1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 29, 2017 11:56 AM by kerrishotts

    Hosting PhoneGap on web hosters like 00webhost.com


      Hello am new to PhoneGap. I was searching for the technology which helps developers to build dynamic android apps so I found this. I have developed many native android apps via Android Studio. So now my question is, Can a phonegap android app be hosted on other free app hosters alike we host website in free web hosters(00webhost)??? So that any changes made in this project should effect the inside contents of deployed android app. For example consider initially my app consists of 2 images in it and its been downloaded by many peoples, after some days i want to add 2 more images in it and i will do changes in phonegap project hosted in free hosters, then my app should be effected due to changes made in projects and finally it must show 4 images in it.

        • 1. Re: Hosting PhoneGap on web hosters like 00webhost.com
          kerrishotts Adobe Employee

          Technically, yes.


          Practically, don't built your app that way. Apple, for one, frowns upon apps that are equivalent to simple wrappers around external web sites. Furthermore, your app must also be able to detect network connectivity issues, and without any local code, you can't do that (another common cause for rejection by Apple). You're also vulnerable to a host of security issues, not least of which would be a MITM attack that essentially replaces your entire app on the user's device -- and the user would have no defense against it.


          Furthermore, by hosting on a server you don't fully control that is also shared with others puts your users at an even greater security risk. Should that server be compromised, your app could suddenly be serving a malicious version of your app. I don't trust a free host to properly manage the security of their servers, so the risk is too great, IMO. My suggestion: get a paid VPS with a SLA from a trusted provider. I use Digital Ocean and find them quite good, but there are plenty of other options out there as well. (You still don't fully control the environment your server is running in, but it's better than a shared server from a free web service.)


          PhoneGap apps are typically built in the client-server pattern -- the client has most of the UI, and makes XHR (AJAX) calls to a web service (on a server somewhere) to get dynamic data. The client then renders the response. You still have security worries to be concerned about, but you can have local code that attempts to mitigate the issue and provide some sort of defense. Your local code can also inform the user about any network connectivity issues, and could even fall back to cached data if no network is available.


          If you need to update the code outside the app store process, consider a code push solution like CodePush (no affiliation), Hydration (PGB), etc.