AppPresser was released 2 months ago and we’re very happy with it’s success and reception so far. Because AppPresser is such an innovative product for WordPress, and the idea of using WordPress to build native mobile apps is fairly new – we realize that there would be questions and clarifications to be made on what it is, and what it is not. We welcome your questions and feedback – just hit us up on our contact form, we’re happy to engage with you to provide answers to your burning questions.
Is AppPresser a website in an app?
AppPresser allows you to wrap your website inside of a native app, but that’s not all.
There are 2 advantages to this:
1. A native app wrapper allows you to access your phone or tablet features such as device contacts, accelerometer, camera, geolocation, Push Notifications, and more. It’s like supercharging your WordPress site!
2. You can distribute your app through the iOS and Android app stores.
Neither are possible with a normal website. But AppPresser doesn’t stop there…
AppPresser also allows you to create a more traditional static app. That means most of the app is local on your device, and you can access data from your WordPress site. A good example of this is the Status App:
— Ryan (@modemlooper) February 8, 2014
Another example of this is pending release on the iOS app store, and will be announced soon. AppPresser offline/static apps are still in development, but look for more information in the coming months.
Do I need to know how to code or program?
AppPresser enables to you create native mobile apps – not merely an app version of your web site, but real native mobile apps that can either compliment your already present web presence … or a native app that stands alone. WordPress is the platform you use to create the app, and AppPresser is the suite of plugins that create a framework for the creation of the app. AppPresser allows you to build an app using WordPress that is then wrapped in a native application wrapper so it can be compiled as a native app and made available in the app store. Are you going to be able to build anything you want with no coding knowledge whatsoever? No more than you can build anything you want with WordPress with no coding knowledge whatsoever. If the existing extensions we offer aren’t sufficient for the type of app you want to build then that’s where you have to roll up your sleeve and build the functionality that you need.
If you use one of our pre-made extensions and bundles, like the Ecommerce bundle or the WooCommerce extension, you are not required to code anything. If you are not a developer, you might want to stick to the extensions that we have for sale.
Let’s get technical
If you are not a developer, you can safely skip this part.
Traditionally apps are mostly static, meaning the images, scripts, and other assets are local on the device.
WordPress runs on PHP, and you can’t run PHP on a mobile device. This means if you want to be able to use themes, plugins, and all of WordPress, you have to view it on the web remotely.
AppPresser takes that webview of your site and integrates Phonegap, which allows you to use all the great native app features. This essentially makes a supercharged version of your WordPress site inside an app, that you can distribute in the app stores.
This is the only way to use all of WordPress in an app.
But wait, there’s more…
There’s a large advantage to traditional, static apps in that they load faster and they work offline.
The disadvantage is that you have to work with raw WordPress data, which makes your app more limited in scope.
We believe there is a place for both types of apps, and we are working hard to allow you to create static/offline apps with AppPresser. As mentioned above, there is an app pending review in the app store that will demonstrate this.
Why use AppPresser?
AppPresser allows you to use WordPress elements like themes and plugins to build a mobile app. There is no other product on the market that does what AppPresser does.
AppPresser allows you to use WordPress as a platform to create your app leveraging your existing WordPress development knowledge to do so…..Because responsive design alone isn’t always the answer. As a user I prefer native apps for services that I use that may also serve up mobile versions of their service….Not everything I can do using Amazon’s iPhone app I can do on their web site and vice versa. The mobile app is geared towards how it will be used in the context of mobile….A presence in the app store for an application is very important for the success of an iPhone or Android mobile app….Does Amazon have a mobile optimized web site? Yep. Do they have an app in the app store too? Yep. Facebook? Yep. Twitter? Yep. Zappos? Yep. The average user has been trained to install apps via the corresponding app store. Even if it’s via a link on a marketing site they visit via the mobile browser. They click on it, then install the app via the App Store or Google Play. Done.
Bringing a Native Idea to Market Costs Less Than Ever Before With AppPresser
When building an app, budget is always a concern.
It goes something like this: “Are you on a budget? Then you should probably go with a non-native app or a nice responsive design because native app development is very expensive!” Last year, VentureBeat offers up some comparisons, and in an infographic titled “Mobile App VS Responsive Design” that mentions budget and states that “responsive design is a less costly undertaking because its quicker to deploy than native applications … [and] … requires fewer dedicated resources to bring an idea to market” Last year, that may have been true.
Native mobile application development is now not only less expensive than ever before, but combined with WordPress, AppPresser makes native app development accessible to users who know how to create a web site in WordPress – – because if you can create a web site in WordPress – you can create a native app with AppPresser. And for thousands and thousands of dollars less than if you hired an iOS or Android developer to create it for you.
If you have any questions about AppPresser, feel free to leave a comment, or email us.