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Mobile Apps that just present the website

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Dakis, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. Dakis

    Dakis Well-Known Member

    I am moving to XF at the end of the month, and up to now I've been using a branded app by Forumrunner that is doing considerable amount of traffic. Now that I'm moving, tapatalk looks like the only solution, but costs 500$ per year to get ios+android app.

    Miner built me a 100% responsive design, so I'm thinking since I already have that, isn't there a way to build apps that simply include the website itself inside? That way I can keep my mobile app users - otherwise the day of the conversion, their apps will simply stop working.

    Any ideas?
  2. Keith Myers

    Keith Myers New Member

    If you feel like doing a bit of development, it is very simple to create mobile applications for both platforms using something like PhoneGap or Illumination Software Creator (http://lunduke.com).

    PhoneGap - You would simply need to add a massive HTML frame to occupy 100% of the screen and set your site as the source.

    Illumination - This will create a "Native" app, in this case you would create a webkit control and set your site as the source URL.

    Or just use Tapatalk
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  3. Dakis

    Dakis Well-Known Member

    Well as I said, tapatalk costs 500$ per year, and I can't justify this cost. Thanks for the links, I will have a look :)
  4. rollthebones

    rollthebones Active Member

    What exactly is the point of an app that just wraps your site? Couldn't your users just "Save to home screen"? (Unsure if Android has that feature though)
  5. Dakis

    Dakis Well-Known Member

    Yeah they could, but most users don't know how to do that. Plus, I don't have any way of informing the current app users for this change - as said above, they will simply see their apps stopping.
  6. Keith Myers

    Keith Myers New Member

    Can you send a newsletter to your members?
  7. Dakis

    Dakis Well-Known Member

    I send regular newsletters, but it doesn't mean my members are the ones that use the mobile apps - it could very well be more simple guests/visitors that use them.
  8. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    FormRunner quit coding a plugin for XenForo? I know at one time they had one - I just removed it because of the stupid *ss way they were playing the lawsuit.
  9. Dakis

    Dakis Well-Known Member

    Even if I ignored the fact that forumrunner is now owned by Internet Brands, their price is similar to that of Tapatalk's, so it's out of the question.
  10. Tracy Perry

    Tracy Perry Well-Known Member

    From my understanding, you already had a branded app - is it branded for vB only?
  11. Dakis

    Dakis Well-Known Member

    Yes, these apps are all platform specific. They don't just keep on working after you switch platforms :)
  12. DRE

    DRE Well-Known Member

    None of that will fly with Apple without some iOS-specific feature. If you are interested in my current iOS project though, sign up and reply here: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4969012 or here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=17140773#post17140773
  13. leemy

    leemy Member

    Wondering if you made any progress on this. I installed node.js and used PhoneGap for a bit, but it seems it wants me to upload the entire html directory of files for the forum, which can't be right. I just need it to show a webview of the responsive design of my site.

    I did experiment for 5 minutes with AppGeyser, and was able to download an APK that did just that. However, if you distribute your app, they place their banner add on every page (because it's a free account). I didn't see a purchase option to rid that.
  14. Dakis

    Dakis Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately I haven't found anything I can use.

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