Making Your Own App with AppMachine

App Building, AppMachine News Liz Bollema 16 Mar 2013

Susan owns a little wine shop just off the main shopping street. She really wants to make her own app, and she doesn’t want to spend a ton of money on it. It will help her to keep her regular customers informed about upcoming wine tastings which she holds from time to time, usually on Wednesday evenings. She also wants to let them know about any special offers she has. So she’s going to make her own app, and she’s going to use AppMachine to do it.

First of All

She starts off by thinking about what she wants her app to do and what it can do for her. But before she even gets that far, she looks at what other shop owners have done with their apps. In any case, she wants to share information about her shop, she wants to display photos and publish her business hours. Every week she has a different South African wine on sale, which is her specialty. So she wants that in there. She already has Twitter and Facebook accounts and she wants her customers to see those, too. She’ll need an extended Contact Page complete with her address and phone number.

Making Your Own App

Susan heard about AppMachine from a friend. According to him, you can make an app without being some kind of programming wiz. What’s more, you can make something and you only have to pay for it once you’re happy with its appearance and you’re ready to publish it. So she decides to give it a try. She visit the AppMachine website. On the Log In page, she makes a user account. That was pretty easy! Now that she’s logged in, she can start building her app. On the “Ready To Start?” page, she clicks on “New App”.

She fills in a name for her app, which brings her to the “Scan Your Website” page. She fills in the URL for website and AppMachine goes to work. It finds lots of photos, as well as her Twitter and Facebook accounts.

crawlerSusan chooses a skin called “Dark Transparent List”. She guesses she’ll change the picture at a later moment.
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After scanning her website and choosing a skin, she already has three Building Blocks working for her: Facebook, Twitter and Contact — and she can add more.
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She can choose from a variety of features, as you can see here:
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Using the “Building Blocks” submenu, she creates a menu structure. She adds Information Building Blocks, where she can add a description of her shop complete with business hours. She uses “Products” to put a few special wines on display. An app like this really needs images, and she does that with the “Photos” Building Block. Using the “Events” Building Block, she can advertise special wine tastings. She thinks it would be a good idea to provide special offers to people who use the app, so she adds the “Email” Building Block. and anyone who sends her an email from the app gets a 10% discount.

She double-checks her Building Blocks for content and design. Then she looks at what she’s made on the AppMachine Previewer on her smartphone.
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Publishing

Only when she’s completely satisfied with the result does she decide to turn all of this into a real live app. On the AppMachine website she clicks on “Publish” and adds all the information necessary to submit it to Apple’s App Store.

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Using the App

A week and-a-half later, she receives an email from AppMachine. Apple has approved her app and they’ve placed it in the App Store.They also placed her Android app in de Google Play store. She immediately puts a message on her website telling readers about her new app. She uses  her appsite to promote her app on Facebook and Twitter. Now, customers can download and use her app.

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