How to Make Your Website into an App on Your WordPress Site
WordPress is the #1 CMS (content management system) used to create websites. It is extremely popular and has a lot of functionality. The fact that it is free and open-source makes it even more accessible to people who may not have the budget for expensive web development tools.
Being able to build a WordPress website and have it act like an app would be an incredible perk. While it is usually not required that websites be mobile-friendly, having one that is would make it that little bit easier for users to interact with your content wherever they choose.
Thankfully, it is quite straightforward to create a WordPress website that functions like an app. You will need to perform a few tasks on your website to make this happen. We will go over the steps needed to get started.
Step One: Create an App with a Dashboard
The first step is to create an app with a dashboard. You will need to do this to be able to manage the content within it. To create your app, you visit the dashboard of your WordPress site. Once you are on the dashboard click on the app icon in the shape of a hamburger icon that is in the top right-hand corner of the screen. You will see a menu with four options: iPhone, Android, Windows, and Desktop.
Click on the Android option and follow the on-screen instructions to create an app. A WordPress app can only be accessed from an Android device. You will need to have Android Studio installed on your computer. Once you have created your app, log out of the dashboard and back in to continue to the next step.
Step Two: Integrate the App with the WordPress CMS
Once you have your app created it is time to integrate it with the WordPress CMS. You can do this by clicking on the hamburger icon in the top right-hand corner of the dashboard and selecting the ‘Integrate App’ option. Follow the on-screen instructions to connect your WordPress app with your Google account.
This will bring you to a screen where you can connect your app with your Google account. Make sure your Google account is connected to your WordPress site and that you have the Google Play Store and the Google APK installed on your phone. Once you are logged in you will see the dashboard refresh and all the content should appear in your app.
If you click on the hamburger icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen you can select the Settings option. Here you can adjust the appearance of your app. You can change the color scheme, fonts, and more. You can also add more apps to your list by clicking on the hamburger icon and selecting the AddAnother app option.
Step Three: Add more Apps to Your List
If you have more than one app that you want to add to your list, you can do this by returning to the main dashboard and selecting the hamburger icon. Selecting the Settings option will bring you to the Edit Site screen where you can add more apps from the list. Each app will have a toggle switch next to it. If you want to disable an app, uncheck the box next to it. Once you are finished adding more apps you can click on the Save Changes button at the top right-hand corner of the screen.
Step Four: Test the App to Make Sure It Works
Testing is very important, even if you think that your app will work perfectly. This is especially important if you have used any third-party libraries or tools in your app’s creation. Before publishing your app to the store make sure that you have tested it thoroughly and know that it works as you intended. The last thing you want to do is ship a broken app to your users.
To test your app, launch it from your phone’s home screen and navigate to a page within it. Once you are on the page make sure that everything is functioning correctly. If you are unable to reach a particular page or icon within your app, try refreshing the page or closing and relaunching it. If you are still unable to find the issue, contact support or visit the WordPress forums to find a solution.
Step Five: Publish Your App to the Google Play Store
The final step is to publish your app to the Google Play Store. To do this, return to the dashboard of your WordPress site and click on the hamburger icon. Select the Publish option and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
If you click on the Publish button you will see a screen that asks you to enter your email address and password. Make sure that these details are accurate and then click on the Sign In button at the bottom of the page.
If you enter the correct email and password you will see a confirmation message at the top of the screen. If everything is correct, you can select the Create App Shortcut button at the top right-hand corner of the screen.
This will bring you back to the dashboard where you can see a list of all your apps. Select the one you created and you will be able to download it to your phone.
WordPress is a free and open-source CMS used to build websites. It is extremely popular and has a lot of functionality. The fact that it is free and open-source makes it even more accessible to people who may not have the budget for expensive web development tools.
An incredibly useful feature of WordPress is that it can be configured to function like an app. This can be done by creating a WordPress app on your site and then integrating it with your Google account. This way you can access your apps on the go from your phone’s home screen.