Convert your Website to a Native Mobile App
Go live on the App Stores faster than you thought possible, for a fraction of the usual cost.
We helped 1,200+ customers get their apps live on App Store and Google Play. Are you next?
Dave Yankowiak, Leaderbooks, Michael Hyatt and Co
“The actual native app is what makes it easy for people. They don't have to log in every time. It's right on their home screen, they can tap the icon."
Works With Any Website or Web App.
Don’t duplicate your efforts maintaining a website and a separate app - focus on building a great web experience and the apps will follow!
Boost Engagement and Retention
The home screen icon is a constant reminder of your brand, while the native tab menu and native navigation give users a smooth and intuitive experience.
Get found on the App Store
The first place people will search for your brand is Google. The second is the App Stores. Don’t disappoint them.
Reach your users with unlimited push notifications
Mobile push notifications are a powerful way to reach your users where they spend most of their time – on their smartphones.
Everything works out of the box, custom code included
With Canvas, all your site functionality, plugins, design, and features will work flawlessly in the app – right out of the box.
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Full Service From a Talented Team
We take a hands on approach to customer support. You’ll have a team of app experts by your side to ensure a successful app launch.
You'll use Canvas to configure and customize your apps, then our team will take it from there. Not remotely technical, or too busy? We also offer a full service package so there’s nothing at all to do on your end, we configure and build your app from start to finish and handle any advanced customization.
We take care of building, testing, compiling and submitting your mobile apps on all plans. Our team will dedicate several hours to reviewing your app, ensure it’s working smoothly, and guaranteeing approval by the App Stores.
It doesn't end there though. We handle all ongoing updates and maintenance, so you don't need to worry about hiring developers down the road to fix expensive headaches.
Fast, Efficient, Full Service
Our team are fast, and know mobile and web technology inside out. We take care of the entire process of testing and preparing your apps to be published on iOS and Android.
No Expensive Surprises
Simple, predictable, monthly pricing. No hidden fees or paying thousands to developers if something goes wrong. We handle everything.
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All The App Features You Need
The native tab menu is the core of your app. It makes the most important parts of your app instantly accessible and gives a ‘native feel’ for your users.
Every message your users receive is saved in the app so they can revisit it, explore the content or follow the link later on.
Let your users easily choose exactly which messages and notifications they’ll receive.
iOS and Android users will easily be able to navigate through your app with a familiar native interface.
Your users will see a branded splash screen while your app loads and will get feedback with a progress bar
Control everything about your app in real time without needing to fiddle around submitting updates
Make the apps yours with a custom color scheme, logo, and splash screen
The apps will give users clear visual feedback when a page is loading for a better UX and a native feel.
Gently nudge your users to review your app after they’ve been using it for some time.
Integrations & Advanced features
We built the perfect wrapper to give you the key benefits of native apps for a fraction of the price and none of the hassle.
With unlimited reporting and audience segmentation, Firebase gives you all you need to glean valuable data on your users.
Send notifications from the OneSignal dashboard or from your app via their API.
Choose a custom theme for your app. Trigger notifications for new posts, custom post types, BuddyPress events, messages and more.
Internal and external link options. Your app will detect the link type and either open the device’s browser or keep the user in-app.
Change or localize all the text labels shown in native parts of the app, like the push notifications screen.
Request the user’s location and use it in your web app
Every request coming from the app is easy for you to identify thanks to a unique user agent string
Edit the configuration using JSON, or export it and run it locally on your own server.
Need to make changes in your mobile app without affecting your web app? Add your CSS code directly into the app.
"If you’re looking for a solution to get content out of WordPress into a native app, MobiLoud provides a huge number of features, and get it working quickly. It’s incredibly valuable. I can’t recommend them highly enough."
Stephan Wheelan, Founder, Deeperblue
"We have been MobiLoud customers for years, and we have had nothing but amazing experiences with the software and the team. As a major, reputable news source, we run a large website that needed a sleek, well-designed mobile app. MobiLoud provided that for us with easy-to-use software and personalised support."
Arand van der Berg, Managing Director, Business Insider NL
"We considered doing it in-house but then you have to worry about updates and paying thousands of dollars more if there's a major IOS update. It was just something we didn't think would be economically feasible. We also looked at some MobilLoud competitors and we found that the price structure was better with MobilLoud. It just made sense to go with them. Their track record speaks for itself."
James Kosur, Founder, Hill Reporter
"MobiLoud created an attractive app which synchronised our website content and features perfectly. Their team responded promptly to our needs and ideas, bringing our app to life in record time. We would highly recommend MobiLoud to all news sites needing a native app."
Art Cuddy, Head Of Web Development, DMG Media Ireland
"Our users have been delighted with our iOS and Android apps, and we’ve been able to continue to expand into the mobile market. We’d highly recommend MobiLoud to other fashion magazines looking for help creating a native app."
Bert Gybels, Digital Coordinator Flair, Sanoma
"The actual native app is what makes it easy for people. They don't have to log in every time. It's right on their home screen, they can click the button. Another benefit of the app is the push notifications. There's more realtime convenience that comes with having those push notifications versus email."
Dave Yankowiak, Senior Developer, Michael Hyatt and Company
So, How Does Canvas Work?
How are we able to give our customers the major benefits of true native apps at so low a price and in so short a timeframe?
The technology behind Canvas is designed to take any existing site or web application and convert it into modern apps for iOS and Android. Rather than building the apps from scratch or through a no-code DIY builder – Canvas takes your existing web app and wraps it in a 'native skin'. Think of it like a dedicated browser for your existing web app that can be published on the App Store and Google play.
It’s much more than just a dedicated browser though. Along with leveraging your existing web app’s content and layout, Canvas integrates all the features and functionality from your site. No app builder or DIY tool can do this, as they limit you to pre-built themes and templates. This gives the best of both worlds to you and your users. You get the major benefits of native apps – a presence on the app stores, a branding boost, push notifications and more engaged users.
You get all of this without spending a fraction of the time and money it would take to build true native apps from scratch. Canvas also cuts down on labour and headaches. You can easily update the app and manage it without adding anything to your workflow or maintaining two separate codebases. You can focus on your core product for the mobile web, and the apps will take care of themselves!
Your users get a vastly improved UX that feels like a true native app. The main criticism of “hybrid” solutions like Canvas is speed. Your Canvas apps will not necessarily be as fast as 'true' native apps, nor will they necessarily be any slower. The speed of your apps will depend entirely on the speed of your existing site or web app. If everything is optimized well for the web – Canvas apps will also run smooth and fast. Canvas itself uses the latest caching and webview technologies to ensure that your apps always run as fast as possible.
Try it with a free demo, at no cost and no risk. You learn all about how it works and see examples of other Canvas apps.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Canvas can create great cross platform mobile apps from virtually any website or web app built with any CMS or tech stack. Do you see people using your website as an app? Is your site mobile optimized? Then you can convert it with Canvas!
Yes, whatever your web app currently does, Canvas can recreate that same user experience and feature set within iOS and Android apps
The Canvas platform itself is fully native and built from scratch in Switft, Java and Kotlin for the best user experience and performance. Canvas apps are not strictly native, but rather your existing site or web app running inside a native container that runs in every way like a native app, adds native navigation and features like push notifications. This allows you to recreate your web experience exactly, while adding the key features you need to improve user experience on mobile devices.
Ultimately, you could build a native app from scratch (very very expensive, complex – only for well funded companies where the app is a key part of the value prop), or use a template based solution (could be good but by definition it will be limiting), or use our approach, which gives you the benefits of a native app with the flexibility of the web.
A hybrid approach lets you have a mobile app with all the features of your website, in a very short time and very affordably, with the added benefit of not having to worry about constantly catching up with your site's development to add new features (i.e. if you add or change anything on the site, it changes in the app). You'll maintain a single code-base, your website's, for both site and app.
It's a huge saving in both time and money terms, and it gives you incredible flexibility compared to a situation where you have a web app or website and a native app alongside it.
In a sense yes, Canvas is an app builder platform. It is different to simple app builders though. Canvas does not build drag-and-drop apps from scratch but converts an existing website or web app. We also provide a level of service, support and customization that general app builders lack.
If you want apps that keep the features and functionality of your site, then it makes no sense at all to develop apps from scratch by hiring developers or an agency. The costs in time and money are prohibitive and you won't neccessarily get a better result. There are other site to app converters on the market – but none of them offer the same level of customization, service and support that Canvas does. So yes, Canvas is the best way to convert a website to mobile apps.
Yes! Although our code editor allows you to add custom code if you know what you're doing – there is no need for most users. Configuration of Canvas apps is completely no code and simple – and if you run into any difficulties we're always on hand to help out!
Your app will look like a modern, professional native app designed with the latest mobile UX best practices. It will be branded for you, with your choice of color scheme and logo, and have a native tab menu to allow users to easily navigate through the apps. Check out how it looks like for other companies.
We add native navigation, a native tab menu, custom splash screens and loading indicators, a message center and push preferences, and many other features. Get in touch with one of our app experts to see what's possible!
Yes – Canvas works with any site or web app, built on any CMS or tech stack. If you can build it on the web, Canvas can convert it into great apps!
With our documentation and support, you will be able to configure the app on your own. We are there to help you out with any questions or guidance needed, and we can always just do it for you too!
Yes this is possible and straightforward to set up.
Yes, you can configure the notifications to go out automatically as a response to specific events, including new content getting published. You can also send notifications manually whenever you wish. If your site doesn't run on WordPress, but rather uses any popular web stack, you'll be able to easily connect to Onesignal's REST API to trigger notifications for any event.
No, you can send as many as you like! You can integrate notifications with your website (we do that for you with our plugin if you're on WordPress) to send them automatically or send them manually. We rely on Onesignal to send notifications and you'll have full control of your own Onesignal account. They have excellent documentation if you want to integrate their API in your web application.
The limitations of Canvas apps are the same limitations of the web itself. If you can conceive of it and build it to run in a browser, Canvas can convert it into mobile apps. The only limitations of Canvas are when it comes to accessing the native features of the device like the accelerometer or the GPS system – we don't offer that. If you want to build a hybrid app from scratch, a solution like Cordova is a better fit.
As of this time, Canvas apps do not have offline capability.
A progressive web app is built to run on common web browsers, as an "enhanced" website that has some features of a native app. Canvas apps are effectively a dedicated browser with native elements added, that can be installed on a users device and published on the App Store and Google Play. The advantages of Canvas over a PWA are that you can use Canvas apps to send push notifications to iOS users (not possible from a PWA), and you can easily publish your Canvas app on the App Store and Google Play to build a presence there.
Your users will have a message center in which they can select the kind of notifications they wish to receive – this is great for making your push notifications more impactful and well received. If you're running on WordPress and use a plugin like BuddyPress, BuddyBoss or Peepso, we include a direct integration to trigger user-specific notifications (e.g. for new private messages). If you've built your own web app, you can easily identify individual users in Onesignal and trigger a push message with notifications for the single user.
To get our technical support and maintenance service for updates and improvements (new app versions) that make sure your app works as it should on the latest iOS and Android versions, with security updates and other required SDK updates applied as needed.
A lot of work goes into preparing and submitting apps to Google Play, and particularly the Apple App Store. We guarantee you a smooth and painless ride through the process and a successful launch. We will take care of setting up your app store pages, taking app screenshots, compiling your app binaries, testing the apps on multiple devices, signing the apps with certificates and provisioning profiles. Our team will extensively test the app to find any problem upfront. We'll share the app with you for testing, take care of all required changes, then submit the apps for you to Apple and Google for their approval.
Our Full Service package is ideal if you're not technical, if you don't have a development team and a designer or you'd like to relieve them from the additional work of configuring and customizing your app, creating all the graphic assets needed for your app (splash screen, icons, screenshots). Depending on the complexity of your site and app and the requirements, these could require 3-6 days of work from your team.
If you want to take a hands off approach and want to save yourself the work work, we can take care of everything for you and configure the app to your requirements. Our team will configure and customize your app and take care of all the graphic design work required for a professional result.
Read more about the Full Service Package on our help site.
Yes you can cancel any time, there are no long term contracts. Your apps will have to be removed from the stores.
In this case, you will upgrade to a higher plan to keep growing! We'll get in touch when you're close to hitting the limits to give you a heads up.
From the moment you sign up and provide the information we need to build your app to completing the app submission we take 5 – 10 business days. You'll have a chance to test the app and provide feedback before we publish the app and we may have to make changes based on those, so it could take a bit longer.
Apple and Google then take about a week to approve your app for the App Store and Google Play. Overall you're looking at about 2-4 weeks for the app to be live.
Yes, the apps are 100% yours. You own your user data and all accounts related to the app. Therefore, it will be necessary for you to register your own accounts on Google Play and App Store to ensure your app is approved and you’re in control of it. You can replace the app at any time with a different solution or your own custom app, we don't lock you in. Find out how to register for an Apple Developer account and a Google Play Developer account.
We get 100% of the apps we submit approved. It might take a few submissions, but eventually we'll get it approved! Should your app not get approved, we'll offer you a full refund for all fees paid, including Submission and Full Service fees, but excluding any custom development fees.
We guarantee you'll love the app we build for you and the experience of working with us. If for any reason you're not happy with the result you have 6o days to get a full refund of all fees paid. The 60 days period is counted from when you sign up (i.e. pay your first invoice) and lasts until you approve the app for submission. Note we also include a guarantee for your app being approved, so if Apple or Google reject your app and after several attempts it's still not possible to have it approved, we'll give you a full refund.
Fast native apps
Unlike PWAs, you get real native apps in the stores, an improved UX, push notifications across iOS and Android.
Works with your tech stack
Whether you're on WordPress, Laravel, React or you've built a SPA, our platform helps you turn your site into a mobile app.
Build a white label app, customized with your own brand, style and content and any functionality you need.
Integrated with WordPress
Posts, custom post types, themes and plugins, your app will play nicely with your WordPress site. Manage it directly from WordPress.
Done for you
We can help with the whole setup and configuration and always take care of submitting your app to App Store and Google Play, on your own accounts.
Our team of app experts will answer your requests within a few hours and never leave your side. We're very hands-on and will help you get exactly what you want done!