For anybody, not a secret that the number of Internet users is coming into the network from smartphones, growing from year to year, and will improve for several years. That would be enough for this audience must have not only a mobile version of the website, but the app (and the presence in social networks, in fact, but now not about it). And if the mobile version of the site now either integrated into popular CMS or quite easily be added to their functionality, with applications increasingly tricky. If you’ve concluded that your site needs a mobile app, you can go the right way – make the API through which the application will request data from the website, to order design and programming applications… But it is quite expensive, and not all sites are what would make the app correctly. If there is no money/desire/time to create a regular app, you can go simple way – make the application from the mobile version of the website.
To create an Android application we need:
Mobile version of the site with a separate address
Online service for building mobile applications
I requested a place on DLE, that is, the mobile version of the website I have available at – http://site.EN/?action_skin_change=yes&skin_name=smartphone . The method of implementation described below is suitable for any engine – the main thing is that the mobile version had its URL, or that the website used responsive design (the site looked normal, not high resolutions).
As an online service for creating Android apps and I chose the service AppsGeyser – the free service (if you don’t mind a link to the service tab On the app and, most likely, advertising line (I have not yet appeared, but the service is referred to)), is quite clear and, most importantly, creates a working as it should the app 😉 ! In Service, you can create an application from the website (which I did), RSS stream (I did not), it is possible in HTML and js to write a code that converts service to the app (there is still a lot of blanks applications, but not for our purposes).
In General, go to the service, click Create Now, choose Website, fill in the fields (it’s pretty simple) and click Create App.
In the second step we pass a simple registration, fill it with screenshots (you can download the app, install on your device and make screenshots, then pour them) that is saved by clicking Submit.
You can now search the settings to test the application you created. When ready, go to the tab DISTRIBUTE and publish your app in Google Play (you can not do that and spread the app through AppsGeyser (where the page is created with your app), but by default, Android cannot install is not the native store, and not all users will agree to put the application from third-party sites). All the fun starts on the fifth step – Create you Developer Account. To register in Google Play as a developer, you need to pay $25 to any card.
Check in Google Play has not caused me trouble, if managed with the creation of applications that can handle registration. After registering to add your app description, logo, screenshots, specified age restrictions, category, contact information, put up the price (free) and shake – Publish. All in a few hours your app will be available in Google Play.
To increase the reach of the audience, you can find catalog sites with reviews on mobile applications, for example, androidgo.fun.
Prepare a quality text-review of your application. And add links to Google Play or iTunes.
After that, you must inform your site visitors that you have Android app:
Published news on the website and in the social.networks with a link to the application page in Google Play or on the AppsGeyser QR code.
Make the website a pop-up window for visitors coming from Android devices (from AppsGeyser has its code for this, but it is not in Google Play, and on their website).
Monitor the number of installations and usage (statistics are in AG and GP), for easy tracking of hits on the site through the app to Yandex Metrica or Google Analytics is added at the stage of application creation UTM codes to the URL of the website (don’t forget to postcodes statistics systems in your mobile template).
Its first app, created for such a scheme, I published on Friday, haven’t advertised it, but want to redo everything:). Today and tomorrow will flood the new version, I shoveled the default template for smartphones from DLE and began to promote your app – look at the results;).
And you ever did a mobile app for your website? What for this user?