How to Make an Android App for WordPress Website
Android is a mobile operating system developed by Google. It is designed to be user-friendly and very functional. This operating system can be downloaded for free from the Google Play Store. Being open source, you can download the Android Studio IDE from Google Play Store as well.
An Android developer can build an application (Android app) for any operating system for mobile phones and tablets. The possibilities are endless. You can even build an app for wearables, like smartwatches and smartbands.
If you run a WordPress website, you already know how powerful this content management system is. It is one of the most used website content management systems in the world, powering over 27 million websites as of September 2020. You can use WordPress to create a completely custom blog, or you can use the system to publish content that is already created in other formats (like PDF or epub).
Since Android is one of the most popular platforms among developers, it makes sense to explore ways to integrate WordPress with Android development. In this blog post, we will discuss five steps that you can follow to create an Android app for your WordPress site.
Step one: Set up the WordPress development environment
To get started with Android development, you will need to have the Android Studio IDE installed on your computer. You can download this software from the Google Play Store for free. To start creating an Android app for WordPress, you will first need to set up the WordPress development environment on your computer. You can do this by following the instructions in the WordPress documentation. You will also need a third-party tool to create an Android app, such as Xcode or Android Studio.
Once you have this set up, you can follow the steps in the next section to build your first Android app.
Step two: Create your first WordPress app
With your development environment set up, you can now begin creating your first WordPress app. To do this, visit the WordPress documentation and look for the “Installing WordPress” section. From here, you will want to follow the instructions to install the WordPress mobile apps. You must have the Google Play Store installed on your device for this step.
Once you have WordPress installed on your device, you can go to the WordPress Settings menu and select the “Apps” option. Doing this will display all of the apps that you have installed on your device. Selecting the “WordPress” app will take you to a page that shows information about the app, including the name, description, screenshots, version code, and install link. This is the information that you will need to provide to the Google Play Store when you are ready to publish your app.
Step three: Design your app’s user interface (UI)
Now that you have set up your development environment and installed WordPress on your device, it’s time to start designing your app’s user interface (UI). When designing the user interface for your app, you will want to consider several things including but not limited to:
- The screen size (i.e. iPhone, Android, etc)
- The operating system and platform version
- The language the user will be using (i.e. English, German, etc)
- Whether or not the user will be entering data (e.g. entering names, emails, etc)
- The amount of data the user will be entering (e.g. for a contact form, a lot of text)
- How the user will be using the app (e.g. for a travel blog, using the app more often than entering data)
- Whether or not the user will have the app on their phone for the entire duration of the project (e.g. if the user is creating an event app and installs the app and unsubscribes, you will not be able to update the app without uninstalling it)
Once you have all of this set up, it’s time to move on to the next step.
Step four: Create a new Android Studio project
To create a new Android Studio project, you will need to navigate to the Android Studio marketplace and search for “wordpress”. Once you have found this, click the “Install” button to download and install the WordPress app onto your device. Once this is done, you can follow the prompts to create a new Android Studio project. You must specify the Android version and name of your app (e.g. Traveler) when creating the project.
This process may vary a little bit based on the version of Android you are using, so be sure to follow the instructions on-screen. Once the project is created, click on the “Next” button to move on to the next step.
Step five: Add more information to your app’s manifest
In the previous step, you created a new Android Studio project. Now that you have this app, it’s time to add more information to its manifest. To do this, open up Android Studio and click on the “Manage app components” link located at the top-left corner of the screen. Doing this will display the app’s manifest file in a text editor.
The AndroidManifest.xml file includes information about the app including its name, version code, and the permissions the app requires (e.g. the WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission in Android 6.0+). If your app requires the use of a specific Android API, you can declare this in the XML file as well (e.g. the INTERNET permission if you are using the Android SDK to develop the app).
By adding more information to this file, you will make your app more discoverable by potential users. You should also consider adding a logo, screenshots of your app, and written information about the app (e.g. what the app is, why you made it, etc).
Once you have added all of this information, click on the “Save” button to save the changes to this file. Doing this will synchronize the app’s data with the Play Store. If you want to learn more, you can read the Android documentation regarding the app’s manifest file here.
With these steps, you will be able to create an Android app for your WordPress website. Depending on your needs, you may want to create separate apps for different WordPress websites or for use within a single website. If you would like to learn more, you can consult the documentation here.