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Have You Ever Made Drupal Mobile App? This is How!

Creating native multi-platform Drupal mobile app? Yes, Drupal and especially Drupal 8 not only makes this possible but desirable as well.  For those still initiated in the eagerly expected Drupal 8, this new version comes with one thing in mind – Mobile first.  Mobile applications are becoming very critical for all brands that are willing to offer their users with more interactive information and easy accessibility while on the go. With all business applications becoming web enabled in the past few years, it’s time to become tablet and Smartphone enabled in the next.

Drupal is flexible, free and a powerful content management system, it allows the users to easily manage, publish and organize a wide variety of content on the website and keep the users well informed in just a click of the button.

Why would you consider Drupal mobile app?

Drupal enables a company to create powerful enterprise class websites and corporate portals or just small blogs. Since mobile applications need to meet the demands for content, it is important to identify the best way to deliver content on the mobile device. At times it can be a tough decision. Built with Drupal, building mobile apps has become easier and less confusing.

Meet DrupalGap

DrupalGap is an open source mobile application development kit that is used for Drupal sites and it uses Drupal, PhoneGap, jDrupal, jQuery mobile.

With this application development kit, a Drupal developer can easily create and customize multi-platform Drupal mobile app that communicate with their websites. Such applications are easily being installed on Android and iOS mobile devices and once they are installed the mobile application can easily interface with a DrupalGap enabled site. To know more on Drupalgap, visit our presentation on Slideshare

Creating a mobile compatible Drupal site can be attained in two different ways:

  • Backend data-store for a native application
  • Traditional web app with a mobile theme

The greatest advantage that the native application offers is the ability to use the features that are inherent to the mobile OS. Such native apps can be easily configured to cache data locally so that even when the device is out of range the applications still work effectively.

Creating a native mobile application offers two beautiful benefits – access to native functionality and distribution through mobile appstores.

Some features that users can get with a native app:

  • Subscriptions through the appstore, Google Play and etc.
  • Easy access to camera for video and images
  • Native map functionality
  • Access to the file system of the device for caching
  • Image filters and background location awareness
  • Access to accelerometer, compass, map, gyroscope.

The Distinct advantages of using a Drupal mobile web application are

  • Developed administrator controls: This offers an authority to set up a new account and administer it completely by you.
  • Dynamic designs: This carries some of the most unique and interesting themes and templates that are easy to use.
  • Multi featured with excellent option to create content: The user can add different modules like videos, blogs, podcasts, polls, revision control in their blogs with Drupal CMS.
  • Easy management– It is easy to manage and the user can easily categorize the posts, create custom lists and much more to organize their website or blog.

Drupal is prominently used to build mobile applications by developers as it is a powerful, high value and low cost solution to content management. Mobile app development and Drupal continue to become more refined as more mobile OS and devices enter the market. Ask us for a obligation- free quote or Webex consultation over how you can get a light speed fast mobile app which is easily managed through a Drupal admin panel

Have you ever made a Drupal mobile app? Let us know in comments or share a link. We could decide to feature it in one of our next blog posts.