Is there always an app for that? Well, yes there is but often increasingly websites are fighting back to provide a more comprehensive alternative. Bet you weren’t expecting to read that!
New technology means that websites have the means to redefine themselves after the wave of apps that have besieged us all, thanks largely to the mighty smartphone. ReactJS is one of the new technologies that is making it possible for websites to provide a viable alternative to using an app.
It is no surprise that ReactJS is backed by Facebook since ReactJS helps to cross the divide between native mobile apps, native desktop apps, and web pages. With new features being built into browsers it is getting easier to do than simply render web pages on mobile phones browsers. Mobile phone browsers use up fewer resources and often work faster than apps.
Previously browsers were simply not up to the task of rendering complex websites. Additionally smartphones didn’t have the capacity to handle advanced features offered by websites. However, it has been a few years that browsers and mobile device development have both converged and they are now powerful enough to render complex pages without a server.
Using serverless CMS tools means that web pages work and act a lot more like apps. Crucially however they do not use up the same resources that apps do and work faster since only a minimal amount of data needs to be transferred from external servers to operate.
We’re not saying that apps are on their way out and that the various app stores will be shutting down any time soon. When it comes to services that are graphic-heavy native apps are still the best option. But for uses that don’t require those kinds of heavy resources a website built using ReactJS may be optimal.
Speaking of app stores, by using your website in place of an app you’re not going to be constrained by pesky app store rules. You’ll be running your own show! Nobody wants to download an app if they don’t need to. It uses up memory and people are worried about security (with good reason: see our article on this malicious app)
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