Sometimes converting a WordPress site can prove to be valuable for your online business. In the last 5 years, people have rapidly switched from accessing content from mobile phones to accessing content via portable devices like Smartphones and tablets using their app.
Therefore converting your site to an app can increase your overall reach, and this is bound to be good for business. For example, you can turn an online tool into an app for mobile devices. Your prospects can use the tool wherever the need for it arises.
There is an easy way that you can convert your WordPress site into an app. To convert your blog or website into a mobile app, you will need to download and install a plugin that you can activate from the dashboard. Different solutions have varying levels of difficulty, because they may require a little bit of coding. This will greatly be determined by whether you are ready to get your hands dirty or not.
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WordApp is a plugin that you can use to convert your WordPress site into an app for both Android and the iPhone. It has great features such as multiple templates that you can choose from to get the desired look of your app. You can also customize the templates or use templates of your own, that reflect the unique identity of your brand.
You can start converting the app from the WordPress dashboard and within minutes the complete mobile app will be delivered to your email. You can then pick a template, and then change the colors and fonts to your preferences. On the next tab, you can change the menus, icons, and sliders.
The app also has some other important features. This plugin can add even more functionality into the app. For example, you can add a geolocation feature, so that you can determine the location of your prospects when analyzing the app usage metrics. This can help you to improve decision making and help to maximize the potential of your product changing metrics. It also has a push notification feature, which will tell you everytime the app goes past a beacon.
AppPresser is another app that is quite popular with people who have successfully converted their WordPress site into a mobile app. AppPresser can convert your site into an app that is usable on both the iOS and Android operating system.
With AppPresser, you may sometimes get to a point where you may need to have some coding knowledge. This is similar to how building a WordPress website works. If you need to add a functionality that has not been incorporated into the app, you will have to get your hands dirty with some coding or find someone to do it for you.
For creating a basic app, you will not need to code at all. It is only for those functionalities that are not sought after by a significant number of people, that will demand that you incorporate some coding. With this plugin, you can add features such as push notification, geolocation, camera, accelerometer, which you can easily incorporate into your mobile app without any coding knowledge.
It is important to note that the app works with PhonegapAPI. Also if you want to test the app features after building it, you may need eclipse to test it on your browser.
Another plugin that you can use for free is Wiziapp. The app has been around since 2010 and has been downloaded more than 20 million times from the appstore. The plugin makes it easy to create apps that can be published in both the Apple and Android app stores with only a few clicks. The app also has a free version and a paid version that comes with extra features.
Just like the other apps, you can customize the templates to create your own personalized look. You can add banners, change colors and icons. While transforming the WordPress site into a mobile app, you can also add features such as push notifications, which can also be sent in the form of text messages.
It also makes it easy for users to share content from the mobile app to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. Google Analytics has been integrated, giving you the capacity to analyze app user’s activities with ease. Another thing WiziApp will do is to make the pages and features accessible when the user is offline.
These solutions are not without their limitations. Some functionalities cannot be easily translated into a mobile app without, at least, a little bit of coding. However, this is still a solution that could prove valuable to people who are not in a position to spend in excess of $5,000 to a mobile app developer. Why don’t grape the readers loyalty in this very affordable way? Share your views in comments.