5 Tips and Tricks From an App Builder

27 Jun

Building an app does not have to be a long or frustrating experience. Knowing best practices and familiarizing yourself with our CMS to know basic features will go a long way. Here are a few tips to keep in mind so you can maximize your time and meet your launch date:

1. Organize Your Content
Keep your app build moving by organizing your final assets. Sounds obvious, right? But you wouldn’t believe how frequently we come across assets in the Project Library that are poorly labeled or redundant. Not paying attention to naming conventions can make the library cluttered and confusing.

The easiest way to organize is to create a folder on your computer for each asset type, e.g., video, audio, images. Keep your file names simple, Site 1, Site 2, etc. or 01-Introduction, 02-Site Name.

Think about other contributors on the project. If they were to look at the files in your library, would they be able to easily determine which files should be placed on each page?

2. Bulk Upload Assets
Now that all of your assets are organized, save a substantial amount of time by bulk uploading your files in the Project Library. You may upload as many assets as you like simply by selecting multiple files from your computer. After the upload begins, you can navigate away from the library and work on other parts of your app.

3. Drag and Drop
Once you have added widgets to a page, you can move them around the page by clicking on one and dragging it above or below another. This trick also works within the List widget. If links are set in a list and you want to reorder them, simply click on the list widget to open the editor and drag and drop to move them around.

4. Copy Pages
Take advantage of the Copy Page feature in the builder. Chances are you have created a typical page layout—such as a site page—copy this page and you’ll save precious time. You’ll need to replace page titles, files, and text, but you will not have to rebuild the base structure every time. The Copy Page feature is located above the Page List in our CMS.

5. Set Links Last
We have found best practice is to use an “assembly line” approach when building your app. Once you have all of your pages built, the next step is to set the links that determine the flow of your app—these are primarily links for buttons and site lists. If all the pages have been built, there is no need to toggle back and forth between newly created pages and pages that contain links to them. Creating links as a final step allows you to easily flow from page to page. It’s also a great way to identify any pages that still need to be created.

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