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How to Easily Convert WordPress Sites into Mobile Apps

By Charles Costa

Whether you are an advanced or novice WordPress user, for many companies and organizations, having an mobile app for your website can be a huge asset for improving overall reach. Unfortunately mobile development typically is a labor intensive field which can cost thousands for even the simplest projects. Fortunately thanks to WordPress’ extensibility, there are mobile development companies which can create an app from your WordPress site by using an API provided by a standard plugin.

AppPresser

AppPresser

If you’re looking for a seamless way to create an app with ease, AppPresser is one of the fastest solutions on the market which allows you to get your site running on HTML5, iOS, and Android in under 30 minutes by using Phonegap. Unlike many other platforms which limit you to simply creating a front-end for your mobile site, AppPresser allows you to access the WordPress management panel and plugins from within your application.

Unlike many conversion services on the market, AppPresser breaks their pricing down into bundles based on user needs. Whether you’re looking for a simple site, a mobile eCommerce site, an app for social networking (using BuddyPress) or something more complex, AppPresser offers solutions to fit virtually any need.

AppPresser has no monthly fees, however you have to host your application yourself. Although hosting the app can be a burden for some, the benefit of this is that you maintain ownership of your code. Pricing for AppPress starts at $199.00 and covers up to five apps while the agency bundle includes 25 apps at $499.00. An annual renewal fee is required however, if you need to keep your application code updated.

Mobiloud

Mobiloud

Mobiloud is a service which allows you to create Android and iOS applications with ease, complete with native code built to standards. As with many other solutions mentioned in this article, customizing your app can be done within WordPress.

Key features of Mobiloud include: support for WordPress user accounts; WordPress, Facebook and Disqus comments; category preferences for push notifications; and offline access to your content. The ability to integrate custom JavaScript and HTML5 in your posts also is a helpful feature especially if you’re embedding video and other multimedia content into your posts.

Mobiloud is slightly expensive starting at $149/month however if desired, you can purchase a lifetime license starting at $699.00 for either an Android or iOS app, or $1,299 for both. In the lifetime license however, white-labling your app is $399.00 and support for membership sites (protected content) costs $299.00. Depending on your needs these costs can add up, however compared to custom development, the cost is still fairly low.

Wiziapp

Wiziapp

If you’re looking for a somewhat free solution to test the waters for your site, Wiziapp is a service offering both free and paid plans. Using the service is as simple as adding a plugin to WordPress and then using the provided prompts to customize the look and feel of your mobile application. To enhance your application, you can also easily insert ad banners and enable push notifications.

After deciding on the look and feel of your mobile application, you can create a HTML5 app for free, with native Android and iOS apps costing $149/year and $299/year respectively. By using the free plan, you can create a mobile site for potential customers to visit, however if you already have a responsive website design, this feature likely won’t matter to you.

In addition to the app development services, Wiziapp also offers a collection of mobile friendly WordPress themes for $69/year. For web design/development agencies this might be a worthwhile expense, however if you’re just looking to build a single site and want a uniform look on mobile and desktop devices, you’re probably better off choosing a responsive theme from another vendor.

Minor Limitations

Although the previously mentioned solutions can be used to roll out a mobile app with ease, one of the biggest limitations is that they simply port your existing layout to a mobile environment. This is why before using any of these services, you should ensure that you know how to choose a great WordPress design.

Putting that limitation aside, considering that many custom application development projects can cost $5,000 upwards on the low end, and upwards of $20,000 per platform as the average, the solutions mentioned in this article provide a welcome middle ground for the customer who has simple needs.

Also keep in mind that while some services will provide submission to the app store on your behalf, the Google Play and Apple App Store fees are not included. At the time of writing, Google charges $25 while Apple charges $99/year.

Comments
masterblaster0011

thanks for the tips. thats an interesting idea. hope helpful for everyone.

inersadat

There is a new WP plugin that does a very simple but nice conversion from WP to app using responsive themes: https://wordpress.org/plugins/wp-2-app/

I've tried it succesfully for both Android and iPhone devices.

trimantra

Thanks for valuable infomation. I try this for so many times , now i done very easily with this post

Thanks

natedang

Thanks for such a helpful post <3 <3
You may also build you own Magento Mobile Apps with some Mobile App Builders
If you have enough budget and already done with magento mobile consideration, you can find and pick some Mobile App Builder that you think suits you the most.

abhikaduva

Thanks for the valuable informtion.
I have seen app like these.
I would like to know how to convert meencurry.com to Mobile app.

TechnoBear

Welcome to the forums, @abhikaduva.

If your site isn't a WordPress site, then it's not really appropriate to discuss it here. Please start a new topic, giving more specific details of where your problems lie, and what help you require.

abhikaduva

Yes my site is built on wordpress.And i have downloaded plugin from Wiziapp for converting to app. Thank you for responding.

Anna_Kosieradzka

Kinetise is another option you might find interesting. The Wordpress plugin is only one of its many features - you can get and send data, including pictures or GPS coordinates, use maps, videos, web pages... You can make fully functional apps without writing a single line of code, and they are purely native. You can try the editor without even registering (and download an test app on your phone as well, it will just expire in 24 hours if you don't upgrade it), so give it a try. wink

NDDT

For small sites this can be a solution. But bigger sites would generate very slow apps.

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