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WordPress is an excellent CMS to build engaging websites. Back when websites first came along, web development was restricted to people who could code and develop websites from scratch. The arrival of WordPress websites made it possible for individuals and businesses to set up upstanding websites. 

Mobile apps are in a similar position to what websites were more than a decade ago. Every business serious about building an online presence understands the value of developing a mobile app. 

However, app development is expensive, time-consuming, and tedious. 

Enter no-code app builders

Yes, custom app development is not ideal for a small business. It is nearly impossible for a startup to accumulate the resources needed to create a market-ready app. 

However, there are other ways to create mobile apps. No-code app builders enable you to create a mobile app without writing a single line of code. You can thus bypass all the problems of conventional app development with app builders. 

Sounds easy? You can start building your app with a reliable and free app builder. This piece will provide a guide on how to create a WordPress mobile app. 

Creating a WordPress mobile app – A comprehensive guide

The prospect of creating a mobile app without coding sounds enticing. The real question is this – where should you start?

The first challenge is selecting an app builder. There are many options available to you in this regard. In this guide, we will use AppMySite to create a mobile app. It is a mobile app builder that helps you build mobile apps with your WordPress and WooCommerce websites. 

Step one – Design your app

App design is essential to the success of your app. It can often seem daunting to design every app element on complicated software. 

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App builders generally uncomplicate mobile app design. To design an app on AppMySite, you need to log into your account and select Appearance on the left panel menu. The following steps cover all the app elements you can design on AppMySite-

●     App icon – Use the color and text options available to create an app icon or upload your icon design. 

●     Launch screen – Also known as the splash screen. Create a background design and logo to design an excellent launch screen. You can again upload your designs for background and logo. Alternatively, you can access the free image library to select a background. 

●     Login & Sign-up – Onboarding is a crucial part of a user journey. Design the background and logo that will appear on the login and signup screens. Configure the color theme of the buttons and fields that will appear on these screens. You can use the design options available or upload your custom-made background and logo artwork. 

●     Color theme – Set up the color of your app header and buttons. 

●     Home screen – The home screen is the first thing people see after your launch screen finishes loading. You can do several things on your home screen, from designing a banner to managing categories and customizing section colors. 

Step two – Connect your website and app

Once your app design is complete, you need to start thinking about the content you will show on your app. This is where you need to connect your website and app. Establishing a connection will ensure your app is auto-populating with content coming from your website. 

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The following steps explain how to connect your website and app-

● Download and activate the AppMySite WordPress plugin on your website. 

● Login to your AppMySite account and go to Install Plugin under Connectivity. 

● Select Verify. 

● If your connection is successful, you will be redirected to App Preview. If not, go to Troubleshooting to check why your website and app are not connecting. 

Step three – Preview your app

You naturally would like to first preview your app before submitting it to Google Play and App Store. The App Preview section enables you to preview your app on both Android and iOS device emulators. 

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The points below explain the process of previewing your app-

● Go to App Preview. 

● You will find both Android and iOS emulators here. Tap on either of the emulator screens to start previewing your app. 

● Choose from different Android and iOS devices to check if your app is responsive on other devices. 

● Use the screenshot and restart buttons to test your app effectively. 

● Additionally, you can download the AppMySite demo app on your smartphone and test your app in a real mobile environment. 

You can keep making design changes if you come across some issues while previewing the app. Only proceed to downloading your app when your app is ready. 

Step four – Download your app

The last step is to download the app you have built. You need first to generate an app build for both Android and iOS to download the app. 

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AppMySite provides you the option to generate both APK and AAB builds for your Android app. Generate a build and download your APK or AAB file from AppMySite. 

To generate an iOS app build, you first need to submit some essential certificates. After submitting the certificates, you can quickly generate an iOS build and download your IPA file from the platform. 

After downloading the app, you can submit it on Google Play and App Store. Carefully study both Google Play and App Store guidelines to make sure your app goes live on both. 

In conclusion

Ignoring app development because of its cost and complexity is understandable. However, app builders provide an efficient solution to these obstacles. You can unlock the potential of your WordPress website by creating a mobile app. 

This piece provides a complete overview of creating a WordPress mobile app without coding. You can get started now and build your mobile app. 

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