hardware Issues
  • Faster Website Speed and Performance
  • Works Great for Sites With Scalable Traffic
  • Simple Server Management Dashboard
  • Decrease Your Overall Environmental Impact

CDN – Content Delivery Network

A content delivery network (CDN) refers to a geographically distributed group of servers which work together to provide fast delivery of Internet content. A CDN allows for the quick transfer of assets needed for loading Internet content, including HTML pages, javascript files, stylesheets, images, and videos.

The popularity of CDN services continues to grow, and today the majority of web traffic is served through CDNs, including traffic from major sites like Facebook, Netflix, and Amazon.

Map of CDN Service Works

Is a CDN the same as a web host?

When delivering large scale websites to a global audience, CDNs can reduce latency, accelerate site load times, reduce bandwidth consumption secure applications and even block data scrappers and other forms of spammers hitting your server.

What are the benefits of using a CDN?

Although the benefits of using a CDN vary depending on the size and needs of an Internet property, the primary benefits for most users can be broken down into 4 different components:

  • Improving website load times – By distributing content closer to website visitors by using a nearby CDN server (among other optimizations), visitors experience faster page loading times. As visitors are more inclined to click away from a slow-loading site, a CDN can reduce bounce rates and increase the amount of time that people spend on the site. In other words, a faster a website means more visitors will stay and stick around longer.
  • Reducing bandwidth costs – Bandwidth consumption costs for website hosting is a primary expense for websites. Through caching and other optimizations, CDNs are able to reduce the amount of data an origin server must provide, thus reducing hosting costs for website owners.
  • Increasing content availability and redundancy – Large amounts of traffic or hardware failures can interrupt normal website function. Thanks to their distributed nature, a CDN can handle more traffic and withstand hardware failure better than many origin servers.
  • Improving website security – A CDN may improve security by providing DDoS mitigation, improvements to security certificates, and other optimizations.

How does a CDN work

In order to improve speed and connectivity, a CDN will place servers at the exchange points between different networks. These Internet exchange points (IXPs) are the primary locations where different Internet providers connect in order to provide each other access to traffic originating on their different networks. By having a connection to these high speed and highly interconnected locations, a CDN provider is able to reduce costs and transit times in high speed data delivery.

How ICANN’S new transfer policy will affect domain transfers

If you or your customers plan to transfer a domain name in the near future, read on to find out about new policy changes that may impact your transfer process.

Through this blog we hope to cover the following points,

  • What the IRTP is
  • How this impacts you
  • What aalpha net solution (ANS) is doing to aid you in this process
  • FAQ’s

What is the IRTP?

‘The Inter Registrar Transfer Policy’ is a new transfer policy by ICANN that affects all ICANN-accredited registrars and takes effect from the 1st of December 2016.

In our email dated November 3rd, we outlined the new process that would apply to any domain registrant who changes or modifies contact information post the 1st of December, 2016.

How the IRTP affects you?

ICANN has revised its IRTP to curb domain hijacking and fraudulent transfer of gTLDs. An IRTP action is triggered when you or your customers make any material change to the registrant’s name address or organisation – while transferring ownership of a domain name or merely updating contact information.

Since these policy changes will impact you and your customers, you need to complete additional steps in order to confirm a transfer to another party.

Electing the privacy protect feature on your domain name will also trigger a change and affect you and your customers as per the revised IRTP policy.

Note: We have also updated our Registration Registrant Agreement.

FAQ’s

We hope this was helpful and if you have any further questions please feel free to get in touch with us.