Should you turn your Squarespace site into a PWA?

Can you make your Squarespace site installable? How long does it take? What PWA features does the platform support? These are some of the questions I'll try answering in this quickstart guide.

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Why choose Squarespace and Progressier for your PWA?

Squarespace probably isn't the best choice for a PWA. While Squarespace is a good tool for building websites, other no-code builders like Webflow or Bubble just offer a lot more possibilities when it comes to building apps. Even WordPress is a better option — it's just so much more flexible.

Also it's worth noting that the A in PWA stands for app. If your Squarespace property is a website, chances are you don't really even need to bother making it a PWA at all. There are some categories of sites for which it makes sense, e.g. online stores and some blogs. But your portfolio sites and marketing landing pages don't really need to be PWAs.

How long does it take to turn your Squarespace site into a PWA?

It's pretty quick! A few minutes at most. Once you've signed up to Progressier, choose Squarespace when prompted to select how your app was built. Enter a name for your app and the URL of your Squarespace site. You can either enter the default .squarespace.com URL or your own custom domain — it doesn't really matter either way.

How can you make your Squarespace site installable?

Progressier creates a wrapper around your website with the install and push functionality. While you won't directly be able to install your Squarespace site as a PWA from your existing domain, the software will generate a standalone install page for you. Here is an install page example: install.page/covid. Share your own link with users within the body of your app or via social media.

Can you send push notifications with Squarespace?

Progressier also comes with a complete push notification toolkit. It lets you prompt users to authorization notifications, and then compose, send and schedule notifications. You'll be able to send mass push campaigns to all your users. But due to the limitations of the Squarespace platform itself, you won't be able to send individual personalized notifications programmatically.

Which PWA features does Squarespace support?

Android Installation

Your Squarespace PWA is installable on Android tablets or smartphones in a click.

iOS Installation

Let users add your Squarespace PWA to their home screen with our custom iOS install prompt.

Windows Installation

Your PWA can be installed from Chrome and Edge to your users' Desktop and/or Taskbar.

macOS Installation

Progressier helps users add your Squarespace PWA to their Docks for quick access.

Chrome OS Installation

Progressier is also a great solution to get your app installed on Chrome OS.

Install Page

Get a unique Install Page for your app that promotes installation of your PWA and guides users with custom instructions for each platform.

Original Domain Installation

Due to the limitations of the platform, it's not possible to install your app as PWA from your own domain. Progressier provides an alternative custom domain for installation purposes that looks like elonmusk.installable.app.

Web App Manifest

A web app manifest is a basic browser requirement for PWAs. Progressier outputs it automatically based on your preferences.

Service Worker

A service worker is the mechanism that browsers use to deliver push notifications. It can also intercept network requests and cache resources. With Squarespace, it's not possible to add a service worker to your PWA.

Cache Static Resources

With Squarespace, it's not possible to cache static resources. No service worker = no caching possible, unfortunately.

100% Offline-Ready

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 Squarespace.

Push Campaigns

Send push notifications to up to 1,000,000 users in one go within the Progressier dashboard or via the API.

Personalized Notifications

This functionality lets you notify a particular user programmatically. Unfortunately, this feature is not currently supported by Squarespace.

Connect User Data

With Squarespace, 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

Installation of your Squarespace PWA must be done from the special install page Progressier provides you at sign up.

Offline Alerts

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

See in real-time and track over time how users install your PWA and allow push notifications.

Programmatic PWA Creation

Create new Progressive Web Apps dynamically with our API on different domains or subdirectories.

Google Play & App Store Upload

With Squarespace, it's not possible to upload your app to Google Play or the App Store as PWA.

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