Accessing CC Apps

There are multiple ways to access CC apps. The first big decision is whether to go native or web.

We find web apps and CC Events native apps are often the smoothest apps to build, because standalone native apps provide much more administrative work and time before they can go live.

Web Apps

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To access a web app, you just visit a web link (URL), such as myapp.com. We can set this domain to be anything you'd like - so long as it's available! Then, to save the app to your device's home screen, simply bookmark the URL and the app icon will be visible for easy access, just like any other app.

There's no additional time or financial costs when going with a web app, so as soon as the app is designed and full of content, you can launch right away!

Pros of Web Apps
Cons of Web Apps

One link for all devices: works on mobile, tablet, laptop and desktop

Push notifications not supported - email alerts work best with web apps

Custom app icon and URL

Some organisations prefer having an App Store and Google Play store listing page

App can be launched immediately after all content is added - no delays by the native submission process

Native: CC Events Container App

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CC Events is our own native app which can be downloaded and used to provide the benefits of native without the associated costs and time penalties. You can find out more and download CC Events by clicking here.

Pros of CC Events
Cons of CC Events

Native & Included in all packages

No custom app name or icon available

 

Push notifications supported

No additional cost or time penalties (no app store submission needed)

App can also be accessed as a web app

Native: Branded Apps

More information about the native submission process and requirements for branded native apps can be found here.

There are 2 types of branded native apps - standalone apps and portals. A standalone app is a single app, submitted to the app stores. A portal can house multiple apps, making it a more cost and time efficient option if your organisation or client has multiple events as you can use a single branded portal and have multiple apps within it. As your account manager or get in touch if you have any questions!

Find out the difference between portal app and standalone app here. 
Pros of Branded Native
Cons of Branded Native

Push notifications supported

App store accounts must be set up by end client

App can have bespoke name and icon

Additional time and costs associated with native - getting developer accounts setup if applicable, granting us access to those accounts, then the time for Apple to approve the app

 

App has page in App Store and Google Play Stores

App can also be accessed as a web app

The launch process of a native app usually happens in two stages:

  1. Submit an app to the app stores with finalised icon, splash screen and store listing details (these can't be changed later), but with dummy content inside the app if finalised content isn't yet available
  2. Once the app is approved and live in the stores, replace the dummy content with the finalised content - then the launch can happen!