Why choose Jotform and Progressier for your PWA?
Jotform Apps already allow you to turn your forms into fully-fledged PWAs. However, there are a few reasons why you might want to consider using Progressier alongside what JotForm offers right out of the box.
How to make Jotform apps installable on iOS
The default Jotform iOS integration isn't the most seamless. With Progressier, custom iOS instructions for adding your app to your home screen are always available on screen, which generally results in a higher install rate. Also Progressier tracks install numbers across browsers, which Jotform does not.
Get an install page for your Jotform PWA
There is a common misconception floating around that an app must come from an app store or it's not an app. That paradigm might have made sense a decade ago, but not so much nowadays. Progressier was designed so that you can provide your users with a familiar app store experience, but without the hassle of managing listings on App Store and Google Play.
Can you send push notifications from a Jotform PWA?
Yup! Progressier prompts users to allow notifications. You can then use our dashboard to notify all your push subscribers in one go by push message. Note that programmatic personalized notifications are not supported with Jotform.
How to host a Jotform PWA on your own domain?
In addition to the install page mentioned above, Progressier provides you with a custom domain for your Jotform PWA in the format elonmusk.installable.app (where you can choose the slug that comes before the root domain, obviously). Alternatively, you can download our files and embed the whole thing on a custom domain of your choice.
Is Jotform the right tool for creating a PWA?
It's nowhere near as powerful as Webflow or Bubble. But it's a decent tool to build internal business apps. Interestingly, the Jotform demo is a Sneaker Shop. I'm not sure whether many people use Jotform to build online stores but I think there is a better case to be made that the actual use case for Jotform as a PWA builder is internal apps (which they actually do advertise as Jotform Enterprise Mobile).
I think I'd only recommend Jotform if your goal is to build simple internal apps and if it's already your go-to form builder. Else, there are definitely better options for that particular purpose (Jotform is pretty awesome for pure forms though!).
Which PWA features does Jotform support?
Your Jotform PWA is installable on Android tablets or smartphones in a click.
Let users add your Jotform PWA to their home screen with our custom iOS install prompt.
Your PWA can be installed from Chrome and Edge to your users' Desktop and/or Taskbar.
Get your app installed on macOS from Chrome — Progressier walks users through installing your PWA to their Docks.
Chrome OS Installation
Progressier is also a great solution to get your app installed on Chrome OS.
A unique page that helps users install your Jotform PWA on their devices with custom instructions for each compatible platform.
Original Domain Installation
Your app is directly installable right from your own domain
Web App Manifest
Progressier creates an app manifest with the name, logo, theme color and display preferences of your PWA.
A service worker is a file that continues running in the browser even after the web page that has registered it has closed. For a domain to be a PWA, it must have a service worker hosted at the root. Unfortunately, Jotform does not support adding a service worker to your domain.
Cache Static Resources
This platform doesn't provide an option to modify the service worker file, so it's not possible to cache static resources.
Without full server-side control over the resources, it's not usually possible to make a site work offline entirely with a no-code app builder like Jotform.
Notify all your users of news in your app with our dashboard and/or API. Progressier manages all user push subscriptions for you.
Other app builders allow you to send notifications to a particular user. It's not currently possible with this platform.
Connect User Data
With Jotform, it's not currently possible to sync your user data (e.g. emails, names or account types). Bubble is the best no-code option for that.
In-App PWA Promotion
A set of tools that allow you to promote installation of your PWA within the body of your app, including custom install buttons and floating action buttons.
Let users know when they lose their Internet connection.
Push Prompt on Standalone
Prompt users to allow push notifications right after they have installed your app. Less intrusive = better conversion rate.
Install & Push Analytics
Progressier tracks installs of your Jotform PWA over time. Also tracks push subscriptions.
Programmatic PWA Creation
Progressier does not allow to create Jotform apps dynamically.
Google Play & App Store Upload
With our PWABuilder integration, you can list your Jotform PWA on Google Play or the App Store.