M-Commerce is the best choice for WooCommerce stores if you plan to take your business to next level. And among all the WooCommerce app builders out there, it will be challenging to choose one for your WooCommerce store. In order to simplify this for you, I’ll be comparing the two trending app builders in the current market- The Appmaker and Knowband.
Appmaker V/S Knowband WooCommerce Apps
Apps are built to acquire more customers, Increase Brand value and sales.
Appmaker and Knowband are renown. Even though, there are a difference between these two WooCommerce app builders.
Building the App with Knowband
Is there a plugin for Knowband WooCommerce app builder?
In order to build the app with knowband, Initially, you will have to download a zip file. This is the plugin provided by Knowband. You’ll have to upload this plugin and activate it.
In other words, Knowband does not have a plugin in WordPress and hence adding the plugin to the store is quite a lengthy process.
Building an app with Knowband
As the store owner, You will won’t need to build it yourself. The details which are to be added are,
- Order ID
- Name of mobile app
- Website URL
- Website Platform
- Order Status
- Social login option to be included in the mobile app
- Default Layout
- Choose theme
- Order Number
- App type
- FTP Details
- Webstore details
Indeed, knowband lets you manage contents from the WordPress dashboard. However, the content which can be managed is very limited.
With this limited control over the app, the store owners can manage the following details
- General settings- This Comprises whether to enable or disable the entire functioning of the app and adjust the size of images and logos that are uploaded in the app. Despite this, the user cannot manage the app theme
- Push Notifications: Knowband lets you connect you firebase with your app. This lets you send push notifications from the dashboard
- The Widgets provided by knowband includes banners and Sliders. The user can add or remove both these widgets from the dashboard.
There are pages provided in knowband are
- Best Seller
- Information page
The store owner can handle the sizes of the images that are added to these pages
Building the app with WooCommerce appmaker
Does Appmaker provide a WordPress Plugin?
Yes, the appmaker has simplified the process of converting the WooCommerce Website into a native mobile app.
The user can browse for appmaker plugin from the WordPress dashboard. Ultimately, by installing the plugin.
Managing the WooCommerce app
Initially, appmaker converts your WooCommerce Website into a native WooCommerce app. Then Comes the managing.
The appmaker’s dashboard will be handover to the store owner for further managing of the entire app.
It’s not just the general settings, the entire app can be managed from the appmaker’s dashboard.
Let’s start off with the In-app pages.
The First impression of an app is extremely dependent on the apps In-app Pages. Thereby, building an app with the latest designs are essential.
Unlike knowband, appmaker lets you create, manage and delete as many as In-app pages for the app.
This is made possible by providing widgets. Knowband provides sliders and banners. Whereas, appmaker provides 8 widgets.
- Product Scroller
- Image Scroller
- Text Widget
- Pre-Build Product Scroller
Each In-app pages can hold any number of widgets.
Actions and sub-actions are assigned to each widget to specify the purpose of the widgets.
The actions that are provided by appmaker include,
- Open Product
- Post Category
- Open Post/ page
- Product tag
- Open category
- Product category
- In-app Page
- Zopim Chat
To see how these Widgets are gonna reflect in the app, Let’s take a look at some of the apps that are build by Appmaker’s customers.
For Example, If the user wants to add a special ‘Offer page’ for an occasion, he can create and easily customize the In-app page just the way he wants.
The Navigation bar provided by Appmaker
A navigation bar is more like a guide for the app users. It takes the user to their intended place within the app. At the same time, it helps the users to make the shopping much simpler.
With a properly designed navigation bar, the store owners can exhibit their services and products at a stretch.
Appmaker lets you design, manage and modify the navigation bar for your app.
Sending Push Notifications to the users
Building an app alone won’t be enough in order to make an impact in M-Commerce business.
Sending push notifications helps a lot in customer retention.
For example, A shopper has added a product to his cart. But, he has abandoned the cart because he thinks the price is not reasonable. This is a common reason for cart abandonment.
For a store owner, the shoppers to buy the product is the primary thing.
Push notification is a direct communication channel with the customers. Using this channel Properly can do miracles in sales.
“Hey, You are important for us. Here is a 20% discount on your Favourite product. Claim it Before the offer ends”
Store owners can send creative and attractive push notifications to users with appmaker.
Appmaker lets you create and send standard and order status notifications to the shoppers. When the user clicks on the push notification, directing the users to the home page will make them wonder ‘Where’s the thing that they have mentioned in the notification’.
With appmaker, Instead of taking the users to the home page, you can direct them exactly to the offer page or product, which was mentioned in the notification.
Logins Provided by appmaker
Appmaker provides both Social and standard logins. The user can customize the login page by adding a background image and changing the style of the app.
Choosing a theme is not difficult. Either you can choose a theme that is compatible with the website or you can create your own theme.
With appmaker’s Dashboard, you can experience the live preview of the app that you wish to make.
With the appmaker’s dashboard, the users get the overall control over their app. The dashboard is designed in such a way that, it is easy to handle and manage.
If you are running an E-Commerce store, it is obvious to have customers all over the world. At the same time, it is not necessary for all the users to know a common language. Providing multi-language support implies that you care for the customers.
Appmaker lets you add multiple languages to the customers. You can add and manage the translation. This helps by reducing double entendre.
Know and learn how the business is with your app. Analytics provided by appmaker lets you monitor all the activities of the users within the app.
Payment Gateways and Plugin support
Appmaker supports all the trending and most trusted payment gateways. With the Simplified checkout procedure, the shoppers can check out from the app easily.
The payment gateways that are currently supported by appmaker include
- Razorpay for WooCommerce
- Plug’n pay
- Smart COD
- BACS- Direct bank transfer
On the whole appmaker and knowband provides WooCommerce apps for WooCommerce stores. Even though similarities exist, appmaker provides more support and latest feature for native mobile apps. Knowband lacks supports throughout the business, plus the user does not get full control over the app.
With appmaker, its more than building an app. They bring expert support for online business. Allowing the users to customize their app lets you try out various methods to increase sales and conversion rates.