Frequently Asked Questions
Find your answer to any remaining questions about AppMachine.
- What types of apps can I build with AppMachine?
Since our launch in 2013 we have had more than 1 million users creating an app at AppMachine.
In our large group of customers you will find almost any type of app you can think of: Apps for businesses, schools, churches, events, festivals and even renovation projects to inform the neighbourhood.
We have professional webagencies that use our platform to build great apps for their customers, business owners building an app for their business, start ups for building their POC’s, churches building community apps and enterprises building internal app. The great thing of AppMachine is that the functionality can grow with the experience you have. Checkout our templates to get a feel of what’s possible.
- Who can build apps with AppMachine?
Yes, Anyone can build apps with AppMachine, you only need to know how to operate your pc, your mouse and a keyboard, and you are good to go! There is no specific knowledge required to build your own app. You don’t need to hire developers or designers, you can do it yourself
With AppMachine’s preconfigured blocks and the drag-and-drop design platform, you only need to add the content. The AppMachine will make sure it works and looks professional.
If you are a SMB, work at a school, business or non-profit organization you can build your own app, without having coding or design skills.
If you are a developer or have a webdesign company, you can also use AppMachine to build apps for your customers faster and even add your own code to the application if you want to add your own functionality
- What is an appbuilder?
An app builder is software which enables you to build apps without having any coding knowledge. The easy-to-use interface of AppMachine helps you build an app even if you have never done it before. An Appbuilder like AppMachine also takes away all the hassle of publising your app with the right certificates and signing. What? Yes, you don’t even need to know what app-signing is, we take care of that for you.
App Builders also save you a lot of time and money even if you know how to code.
- How can I test my app?
There are various ways how you can test how your app looks. You see your app in the browser while you are working on your app. Every change you make is reflected in the previewer in the middle of your screen, so you can see immediately the results of your change. You can also click the Preview button in the top right corner of your screen to see how your app will show on a mobile or tablet device. You can scan the QR code to get the Progressive Web App on your mobile device, so you can test how it works and feels. You can also download the Android previewer from the Google play Store to test how the native app works on your phone. To test the app on your iphone you need to publish your app to the Apple App Store and use the Testflight app from Apple to see how it works on your iPhone. The good thing is: AppMachine uses Flutter technology to have your app created for the web, Android and iPhone. This makes that once you tested your app on one platform, you are sure it will work on the other platforms too.
- Can I send Push Notifications?
Yes, you can send push notifications or push messages to the users of your app. You can even send messages to specific user groups or individual users.
- What functionality can I put in my app?
AppMachine offers a wide range of functionality to build informational and interactive apps. AppMachine offers easy to configure pages (which we call blocks) to show information in a very easy and fast way : Text, images, videos, photos but also lists of events, people, FAQ, webpages or even points-of-interest on a map. Checkout and a loyaltycard will help you monetize your app.
You can also connect to your own external data via a google sheet connection or a web service. With our drag-and-drop element editor you can design your own lists, detail screens and forms. Add events, actions and logic to make your app work like you want.
You can read more about this on our Product page.
- Why choose AppMachine?
With AppMachine anyone without coding or design skills AppMachine can build awesome PWA’s and native apps for iPhone and Android. By using the predefined building blocks and our drag-and-drop builder you can build an app in no time.
AppMachine also saves you a lot of time by publishing your apps to the Google Play and Apple Store . We have taken the app publishing process to another level compared to other app builders out there. AppMachine helps you to save the cost of traditional app development and helps you to turn your app idea into a real app in a few days. And if you get stuck, our support team will be there to help you.
- How long does it take to build an app?
This depends on the type of app you want to make and the complexity of your app.
It all depends on how prepared you are. Do you already have a clear vision of the purpose of your app? You need to decide what information, features and visuals you want to use. This part will take up most of the development time. If you have that figured out, it’s just a matter of hours to build your app. Making your app ready to upload to the app stores might cost you a few additional hours, because the app stores want to know a lot of details about your app. Our extensive guides in our support documentation will help you through all the required steps.
We also advise you to ask someone else to take a look at your app before you publish it. It’s always good to have the typo’s removed before you publish your app!
If you have published your app, AppMachine gives you an unlimited amount of app updates, so you can improve your app on a day to day basis.
- What does the AppMachine developer team do for me?
The AppMachine development team is constantly adding new features to the AppMachine platform which will be automatically included in your app subscription. When the app stores have new requirements we will make sure your app is compliant. Our team is here to make you and your customers happy with your app!
You also get an unlimited amount of updates in the app stores, so you can make changes anytime you want. You will not be limited, like other platforms will.
- Can I customize the design of my app to use my own branding?
Absolutely! You can use your own logo and colors in your app. And, although we offer several pre-built components like lists, buttons, and app bars, you can also build your own to capture your brand’s unique aesthetic.
- What is a PWA or Progressive Web App?
A PWA is a Progressive Web App which is basically the web version of your native app which you get without any additional effort from you. With your PWA or mobile web app you can launch your app on the web on your own domain. You can publish your webapp in no time. Publishing your app to the app stores will take some more time as you need to create a developer account for both Apple and iOS.
- How do I publish to the App Stores?
AppMachine has made it very easy to publish your Native App to the Apple and Google Play Store. Using the most advanced technologies we automated the publishing process for the biggest part. So, publishing is not an issue any more.
- What is a native app and why do I need one?
Native Apps are designed specifically to work on a particular host’s platform, such as the Google Play and Apple App Store. The code is optimized accordingly.
The benefit of a native app is that it is shown on your customers home screen so they will see your logo when they are using their phone. By sending push notifications and email reminders, you’ll be able to chase sales and remind people of your existence.
- What happens to my app when a new iOS or Android version is launched?
Our team of app developers will make sure your app will be compatible with the new versions of the operations systems. So you only need to make sure to hit the Publish button and your app will be updated in the app stores with the new requirements.
When the app stores launch new requirements, our team will make sure your app will stay up to date too. Since June 2022 Apple required apps with user login to also offer account deletion within the app itself. Our developers build in the new functionality, our customers just had to push one button!
- How can I get support?
You can always email firstname.lastname@example.org . Our experienced team is always happy to help you build your app in the best possible way. You can also checkout our support center.
- Where can I find support documentation?
You can find our support documentation here.
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