Google’s UI toolkit Flutter, initially designed to build native mobile applications, is now available for web development as well. With the help of Flutter’s web support, developers at Zartek craft web applications that deliver the same experience as on mobile devices. Our developers leverage the flexibility of the Flutter framework, power of the web platform, and portability of Dart to build applications for Android and iOS devices and PCs using the same codebase.

At Zartek, we adopt an end-to-end approach to Flutter web development and craft the ultimate business-ready applications. This enables businesses to launch their apps and updates and respond quickly to any changes in market trends or conditions. Our dedicated and highly skilled Flutter app developers leverage the capabilities of the reliable framework to create high-quality native user interfaces. 

Is Flutter Good for Web Development? 

With Flutter, only one codebase is needed to create responsive web and desktop applications, referred to as targets in this framework. Mobile apps use visual interfaces that interact with backend systems through APIs. Flutter Web and Flutter Desktop are also apps that communicate with backend systems via APIs. 

Flutter for mobile uses the rendering engine Skia, giving the SDK the ability to accurately control every pixel on the screen. Furthermore, Flutter uses widgets built with Dart and delivers high-performance native apps. Flutter for the web uses the screen as a canvas to create HTML elements and control every pixel. As rendering is enabled through standard web technologies (HTML/CSS and JavaScript), all the features of Flutter, such as animations, routing, etc., can be used without writing a separate source code. 

There are two different rendering engines that developers can employ when using Flutter for web development: DomCanvas and CanvasKit. Having said that, the pros and cons of using the framework for web application development are: 

Pros of Flutter Web 

Simultaneous development of mobile and web apps 

Flutter is the best option for building web and mobile apps with responsive UIs at the same time using a single codebase. It also enables rendering different screens on the mobile and web. Besides, it helps save time. This is because mobile and web apps share standard styles, translations, logic, and UI elements, among others. 

Code reusability 

Businesses that already have mobile apps can quickly build Flutter web apps using the existing logic and UI elements. 

Companion applications 

Flutter web works as a mobile app’s companion as well. 

It is helpful even when mobile apps are not there.

Flutter enables the creation of engaging and performing web apps. It may not be ideal in the case of static web pages, but it is perfect for a single-page application that has heavy animations and UI elements. 

Other benefits include: 

  • Rendering animations, graphical effects, and transitions

  • Management of large amounts of data

  • Excellent support for Cupertino and Material Design UI elements

  • Execution of game engines for specific products

  • Supports a progressive web application built with Flutter

  • Rendering animations in up to 60 fps

  • Integration with existing web apps as an embedded element

  • Availability of massive amounts of open-source and commercial libraries

  • Excellent support from the Flutter developer community 

Cons of Flutter Web 

Like anything else, Flutter Web also has a few limitations. They include the following: 

  • It is not very SEO-friendly

  • It does not offer complete support for plugins

  • Since it is still being developed, Flutter web performance may be a little slow

  • Hot Reloading feature can be a little tricky

  • Developers may not be able to modify JavaScript, HTML, and CSS codes

  • There are limitations on the availability of support for Flutter APIs

  • Flutter apps are a little too heavy 

What to Consider While Using Flutter for Web 

The key aspects to be kept in mind when using Flutter web are: 

  • Flutter Web is helpful in building single-page applications.

  • Web developers can alter the native code, as in the case of iOS and Android

  • It is important to design responsive Flutter web apps

  • Run the Flutter build web command to deploy Flutter web apps

  • Ensure the platform on which the code is to be written is supported by Flutter web

Frequently Asked Questions

Flutter web supports Chrome, Safari, Edge, and Firefox for mobile and desktop. During development, Edge and Chrome are the default browsers that are supported for debugging the app.
Flutter is specifically suited for providing app-centric experiences. Therefore, it is ideal for the development of progressive web apps and single-page apps, as well as making existing Flutter mobile apps web-ready. Flutter is not suited for static websites that have text-rich flow-based content.
No, hot reload doesn’t work. However, you can make use of the hot restart option. It enables developers to see the effect of changes without relaunching the web app. The difference between hot reload and hot restart is that the former remembers your state while the latter doesn’t.
Users can either click on the refresh button of the browser or enter the letter "R" into the "flutter run -d chrome" run console.