What is the Container Folder?
The Container Folder is a great feature that provides you with the ability to separate the content of your app into categories which your users can then select which category, or option, they’d like to see the next time they open your app. The Container Folder will then remember their selection in the future and will automatically send them to that content the next time they open your app. This helps your users get to the content that they’re most interested in faster and helps improve their overall experience within your app.
In this article we’ll go over some use cases of the Container Folder, how to set it up in the App Dashboard, how it’s used within your app, some pro tips that we believe will help you with this feature, and finally some related articles.
What are some use cases of the Container Folder?
There’s a number of different ways that the Container Folder can be used. Some use cases of this feature are:
- Educational Apps: You can use this feature to break down your content either by grade-level or subject matter and allow your users to go directly to the content related to their grade or area of study.
- Multilingual Apps: With the Container Folder you can create multiple versions of your app, one for each language that you want to present it in, and give your users the ability to select which language they’d like to view your app in.
- Internal Use Apps: If you have an app built for your company you can use this feature to give your users the ability to go directly to the part of your app that deals with their department or workgroup.
- News Apps: Whether you're building a Political or Technology News app with the Container Folder your users can select the type of news that they’d like to view. Political news apps can break down their stories based on the party they deal with and Technology news apps can separate their stories based on OS, Device Type, or any other categories.
What is the Container Folder’s primary function and what are the steps to accomplish it?
As we mentioned earlier, the primary function of the Container Folder is to give you the ability to provide options for your users to choose from based on the content that they want to see in your app and it will remember their selection for future app use. Next we’ll go over how to set up the Container Folder, then how it’s used within your app.
Before we go over how to set it up we should mention that the Container Folder works best when it’s set as your app’s Home Screen. This is so that after a user has selected an option the next time they open your app they’ll automatically be brought to that option’s content without having to make the choice again. If you don’t know how to assign the Container Folder as your app’s Home Screen, we encourage you to check out this article.
How to set up the Container Folder
Setting up the Container Folder is extremely easy. After you’ve decided on if you want to use the Container Folder as your app’s Home Screen or not, follow these steps to set it up.
Step 1: Create the Features that you want to offer as options
First we recommend that you create the features that you’ll offer as your options. For this article we’ll use the example of a political news app. We’ve created three Folder features one for the Democratic Party, one for the Republican Party, and one for all other political parties:
You can either create these features by going to the main Feature Marketplace:
Or if you’re already in the Container Folder you can click “Add Feature”:
Then click on “Add New Feature”:
This will bring up a “mini” version of the Feature Marketplace where you can create new instances of any feature that you want to use as an option:
We used Folders as our options because they allow us to include multiple features within them that will be related to that political party, but you can use any of the features that we offer as your options.
Step 2: Assign those features as your options in the Container Folder
Once you’ve created features to use as the options in the Container Folder click on the “Add Feature” button:
Then select the features that you want to use as your options and click “Apply”:
This will add the features to the Container Folder as options:
Step 3: (Optional) Adjust your options’ background images and names
Now that your options have been set you could technically use the feature as-is, but most people will want to change the background image and/or name of their options. You can change the name of the option by clicking on it’s name field or you can change it’s background image by clicking on the icon next to its name in the App Dashboard:
Doing so will open up the Media Library. From here you can upload your own images or use the stock ones provided:
Step 4: (Optional) Adjust the text above your options
If you would like to adjust the text that appears above your options, you can do so by using the Text WYSIWYG in the App Dashboard:
Congratulations! Your Container Folder is now set up! Next we’ll go over how it’s used within your app.
How the Container Folder is used within your app
Using the Container Folder is extremely easy! All your users need to do is tap on the option that they’d like to see whenever they open your app:
This will take them to that feature and its contents now and whenever they access the Container Folder in your app:
It’s as easy as that! Each user only needs to make their selection once and the Container Folder will remember their choice. Next we’ll go over some Pro Tips that we think will help you with the Container Folder.
What are some Pro Tips you should know to help take your app to the next level?
Having worked with apps for years, we’ve learned a thing or two. So, to both help your app stand out and help you take full advantage of the Container Folder, here are some tips you should consider.
Pro Tip 1: Think about how you’re going to group your content
Because the Container Folder remembers your user’s choices it’s extremely important that you think about how the content of your app will be grouped. You don’t want to hide information related to one option within a different one. Doing so could negatively affect your user’s experience when navigating through your app.
Pro Tip 2: Include all of the options in your Side Menu as well
An easy way to give your users access to the other options is by including all of them in your Side Menu. That way the other options are only a tap away!
Pro Tip 3: Use the Container Folder to turn your app multilingual
One of the use cases that we mentioned in this article was that you can use the Container Folder to provide multiple language versions of your app. This is great for apps that are used in areas where there’s more than one primary language such as Canada or Europe. In order to turn your app into a multilingual one you’ll need to make a copy of each feature within your app for each language that you want to offer. So for certain Canadian provinces you’ll need to create both English and French versions of each feature and group them in their own respective folders which you’ll then use as your options.
What are some related articles?
In addition to this article, we recommend checking out the following related articles so that you have a better insight into how to best use our system:
- Home Screen Tab Tutorial
- Using the Text / WYSIWYG Feature In The Feature Editor
- Folder Feature Tutorial
- What is the Action Item Folder?
- What is the Catalog & Promote Folder?
Still have questions? No problem! Reach out to us and we’d be happy to help :)