The use of smartphones to browse the web is ever more widespread: in 2017, 56% of site visits in France were made from a mobile.
If creating a responsive and mobile-friendly site is an obligation, it is becoming increasingly desirable to go to the next level: the creation of a mobile App.
Why transform a WordPress site into a mobile App?
Mobile apps are becoming increasingly popular, and websites are no longer the only solution. In fact, many people prefer to use mobile apps because they are simple and easy to use.
Mobile apps can help you transform your business in a positive way by allowing you to reach customers on the go, increase traffic and sales, and even improve customer service.
Benefits of having your own mobile app:
A unique brand identity
Owning your own app gives you the opportunity to create a unique brand identity that speaks directly to your audience. For example, if your business specializes in fitness, your app can also focus on fitness. You can also choose how much information you want to include in your app.
Your mobile app will appear in Google Play or Apple App Store search results when people search for similar apps. This makes it easier for them to find you and download your app to their phone or tablet.
Once someone downloads your app, they can access it whenever they need it, whether it’s during work hours or at home in their free time, which means more potential customers!
WordPress is one of the most popular CMS platforms in the world. It powers over 30% of all websites and is a great choice for anyone looking to create a website or blog. But when it comes to mobile apps, WordPress can be a bit tricky, especially if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Creating a mobile app from scratch is a lot of work and requires some coding knowledge. Fortunately, there are many tools that allow you to turn any WordPress site into an attractive mobile app without any coding knowledge!
WPApp.Ninja is a Made in France solution to create a mobile App from a WordPress site (whether for iOS, Android, or a Progressive Web App).
The plugin allows you to easily customize and configure your application while maintaining the overall look of your WordPress site.
The prices (without subscription) are also attractive. You can test your app for free before buying.
Price : count 49 $ for an Android app and 79 $ for an iOS app (119 $ for both)
AppPresser allows you to create iOS or Android apps from WordPress sites in a quick and easy way.
Notably, the tool integrates a dashboard that allows you to edit your app(s) from one place with a handy visual editor.
AppPresser does require some technical knowledge to be used effectively.
Rate: subscription from $19 per month
With MobiLoud, you can convert a WP site into a native app for iOS or Android with ease – no technical knowledge required.
This solution covers a wide range of features, even those that are the most specific to WordPress (user accounts, comments, posts…), and is particularly adapted to news sites and blogs.
Price : 199 monthly subscription or lifetime license from $2499
WiziApp is one of the pioneers in creating native apps from WordPress sites.
With 7 pre-built themes and advanced customization options for your app, this solution sets no limits for the number of users, page views, or push notifications.
Pricing: subscription from $199 per year
WordApp promises to generate an application from your WP site in just a few minutes.
The ease of use is indeed there, with no less than 30 themes and many simple features to configure. The app can be created for free, but you will have to pay a monthly subscription (the advertised price is very attractive) to publish it on the app stores and send notifications.
However, the plugin has not been updated for several months and therefore seems to lack follow-up from the developers.
Rate: from $0.99 per month
AndroApp provides a complete set of tools to help you create beautiful mobile apps from your existing WordPress website. Your users will be able to view your content on their mobile device without having to download anything.
Pricing: 66 dollars per year.
Develop a turnkey application
If these solutions make it more accessible to create a mobile App from a WordPress site, they still have some drawbacks…
With this type of tool, the possibilities in terms of design and functionality are limited: the apps thus created will not necessarily reflect the characteristics of the original site and will lack flexibility.
This is why it may be better to have an original mobile App developed by a professional.
You do not know what budget to provide? We have designed a tool for you to evaluate in a few questions the cost of a mobile App according to your needs:
Our tip to turn a wordpress site into a mobile App
Creating a mobile app is a complicated process. There are many steps that need to be taken before you can get what you want. Whether it’s a simple game or an enterprise app, there are a lot of things to consider and work out before you get the final product.