Why do I make an app in the first place and I hear you ask? Applications may no longer be very useful for marketing, but they are very convenient for your customers – giving them more options and interacting with your site. With the continuous rise of the mobile Internet – more people are now accessing the Internet via mobile applications rather than the desktop – applications are blooming, as most are mobile web browsers awkward or problematic.

The cost and frustration of building one has also fallen. In the past, many businesses were interested in applications, but most businesses can not build them because it’s too hard. But fortunately, things are different now. You no longer need too much money or coding knowledge to build a qualified application. Let’s explore them, us?

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In the past few years, a large number of free options for building applications, but the simplest is Adobe’s PhoneGap Build. With the site’s advertising, you simply upload HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript files, and the site can combine them into an instantly downloadable application. The most important thing is that it can be built for Android, Windows 8 and iOS at the same time three – save you a lot of time. Note, however, that only Android and Windows 8 are free. Talk later.

The results will not be too peculiar. In fact, all this method really does is disguise your home page as an application. When viewers click on the icon, they will only be taken to the same mobile site they will visit via their mobile browser. Therefore, in order for this to work, you must have an existing site that has been optimized for mobile devices. This is why our first step is …

Make sure your WordPress site has a mobile version

If your WordPress site is not optimized for mobile devices, this really does not make sense. So optimize it. There are many plug-ins available for you to do.

WPTouch WordPress Plugin

WPtouch and iThemes Mobile will allow you to create simple and effective mobile themes based on your current website design. The admin panel allows you to customize most aspects of its appearance without having to confuse the code.

Any Mobile Theme Switcher is a basic plug-in that will detect which device your browser is using and display a specific theme for that device. So if you want to balance multiple themes – every mobile operating system – you can do that.

WordPress Mobile Pack Plugin

Finally, there’s the WordPress Mobile Pack, which offers a lot of cross-platform mobile web apps, UI and theme options, and is easy to integrate with Google Analytics.

Create your application using PhoneGap Build

1. Preparation

Before you get started, it’s easiest to test mobile apps on Android devices. So, if you do not have one, buy one, dig an old one, or borrow from a friend with an abnormal patient. Next, create a PhoneGap Builder account. PGB has a free program that allows a private application or an unlimited OpenSource application. So if you just do one, this is what you need.

2. Create the application file

Your root directory needs to contain an index.html, a config.xml, several default png formatted icon files, and a res directory containing operating system-specific icons for the home screen and the startup page. Next, you need to create an icon. To do this, you can use any image processing or vector program as long as the result is .jpg, .png, or .psd greater than 1000×1000 pixels.

Application Icon Templates, a set of textures, gradients and Photoshop actions for this specific purpose, is a great tool to help you achieve a professional look. If you need a central graphics, IcoMoon has a nice set of flags, many of which are free. After that, there are a lot of sites and applications that you can feed it and turn it into an available icon. Here are a few:

  • IOS and Android application icon size generator
  • Make the application icon
  • Application icon generator
  • IconFlow Icon Manufacturer

3. Configure the application

Config.xml controls the functionality of most applications. It works on all platforms, so you do not have to worry about modifying any particular operating system. For your application, you will change the widget @id, name, description, author, content @ src, and access @ the list of origin. I can provide a more thorough guide through this article.

4. Actual build

Go to the PhoneGap Builder website and sign in. You will see an empty application screen. If you have already logged in via GitHub, all the repositories will be found in the existing repository. If you are logged in via Adobe and have a zip file on your hard drive, then you know what to do: Upload to the right by using the button. The program will analyze your data and show you a screen that displays details of your application. All you need to do is get ready to build from there and it will work.

Important note: PhoneGap Builder can only be used in the iOS developer program. It costs $ 99 a year. Using the program’s software, you can actually build the application yourself, but the reason we use PhoneGap is that we can save time by performing all three at once – negating the need to do anything individually. So yeah, you paid a bunch of services that you do not intend to use, but if you want your app in any iProducts, they have you got a bucket here.

In any case, your application should now finish, so you can download it to your device for testing by clicking the Android icon. Or, you can navigate to the app’s public page on your Android device, download from the device, and install from the download. If the application’s icon does not appear, you may have a URL error in the config.xml file. Repair it, re-upload and rebuild.

If everything is OK, test the application, play with it, and pass it through the paces. You should not spend too much time here, because after all, it is your own website. But if something goes wrong, you need to rebuild it, then update the files in your GitHub repository, go to the application page in the PhoneGap generator, and click Update Code. If this does not work, try rebuilding everything.

Replace the application builder

In addition to iOS tools, there are many other application build services and plugins you can use, many of which will also build, at the very least, free Android apps.

AppPresser is the largest, most popular, and is claimed to be the first mobile application framework for WordPress. It provides full integration: Most application builders only use feeds from your WordPress site, and AppPresser allows you to use all your plug-ins, posts, and pages. In addition, it automatically updates the app after you make any edits to the site. It also fully supports e-commerce.

WP Webapp is a WordPress plugin that is roughly the same as the PhoneGap method, but is easier to have some additional ringtones and whistles. You do not have to go through the hassle of having trouble with your folders or editing configuration files. There are two other levels, Pro and Enterprise, that provide one-click installation, startup screens and up to 25 sites for installation.

Finally, there are a large group of people, you can pay for you to do. However, when there are so many easy and inexpensive ways to DIY, you do not really need to go to them for a basic application.

In conclusion

There are many ways to build an application, and while it looks scary, the above approach makes it incredibly simple. Just make sure you have a good mobile site to start with, okay? Now let me have it. Am I getting anything wrong here? Is there any other way I should know? Please feel free to leave your feedback!