Have you always dreamed about building your own app but haven’t been able to do so? You’re probably thinking to yourself. First I need to learn how to code and then I need to go do the entire approval process with Google and Apple. Well not with today’s product showcase. Today’s product showcase makes this so simple for you. Today’s product showcase is AppMySite a software that can turn your website into an app in minutes.
If you’re using WordPress or a WooCommerce webshop, AppMySite is perfect for you, so without further Ado, let’s dive into AppMySite and let’s create our first app together.
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- Features of AppMySite
- AppMySite pricing
- Alternatives to AppMySite
- Future of AppMySite
- Use cases of AppMySite
- Pros & Cons using AppMySite
- My experience using AppMySite
Features of AppMySite
We are now inside the platform of AppMySite and right from the beginning here we can choose to either create a new app or use the one that I have already been playing around with. Now this is for my website and my website is a very simple WordPress website where I only share articles and news and I do have some newsletetr forms. I am not a webshop in this case, so I just want to show you AppMySite from the perspective of having a blog or a news site.
From the get going here on the dashboard we have some information about our app. We can see how far I am.
I have made the appearance. I have connected it to my website but I’ve not download it yet. I’ve only tested it within AppMySite. Then you can see we have some featured add-ons down here. I can add language support, so I can easily change the language in my app to offer it to even more people.
Then I can have an app store design from AppMySite. I can make a white label solution and I can upload it to app stores. This is through AppMySite. Furthermore, you can also see here that I can bring my app to life with these different steps that I have already done. But now let’s just jump right into appearance and to the app icon where it is that we start. Here, you can create it.
Basically you choose your background colour, what text you want, what the font should be and the font size and the colour. Now the fonts, they do not have so many fonts, so right now it’s a bit limited. I’m using Jost as my font and that is not to be found right here, and then it’s just to press save. If you have built your app icon in Photoshop or in Crello, for instance, you can upload it right here and then the photo that you have created will be used instead.
That is completely up to you, but you can easily get started with your app icon here, and you can always change it later. Now we can also design the launch screen and the launch screen is also called a splash screen and that’s the screen showing when the app is booting up. Here we can again add a background image, we change it to a colour, or we can choose both elements. Then we can choose what logo text it should be. We can also upload our logo or our design here.
For now, I’ve just chosen create. Then we can choose the colour. Again we do not have so many fonts, and then we can choose how we want it to be aligned. I just like it there in the middle and when you’re done, you just press save. And now we’re already done with the foundation of the app.
Now we’re moving on to the login and sign up because you can create a community within your app. So if you have a webshop, you can create an entire community where people can save your items. They can comment on them, or they can leave reviews. And this is very well integrated with WordPress. Now here for the login and sign up page.
We have again the same elements we can work with, and we can also upload our own design or the logo, if you want to. Remember that each time you make changes, you can always change to see how it looks on iOS and Android. Furthermore, you can also change here to see how it will look on the different displays. Now do be aware here that you are getting continued with Google, Facebook and Apple within AppMySite and you do not have to do anything to gain that. Now we also have the colour theme here.
The colour theme is basically where you can make your app unique right now. Because it is limited in the designing process of how much you can move around and make it unique. But the colouring and the font is where you can make it really unique. I have just chosen the colours that I use on my website and then the font that is closest to the one I’m using. They do not have my font, and then you can see the design over here on the right side. Moving on to the home screen.
Here we design how the home screen is going to look like.
We can then drag and drop the different elements. If we want to move the main banner up, I will just enable it, and then we can press save. When I press save, it is refreshing the page and then I can see how it looks like. Now I feel the main banner is a little bit unnecessary, so I will just disable it again, and then we can see over here when I scroll down we can see the design of the app. And it is so important that you always check the design because it needs to be appealing for the user to use it.
Now I also want to disable the pages here, so I just have my recent blogs, popular blogs, blog categories and the latest blog. Now this is not my content. It could be a great addition if they would add my content here, so I could easily see how it was looking. And if I needed to do any changes to the graphics for each of these elements, or at least for some of them we also have settings. And based on what it is, then we can change for instance, here the text of the header.
We can change the colours, or if you’re working with pages, you can also change all of your pages. What I mean by that is that you can choose what pages should be included in the app. For instance, I have some pages like; thank you so much, which is the page shown when people sign up for my newsletter. That should not be a part of the menu in the app.
So please do go in here and choose the pages that you want in your app. Now in connectivity here, this is where you integrate with your WordPress website and still it has nothing to do with coding. It is just a plugin that you install on your website and then you go in here in AppMySite and press verify. After that, you need to make some API details. Don’t worry, it is very simple, and they guide you through.
Here how it is you set up this and create the application password. Do not give them your admin password. It is just an application password. Last but not least, if you’re having issues, you can go to the troubleshooting menu here, and then you can see what you’re missing in order for your app to be completely connected to your website.
Now we also have the settings menu here and the settings is where we can really deep dive into the app. Here we set our app name. We set what website it is, the CMS platform they only support WordPress right now, but there will be added more in the future. Then we set the business email, the business phone and the terms and conditions and this you need because App Store and Google Play Store are asking for it. That is the only reason. In the menu settings here we can choose whether we should use a menu from our website as we know it from WordPress, or it should just be populated by post categories and pages that is completely up to you. In the bottom navigation here, which is basically your menu.
You can change everything from the icons. You can change what should be in the bottom. If you don’t want the search, then you just disable it. If you don’t want the blogs, you also just disable it, and then you choose what view should be your default selection. You can also change the styling here. If you want to choose the colours, I should, here change the colours to match my purple style.
But I think it’s great that we can change out the icons so we again can make it even more unique, and you can choose here either to choose and bold, regular light icon. I would like to have the option to upload my own icon, so I can make it even more unique, but that will come in the future. You can also add items here if you want to link to something specific, or you want a web view, so you can show a specific page on your website.
Here we can again select the icon that we find the most relevant. Now in the users menu here. Here we can see all of the users, and we can enable Google login, Apple login, Facebook login as I just shown you in the login page, we can also choose to enable guest browsing. We can enable user login, and we can prompt the user to login before they can start using the app. I would not recommend that unless you have some specific content that can only be shown for actual users and not people just downloading the app. In the post menu over here under settings, we can again choose whether it should be grid view, Web view and search, whether all of these should be enabled.
This is very basic. I’ll just scroll through these so you can just see again pages. It is choosing the web view and for social here we can add our social media links so it will be shown within the app. Then we have our preview tap here, within the preview tab we can choose to either test it within AppMySite, and now I’m testing it on iOS iPhone 11 Pro Max. I can also test it on my own device by downloading the app.
Now here I’ll just say allow, and then we can actually see the app that we have created here with my actual content. So here we have all of my blog categories. I would probably change that. Then we have my recent blogs and that’s about it right now. I can choose to go to blocks to get an overview of my blog categories in this case. I can choose the first category here, and then I can see the blog post within this category.
I really like to design, it is simple, minimalistic, and when I click on a blog post it is showing me the web view. This is something I hope that they will change in the future, so it gives a better experience of the app, testing it and using it. Now in the download tap here, you basically download the app, so you can upload it on Google Play Store or on the iOS Apple Store. This is only if you don’t want AppMySite to do it.
If you want to do it yourself, then you can download it here, and then you basically download a build that you need to upload to. Of course the store you want to upload it to. This is very simple if you know what you’re doing, if you don’t know what you’re doing, maybe ask AppMySite to do it with the add-on. The last elements we have down here is we have performance where you can choose whether you want the web hosting within AppMySite. Often you will not need this.
Then we have notifications, and this is a very intriguing feature. Here you can create push notifications. So let’s say that you have a webshop, and you are having a sale on all of your items for 20%. Then I would recommend you going in here, creating a new push notification highlighting that you have a sale on 20% on all of your items, and people will click on the notification, and they will be straight into the app so they can choose the items that they would like to buy of course, and you can even choose whether it should be Android, iOS or both.
Furthermore, you can also schedule it. So let’s say that you have planned it out in the future. Then go in and schedule a push notification immediately, so you are sure that it will be sent out as soon as your sales starts. Now, if you’re running a multi-site, it is still possible to use AppMySite. You basically just add the app in here, and then you can add your app for your multi-site.
I’m not using a multi-site, so that’s why we see this screen right here, but it is possible. You can also add monetization, so let’s say that you have a WordPress website, and you are a blog, and you just create articles and news around a niche that you have chosen. Then you can add monetization in your app, so you not only earn money on your blog, you also earn money on the app while people use it. And it’s so easy, you basically just add your Google AdMob ID and then you just enable where you want this to be shown, and then you’re good to go.
The last element I want to show you, is the add-ons. In here as I also mentioned here, you can choose what add-ons you want to add. Of course, you don’t have to choose any if you would not like. But if you’re using a multi-site, you need to add the multi-site support or you want user management then also add this add-on. Just always keep an eye on the price when it is that you build out all of the add-ons into your app.
Taking a look at the pricing structure of AppMySite. It is a very fair pricing, especially when we compare to the alternatives. They do have three plans, and I would recommend you starting out with the free plan and build your app out as much as you can make it as extensive as you can, because on the free plan you can build your app, and you can test it. But you cannot publish it. You need to upgrade to a paid plan, but there’s no need for you to build your app and pay for a paid plan if you can do it on the free plan.
Now to be aware that when you have to publish your app, you need to upgrade to a higher plan, and you can choose to either let AppMySite to it and buy an add-on or you can do it yourself. They do have a lot of great add ons as you can see here, but do be aware that the add-ons will add up in the end. So always keep an eye on the price.
Alternatives to AppMySite
Now moving on to the alternatives to AppMySite, I see two alternatives. I see AppMaker and AppConvertly. Now with AppConvertly, it is not exactly like we see it with AppMySite because AppConvertly basically built the app based on your website.
You are not the one sitting and dragging and dropping. However, it is a fair pricing they have for building an entire app. Now with AppMaker, it is exactly as we see it with AppMySite. You sit and you drag and drop all of your elements to build out your app. But they do have a lot more functionality within AppMaker that we haven’t seen within AppMySite yet, but based on the roadmap, they will come very soon.
Future of AppMySite
Now moving on to the future of AppMySite you can see here on the screen that they are building a lot of exciting elements. There are some few things I want to point out. They are adding a live chat to your app so you can sit and chat with all of your users. Then they’re adding analytics, which means that you can see how often is your app downloaded, how often is it used? And you can basically see a lot of graphs of the usage of your app.
Then they are going to add more languages so you can have your app in more languages. Last but not least they’re adding auto-deploy. This will make it so much easy for you to add new changes and push your app up to the app store without you have to ask AppMySite or manually do it for yourself all the time. Then they are all going to add a lot of extra features. All of these features and modules will make it possible to make your app even more unique, and that’s what we really need for our app.
The more unique it is, the more people will actually use it.
Use cases of AppMySite
Now I want to share two use cases with you. If you are a webshop and you’re running with WordPress and WooCommerce, then AppMySite is perfect for you. Because within the app, all of your users can create an account, and then they can save all of the elements and the items on your website that they like. And then they can follow all of the items and you can even share news about the items and so much more.
So you are creating a little community around your app and your website and your webshop within the app.
Now, if you are just running a WordPress blog or a similar WordPress website where you don’t have the webshop functionality, you can still use this to create an app for all of your news. You can easily get your news out, and you can also create a community within the app so you can get feedback from all of your readers, and you can see how they use your website, and in this case the app.
Pros & Cons using AppMySite
Now moving on to the pros and cons of using AppMySite. Starting with the pros, their design is easy to use.
You can easily build out your app, and they have extensive functionality from start.
Whereas for the cons, you can only convert WordPress websites, I do sometimes feel little locked in the designing process and add-ons can be quite expensive.
My experience using AppMySite
With AppMySite, you can easily build out your app, and it’s an easy way to create an extra traffic stream for your website or your webshop and AppMySite are there to help you from A to Z. Overall I will give AppMySite three and a half stars. But yea that is my review of AppMySite.
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