Everybody speaks about "mobile first" and the importance of making your WordPress site fit the needs of mobile users. Unfortunately, the implementation often restricts itself to optimization measures on the website itself. An effective channel to reach your potential customers is often forgotten: mobile apps. Lukas Gehrer shows you how to create your own WordPress app without any programming knowledge.
In the last few years I have expanded several of my projects and WordPress websites with an app offering and made exciting experiences that I would like to share with you today. Finding the right Pluginone for converting your site app into a mobile app is a rather tedious task. Much more than the abundance of offers, the many TOP-10 lists bother me. Most of them are totally superficial and you don't know much afterwards as you did before.
My Top 3 App Builders Plugins for WordPress
So, to mark the occasion, I sat down and announced the three best WordPress plugins for your potential app plans. I chose one plugin for each application and size - from small blogs to international corporate sites. I look forward to helping you choose the right plugins to help turn your WordPress site into a mobile app!
First of all: In this article I have focused on app subscription services. Because to invest 50,000 Euros for a custom app from an agency with years of support is neither my goal nor my recommendation. For this reason, subscription services for apps or so-called "WordPress app builders" are very popular. And at least three of them are really recommendable.
#1 AppPresser: Great app-plugin for small blogs and websites
We start with AppPresser, probably the best known app builder plugin. It will also appeal to most of you at the same time. AppPresser has made a name for itself among the masses and quite justifiably claims a large market share for itself. The tool counts well over 4,000 active installations on WordPress.org. So the developers are doing something right.
Strictly speaking not just anything, but the price-performance ratio. Starting at 19 Euro per month (as of January 2019) you can get a AppPresser Annual license, which includes the App Builder and one year of support and updates. However, the smallest plan one supports a maximum of 5,000 devices for push notifications and no other features.
The possibility of placing advertisements, sharing buttons for social media, downloads, camera integration and co. are only available from the "Agency" -plan for just under 50 euros a month. The "Agency plan Plus" offers even more PROfeatures. These include services such as community and member areas, offline downloads, translations and more.
Basic functions at a low price
Functioning does AppPresser totally simple and directly in the WordPress surface. You choose menus, colors, backgrounds, fonts, etc. and can thus create your own individual mobile app. The live preview sweetens the user experience immensely.
However, one must be honest: There are not a lot of options available here. For example, the basic app design cannot simply be changed. You can imagine it more like a WordPress -Theme which you can just configure. No more, but also no less.
And there we are at the point why the headline says "for blogs and websites". The apps look more like web apps and are probably not among the most modern interfaces you can find. So if you want to stand out from the competition individually, you might be better off choosing a different service.
But the apps for this price are hard to beat. Therefore, if you are a blogger or website owner with a small budget, you will AppPresser find the perfect provider. A larger budget might then be better invested in the editing of a niche blog.
#2 Appful.ioPerfect app plugin for larger magazines, companies and large WordPress projects
Then we jump from one edge to the other in the target group diagram. If you don't want to create a mobile app for a niche blog, but for a company, larger projects or a magazine, you need another service provider. Appful has positioned itself on the market for years as the perfect solution for companies. According to website on the homepage, organisations such as Greenpeace, Vaude, Peta and large web portals such as Macnotes.de use the App Builder.
Appful offers not only the pure creation and support of publishing apps. If you are planning your own app for internal communication, for content marketing purposes or even as a database for employees and customers, you will find the right solution with appful a good partner with experience in the B2B sector. But even large websites and magazines can be supported by appful's know-how benefit if the corresponding budget is available.
Besides the pure WordPress -Plugin, offers appful numerous features and services, which make the offer a complete package: Years of support, regular updates for the latest features on iOS and Android, modern app designs and above all the dashboard login separate appful from many small WordPress app builders.
As appful-customer, you can easily log in with your account from anywhere and at any time, make adjustments to your app and take it live. You can also use your account to configure the app design, menus, sites and menus, and to access analytics data. It's also possible to create your own app designs and features with the team behind appful to develop.
A professional app has its price
All in all, Appful is an optimal solution for companies as well as larger, on-based WordPress projects that want to outsource as much work as possible when developing a modern app. In the end, the app should be available in the App Store and, thanks to updates and support, remain modern and future-proof. Outsourcing instead of doing it yourself is the keyword here. Basically the opposite of AppPresser.
For these services, however, you will have to calculate B2B prices, unlike AppPresser and co. at appful it only starts at 99 euros a month. Companies and enterprise customers usually pay more. So you must be prepared for a few hundred euros. But for a modern app with optional custom design, this is market price. Compared to App Agencies you stand with appful-solution is even considerably cheaper. So it's a kind of "best of two worlds" in B2B: agency design and subscription prices.
If the budget is there, it's worth it appful so. But that's a big "if." I myself have successfully created several of my online blogs with appful into a mobile app. If I wasn't satisfied, it wouldn'Plugint be in this article.
#3 PWA: Does it always have to be a mobile app?
Especially if you have a small budget and basically only want to display the content of a static website optimized on mobile devices, a web app can be the right solution. With the free Plugin"Super Progressive Web Apps", which has over 10,000 active installations and a rating of 5/5 stars on WordPress.org, the implementation is very easy.
I find it difficult to "talk some WordPress projects and websites into an app builder for a fee" if all they lack is a nice display for smartphone and tablet.
The PWA tool builds a mobile adapted version of your WordPress site which displays the "Add To Home Screen" button to your mobile website visitors. With just one click, your visitor can then place an icon shortcut on their home screen on iOS and Android.
Of course, this home screen shortcut doesn't make yours site a "real" mobile app yet, but this solution is often absolutely sufficient for the beginning. Furthermore, PWA is the easiest and cheapest solution. After all, you can always go back to AppPresser , appful upgrade.
Conclusion: Which WordPress plugin is for me?
Well, you can basically read this already from the text. For most people, the answer will probably be "AppPresser" hot. Because with this you usually get a really fancy app that is perfectly adequate for smaller projects and above all saves you money.
As a company, magazine or operator of a larger WordPress blog, you should appful take a closer look. Normally a little more budget is a worthwhile investment here.
If your plans to create your own WordPress -app after my article are completely messed up, you probably need some more time. In that case, it's a good idea to create a web app with PWA first. So if you don't have much of a budget and you are still uncertain if your project will be big or not, don't spend the money on a mobile app, but optimize the mobile version as much as possible!
If you have feedback, questions or further input for the conversion of WordPress sites in mobile apps, I am happy about your comment!