Frequently Asked Questions
What Is a Native Mobile App and what does it mean?
A native mobile app is a smartphone application that is coded in a specific programming language, such as Objective C for iOS and Java for Android operating systems. Native mobile apps provide fast performance and a high degree of reliability. They also have access to a phone’s various devices, such as its camera and address book.
Essentially, A native app is an app for a certain mobile device (smartphone, tablet, etc.) They’re installed directly onto the device. Users typically acquire these apps through an online store or marketplace (The App Store or Android Apps on Google Play).
What is a Mobile Web App?
When we talk about mobile web apps in this article, we’re referring to Internet-enabled apps that have specific functionality for mobile devices. They’re accessed through the mobile device’s web browser (i.e. on the iPhone, this is Safari by default) and they don’t need to be downloaded and installed on the device.
What would a mobile friendly site/mobile web app include?
Mobile friendly simply refers to a website that can work on mobile device without necessarily affecting how the website appears in general, websites that are not mobile friendly cannot totally be viewable on mobile devices. However, html5 are mobile websites that are optimized for mobile devices, so they perform far better than full front-end sites.
Do you “wrap” our current website?
When you get an app with us, it will obviously only be used by those who have downloaded your app. For those who don’t have your app, and therefore visit your site from a mobile device, if it is in your contract to do so – we will when then additionally give you an HTML5 app and send you its redirect script. You then embed that redirect script into your websites. Once you’ve added the script into your website – any time a visitor visits your website using a mobile device – they’ll be automatically be directed to your html5 app instead of the website itself. You can include all of the most pertinent information on your HTML site.
Do You Mobile Friendly Pages/Web apps have a different URL from our website?
Yes, your HTML5 url code will be different. When you get an app with us, we give you an app code. And if it is a part of your agreement, we will also publish an HTML5 version of your app, let’s say “abcBusinessName” the url of your mobile site would be http://login.mappdom.com/mobile/?appcode=abcBusinessName
Would we have to maintain our mobile-friendly site and our existing website separately?
Your HTML5 web app is not part of your website. It is separate, so has to be maintained or edited from your back panel. Your mobile friendly site would essentially be just like your internal app, however accessible to those who don’t have your app, and visit your school’s url from a mobile device. Any information or page/link/PDF etc. you want from your that is on your existing website will not be a problem. We can linked everything to your mobile app/mobile webpage.
How do your apps integrate with existing e-commerce solutions?
Our merchandise tab simply uses the mobile optimized version of the existing e-commerce solution and brings it into the app. This is the same as bringing in the url in through a website tab.
What database engine/language do you use for your apps?
iOS apps are built in objective c and Android apps are mainly built using java. Both are built using the proper SDKs
Why are Mappdom Apps better than other apps?
Our apps are built in native code, making for a more fluid user experience catered to the device and their software; not just wrapping in HTML or linking out to a website. This allows for more interactive features that are able to tap into the device’s native functionality such as push notifications, one of more popular marketing features.
Having native apps also allows your clients to see ROI in terms of the amount of downloads from the app stores, as well as charge for their apps if they like. Additionally, with access to their back panel, they can get more control.
It’s great to have a Food Ordering feature, but if your app provider doesn’t give you access to your back panel, how will you ever manage it?
Additionally, building our apps on native platforms allows us to offer a built-in Management Apps like Skipper which is great for customers because your native Mappdom app allows you to view and manage your upcoming orders and be notified immediately via Push Notifications. Now, busy restaurant owners and mangers to keep an eye on orders on the run.
There is no comparison between Mappdom apps and some of the cheap, low cost Mobile App platforms offered online. When you compare out apps, you instantly see the difference. For example, Mappdom’s apps are more well-rounded and polished.