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What are web apps?

Web apps are applications accessed via a web browser, providing convenience and cross-platform compatibility without installation.

What are PWAs?

PWAs (Progressive Web Apps) are web applications that function like native apps, offering offline capabilities and fast performance.

How do I list my app?

Create an account on Store.app, request developer access, and follow the steps on your developer console to verify app ownership. Then just update your listing and click "Publish" once you're ready to go live.

What is Store.app?

Store.app is an open app store focused on empowering developers to build sustainable businesses, free from traditional gatekeepers.

Are web apps better than native apps?

Web apps are often considered superior to native apps due to their extensive accessibility and ease of maintenance. Unlike native apps, which require downloading and installation, web apps operate directly in a web browser, making them instantly accessible on any device with internet connectivity. This universality ensures a wider audience reach, as there's no need for users to commit to a download, and updates are seamlessly deployed without user intervention. Furthermore, web apps eliminate the need for multiple versions across different platforms (iOS, Android, etc.), significantly reducing development and maintenance costs. While they may not always match the performance and advanced features of native apps, advancements in web technologies like HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript have significantly bridged this gap.

How do I install a PWA?

PWA install steps vary by device and operating system. In some cases, browsers and / or developers will provide install steps, but Store.app provides detailed instructions specifically for your device and OS if you launch an app through our platform. Store.app also makes it easy for developers to provide tailored install steps with our free "PWA Install Modal" npm package.

Are web apps safe?

Web apps, when properly designed and maintained, can be exceptionally safe, often matching or even surpassing the security levels of native apps. One significant advantage of web apps is their centralized nature. Unlike native apps, which need to be individually updated on each device, web apps are updated on the server, ensuring all users access the most current version with the latest security patches. This centralization minimizes the risk of users running outdated, vulnerable versions of the app.

Moreover, web apps benefit from the robust security measures of modern web browsers. Browsers are constantly updated to address new security threats, providing an additional layer of defense. Web apps also use HTTPS protocols, ensuring data transmitted between the user and the app is encrypted and secure.

Furthermore, the open-source nature of many web technologies encourages a collaborative approach to security, with a large community of developers identifying and addressing vulnerabilities. This contrasts with the more isolated security environment of native apps, where vulnerabilities might go unnoticed longer.

However, it's crucial to acknowledge that web app safety largely depends on developers adhering to best practices in web security, like regular security audits, using secure coding practices, and implementing robust authentication and authorization measures.

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