Top 10 Advantages of Firebase

You might also be interested in Firebase’s crash reporting, Google Analytics, safe hosting, and authentication features. As a result, we’ve included a detailed explanation and list of Firebase’s major benefits in this article.

What is Firebase?

Firebase is a Google-sponsored app development platform that was founded in 2011 by James Tamplin and Andrew Lee. It was formally launched in 2012, and Google purchased the platform just two years later. Firebase was originally intended primarily as a real-time database, but after being acquired by Google, it began to offer more services.

In basic terms, Firebase is an 18-service software development platform that aids in the construction of online and mobile applications. This BaaS solution’s 18 services also include four beta products and purposeful APIs. It can also be used to integrate with Android, web, iOS, and Unity installations.

Tech and commerce giants which are using the cloud and BaaS services of Firebase are Alibaba Travels, Stack, Twitch and Instacart.

Top 10 Advantages of Firebase

Are you thinking of using Firebase for your business app development? Or want to build a robust web app as a newbie? Then must read these advantages of Firebase to make the right decision about using this BaaS platform.

1. Reliable & Extensive Databases

Firebase works under the flag of Google, and that’s why it provides powerful databases for web and mobile application development. We are going to discuss major Firebase databases with their advantages below:

Realtime Database

Without a question, the real-time database was the first product that has retained its allure to this day. After joining NoSQL cloud storage, Firebase Realtime database allows applications to access cross-platform data in real-time. You can use our real-time database even if you don’t have access to the internet. Even when you are not connected to the internet, data is cached in your device’s memory and synchronized once you are connected.

Furthermore, the incorporation of the Firebase Authentication feature addresses users’ data security concerns. Yes, you can define data permissions while utilising a real-time database, which is another major benefit of using Firebase.

Cloud Firestore

Firebase’s Cloud Firestore is another benefit. This NoSQL database enables data transport and storage for frontend and backend development simple for programmers. Real-time updates, configurable data models, offline support, and rapid data queries are all features of this cloud database.

Cloud Firestore, on the other hand, integrates seamlessly with Google Cloud and other Firebase solutions. You can get a lot of data for your app development initiatives using these solutions. Cloud Firestore, on the other hand, uses Identity and Access Management (IAM) and strong data protection standards to address programmers’ security concerns.

2. Fast & Safe Hosting

Firebase’s secure and fast hosting services are another compelling feature. All content categories, including web applications, dynamic and static material, are supported by Firebase hosting. Furthermore, whether you want to host Express.js microservices, HTML, CSS, or APIs, Firebase’s hosting support is always available. It implies that Firebase hosts a wide range of content.

Similarly, zero-configuration SSL improves content delivery security. Using Firebase’s free SSL certification to keep your custom domain safe from external threats is also a good idea. In addition, Firebase CLI enables programmers to get their project up and running in seconds. When you use Firebase, you can provide content quickly thanks to SSD and CDN-backed hosting.

The preview of content and URLs is also another great benefit of using Firebase hosting. Though these URLs last only a short while you still get the chance to share them with teammates to get their views before going live.

3. Provides A Free Start to Newbies

If you’re a new programmer who wants to learn the basics of Firebase, you should look at its ‘free start’ function. Yes, Firebase allows programmers to create applications without spending any money. Beginners may easily understand how their app functions in a real-world setting thanks to Firebase’s free services.

There are various free testing features associated with Firebase that allow you to test and preview your project without spending any money. However, after a certain amount of service usage or database memory consumption, you’ll have to upgrade to a premium Firebase subscription.

4. Google Analytics

If you’re a new programmer who wants to learn the basics of Firebase, you should look at its ‘free start’ function. Yes, Firebase allows programmers to create applications without spending any money. Beginners may easily understand how their app functions in a real-world setting thanks to Firebase’s free services.

There are various free testing features associated with Firebase that allow you to test and preview your project without spending any money. However, after a certain amount of service usage or database memory consumption, you’ll have to upgrade to a premium Firebase subscription.

5. Firebase Cloud Messaging for Cross-Platform

Are you looking for a cross-platform messaging solution to send your notifications and messages at no cost? If yes, then Firebase Cloud Messaging (FCM) is the smartest solution for you. The key capabilities of FCM consist of sending simple notification messages, sending notifications from client apps, and versatile message targeting.

Because of the following three message sharing options, versatile message targeting is very popular among the users:

  • Allows single device message distribution
  • Permits message distribution to a group of devices
  • Sends messages to particular devices which subscribe to the related topics

Furthermore, it also permits the programmers to send custom alerts according to the local time zone of the user. Nonetheless, if you think you would need complex coding for its integration, then you are wrong. It comes with Google Analytics. You can also use the A/B testing tool from the beta section to examine the compatibility of different versions with your project.

6. Free Multi-Platform Firebase Authentication

The security of applications relies heavily on user identity. One of the most compelling features of this platform in current hard online security environment is Google-backed Firebase Authentication. It provides simple-to-integrate SDKs, UI frameworks, and server-side services for verifying users before they utilise a Firebase application.

Firebase Authentication not only works with emails, passwords, and phone numbers, but it also works with federated identity providers. Users can sign in to their apps using Google, Twitter, GitHub, Facebook, and other services.

Firebase SDK Authentication which includes the following identity verifications supports iOS, C++, Android, Web and Unity setups:

  • Email address & password-based authentication
  • Phone number identity verification
  • Verify users with federal identity provider integration
  • Temporary Anonymous Account Authentication
  • Custom Auth

On the other hand, FirebaseUI Auth to identify users only works for Android, iOS, and web setups. But, it is still an easy and recommended way to complete the sign-in system and improve the user experience of your application.

Withal, Firebase Authentication uses OpenID Connect and OAuth 2.0 sign-in verification procedures when it comes to server-side identifications. This auth feature also merges with other services of Firebase to improve sign-in and data access.

7. Firebase Testing Services to Improve App Quality

Testing services is another Firebase benefit due to which developers prefer to use this software development platform. Firebase doesn’t only offer its users a single testing service but offers a range of testing services. We are also going to discuss a few core testing services of Firebase here:

Firebase Crashlytics

Whether your app rating is dropping because of version, operation system or device-related bug issues, Crashlytics will fix them at a fast pace. Firebase Crashlytics assists in fixing, tracking scalability problems which corrodes the app value. With this real-time troubleshooting product, it is easy to avoid and revamp crashes as well.

Firebase Test Lab

If you want to test an application in real-environment with physical and virtual device connection, then use this testing tool. It is seamless to conduct this test with Test Lab integration into any browser testing tool or Android Studio. Firebase also claims that the Test Lab tool has 50% decreased the testing expenditures of American Express.

You also get the opportunity to spot and fix bugs and crashes without using codes. The Test Lab reports appear in the form of videos, screenshots and make you able to conduct quick actions.

Firebase App Distribution

This testing service of Firebase comes under the banner of its beta tools. With this testing tool’s help, developers can share the pre-released version of their applications with credible testers. The centralized dashboard is the best part of using this beta program. This dashboard provides complete insights of your software before its release. Howbeit, it is better to use an App Distribution tool with Crashlytics.

Firebase Performance Monitoring

Without knowing the user’s behavior and point of view, it is hard to be familiar with your app’s performance. To deal with this issue, Firebase introduced its Performance Monitoring tool. It provides web, Android, and iOS app insights and keeps you aware where improvements could be made. As compared to other performance monitoring platforms, it doesn’t slow your application.

It also allows you to track HTTP or HTTPS requests, payload sizes, network behavior, response times, and success rates. Provision of customized reports based on geological, OS levels, devices, and app versions is another advantage of Firebase Performance Monitoring tool.

8. Increment in Revenues with App Indexing API

Though Firebase is allied with Google, that’s why it is easy to promote your business on top search engines. Yes, it’s been seen that apps which are associated with Firebase easily improve your online rankings. Here you should also not underestimate the role of Firebase App Indexing API.

Firebase App Indexing tool improves the search rankings of application links and assists in providing desired content to users. It places the install button after the homepage button of your application due to which users install it quickly to view the content. This improved search engine ranking leads to the increment in revenues as well. On the contrary, if you are monetizing your app with AdMob, then the use of Firebase App Indexing is beneficial.

9. Free Use of Firebase Dynamic Links

Dynamic Links are basically smart URLs that you can wield according to the demands and interests of your viewers. Converting web users into application users is the primary benefit of this Firebase tool.

Likewise, Sarah watches a video on Shazam site, and because of high engagement, she decides to download its app version. After app installation, the song would resume where she left it. Yes, such deep links provide an outstanding user experience.

Firebase Dynamic Links also plays a very significant role in your digital marketing campaigns. No doubt, with social media, email marketing, and SMS campaigns, it is quick to drive more installs for your app. It provides short URLs for social media and affiliate marketing campaigns as well.

Furthermore, another advantage of Firebase smart URLs is its user-to-user sharing. You can also go with reward referral programs to enhance user-to-user sharing of application installs. Yes, Firebase Dynamic Links support this activity.

10. Machine Learning Capabilities

It is also a magical advantage of Firebase and is known as Firebase Machine Learning or ML Kit. With dedicated APIs, you can use ML Kit for barcode scanning, recognizing text, labeling images, and face detection etc.

Firebase ML provides prepared cloud-based APIs which works with the power of Google Cloud’s ML technology. This Google Cloud’s Machine Learning technology also ensures perfection.

eBay Motors has adopted this Firebase ML Kit to improve user experience to localized searches and classify images.

Conclusion

Firebase is a well-known cloud service and backend development platform that is well-known for its benefits. Around 19,217 developers have said that they use Firebase on StackShare. Hopefully, this list of Firebase benefits will aid you in delving deeper into them.

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