Currently we support 4 content sources that you can use to add content in your mobile/tablet application:

  • RSS/ATOM feeds
  • Connecting with WordPress
  • Pages
  • Using your own API (JSONs)

1. RSS/ATOM

Regardless of the Content Management System you’re using (WordPress, Drupal, Joomla or others), there’s one simple way to create an application: starting from your RSS/ATOM feeds.

Usually, you can find your RSS/ATOM feed at http://www.your-domain.com/feed or http://www.your-domain.com/atom. In case those URLs don’t work, you might want to try out other ways depending on your website’s platform:

Once you have identified the location of your RSS/ATOM feeds, it’s time to import your content in Appticles.com by navigating to the Manage > Content section of the Dashboard (https://publish.appticles.com).

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You can add multiple RSS/ATOM feeds and for each one you can edit the title and upload an image which will be used in the application’s main menu.

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Once you have added more than one feed, you might want to set the right order. This is achieved by dragging and dropping the RSS/ATOM feeds in their respective locations.

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Also, you can hide a certain feed that is no longer used (but you might want to make it visible someday). Instead of just deleting it, you can choose to set its status to “inactive”.
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Using RSS/ATOM feeds to import your content has the advantage of being a fast solution to get the mobile application in place. However, usually these type of feeds have a limited number of items (10), thus leaving a lot of content unprocessed.
If you choose to use RSS/ATOM feeds, here are a few tips that you should take into account:

  • Feeds must be in an Atom or RSS2 format and include the full content for each article.
  • Each articles category should have a separate feed, enabling you to add each category as a separate item in the application’s main menu.
  • Each article should have at least one high-quality image.
  • Use basic formatting inside the articles content (paragraphs, lists, bold, italic, underline, etc.).
  • Don’t use tables or JavaScript widgets inside the articles content.
  • If the articles contain YouTube videos, use the new embed code type (with <iframe> instead of<object>).

2. Connecting with WordPress

Instead of using RSS/ATOM feeds, you can choose to directly connect Appticles.com with your WordPress based blog.

Pros Cons
 

  • Imports hundreds of articles and pages at once;
  • Automatically sync when adding a new article;
  • Easier to modify imported content.

 

  • Access to the WordPress API via the XML-RPC protocol is not enabled on all websites, thus resulting in connection errors.
  • Pages are not automatically synchronized after connecting the WordPress site. Any changes that you make on your website will have to be replicated in the Appticles.com dashboard.
  • Password protected posts and WordPress user authentication are not available.

This is pretty straight forward: navigate to Manage > Content section of the Dashboard (https://publish.appticles.com) and click on “CONNECT” under the WordPress logo.

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In the provided form simply add your blog’s address, username and password. Since we’re using “https” this is completely secure, but if you don’t want to input the same username/password you use to connect to your blog, you can create a new username with lower permissions (editor) and use that one instead.

Important! Please note that the WordPress account used for connecting your website from the Appticles dashboard requires editor or admin permissions. The content can’t be accessed via the WordPress XMLRPC API for accounts with lower permissions. As an alternative, you can use feeds for importing the content.

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Important! If you’re getting an error message when connecting, first check if the address http://your-website.com/xmlrpc.php is available and shows the following message “XML-RPC server accepts POST requests only.” If you’re worried about allowing public access to the WordPress API, you can contact support and we’ll give you a list of IP addresses (of the Appticles servers) that should be allowed.
Second, if you website uses https://, make sure that the Blog URL field uses https:// as well. 
For other connection errors, please contact support and we’ll be glad to help you.

Once the connection has been successfully established, you should see categories of articles/posts and pages being synchronized with Appticles.com. You can modify the title, image and status of each of the categories that were imported from your WordPress blog. Please notice that when editing something in Appticles.com it will only impact your mobile/tablet web application, not the source of the content (your blog/site).

Important! The API Key is available only for Premium accounts, you can read more about it here. Also,not all WordPress shortcode types are supported.

3. Pages

Under the Manage > Content section, you’re able to add/edit “Pages” – these are accessible from the menu of your mobile/tablet web application.

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When connecting your WordPress site (as seen above), all the pages are automatically imported and you can simply modify them to suit your needs. To add a new Page you simply need to fill out: Title, Image, Content (basic HTML tags) and canonical URL.

4. Using the API (JSONs)

This is suited for more advanced use cases, for example when you have custom type of content: recipes, travel guides, video or image gallery. More info can be found here: http://support.appticles.com/hc/en-us/articles/202353232-Appticles-API-Overview