Have you searched for an official mobile app for your wordpress website? It’s a common problem. WordPress is secure, free and completely customizable, but if you don’t have the mobile app, then read this article to learn more about a new addition to the wordpress family.
You’ve probably heard of something called the App Store. It is one of the most popular features Apple has ever released, and it has revolutionized the way that people use their mobile devices for both pleasure and work. Now, using your WordPress site, you can integrate a feature known as an “app” onto your site that emulates this system – but with a wider range of mobile devices that have access to your information.
Have you ever wanted to have a mobile app on the iTunes App Store or Google Play that you can send push notifications to? Well then this blog post is for you. You might have seen many services out there that allow you to have a native app for your website with minimal knowledge because they do everything for you. They use ready-made templates, populate them with some basic information about your business, publish and generate an app. But most of these services require that you pay a monthly fee, in addition to a one-time payment, which can turn out to be pricey after a while.
Mobile App Plugin for WordPress
Why Create a Mobile App for Your WordPress Site?
If you check your website traffic in Google Analytics, then you will see that a large number of users are accessing your website from their mobile phones.
The easiest way to ensure mobile users have a nice experience on your website is by making it mobile responsive.
A mobile responsive WordPress website uses a design that automatically adjusts itself to match the user’s screen size. Almost all good WordPress themes are mobile responsive out of the box. You can even find great-looking mobile responsive themes for WooCommerce.
However, some businesses may want to offer an even better user experience by creating their mobile apps.
Instead of visiting your website in a browser, users can launch an app from their home screen to access their favorite blog, online store, membership website, or online community.
Mobile App Preview
Building a mobile app typically requires programming skills, and there are plenty of development agencies that will build a mobile app for your website. However, it would cost you a lot of money ($15,000 and upwards).
If you want to build a mobile app on a budget, then there are a few WordPress plugins that can help you convert your WordPress site into a mobile app. They are paid solutions, but they cost way less than hiring someone to build a new app for you.
Remember that using these plugins still requires intermediate to advanced WordPress skills. If you are an absolute beginner, we recommend using a mobile responsive theme and improving your WordPress speed to gain more mobile users.
That being said, here are the best plugins to convert your WordPress site into a mobile app.
AppPresser is an easy-to-use platform that helps you convert any WordPress site into a mobile app.
They have a dedicated WordPress mobile theme that can be used to create an app for your blog, WooCommerce store, or BuddyPress website.
It has a visual app customizer to change your app’s appearance easily, just like you would for a WordPress theme. You can customize colors, add custom pages, pull WordPress content, and more.
AppPresser offers integrated push notifications which are fairly easy to set up and manage.
MobiLoud allows website owners to convert their WordPress sites into mobile apps. They have two products: one for news or blog sites and another for websites using WooCommerce or other sophisticated plugins.
It includes push notifications, mobile advertising support, analytics, and custom branding. The app is configured and prepared and can also be submitted to app stores for you.
AndroApp is another useful plugin to convert your WordPress website into a mobile app. It comes with offline support, multiple themes, internationalization supports, unlimited push notifications, infinite scroll, and native social sharing. It does not support WooCommerce or BuddyPress.
The plugin developer will help you configure and download your app, which you can then submit to the play store yourself or hire a plugin author to do it for you.
The big downside of this plugin is that the free version allows the developer to show their ads.
WPMobile.App allows you to create a mobile app from your WordPress website. You can purchase a single lifetime license to build your app. All app setup and configuration can be done inside your WordPress admin area.
It gives you easy tools to upload your app icons, buttons, colors, translations, and more. It supports Google Analytics, built-in caching, offline content, and compatibility with all popular WordPress plugins.
Other than that, the plugin also has unlimited push notifications, social sharing options, and more.
If you’re serious about converting your WordPress site into an app, we recommend using AppPresser or Mobiloud.
WPMobile.App build the Android and iPhone-iPad native mobile application of your WordPress site and allow you to publish it on Google Play and Apple Store.
OUR ANDROID AND IOS MOBILE APP OFFER
💳 VERY AFFORDABLE PRICE – We only sell lifetime licences, no subscription, no hidden fees.
Android 79€ // iOS 79€ // Android + iOS 149€
🎉 FREE TEST – You can test your mobile app with the Android and iOS demo app. The only thing you need to do is install this plugin and then you can view your mobile app as it will be in its final version.
🖌 CUSTOMIZATION – The mobile app of your site will look like your site, you will be able to choose the name, the logo and the theme of your mobile app. No mention of our brand or advertisement, the mobile app is white-labeled.
📲 GREAT COMPATIBILITY – Our mobile apps are compatible with smartphones and tablets, require only Android 4.1 minimum and iOS 8, this represents the vast majority of the smartphone market.
👌 VERY EASY PUBLISH – We take care of all the technical work, no software to download or complicated manipulation to do. We have automated the entire compilation process and are able to send you your application in 20 minutes!
💬 SUPPORT TEAM – We are here to help you and answer all your requests as quickly as possible. We’ll try to answer all your questions ASAP.
⚙ NATIVE MOBILE APP – Fast and 100% adapted to all smartphones, screen sizes, software and networks native applications are the top of mobile applications, whether for Android or iOS.
WHAT DO YOU GET WITH WPMOBILE.APP, THE MOBILE APP CREATOR?
👍 AUTOMATIC APP UPDATE – When new content is posted on your site, the application is automatically updated, you have absolutely nothing to do. The mobile app is able to display all the contents present on your site, at any time.
📢 NOTIFICATIONS – With unlimited push notification, you can talk with your users, with an amazing open rate. Manually or when a page or article is published users of your mobile app receive a notification that directly opens the right page on the mobile app.
📈 REAL-TIME STATISTICS – From the WordPress panel you can access to 12 stats about the mobile app usage. Number of installations, graphical evolution of traffic, actions on the mobile app, geolocation, content view, language, browsing history, … All statistics are real-time and hosted on your site.
🔎 SEARCH ENGINE – Users can search for your content directly from the mobile app. Directly from the app the users will be able to access all your content in just a few clicks, exploiting the power of the wordpress search engine.
👋 SOCIAL SHARING – The users of your mobile app will be able to share your pages and your articles in 1 click by using all the applications installed on their smartphone (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, messaging, SMS, …).
✍ COMMENTS – If comments are enabled on the page being read, the user can read all the comments and access a form to leave a comment. We use the native WordPress system and the mobile app passes most anti-spam systems.