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Mobile Apps that just present the website

Dakis

Well-known member
#1
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
Hello,
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
 

Dakis

Well-known member
#3
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
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)
 

Dakis

Well-known member
#5
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.
 

Dakis

Well-known member
#7
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.
 

Tracy Perry

Well-known member
#8
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?
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.
 

Dakis

Well-known member
#9
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.
 

DRE

Well-known member
#12
Hello,
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
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
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.