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Have you been thinking about making your WordPress website into a mobile app? It’s a great way to reach an all new audience. A lot of people like getting Apps and may never have seen your website or blog’s content and, through discovering you through the Google Play Store or Apple App store, could become a customer.
You might think, however, that turning your WordPress website into an App would be incredibly hard and complicated, but luckily that is not the case due to two wonderful companies: MobiLoud and AppPresser. I’m going to discuss them, what they can do for your website, how they are different and ultimately advise you on which you should pick.
MobiLoud will take your WordPress website and they will configure, build and publish it themselves, which is pretty awesome. There are four plans.
The Essential Plan is $199/month and gets you one native app for IOS & Android. Your app can then be used by up to 3,000 active users and you’ll be able to send targeted push notifications.
The Starter Plan is $319/month, and it gets you everything that the Essential Plan gets except you get up to 10,000 active users plus no MobiLoud branding in your app, you’ll be able to sell subscriptions with in-app purchases, and you’ll be able to monetize with Google DFP, Facebook Audience Network or Admob.
The Growth Plan is $479/month and gets you everything in the Starter Plan except you get up to 50,000 active users plus App performance improvements with help with Caching and a CDN, more support from the team on the app launch, monetization & promotion, and the ability to integrate your app with Comscore, Quantcast, Taboola or any other advertising SDK or analytics.
Then there is a Custom Option, which you will have to contact them for a quote. This is for high traffic sites (it comes with unlimited active users) and they will customize your App. You probably should only pick this option at the beginning if you highly customized your WordPress website and you need really specific things done for your App.
If the price of MobiLoud is scaring you off, then AppPresser may be a better choice. Without any coding skills, you’ll be able to change your WordPress website into a Mobile App, and at a much cheaper price. A basic plan of $228 a year (notice this is a yearly price rather than a monthly price, so it is cheaper) will get you one IOS & Android app, push notifications (a great way to get someone to find out anytime you had a new blog post or product), social sharing options so they can spread the word about your new posts, support & updates plus translation. You can then submit the apps to the stores yourself. You also have a notification limit of 5,000 devices.
A Business Plan costs $499 a year and will get you all of that plus a whole bunch more: BuddyPress, WooCommerce, LearnDash, Memberships, App store submission, the ability for you to make sales from in App purchases and a notification limit of 500,000 devices.
A Business Plus Plan costs $599 a year and gives you everything the other two plans do plus a bonus IOS & Android App, the ability to get segmented notifications (for example, you could segment people to get specific notifications, like if you ran a sports blog you could get segments for football, hockey, basketball, baseball, etc.), and a notification limit of 1 million users.
But here is the thing: unlike with MobiLoud, you will need to create the App yourself. AppPresser has a cloud based visual app builder that helps you create an app from your WordPress website. They do give you resources on how to do this.
Conclusion: Which should I buy?
If you do not want to create it yourself because you don’t have the time or don’t want to figure out how to do it yourself, then purchase MobiLoud. But if you want to save money and don’t mind time spent converting it yourself (which, again, does not involve coding, just a little work on your part), then you should choose AppPresser.