If you already have a successful website with high traffic, one thing to consider is having your own mobile app so users can have easy access to your content wherever they go. Building a mobile app isn’t for everyone but this is the Internet we are talking about, so yes, of course we’ve found a few services that can help you with that – no coding skills required.
Here are 5 services that will help you build your mobile app, some of them with simple drag-and-drop, for free. These services also offer to help you publish your app for greater exposure. The only thing missing now is the look and feel of the design (check this out if you need help in this department) but hey, this is a great starting point to venture into mobile app development.
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The app builder in Yapp gives you a live preview of what your app will look like. Start off by adding a page to your app. This page can be a photo/video gallery, invitation to an event, news feed, contact info, time schedule, simple text or Twitter feed.
Once you choose the type of page you want, edit it through the app preview in the center, with required text or a photo. Lastly, choose a theme and add a logo which can be used as your app’s splash screen.
Once you’ve completed all the pages and its content, you’re ready to publish. Yapp will give you a URL: my.yapp.us/[YappID] which accessible through a Web browser. The YappID is randomly generated however, but you can purchase a custom ID for $5/year.
If you prefer to build on top of a template, then TheAppBuilder is a better choice. You start by entering your app name. Then, choose a category and a related app template. Some of the available templates are quite complete so all you have to do is add your content.
If you prefer customization, you can add and remove menus of sections which include list, gallery, contact info, feedback, RSS, webpage, news, event, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Maps.
Selecting the correct section (and sub-section) type ensures that the content you want to input is in the correct format. Before publishing, you’ll have to set your app icon, color scheme, banner and description. Your finished app will be published to a link like myapp.is/[appname].
Need an app that offers payment channels? AppsBar has the added integration of PayPal allowing you to sell items and collect payments. You can choose to enable PayPal at the very start of your building process while choosing an app name, icon, splash screen and color scheme.
Adding a new page puts an icon on the main screen of the app accompanied by a customizable icon. You can then include contents such as events, forms, contact info, RSS, SoundBoard (upload sounds for preview), photo/video gallery, coupons, social links, basic text or blogs in the app.
A rough preview is available on the smartphone template, but if you’re unsure if you are doing this right, Appsbar will screen all created apps to ensure they are fully optimized before publishing the app. They will also give you tips on how you can better it before it’s making it available and accessible on Appcatch.
Infinite Monkeys (and acquired AppMakr) prides itself in being a real easy to use app making tool. After providing basic information like contact info, app title, color scheme, background image and splash screen image, you can add elements to your app’s main menu e.g. news feeds, social feeds, custom text, live chat, eBay, maps and many more.
The live preview at the center gives you the freedom to fully customize the size and placement of each element.
Choose your app icon, write a description, additional info, choose categories and add tags before publishing. One unique feature of Infinite Monkeys is that you can get both an Android native app and an HTML5 mobile site. You will need to serve ads on your app but you can pay a fee to remove all ads for your users’ benefit.
To start building with Mobincube, choose a template from categories related to the kind of app you’re making. With the correct template, all you have to do is change its contents and add your own images. If need be, you can still fully customize the layout to add menus and sub menus.
Their wide selection of menu types include: an option list, details, images, RSS, map, calendar, webpage, splash screen and even a shop.
Each page can be further customized with elements like pictures, text and separators to give each page a unique look. Once the app is ready to publish, you’ll be given a URL and QR code where users can access your app through a mobile web browser or on the Mobincube store.