In this article, we'll give you a brief overview of ConstApps, how it works, and the pros and cons. We'll compare it to 5 different ConstApps alternatives including our own platform, MobiLoud, which we believe is the ideal choice for serious businesses to convert web stores to professional eCommerce apps.
What is ConstApps?
ConstApps is a budget mobile app-builder specifically designed for WooCommerce-based eCommerce businesses. Based in Armenia, ConstApps have developed themes for Restaurant, Jewelry Store, Watches, and other eCommerce verticals - along with a series of plugins that extend the apps' functionality.
Now let's take a look at ConstApps's pricing.
ConstApps has 4 tiers of pricing.
- WooCommerce: $39.99/mo
- Basic: $69.99/mo
- Standard: $99.99/mo
- Enterprise: custom
The WooCommerce plan includes both Android & iOS platforms, with advanced app analytics but with a limited number of active devices and push notifications per month. The Basic plan has similar features as the WooCommerce plan except, it's exclusively for Android. The Standard plan is for both Android & iOS with advanced features, analytics, and boost in the active devices, and monthly push notifications. If you need a custom app with advanced integrations, premium functionalities, and support, the Enterprise plan is for you.
ConstApps Pros & Cons
It is a limited platform, though. For a start it only makes sense if you have a WooCommerce store - if you use Shopify, Magento, Prestashop or any other CMS ConstApps isn't for you. It also won't be able to integrate any of your other WordPress plugins apart from WooCommerce - so you won't be able to properly replicate your site within the apps. If you want to reuse what you have already built for the web, and get truly original and powerful eCommerce apps you need another option.
Now we've had an overview of the tool, its pricing, and its pros and cons. It's time to move on and start looking at some ConstApps alternatives, starting with our own site-to-app platform, MobiLoud.
ConstApps Alternative #1: MobiLoud
MobiLoud powers thousands of top apps, and allows you to convert your site into native eCommerce apps in just days, for a fraction of the cost of custom development.
Our eCommerce app platform integrates with any CMS - whether it's Shopify, WooCommerce, PrestaShop or any other - and let you reuse every plugin, feature and functionality from your main web store.
MobiLoud is the best way to convert your web store into native eCommerce apps for iOS and Android, as well as the best alternative to ConstApps.
There are several key reasons why:
- No templates, no blocks, no APIs - we don't restrict you to our pre-built front-ends, we allow you to convert your web store completely, and to reuse all your existing plugins, themes, and tech stack.
- Keep what works - you already built your ideal site for the web, tweaking it endlessly for conversions and sales. With MobiLoud you can translate that directly into m-commerce native apps, without needing to reinvent the wheel. You already did the hard part, we handle the rest!
- Easy Management - many app builder platforms like ConstApps gives you an extra CMS to manage, adding work for you and your team. Since MobiLoud apps sync with your web store in real time, this work is eliminated, you just need to keep managing and updating your store as usual, and if you want to change something specifically for the apps, use our easy no-code UI.
- Done for you - there's no need for you to fiddle, drag-and-drop, or waste time trying to set the apps up. You just need to tell us any special requirements, add some key information, and our team handle all technical aspects of the app build including submissions to Google Play and the AppStore.
We have two standard pricing tiers:
- Startup - For fast launching and validation: $170/month
- Growth - Perfect for more established businesses: $382/month
We also have custom, corporate plan for more demanding projects. Read more about our pricing here.
The difference between MobiLoud and ConstApps is clear.
Compared to ConstApps, MobiLoud gives you far more power and flexibility. You'll be able to integrate not only vanilla WooCommerce and a handful of pre-approved tools - but anything from WooCommerce's large library of extensions and themes. You can also go beyond WooCommerce alone and reuse anything else from WordPress's vast ecosystem within the apps.
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Now we've blown our own trumpet, here are a few other ConstApps alternatives that you're likely to see around the web.
ConstApps Alternative #2: AppMySite
AppMySite are well-known for their WordPress and WooCommerce focused app builder platform, and are planning to move further into eCommerce soon with a Shopify integration. AppMySite certainly know their way around WordPress, allow you to get up and running with simple apps quickly. On the flipside, AppMySite is a basic and barebones solution positioned toward the low end of the market. If you have a WooCommerce store you can build simple apps with it, but it will never be able to fully recreate your web experience within the apps. You won't be able to reuse your themes and other plugins, and will be restricted to AppMySite's prebuilt blocks and widgets. AppMySite could be a good choice for side projects and experiments, but to build powerful eCommerce apps that let you recreate your site in the apps you need MobiLoud.
AppMySite has three plans:
- Starter - basic features and is Android only - $29/mo
- Pro - everything in Starter, for both Android and iOS, plus advanced features - $49/mo
- Premium - everything in Pro plus premium features - $99/mo
The more costly the plan is, the more benefits you get.
ConstApps Alternative #3: Omnishop
Omnishop is an app builder you can use to create apps for your WooCommerce store. It offers a decent solution for building eCommerce apps, but like many similar platforms won't be able to fully recreate your web store, nor allow you to reuse your existing tech stack, themes, and plugins. While Omnishop provides a suite of integrations, it's not the most comprehensive. Worth considering for WooCommerce site owners, but there are likely better options for you.
OmniShop has three plans:
- Basic - basic features - €295/mo + €1K setup fee
- Advanced - everything in Basic plus advanced features and integrations - €495/mo + €1500 setup fee
- Pro - everything in Advanced plus additional integrations and customizations - custom
ConstApps Alternative #4: Mobikul
Mobikul, based in India, offers a simple app-builder for eCommerce brands, supporting platforms like WooCommerce, Magento, Shopify, among others. The apps use predefined themes and have a simple functionality. Instead of fully converting your Shopify store into native apps like MobiLoud, it builds an app framework that retrieves site data using API. You can't repurpose your existing themes or plugins and it's primarily geared towards crafting simplistic shopping apps for iOS and Android.
Mobikul has two Shopify plans:
- Basic - with unlimited push notifications, RTL support, and basic features - $25/mo
- Pro - with everything in the Basic plan and additional premium features - $35/mo
They also offer lifetime licenses for their other eCommerce platform app builders, which can be acquired through a one-time payment.
ConstApps Alternative #5: appmaker.xyz
Appmaker.xyz is a solid eCommerce app builder for Shopify and WooCommerce brands, with plenty of plugins and third-party integrations. It might be on the pricey side and its reliance on blocks, templates, and widgets may limit your options. Despite some customization, it can't exactly duplicate your web store, a limitation of platforms using prebuilt front ends and standardized APIs.
Appmaker.xyz has two plans:
- Pro - custom integrations, app launch assistance, and enterprise support - $1K/mo
- Plus - everything in Pro plan and additional premium blocks, dedicated customer success manager, and priority support - $2K/mo +1% success fee
The more costly the plan is, the better app features and benefits you get.
Let's Build Your eCommerce Apps
We've looked at a few ConstApps alternatives, and given you some key information about each.
As we've seen, many of these tools share the same fatal flaws. On the one hand - their reliance on blocks, themes, templates, and pre-built widgets does allow you to build and launch (some kind of) eCommerce app fast, affordably and easily compared to custom development. On the other, this same reliance puts you and your brand in a straightjacket.
It means that you will only ever approximate your web store, and you'll be forever at the mercy of whatever pre-built features they have as well as whatever data they can fetch via API (which can change). The apps will be a branded shell with some of your data pulled in and not much more.
While this is OK for simple stores is basic and small product ranges and features, this will almost always be a deal breaker for serious eCommerce brands. You probably have a finely-tuned tech stack, along with all the plugins, third-party integrations, and custom features you need to drive sales and revenue optimally. To discard all this hard work for cookie-cutter apps with your logo on will rarely make strategic sense.
That's why, although we're biased of course, we believe MobiLoud is not only the best ConstApps alternative but a superior alternative to every eCommerce mobile app builder on the market.
The first key reason: we allow you to reuse everything from your site in the apps.
If it already works well on the mobile web, it'll be even better as iOS and Android apps. It makes no sense to ditch that winning formula and those painstakingly chosen tools just to compromise with restrictive templates. That's too much of downgrade from what you've already built, and with MobiLoud - unnecessary. Keep what already works.
The second core reason: it's so simple to manage MobiLoud apps.
Platforms like ConstApps will often add hours per week to your workflow with effectively a new CMS to manage. In contrast - MobiLoud apps sync in real time with your site. There's no need to manually add new product lines, update pricing, or worry about keeping the apps up to date. The apps will reflect changes and updates to your site instantly.
This goes for any core changes you make to your site too. You can switch out plugins, pull off a major rebrand, or build whatever custom functionality you choose. It doesn't matter what it is - it'll work straight out of the box in the apps, which can grow with your brand into the future.
On top of this, our team handle any ongoing updates and maintenance needed as part of our service, along with all fiddly aspects of the app build and bringing them live to Google Play and the AppStore. We work with you to ensure your apps are a success, and we're only ever an email or phone call away.
MobiLoud allows you to combine the best of the web with the best of native apps. It's a winning formula, check out the success these eCommerce brands have had:
Over 1000 other businesses have used MobiLoud to build winning apps - and you can too.
Unlike with ConstApps, there's no risk. We don't do long-term contracts and we'll refund you if you're unhappy with the apps. If you're like most of our eCommerce customers - the apps will pay for themselves almost immediately.
It all starts with a call with one of our app experts, where we go over your exact requirements for the apps and answer your questions.