How to Install AndroApp Plugin

What is AndroApp Plugin

it is a wordpress plugin, to create an Android and IPhone App – without any programming language.

How to install?

you can install it on any wordpress website by following these simple steps

  1. Login to your wordpress dashboard and Plugins->Add New from the left sidebaradd_new_from_plugins-wordpress
  2. Search for AndroApp and click on Install Now buttoninstall-now-androapp-wordpress-plugin
  3. Click on Activate Plugin link in the next screenactivate-androapp-wordpress
  4. AndroApp plugin is installed on your site, now you can click on Settings link to configure it OR click AndroApp in the left sidebar on your wordress dashboardandroapp-settings-wordpress

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How to create firebase app for IOS

If you have not created a project for android app on firebase, follow this link to create one and than come back here.

Now

  1. Go to https://console.firebase.google.com
  2. click on the existing project where you want to add the IOS appScreen Shot 2017-05-04 at 8.07.30 PM
  3. click on Add another App linkScreen Shot 2017-05-04 at 8.08.09 PM
  4. select IOSScreen Shot 2017-05-04 at 8.08.47 PM
  5. enter your package name(you must have got this in email from us) in bundle id field and give a name for your reference eg. XYZ IOS App in App nickname, leave app store id field blankScreen Shot 2017-05-04 at 8.10.44 PM
  6. Click on Download GoogleService-Info.plist file and click on continue buttonScreen Shot 2017-05-04 at 8.11.57 PM
  7. Again click on Continue in the next screen
  8. And click on Finish in next screen (both 7 and 8 are done by us for you :))
  9. Open GoogleService-Info.plist file and copy GOOGLE_APP_ID field value, it will look something like this 1:934357332944:ios:8cdf192452ea68f9
  10. paste this in the Google App Id for IOS in AndroApp->Account Settings tab.

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How to create nice screenshots for your app

You need to upload 2-3 screenshots and feature graphics in google play developer console and apple developer console.

These screenshots plays important role in your app listing, this is the first thing which gets users attention when he visits play store, or anywhere else, higher the attention, higher the chances of app install.

recently, we visited one of our client clintonfitch.com’s play store link and found their screenshots very attractive

here is the one from his playstore listing

clintonfitch_app_screenshot

you can checkout more screenshots @ https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.androapp.clintonfitch.c2214

So, we connected with him and requested to share the secret behind these nice looking images, and we are glad he shared the secret to these amazing screenshots with us.

He used an Android App Screener.

here is the Screener introduction demo:

its actually very simple to use, we are giving out the brief steps to use it

  1. install the screener app from play store
  2. download any one device’s frame
  3. Once downloaded, click on the frame and you will see a + button in middle of the screen, click this button to select the image of your choice from your phone.
  4. You can change the background color, add shadow, add background image etc.
  5. once you are satisfied you can click on export icon on top right to save the image
  6. and you have your nice looking screenshot ready.

there are various other features in screener app, which we are sure you will explore.

So, go ahead and update your app screenshots now.

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Migrate Existing Push Notification from GCM to Firebase

If your push notification is setup with Google Cloud messaging and its working, than for the new androapp apk (version 6.0.4 onwards) you have to migrate your existing GCM app to firebase, so that your existing customers remains intact.

Follow these steps to migrate

  1.  go to https://console.firebase.google.com/
  2. Click on or import a Google Projectscreen-shot-2016-10-02-at-9-29-35-am
  3. Select the relevant project from the list
  4. And click on Add Firebase
  5. Now continue from step 4 from this article

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How to Setup Firebase Cloud Messaging

Google recently moved most of its services(like analytics, cloud messaging etc.) to firebase platform, they say firebase has more functionality and performance. so going forward they will support only firebase applications.

So we at Androapp are also migrating to firebase for push notifications.

If you had setup google cloud messaging earlier for your app, than you have to migrate your existing project to firebase, click here for the instruction on how to migrate.

Continue here for setting up a fresh firebase project for push notifications.

  1. Go to https://console.firebase.google.com
  2. Click on Create New Project button
  3. Fill up the name and select the region, click on Create Project buttonscreen-shot-2016-10-02-at-1-53-56-pm
  4. Click on Add Firebase to your android appscreen-shot-2016-10-02-at-9-30-07-am
  5. Give the package name, you can get this value in your first email from androapp
  6. Leave the signing certificate SHA-1 field empty and click on Add Appscreen-shot-2016-10-02-at-1-57-24-pm
  7. At this moment, your browser must have downloaded a file with name google-services.json
  8. open that file, it will look like thisscreen-shot-2016-10-02-at-1-59-04-pm
  9. Copy the project number from the file to Google Project Number field in AndroApp Account Settings Tab. it will be a number like this: 934357342944
  10. Copy the mobilesdk_app_id value from the file to Google App id textbox in Account Settings Tab. it will look like this: 1:370901340170:android:ce70542cdae49cac
  11. Click on Continue and Finish in next screens.
  12. go to the mobile app you just created and click on the 3 dot menu and select Manage optionscreen-shot-2016-10-02-at-2-02-49-pm
  13. Go to cloud messaging tab and copy the api key to Google Api Key textbox in AndroApp Account Settings tab.(this is different from what you see in google-services.json, you have to enter the server key from this screen to google api key textbox in AndroApp Settings page and not from google-services.json file)screen-shot-2016-10-02-at-2-03-29-pm
  14. You are done !!

 

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How to Add Shortcode in AndroApp Post Page

If you want to add any shortcode for posts on your androapp mobile app than you can do so by adding below code in your themes functions.php

add_filter( 'json_prepare_post','androapp_overwrite_content', 11, 3 );

function androapp_overwrite_content($data, $post_array, $context) {
	
     $textToBeAdded = do_shortcode("[related_post_shortcode]");
     $data['pwapp_post_content'] = $data['pwapp_post_content'].$textToBeAdded;
		
     return $data;
}

If you want to use post id or some other information you can use $post and $data objects, see below example to use post id
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AndroApp Tricks to change post content

This guide is for little advanced users, who know little bit of php.

We will suggest to try out below changes on test setup and check it is not breaking your website or app.
It will change only the app content, your website content remains as it is.

To Add before the content of all posts

Add this code to functions.php

add_filter( 'json_prepare_post','androapp_overwrite_content_pre', 8, 3 );

function androapp_overwrite_content_pre($data, $post, $context) {
 if(!($data['type'] == "post" || $data['type'] == "page")){
 return $data;
 }
 $textToBeAdded = "add your html code here";
 $data['pwapp_post_content'] = $textToBeAdded.$data['pwapp_post_content'];
 return $data;
}

To Add after the post content

Add this code to functions.php
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Ad guidelines for AndroApp

This is to help you setup ads on your app via AndroApp plugin

      1. Please create publishers account on Admob, Mopub and Appnext
      2. Fill Interstitial ad id for Appnext, Mopub and Admob, We give preference in this order mopub, appnext and than Admob. If you dont want to use any provider just leave the ad id blank.
      3. Enter Mopub or Admob Bottom Ad unit in bottom/top/listView ad unit ids.
      4. To honor the Admob guidelines, we suggest to keep only bottom ad unit or top and listview ad unit(depending on the content on your page). We suggest to honor one ad on a screen at a time strictly as we have seen in past, google rejected few of our clients admob accounts.
      5. AppNext Intersitial ads will not work on woocommerce enabled sites, we disabled it due to some technical issue.

Mopub Setup Guidelines

  1. Create an account on Mopub.
  2. Create a new app by clicking on Add a New App button on top right.
  3. Go to App and than create a new Ad unit by clicking Add a Ad Unit button on top right. fill this ad unit id in AndroApp Account Settings Tab
  4. Go to networks tab and Add a new network by clicking Add Network button on top right
  5. Select ad network of your choice, like Admob, StartApp for facebook audience network etc.
  6. Fill in the required information in Set Up Your Inventory section
  7. Go to Segments tab from top
  8. Click on Global Segments
  9. Clear the filters by clicking on Clear All link
  10. under your Ad, disable enable by selecting the network and clicking on play/pause buttons in Segment Waterfall section
  11. set a ECPM for example $0.05
  12. you can add multiple ad networks for one mopub ad unit and those ad networks will fight with each other for a place in your app.

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Hide Elements on Post Page

Hide some elements on Post Page

These options are valid only when Post Content type is set as post processed.
Screen Shot 2015-12-19 at 9.43.05 AM
To hide some content in your post page you can put below css in the define custom css here for post processed content type (see screenshot above)

Hide Featured Image
.androappfimage{
display:none;
}
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AndroApp – Create Google Analytics Property

Google Analytics tracking ID identifies the analytics property for which mobile tracking is enabled. Follow the below steps to get your property tracking ID.

1. Sign in to your Google Analytics account.

2. Select the Admin tab.

3. In the ACCOUNT dropdown, click on Create new account. (or select if you already have an account for your website)
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