Option 1: Use a URL for accessing your web application (= store files online):
Create a mobile-optimized website, for example, using jQuery Mobile and upload your site to your webserver/webspace. WebViewGold supports all kinds of web apps/websites (including HTML, PHP, WordPress, Progressive Web Apps, HTML 5 Games, WiX, bubble.is, …). Please make sure to optimize your website to feel like an app.
Option 2: Use a local HTML folder for accessing your web application (= store files within the app):
Download the WebViewGold app template here and download the Xcode app from the Mac App Store. If you do not own a Mac for running the required Xcode app, check out MacInCloud as it allows you to rent a virtual Mac online starting at 1 USD per hour (we are not affiliated with the provider of that service). Using that service, you can build your iOS apps based on WebViewGold, even without owning a Mac.
Afterward, open WebViewGold.xcworkspace (instead of WebView.xcodeproj):
Within Xcode, open WebViewController.swift and you will see a document like this:
Here you can set up your app easily. Please take a look on our YouTube channel for specific setup tutorials. Please don't forget to add your envato/CodeCanyon Purchase Code in the purchasecode field for each app published by you. One license per each customized end product is required. License info of your CodeCanyon purchase: https://codecanyon.net/licenses/standard
Setting up apps with WebViewGold is very easy and does not require any coding knowledge. Please take a look at this overview of all built-in configuration options:
It's effortless to change the Display Name of your app:
Just insert a new name that should be displayed on the iOS home screen.
Afterward, include your app icon. A beautiful app icon is a perfect first impression for your customers. It's easy to add your app icon to your WebViewGold project:
Just replace the included image files with your own resized image files. Alternatively, use this helpful tool: Asset Catalog Creator - App Icon, Image Set & Launch Screen Generator for iOS & OS X by Bridge Technologies Limited (we are not affiliated with the developer company).
Would you like to make your app more attractive to your customers and display your branding as a welcome image? Sure, add your individual splash screen graphics:
Set the remainSplashOption option (can be found in WebViewController.swift file) to true if you want to display the Splash Screen until your page was loaded successfully. Otherwise, it will be displayed for a short time only, and the native iOS loading indicator will begin.
The HTML5 Geolocation feature enables users to communicate their own position to a web application. Check out the Mozilla guide on how to implement geolocation into your website or web app. In WebViewGold, the HTML5 Geolocation API will work by default after you integrated it into your web content. Since iOS 10, Geolocation is available for https-sites only, so please make sure to use a web app URL starting with https:// instead of http:// when using location requests. Demo: https://www.w3schools.com/html/html5_geolocation.asp
Push notifications are notifications that appear on your smartphone without opening the app. These types of messages allow fantastic interaction with customers and users of the app. Your app does not have to be open. This way, your customers do not miss any important news or messages. Push Notifications are suitable for many cases, e.g., for updates to orders, live tickers, or social media community. There must be an internet connection to allow app users to receive push messages. WebViewGold supports multiple ways of reaching your users via push notifications. If you do NOT want to use push notifications at all, open AppDelegate.swift and set registerforpush to false in order to prevent asking the app user for notification permission.
<script> var seconds = 120; //seconds from now on var message = "It is Happy Hour now! Check it out!"; //the message var button = "Open App"; //the text of the button window.location.href = "sendlocalpushmsg://push.send?s="+ seconds +"=msg!"+ message +"&!#"+ button +""; </script>
<script> window.location.href = "sendlocalpushmsg://push.send.cancel"; </script>
If you want to use OneSignal in your app, activate these options in Constant.swift (by switching the values from false to true):
Please set your OneSignal App ID in AppDelegate.swift file afterward:
Generate an iOS Push Certificate and import it:
Make sure to allow push notifications on global Xcode level for the project:
Yay, you are done. You can send push notifications now:
If you want to use OneSignal URL Deeplinking (opens a specific URL when clicking on your notification), please add the desired URL with a custom field called url:
AdMob offers the possibility of monetizing mobile projects. It is a Google-provided service for integrating Google ads into mobile applications. The AdMob program allows mobile application developers to incorporate ads on iOS and Android platforms. The ad space provided by the app developer is paid by clicks (CPC, Cost Per Click) or impressions (CPM, Cost Per Mille). WebViewGold is ready for activating AdMob ads by default, and it allows you to monetize your WebView-based applications. Make sure to buy an extended license of WebViewGold if you want to make money with apps based on WebViewGold.
Open Info.plist file and set your AdMob global account ID in the GADApplicationIdentifier field:
You can activate and deactivate banner and/or interstitial ads and define the interval of appearing interstitial ads. Please set your AdMob IDs in WebViewController.swift file before launching your app:
For more information, please consider the official AdMob SDK documentation as well (but skip the setup parts as WebViewGold already includes the framework).
For some scenarios, it may be useful to play audio content even after minimizing the app (for example, if you're making a radio stream or your music available in the app). Please take a look at the video to learn how your app's audio can play even when users switch to a different foreground app or when they lock their iPhone or iPad.
If you offer to download or view documents or other downloads in your web app, our WebViewGold Download API will help you for the tremendous and native user experience of your app.
Save images to the camera roll of the user by calling links with savethisimage://?url= prefix:
<a href="savethisimage://?url=IMAGE URL HERE">Link</a>
Save PDF files using iOS "Open with..." app dialog by calling links with .pdf suffix:
Save Music files by calling links with .mp3, .mp4 or .wav suffix:
<a href="https://www.example.org/file.mp3">Link mp3</a> <a href="https://www.example.org/file.mp4">Link mp4</a> <a href="https://www.example.org/file.wav">Link wav</a>
Sometimes only a restart helps. This is true in life as well as in digital life. Click on this link to reset your users' app to app factory settings (by clearing all cookies and cache):
The native iOS loading indicator of WebViewGold will be triggered automatically when a page starts or finishes loading. However it could be useful to know that it can be triggered manually as well (e.g., you could show the activity indicator as well when waiting in your live chat queue, or some cloud server action is running in the background, and you want to visualize the process on the client):
<a href="spinneron://">Show the loading spinner</a> <a href="spinneroff://">Hide the loading spinner</a>
It often makes sense in WebView based apps to treat different web addresses differently. If you place a social media button in your web app, a click on it should probably not open the social media page in your app, but in the right app (e.g., the system browser). It's good that WebViewGold has all the features to enable powerful configuration and treat links the way you want it.
There are some cases for links that do not feel to be "important enough" to open them in the Safari browser externally but "too specific" for opening them in the app WebView itself (e.g., your Terms and Conditions page). For this particular kind of links, we added a creative idea of URL Handling: a tab that opens an additional in-app-browser over the main WebView content itself. It will look like this:
As you see this in-app-browser includes an address bar and navigation buttons (including an "Open in Safari" button). That's a considerable difference to the primary, full-screen WebView content. So this kind of combination of app and browser experience is great for tutorials, knowledge databases, and all type of content that requires any type of navigation. To use this kind of in-app-browser, link to an URL in this format:
<a href='#' onClick="top.location.href='https://www.google.com';">Open Google</a>
The Custom CSS feature of WebViewGold allows you to customize the appearance of your web application without the need to customize the CSS style sheets of your web application itself. The custom CSS classes will be applied to all website loads requested by your application built with WebViewGold. Just insert the custom CSS in the cssString variable in the WebViewController.swift file.
With Universal Links, it becomes easy to link to content inside your app. Apple introduced the feature with iOS 9, and it's supported with any version later than iOS 9 as well. WebViewGold allows configuring a link scheme like webviewgold:// which can be triggered from the Mail app, Safari app, ... and opens the attached link in the WebView app.
Please change the scheme to your own app name (like your-app-name:// instead of webviewgold://) in Info.plist:
Afterward, activate the ShowExternalLink option in WebViewController.swift file:
Done! :) Example format: WebViewGold://url?link=https://www.google.com (would open google.com in WebView app).
The Sharing Dialog functionality of WebViewGold gives your app users the ability to share the download link of your application with their friends, family, and colleagues. It's an incredibly smooth and effective way of expanding the user base of your application.
WebViewGold allows triggering a native App Sharing Dialog dialog (WhatsApp, SMS, Mail, ...) by calling shareapp:// links:
<a href="shareapp://">Share app</a>
Please configure the Sharing parameters in WebViewController.swift file:
Within some apps, you can buy additional content or services. These kinds of purchases are called "in-app purchases". They can be an attractive source of revenue for developers and are very convenient for customers as they use existing accounts and payment sources for settlement. WebViewGold allows triggering App Store In-App Purchases. Make sure to own an extended license of WebViewGold if you plan to use this feature in an end product. In the first step, enter your In-App Purchase Bundle ID in IPAViewController.swift and IPAHelper.swift files:
Afterward, just insert the App Store Connect details of your In-App Purchase Product in Constant.swift file:
Afterward, just link to this kind of URL:
<a href="inapppurchase://">Buy In-App Purchase</a>
To build your app, click on Run:
Afterward, please add customized texts to the permission details in terms of location, photo/camera access and all other API details. You find the details in Info.plist file:
Great, you are ready for the App Store submission of your web app. App Store approval works in most cases without any problems but highly depends on the content you provide in your app as WebViewGold does not provide content by itself. Please make sure to submit an app using a website/web app that behaves like a mobile app (for example, by using responsive design). Make sure that the content does not contradict the legal requirements of the Apple Developer Program. Use different link colors than standard HTML colors for better user experience.
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