If you’re wondering how to turn your website into an app for Android and iPhone devices, you’re not alone.
Yes, customers have gone mobile and any small business without an on-the-go presence is missing out on business opportunities.
Not convinced? Here’s some food for thought: back in the mid-1990s, many business owners thought they didn’t need a website. However, having an effective website is considered to be a key factor in a small business’ success today.
Will the same be true for mobile apps? Count on it.
To help you stake out your own spot in the mobile frontier, we’ve collected some of the best places to turn your website into an app for Android and iPhone. Our list includes some for any website and some specifically for WordPress websites.
The list below contains solutions that enable you to create a mobile app that’s integrated with your website. These solutions also offer oodles of on-the-go functionality from menus to reservations, shopping, and scheduling to even offering coupons.
Responsive Web Design vs. Mobile Apps
It’s important to note that we’re not talking about responsive web design here.
Responsive web design is an approach wherein your website is coded and designed to “respond” by rearranging and re-sizing itself depending on the type of device on which it’s being viewed. Responsive design makes your website look and operate better (think “user-friendly”) on mobile devices.
A mobile app on the other hand, is a software application that you download from either Google Play (Android devices) or the App Store (iOS devices). Apps are fully functioning entities that exist separately from, but can be integrated with, your website.
So, why create a mobile app if your website is already responsive? An app is “native” to the device on which it’s designed to run so it loads and operates faster than a responsive website on the same device.
Additionally, an app doesn’t need an Internet connection to work, which means your mobile app can always be opened and used. This is handy when a customer is not connected and wants a critical piece of business info like your phone number.
Best Places to Turn Your Website Into an App for Android and iPhone
BuildFire is a richly featured, drag-and-drop solution for building a mobile app. The solution includes design functionality as well as options to add your brand images and select your brand colors. The image below shows the features you can currently add to an app using BuildFire.
The “loyalty” feature stands out here as it enables you to create your own in-app point-based loyalty program.
As with many of the solutions on this list, you can add your blog to an app using its RSS feed. Here’s an example of how this works within BuildFire. Most of the other solutions work similarly:
Como ups the app functionality ante by adding features such as reservations, scheduling, user reviews and more (see image below). Of course, blog and other feed content can be included as well. This is a robust solution and one that should suit a variety of small business.
DWNLD is a newcomer on the scene. But that doesn’t mean it’s at a loss for functionality. Available only for iOS apps currently, this robust solution (look at the features and templates below) is worth keeping an eye on.
SwebApps offers a couple of interesting features that we haven’t see elsewhere. The first, shown below, is the ability to really organize information within your mobile app with lists. This is a really useful feature if you want to provide a useful resource for customers, even if they’re offline.
The second feature is the calculator, which can be used for both tips (nice for a restaurant’s app) and for mortgages (great for, of course, real estate agents).
If you like well designed templates, head over to Onbile where you’ll find plenty along with some useful basic app functionality.
Another solid entry, AppMakr offers one feature we haven’t seen yet: in-app messaging functionality (a.k.a. notifications). An in-app message is a great way to catch a customer’s attention with say, a special offer.
The last solution before we move on to solutions specifically for WordPress sites is Appy Pie. This is a gold mine, not just for building a website app, but for do-it-yourself app creation overall. Just take a look at this overview of available features:
Best Places to Turn Your WordPress Website Into an App for Android and iPhone
Mobiloud and IdeaPress
Both Mobiloud and IdeaPress enable you to easily create a mobile app that is kept up to date via a WordPress plugin. This keeps your app up-to-date whenever you update your site without having to go through any approval process from Apple or Google.
Both solutions are pretty slick though Mobiloud seems to be a more mature solution. Here’s a screenshot from their site:
Whether you provide products or services, mobile is quickly becoming a channel your small business cannot ignore. As the list above demonstrates, there’s no shortage of places to turn your website into an app for Android and iPhone. Most of the solutions listed allow you to try them out for free so take them for a spin to see just how easy it is to step into the mobile app frontier.
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Thank you for this. I think that this is an essential part of any small business. This is especially important if you’re holding an e-commerce website. It gives your visitors a chance to buy from you right from your mobile phone.
It’s worth noting that you can quickly and cheaply turn your web site into a native Android App with just a few button clicks using the app called “AppySite” found on Google Play
We already provide this service . The only thing you do is to give you website to us and it will be created as an app .
Hai sir can you please convert this website into an app, already i canverted throgh some coding i didnt get te proper app and data
When I try to pull up leaderapps.org I am getting “Sorry, this shop is currently unavailable”. What gives?
But I don’t think that these ready tools can make that beautiful apps required. You might not get enough freedom to make customization. Instead you can make the native apps directly from your website content and logic. I’d like you to read this post on more details on web to app idea. Here’s the link – http://bit.ly/1P65cdD
Yes Prashant, I do believe the same. Web tools can convert the website into apps, but that tools work only on some ready mobile app format.
Every platform has a different approach to reach the target audience and accordingly requires development. Readymade tools can’t provide that customization.
I would prefer to hire a mobile app development company and ask their recommendation and case-studies.
Maybe it is only me, but my need is a bit different. I already have a complete, responsive web application (a webpage) which can be used by mobile users and offers all functionalities I need.
I just want to give users an easier access: instead of firing up a web Browser, then following a bookmark / or otherwise reaching my URL e.g. by searches (boring!), I would like them to just execute an “app” which just opens a separate web browser instance at the predefined URL, possibly hiding the address bar etc (maybe redirecting any *external* link to a proper web browser — but, otherwise, I could just do without any external link).
Almost like a web bookmark link in android, but looking more like an app: installable, coming with it’s own icon, and hiding all the web-browser functionalities which I don’t need (address bar, bookmarks, etc).
Is it easy / possible do to this? are there tools?
If i understood you well Marco, you want a scenario whereby your website can be fully downloaded from Google Play Store and iOS as a native app with a splash screen? If that’s what you mean, then IT”S A YES! And i can fire it all up for you.
I am very interested in exactly the same thing.
I’ll be happy if you help me to find a solution
My email is email@example.com
Please contact me
Yes, I am looking for that exact same thing as well. My email is Lisa@AlfordRealtyGroup.com please contact me as well.
Yes Chyke, I would also like to hear your solution, cost and examples of other APPs that you have done. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Pls help me make this website into an app and place on google play and iOS. The website is gramoresms.com and get back to me on email@example.com. thanks
Awesome .. need to make one of it from my website..
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Thanks, going to try it with my gaming site, hopefully people will be able to play the games on a mobile.
The resources mentioned above are really good for the guy, who want to convert his website into a mobile app. mobile apps are better than a website. no doubt about it. But there are multiple factors are also affected when you’re going to convert your website into a mobile app. It’s not like that all are going to develop an app, so you also go for the same. Develop an app only if your business really needs it.
I really need to to put my mobile ready site in the app market? what do you suggest I do when my site is already mobile ready.?
I hope you can add our service https://www.appstrand.com/ to your list.
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Your article has been very helpful to me! I am considering an online business, and I will need to create a mobile app if I go through with my plan. I gained a great deal of perspective and information from the article.
Unless you have created a game, everything is connected to the web so a web page access is all you need. 90% of the app should be web access with a few simple things like phone numbers and address in the app itself. An app is a camouflaged bookmark. We used to call them web apps,way back 5 years ago.
Is this still allowed, as im sure i read somewhere in Googles policy that have your website turned into an app provides no benefit to a user so wasn’t allowed ?
Can i upload it to google play store?
Well, I appreciate the efforts you have spent to write this amazing stuff, But I believe these tools can work only for small websites where the maximum part of the website is static, But when we look at current trends of mobile apps in the app store or play store, The app which gets a good number of downloads interact with users a lot. Even IoT and AI-based apps are in trend nowadays and if somebody who really wants to get business from app has to contact a good app developer or mobile app development company to get a complete solution.
Really appreciate the efforts you put into developing this article. However, I agree with James that this is feasible only when the website is small or has most of the part static. Moreover, these tools simply convert the website into the application without considering the user experience. Website and applications have the different user interface and experience criteria. So, its good to invest in a good app developer or app development company than using these tools.
Great work need to be done all….
Did you even bother to update this list? Half of these have been out of business for years.
Doug, we are working on updating this list right now. Your comment is spot on. A list like this has to be updated. Things have changed. – Anita
This list is really helpful for those who are not core programmers. A big thanks.
Great informative article that will be helpful in converting your web in android and ioS apps. Really amazing for beginners and for those who are not well in programming.
Hello. Is there a list that can be emailed to me? I have a very simple small business app and am struggling with finding someone who actually knows what they are talking about. Thanks, Brenda
good article on turning website into app but i m not sure about this technique from your answer the biggest problem would be responsive from web to app but u done a great work
I don’t think this could be very useful because in nowadays we prefer to make app and website to be on different platform the reason only issues in making the responsive but your article help us to try one time your technique
I have used a lot of softwares to convert my website into app but nothing worked for me. Many softwares are premium and free versions are not good. But I definitely try the above list, I hope it works for me.
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Thank you for this. I think that this is an essential part of any small business. This is especially important if you’re holding an e-commerce website.
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