In this article we're going to explain why MobiLoud is the best GoNative alternative: it's simpler, more powerful, lower risk, & more flexible.
Both can get you on the App Store and Google Play with solid apps.
But, GoNative is ideally suited to hands-on, technical types looking for more of a framework or tool. You don't exactly need to be a developer to use it properly, but if you aren't you might find it fiddly.
MobiLoud is less for developers and more for businesses. We work with eCommerce companies, SaaS platforms, major news publishers, and fast growing startups to get them App Stores fast, for a fraction of the cost of custom development.
We handle all the tricky parts for you - including all aspects of the app build, publishing, ongoing updates & maintenance -so that you can keep focusing on your core business while watching your iOS and Android apps take off. We will ultimately show you that MobiLoud is more powerful, lower risk, lower stress, and a better choice for almost any successful business.
If you're already convinced - book a demo and get all your questions answered.
Otherwise, read on for a deep dive into GoNative and MobiLoud, and everything you need to make an informed decision.
MobiLoud vs GoNative
Let's start at the most basic level.
MobiLoud and GoNative are both platforms for converting websites & web apps into iOS and Android apps.
While GoNative is one platform, MobiLoud has three distinct app builder products. News is for WordPress-based digital publishers, MobiLoud is for any website including WooCommerce stores, or web apps.
MobiLoud is the most similar to GoNative. So we’re going to focus on comparing that with GoNative in this article.
Similarities Between MobiLoud and GoNative
Let’s have a look at some of the ways in which GoNative and MobiLoud are similar.
Both are a similar concept
MobiLoud and GoNative both work in a similar way.
Unlike many app builder platforms, neither restrict you to pre-built templates. Both use a combination of web and native elements to create hybrid mobile apps.
The apps are essentially your web platform, running inside a native “wrapper”.
The wrapper functions like a dedicated browser that can be installed on the device. It is your website or web app, with native elements added to give a good user experience.
The content is from the web, but the UI is native. In most cases, this is the best way to turn a website into a mobile app.
It is superior to template-based app builders because you can recreate and reuse all your existing site functionality within the app, rather than being limited by a pre-built template.
With both platforms, your apps will update automatically with changes you make on your site.
Both share some key features
On the features side, GoNative and MobiLoud are similar in many ways.
Both give you powerful features like push notifications, which are unlimited on all plans with MobiLoud and available for $200 with GoNative.
Both give you native navigation and useful features like: location services, deep linking, custom splash screens and more.
There are differences in the features too, that we’ll look at below.
Both are low risk. GoNative guarantees that your app will be approved by the App Store and Google Play. We also guarantee this, and will also refund you for any reason within 60 days if you aren’t happy with your apps.
Differences Between MobiLoud and GoNative
Now we’ve looked at some of the similarities between MobiLoud and GoNative, let’s have a look at the differences.
GoNative is an automated service. You put in a few details and add the URL of your site and it takes you straight into the builder.
You don’t have any interaction with humans, and are thrown into building your app immediately. You’ll be able to get technical support if necessary, but in general it’s on you to make it happen.
With MobiLoud it’s a little different. The process is still very fast, but there's more of a human element.
It starts with a short demo call with one of our team. We explain the platform in depth, answer all your questions, and you sign up.
After that you configure the apps on our platform. The MobiLoud dashboard is simple, no-code, and for standard configurations you can do it easily yourself with no technical skills required. Of course, our team are on hand 24/7 to help you out with anything you need via email.
There's also the option to join the majority of our customers in opting for Full Service, where we configure the apps for you.
GoNative is an automated tool. You’ll spend significant time configuring the apps on their platform. When you’re done though, you can push a button and the apps will be built in a few minutes. This is "faster" in a sense, one button push after the configuration and the apps will be built - but the configuration process itself is more challenging. We'll speak more about this later.
With MobiLoud the configuration process is easier. There's very little work required from you - after which, we do all the manual work, getting your apps ready for publishing within 2 weeks.
GoNative is more technical
In general, GoNative is more targeted at developers. While you do not need to be a professional coder to build an app with the platform, technical knowledge is advantageous.
MobiLoud is no-code, and a simple setup. If you do want to make some specific customizations, you can use our code editor to style the app with custom CSS.
MobiLoud is more flexible and adaptable
Our code editor gives you a lot of flexibility. You can use it to style any element in the app with CSS, and have direct access to the JSON code that controls the app.
You'll be able to control everything from our dashboard on the fly, and the apps will update automatically - whereas with GoNative you need to release a completely new version of the app any time you want to change anything in the configuration.
MobiLoud is more of a service
With GoNative it’s on you to build the apps, and some technical knowledge is required. Where GoNative is a tool for developers, MobiLoud is closer to a service for businesses.
Our team will work alongside you to help configure the apps, and you’ll have easy access to us through email.
In fact, most of our clients opt for our full service model, where our team handles the entire configuration and setup.
MobiLoud and GoNative have different pricing structures. Which is more affordable depends on the level of service you require. Let’s have a look in more detail.
As mentioned previously, GoNative can be fiddly for non-developers. If you are confident about using their platform - then the cost of a license is $790.
This covers you only for using the platform, it does not cover any assistance from GoNative in configuration or publishing. You'll need to pay an additional $490 per year for app support & maintenance (or more, depending on which plugins you include in your license).
MobiLoud starts at $170 per month (annually) with a $500 setup fee.
The setup fee covers:
- Extensive testing of the apps by our team
- Generating all the necessary files, certificates and installation packages for App Store and Google Play submission
- Submission to the App Stores, dealing with Apple and Google on your behalf
- A guaranteed successful launch
GoNative also has a publishing service that covers similar ground and comes in at $650 - $150 more expensive than MobiLoud.
It’s also worth noting that with GoNative, you pay extra for a lot of features that are included with MobiLoud as standard. Take push notifications for example. With GoNative you pay $200 for them - yet all MobiLoud plans come with unlimited push notifications straight out of the box.
Other features - such as AdMob Native Ads, Social Login, Google Firebase Analytics, Location Services and In-App Purchases - all cost even more, ranging from $500 to $5500 each.
This means you'll end up paying a lot for a GoNative license if you want to build a full-featured mobile app.
The pricing structure reflects the two different models, GoNative’s license is cheaper, but when it comes to service - MobiLoud does more, for less. This is even more obvious when it comes to full service - where MobiLoud is a far more affordable GoNative alternative.
When it comes to configuring mobile apps on GoNative, it’ll take quite a lot of work.
There are also other pieces that need to be prepared for a successful launch, including design assets like screenshots, icons, and splash screens.
GoNative offers a full service package that includes configuration and design work. The cost is $4000.
We offer a full service too, starting with a kick off meeting with our product manager and including:
- Full configuration of the apps on our platform
- Design of splash screens, icons, and App Store screenshots
- Small customizations
The price for the MobiLoud full service is $1350.
Our full service is more comprehensive, including small customizations - and is more than 65% cheaper than GoNative.
This is a good illustration of the main difference between the platforms. MobiLoud a service, while GoNative is closer to a DIY tool. When it comes to service we do more, for less.
You can read more about our pricing here.
MobiLoud works with any website or web app. So long as it is mobile responsive, you can make apps out of it with MobiLoud. MobiLoud has been used to build iOS and Android apps from sites based on Laravel, Bubble, Rails, Wix, Squarespace - and many more.
That said, MobiLoud is particularly popular with WordPress sites - and it is more suitable for WordPress site owners than GoNative. Why? Because you can manage your apps straight from WordPress.
Our MobiLoud plugin sits right in your admin panel - and you can use it to update the configuration of your apps on the fly, add custom code for customization, and send push notifications.
Though GoNative does work with WordPress sites in general, there is no specific WordPress integration to make it easy for WordPress users, like with MobiLoud.
When it comes to updating or modifying the native elements of the app though - it is much more convenient with MobiLoud.
With GoNative - the apps are more “set” from the point that the platform creates them. To change anything the apps need to be rebuilt. The app configuration is contained within the app binary files themselves. The configuration that GoNative generates is "static", whenever you want to change this you need to rebuild the app and issue an update.
This is a lot of work and effort for relatively small tweaks that you may wish to make. GoNative offers this as a possibility, on an unlimited basis (DIY) within the first three months, but after that you’ll need to be on a professional support plan.
With MobiLoud you’ll have a dashboard that gives you full access to the settings and configuration of your apps - and you can change them any time you want for no extra cost. You don't need to rebuild or relaunch anything, it updates in real-time. It’s much more convenient and flexible long term.
MobiLoud is Lower Risk
There are no long term contracts on either platform, and both guarantee approval on the App Store and Google Play.
There are differences too though.
GoNative has a 30-day refund policy if you are not happy with your app. MobiLoud has a 60-day policy, during which we’ll give you a full refund for whatever reason.
Given the fact that the MobiLoud team is more involved in the app build, and the guarantee period is twice as long, we can safely conclude that MobiLoud is lower risk.
MobiLoud = Better Service
GoNative do not put themselves under much obligation in terms of support, stating on the website that they “do their best” to get back to support emails. This is the nature of their model, they are selling software - not a service.
If you want to get priority support, and have their team on hand to help you proactively, you’ll need to pay for the professional support plan - which may cancel out any initial savings you make with GoNative.
MobiLoud’s support is different. Every app project is managed by our team - and we take responsibility for them running smoothly. We’re available 24/7 with personalized, fast support via email or Zoom if need be. You’ll know our team by name and see us as your mobile app partners.
Why MobiLoud is a Great GoNative Alternative
MobiLoudGoNativeHands-on setup assistanceSelf-serviceNo coding knowledge requiredDifficult for non-developersSupport included in all plansSupport costs extra - $490 per yearWordPress integrationNo WordPress integrationAll features come standard - no extra fees$200 to $5500 each for additional features (e.g. push notifications & firebase analytics)$500 publishing fee$650 publishing fee$1350 full service package$4000 full service package60-day refund policy, no questions asked30-day refund policy
MobiLoud is a superior GoNative alternative for many businesses. Let’s review the reasons why:
- MobiLoud has much more proactive service and support
- MobiLoud does more for you at a lower cost
- MobiLoud is lower risk
- MobiLoud gives you more control over your apps, letting you update them on the go
GoNative is great for developers who want to build a project or an MVP - but MobiLoud is for businesses that want their apps handled for them, and flexibility in managing it in the future.
Full service is much more affordable, you’ll know our team members personally, and the responsibility for the apps is on us - not you.
If you want a service, and a team of experts to guarantee the smooth launch and running of your apps - with minimal work on your end - it’s the clear winner.
Ready to start building apps with MobiLoud?
The best way to start the journey is by booking a demo call with one of our app experts. They will explain the platform to you in depth, answer all your questions - and if we’re a good fit we can begin the process (and launch in 2 weeks)!