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Your journey, on Appy Pie’s App Builder DIY platform, begins with the selection tab where you can begin by putting in the name of your church or any other name by which you would like your app to be referred to, like “Let Us Pray”. Now select the category “Worship” so that suitable features may be activated for your church app.
Moving on to the next phase of app building, you would be presented with a number of themes to choose from. Select a theme that suits your purpose the best and can offer all the features that you are looking to offer through your app. The preview of the chosen App Design may be consulted as they are displayed on the right side of the screen where you can get an idea about how it is going to look like before you decide.
The next phase involves you getting into the design phase where you can add app pages and customize their design as well.
The first page that is a pre-requisite would involve you writing “About Us” page for your app. People by nature, are curious and would like to know as much as they can about your church. Here you can give a brief description about the church or the institution in some detail to let people know what it is all about. This section also has the provision to add some key members of your congregation that the app users must know about. This section helps the new users especially in familiarizing themselves with the institution and in remembering the names of the key members, remembering the location of the church and in finding the contact information.
This section also gives you the opportunity to let people know of your Church’s Mission and Vision. This is a good place to showcase your awards, honours, and achievements as well. The best part about this is that you have the freedom to add new pages or columns if you think this does not suffice the purpose. The preview of your page on a mobile screen is shown on the right.
The next section is that of “Donate”. This is an interesting feature as you can offer ease and access to the members of your congregation through a whole new way. Here they will have access to a direct link provided by you which will help them give or donate from within the app. The Donate Plugin, employed here is a Folder Plugin which contains a direct link to your donations page. This is one way that has proven to be quite popular among the younger members of the congregation to make their contributions or donations to the church.
The next page that you may add here is the religious page, which offers to add the religious features from your chosen religious scripture, whether it is Bible, Quran, or Gita. The icons displayed next to the name of your scripture can be chosen from the selection of numerous icons, or you may even upload your own icon that best describes the page you are going to put up here. On clicking the icon on the preview screen, you can see the content which your users would be offered. The teachings of bible are available here as pre-set text. The content is available in 48 languages to help you spread the Word all over the world and to people speaking any of these languages. Apart from this, the page takes the users to outside resources that offer you a lot of reading material and related app suggestions to take your congregation member’s religious learning further and sate their curiosity.
The video page allows you to add an entire video playlist from a number of video playing sites or apps including YouTube, Facebook, and more! You can opt for multiple channels and multiple playlists to provide access to quality content to your congregation through the app. The advanced setting tab gives you the option to optimize the viewing, sharing, and navigation experience of the member users of your app. You can also edit the language settings, page layout, and colour scheme of the app. The advanced elements customization section lets you scrutinize and optimize every little detail of this page and helps you offer to your users an exemplary experience.
The testimonial section is a great way to engage the congregation members through a two-way interaction where they can put their thoughts out for fellow members to read and get inspired from. This page offers the option to choose from a number of different page styles and colours. The advanced elements customization offers you more options to explore and fine tune the page to suit your particular requirements, including the font styles, sizes, and colours.
In addition to this, there are myriad options for you to choose from and include Social, Multimedia, Contact, Commerce, Information, and Beta pages with relevant features for your app. The app gives you a lot of freedom when it comes to the design of your page.
The design customization tab helps you create and reassert your Brand Identity. This begins with the mobile app’s appearance. Your new mobile app should look like a brand-new thing, but it is important that the whole design be in line with the way your congregation knows your church. The church logo, the colour schematics, the colours in your church assume a lot of importance while branding the app.
Additionally, you must spare a thought to the emotions that you would want your congregation members to feel as they go through the sermons you are delivering through your app.
The process of branding your app is an important one, and if you need some help getting through it, there is a tutorial video available right here!
You can either choose one of the available icons or upload your own for the app. You also have the option to change the splash screen by choosing one from the available options or upload your own. Define your App Name here, specify the category and the app package name. Further on, you can browse through an exhaustive collection of high quality specially designed images that may be used as app backgrounds.
Based on the style of template that you are choosing for your app, you would then have a number of options to choose from. You can customize every aspect of your app from navigation header bar, to navigation layout, navigation style & colour scheme, page style & colour scheme, and even App overlay.
At this point you have the whole app ready to be tested. All you need to do now is sign up either with your email and phone credentials or through your social media login. Once you have signed in, you will receive your test link that can help you test your app on your mobile device.
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