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9 Best Plugins to Convert a WordPress Site into a Mobile App in 2021

Last Updated on November 16th, 2021

Published on June 24th, 2020

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Statistics show that mobile devices now dominate how we do things online, with an increase in mobile traffic of almost 60% between 2019 and 2020 in the U.S. alone (source: Perficient article “Mobile vs. Desktop Usage in 2020”).

Therefore, a mobile presence is essential nowadays. But having just a mobile version of a website is no longer enough – people are increasingly using mobile apps over websites. So, now’s the time to seriously think about using a WordPress to app plugin to create a corresponding Android and/or iOS app for your website.

What are the Differences Between a Mobile App and a Mobile Website?

Basically, mobile websites are versions of your desktop website optimized for use on the smaller screens and touch input methods of mobile devices such as tablets or phones. They are accessed through a web browser, just as they would be on a desktop device, and require a live internet connection.

On the other hand, mobile apps can give you access to the same data and content that is available on the corresponding website. But where they excel is that they can offer additional functionality even when not connected to the internet. A good example is Google Maps, where the website is entirely dependent on an internet connection, while the mobile app allows you to download maps to view offline, save favorites, and more.

Do I Need to Turn My WordPress Site into an App?

It isn’t essential to have a mobile app as well as mobile and desktop sites. But because of the significant advantages offered by apps, their popularity and use are steadily increasing. Such advantages include:

  • Users can use many of the app functions and access data while offline.
  • Apps tend to be faster than websites.
  • Greater personalization possibilities.
  • Ability to push notifications and alerts easily through the app rather than via emails.
  • Ability to offer mobile device-specific functionality.
  • Better brand presence, particularly given the app’s icon will be omnipresent on the home screen of your user’s mobile device.
  • Convenient, as people do not need to know your site’s address or search through a list of bookmarks; instead, they just access the app directly.

All of these advantages lead to a significantly enhanced user experience, and that creates loyalty.

It is surprisingly straightforward to create an app from a WordPress site. And we will show you eight of the best plugins currently available that allow you to do just that. Furthermore, we have checked that all are fully up-to-date and compatible with WordPress 5.7.2, so you shouldn’t encounter any issues with compatibility.

Appilix

appilix convert website to mobile app without any coding

In common with most other WordPress to Android app plugins, Appilix is free for development purposes only, and you have to buy a subscription to set it live on Google Play. However, pricing is highly competitive at $30 per year for WordPress news sites and blogs.

With Appilix, you get the following features:

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  • No coding skills required – all data is extracted directly from WordPress by the plugin
  • Real-time layout design
  • Customizable app colors to match your website
  • Push notifications
  • Real-time synchronization with your website
  • Fast build time
  • Unlimited app revisions

Once the subscription fee is paid, the following extra features will unlock:

  • While label (i.e., Appilix branding removed)
  • Releasable to Google Play
  • Advertising and monetization options via Admob, MoPub, Google DFP, and Adsense

Applilix is an excellent option if you want to create an Android app for your WordPress site quickly, without any specialist knowledge, and above all, cheaply. It’s a relative newcomer, so only 60 active downloads from the WordPress plugin directory exist, but it has a 5.0/5.0 star user rating.

Go to Appilix

AppMySite

AppMySite makes it super-easy to create a mobile app from a WordPress site in just four easy steps. Firstly, you register for an account, and then you personalize the appearance of the app. Once you are happy with how it looks, you connect the app to your website through the plugin, after which you can download and submit it to Google Play and Apple App Store.

You can use AppMySite to develop your app for free, but to submit it to Google Play, you will need to purchase a ‘Starter’ plan which costs $108 per year. To submit to both Google Play and Apple App Store, you will need the ‘Pro’ plan, which will set you back $228 per year.

Key features of AppMySite include:

  • Wide range of app customization options, including the home screen
  • Automatically import website menus
  • Highly optimized web-view environment
  • App preview using integrated Android and iOS emulators
  • Demo feature to test the app live on a smartphone
  • Add unlimited CMS pages
  • Extensive range of addons
  • Intelligent filter and sort options
  • Comprehensive knowledge base and documentation
  • Real-time synchronization with your website
  • Real-time simulation
  • Users can log in via Google, Facebook, or email
  • Dynamic app menu
  • Support for various payment gateways
  • Social media integration
  • Unlimited app revisions
  • WooCommerce integration, including cart and checkout
  • Collaborate with 2/3 team members (depending on package)*
  • Unlimited push notifications*
  • Monetization options*
  • White label app (i.e., no reference made to the plugin or developer)*
  • Priority support*

Items marked * are only available once your developed app is submitted to Google Play or the Apple App Store using a paid plan.

AppMySite is a popular plugin to convert your WordPress site to an app, with over 7,000 downloads in operation and an average user rating of 4.6/5.0 stars.

Go to AppMySite

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AppPresser

AppPresser is the #1 WordPress app plugin and mobile app builder.  It integrates more plugins and is more customizable than any other solution.

Using their no-code app customizer, build a professional app that integrates all of your WordPress content, and customize it as much as you like. Integrate plugins such as WooCommerce, LearnDash, BuddyPress, and membership plugins. Automatically submit to the iOS and Android app stores when ready.

Some of the features include:

  • Drag and drop app page building
  • Unlimited color and layout customization
  • Automated app store submission for Apple and Google Play
  • Excellent customer support

Pricing starts at $59/mo, with the most popular plan being $99/mo.

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WPMobile.App

WPMobile.App was previously known as WPMobile.Ninja and is a plugin that allows you to create and refine your app for free before paying to launch it on one of the app stores.

The wonderful thing about this plugin is its pricing structure, as license payments are one-off, giving lifetime coverage instead of annually recurring licenses. The cost to get your app onto either Android or iOS devices costs $79, and if you want it on both, it will be $149.

The low price of this plugin does not mean it skimps on features, as you get:

  • Fully customizable app theme with 20 widgets, 24 colors, CSS, JavaScript, etc.
  • Three app menus: hamburger, floating, and navigation bar at the bottom of the screen
  • Automatic app updates when publishing new content on your site
  • Cached content for offline access
  • Unlimited push notifications – manually or automatically notify users of new content
  • Twelve real-time app usage statistics, including number of installs, geolocations, language, etc.
  • Built-in search functions
  • Social sharing
  • Where enabled, users can read comments and add their own
  • Unlimited downloads and updates
  • Automatic language translation with Weglot

WPMobile.App is currently running well over 6,000 apps, and it scores a very respectable 4.6/5.0 user rating on the WordPress plugin directory.

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Go to WPMobile.App

AppMaker (WooCommerce)

If you run an online store, having an app for it can significantly increase conversions. When people are shopping through your app, they are less likely to be distracted and ‘shop around’ on other websites; instead, they will remain focused on your products. AppMaker can create Android and iOS apps to complement your WooCommerce store.

With this plugin, expect to find the following features:

  • Drag-and-drop app builder
  • Highly customizable, including the app themes
  • Extensive library of integral WooCommerce plugins
  • Currency and language switcher
  • Real-time app user interface customization
  • Multilingual support
  • Personalized push notifications
  • Users can log in via social media
  • Product filters and sorting
  • Integrated analytics (Google and Facebook)
  • Catalog mode support
  • Featured grocery apps
  • Easy product shipping and order tracking
  • Admob and Facebook event targeting
  • Up- and cross-sell and bundle capability
  • App-only coupon promotion

As with most other WordPress to mobile app plugins, creating your app is free, but launching it on one of the app stores requires a paid subscription. In the case of AppMaker, the basic ‘Starter’ subscription costs $99 for the first year. That will buy you all of the abovementioned features, as well as:

  • Most payment gateways supported, including Apple Pay
  • Complete product synchronization
  • Up to three home pages
  • Broadcast up to five push notifications per month
  • Support

It is important to note that once your app has brought in sales of $10k or more, or you have passed the first year of subscription, whichever is sooner, the subscription increases to $29 per month plus 2.5% of revenue generated by the app.

Other subscriptions are available for when your business scales:

  • ‘Growth’ costs $79 per month plus 1.5% of revenue and adds assistance in building your app, three more homepages, five additional push notifications per month, and enhanced support.
  •  ‘Scale’ costs $249 per month plus 0.5% of revenue. It gives you a total of ten homepages, fifteen push notifications each month, and further support enhancements.

Paying subscriptions yearly reduces the fees by 20%, and a fourteen-day free trial is available so you can thoroughly test out the plugin without risk.

Users of AppMaker have given it a thumbs up, with an average rating of 4.9/5.0. There are currently over 5,000 downloads in operation, so despite the price, it is very popular.

If you don’t have a WooCommerce store, the developer also has a plugin to create a mobile app from WordPress called WordPress Android & iOS App Builder. However, it has only been tested up to WordPress 5.6.4, and the last update was over six months ago, so use it at your own risk.

Go to AppMaker (WooCommerce)

AndroApp

As suggested by the name, AndroApp is specifically for people looking for a WordPress to Android app plugin. With it, you can quickly create your app with no coding knowledge needed, although that applies to most of the other plugins we have listed.

Also, in common with other plugins, creating your app and then testing it on your phone is free with AndroApp – charges only apply when you send it to Google Play. But the excellent thing about this plugin is the first month is entirely free, after which you pay a very reasonable $66 per year. If you don’t pay, your app will still work, but it will display the developer’s ads.

Despite its budget price, this plugin brings you the following features:

  • Customizable app colors
  • Multiple themes
  • Dynamic settings for things like menu, preview text, ad placements, etc.
  • Unlimited push notifications
  • Monetization using Admob and Appnext
  • Supports deep linking
  • Social media sharing (Facebook, WhatsApp, etc
  • Comments support for WordPress and Facebook
  • WordPress Super Caching for fast load times and offline saves
  • Users can zoom, save, and share images
  • Featured image on the post detail page with parallax effect
  • Infinite scroll on home, category, and tags pages
  • White label, with no reference to AndroApp
  • Analytics

So if you have budget constraints and only need an app for Android devices, take a look at AndroApp. Currently, over 3,000 active downloads of it exist, and users have rated it an impressive 4.6/5.0 stars.

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WappPress

The WappPress plugin allows you to build real-time apps from any WordPress site. The only drawback is it only creates apps for Android devices, but that is also true of several other plugins. It is a highly cost-effective solution as creating your app is free, and you also get fifteen days of app validity on Google Play. After the fifteen days have expired, you can upgrade to Pro for $22, which gives unlimited app validity and six months of support from the developer.

Key features of WappPress include:

  • Push notifications
  • Monetization via Google AdMob Interstitial Ads
  • 15-days Android app validity
  • The app can have a different theme and home page to the mobile website
  • Uploadable/customizable launcher icon and splash screen
  • White label with no WappPress branding
  • Build your app in real-time
  • Content is automatically updated and synchronized with the content on your website
  • Suitable for WooCommerce stores as well as Amazon Affiliate sites

This plugin scores a user rating of only 3.2/5.0 on the WordPress plugin directory. However, don’t let that deter you, as most of the low scores that dragged the rating down date back several years when the app was in its infancy. Since then, the developer has addressed the issues which resulted in those low scores, and subsequent reviews are considerably better.

Incidentally, a version of this plugin called iWappPress is also available for developing iOS apps from WordPress. It has virtually identical functionality and costs the same as WappPress.

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MobiLoud Canvas

Like all the other apps we have listed in this article, MobiLoud Canvas allows you to build a mobile app from your WordPress website. What sets it apart from the others is that the plugin developer actually creates and launches your app for you. That makes it ideal if you don’t feel comfortable creating an app yourself. Plus, the result is a truly bespoke app.

You may be wondering what’s the point of the plugin if MobiLoud’s team does all the hard work. Well, it is used for configuring and managing the app and push notifications both during development and once it is live.

When you use MobiLoud Canvas to create your iOS and Android app from your WordPress site, you can be sure of getting the following features:

  • Content is updated automatically
  • Compatible with any theme or plugin
  • Add native menus and animations for easy user navigation
  • Ability to have a different app theme to the website’s theme
  • You have total control over the app’s content and design using your existing WordPress skill base
  • Compatible with iOS and Android devices
  • Easy publishing through the developer
  • Unlimited push notifications
  • Advertising and monetization options via Admob, MoPub, Google DFP, and Adsense

As MobiLoud’s developers design your app from the ground up for you, expect to pay handsomely for it. Packages start from a significant $1,920 per year. On top of that, you will need to pay a $500 ‘app submission’ fee once it is ready to hit the app stores.

For a further $1,350, you can add the ‘Full-Service Package.’ With that, the developer will work closely with you to configure and customize your app, design icons and splash screens, and create a showcase of your app’s functionality. They will also work directly with Google and Apple until your app is approved. All packages come with a 60-day moneyback guarantee.

According to the developer, it takes them a maximum of five business days to create your app, and allowing time for you to test it, it is possible to have it built and launched in approximately 1-2 weeks. That’s fast!

MobiLoud Canvas is perfect if you want a complete turnkey solution undertaken by coding professionals while retaining control over how your app looks and functions. It’s not cheap, but the fact that it has been downloaded over 500 times from the WordPress plugin directory and users have rated it a full 5.0/5.0 stars indicates that it is worthwhile if you can afford it.

Go to MobiLoud Canvas

What’s Your Favorite WordPress to Mobile App Converter Plugin?

Have you taken the plunge and built an app from your WordPress website? If so, how did you go about it? Did you use a plugin, and if so, which one? And if you currently do not have an app, do you now plan on creating one? Do you think you will try any of the plugins we have suggested? As ever, we would love to hear from you in the comments below.

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