Welcome to Wondrous Web Apps

Wondrous Web Apps is a personal project to help me understand the different ways to create apps for online businesses. Later, I intend to use my app knowledge to advise other business owners. But for now, I will explore the options and generate best practices for different situations.

Also, I’ll start to catalog useful apps that businesses can use as an alternative to developing their own.

1dro.us Introduction

After years of domination by native apps for Android and iOS, Progressive Web Applications (PWAs) are beginning to take a foothold. Personally, this seems a better development platform. So I’m interested in replacing some website functionality with a PWA.

More importantly, I’m interested in developing better webmaster apps for my use and better consumer apps for my visitors. So I’m starting with the basic PWA you will see here today. Then I’ll explore current tools for deploying app functionality. But mainly, I want to create step-by-step guides I can use in my own business to deploy the functions I need.

Ultimately, I hope this will lead to apps that other webmasters can use or adapt.

Starting 1dro.us

Since my current experience is almost exclusively WordPress-based, I have started this website as a basic standalone installation with minimal plugins and the default theme. But I would prefer my PWA tools to be platform-independent. So I will consider other platforms when I convert other websites to PWAs. For now I have:

  • Arranged Tech to install minimal WordPress and delete auto-installed content. So part of this project is to determine what are the minimum WordPress plugins required.
  • Written an About page and this blog post.
  • 1dro.us PWA Logo
    Keith Taylor’s Web Apps

    Created icons for the website and the app.

Next, I will do the following tasks (and mark ✔ when done):

  • Create a Front Page (Homepage), an Offline Display Page, and a blog placeholder. ✔
  • Instruct Tech to configure the PWA with icons and test with Lighthouse. ✔
  • Complete pages in the About 1dro.us section. ✔
  • Start a CompareBase for current tools.

So I’ll describe future organization changes in the 1dro.us Road Map. Which means all you can do now is wait for the next installment.

5 replies on “Welcome to Wondrous Web Apps”

    1. OneSignal Push: A notification was sent, but there were no recipients

      By chance, I commented on getting the message:

      OneSignal Push: A notification was sent, but there were no recipients.

      Which in my context was perfectly reasonable. Because I had no subscribers for this web app at the time.

      However, a few OneSignal users have raised this as an issue on web apps that definitely have subscribers. So I investigated and found a few reports of OneSignal generating this message after version upgrades.

      Now updating software on live apps is always fraught with danger. So I usually create development staging apps and get friends to test them before going live. I haven’t had chance yet to apply this to my OneSignal web apps. But I’ll let you know when I get chance to do that – just so long as you subscribe to my notification service by clicking the bell floating near the bottom of your screen.

  1. My Tech guy has reported back that 1dro.us is now a 100% PWA. Again, that implies more notes to add to the Road Map.

    Especially, it emphasizes how important it is to have a clear purpose for your website project. Because this screenshot proves that we have a fully functioning Progressive Web App. But despite 5 green lights from Lighthouse, it’s not 100% across the board. So it’s easy to get sidetracked by minor technical problems in the quest for a perfect 500/500 score.

    Anyway, the whole purpose of this website is to create a practical working PWA with minimum fuss. So I’m declaring the app a technical success at this point. Even though it provides little benefit to users. Because to make it useful, it needs lots of engaging content.

    Therefore, I must complete the About pages and start the CompareBase.
    100% Progressive Web App screenshot

  2. I’ve completed the About 1dro.us pages. At least for now.

    Strictly speaking, the section still requires several new pages. But these are dependent on some app research and development. So I’ve added enough information for this website to function properly.

    Later, I’ll integrate more website information into the web app. Then, I’ll add new pages to the About 1dro.us section.

    For now, it’s on with the CompareBase.

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Financial Disclaimer: Part of the purpose of 1dro.us (Wondrous) is to recommend apps to Website owners that help manage websites as a business asset. But this is definitely NOT a substitute for professional financial advice.

Information on this website is provided by a fellow online business owner (Keith Taylor) with a love of accurate data. But no professional financial qualifications. So you must seek advice from a qualified accountant about website valuation and any other accounting matters.