In the last lesson, we talked about the powerful core features you’ll encounter as you build and maintain your app that are accessible via the left menu.

In this lesson, we’ll go over the common components you’ll encounter in the actual content editor when you’re building and managing content for your app.

Common App Building Components

In an effort to make your user experience as consistent and easy as possible, we’ve created some common components that you’ll see throughout the platform.

The Text WYSIWYG

Now, don’t be fooled, the Text WYSIWYG (which stands for What You See Is What You Get) is a powerful tool that allows you to add not only text, but also embed images, videos, forms, and insert hyperlinks. 

It’s a great way to add variety and enhanced functionality to your app!

We’ve created a dedicated article on how to use the text wysiwyg here.

The Action Builder

You’ll see the Action Builder in our image carousels, push notifications, marketplace features when you’re adding contact information, and the footer menu.

It enables you to link these components to a variety of actions such as taking your users to a specific marketplace feature in the app, calling a phone number, sending a text message, sending an email, linking to a map, linking to a webpage, and more.

We’ve created a dedicated article on how to use the action builder here.

Common Marketplace Feature Components

Every marketplace feature will have different inputs and fields to fill out, but they will mostly always have these things in common:

The Plugin Icon: clicking on this will allow you to change the image or icon for your plugin.

The Plugin Title: Changing this will change what your users see in folders and the side menu when this feature is referenced.

Help Button: Clicking on the Help button will take you to our knowledge base with a dedicated article to teach you how to use that plugin.

The Content Tab: This is where you will edit the content of your plugin

The Image Carousel: This is a rotating image carousel that allows you to link your images to a specific action using our action builder. Again, with the Media Library you can upload and edit your own images, or choose from thousands of our stock images that are ready to use and pre-licensed for both personal and commercial use.

The Design Tab: This is where you can change the layout of your plugin.

The Analytics Tab: This is where you can see how many users have accessed this specific feature in total and over time.

Advanced Marketplace Feature Components

In addition to these components, there are several advanced features that are available when you upgrade your subscription.

The Security Tab: This is an advanced feature that allows you to restrict access to specific users by requiring that they login and even have tags assigned to them in order gain access. Whether you’re building an internal communications app or whether you want restrict certain features to certain customers, this is a great tool.

The Tagging Tab: This is an advanced feature where you can automatically assign tags to users when they enter a plugin. You can then use these tags when sending targeted push notifications or to gather data about what your users are interested in.

The Purchase Tab: This is an advanced feature where you can require that users purchase access to the marketplace feature to unlock it.

Now that you know what the core and common components of the system are, you’re ready to build your app.

If you started with a template, that will give you a solid framework to simply adjust the content and artwork within it.

Or, again, if you’d like our amazing Pro Service team to build your app, click here and we’d be happy to discuss how we can build something great together.

Now that you know how to build your app, in the next lesson we’ll talk about how to get it published and live on the App Store and Google Play.

I’ll see you there.

Let’s build something great together.

On-Boarding Lessons

  1. Welcome to BuildFire / Introduction
  2. How to Build Your App (Core Features)
  3. How to Build Your App (Common Standardized Components)
  4. How to Publish Your App
  5. What to Do Once Your App is Live

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