1. tombirmingham's Avatar
    Hi,

    I have what might seem like basic question.... I have a mobile responsive website and was considering getting an app for our company, but I've heard you can get a 'gateway' app, which basically just embeds your website into an app, so the users would still have an app logo on their home screen, but when they click on it they are basically just taken to your website.

    Does anyone know if this is actually possible? or the proper name for it?
    11-29-2017 08:35 AM
  2. RumoredNow's Avatar
    the proper name for it?
    Web Wrapper.

    Sorry, I don't know the how.
    11-29-2017 08:47 AM
  3. jesmanczyk's Avatar
    There's Ionic framework as an example.
    11-29-2017 11:54 AM
  4. Mark Kaplan's Avatar
    Yep, you just create a web wrapper app.
    12-08-2017 09:34 AM
  5. hopmedic's Avatar
    I'm leaning more toward Progressive Web Apps. I created a couple of Windows Phone apps back in the 7.0, 7.5, 8.0, and 8.1 days. The most used one was for Weight Watchers, and after 8.0, I was no longer on WW, so I didn't update the app beyond that. I created the apps I did, just to teach myself C#.

    Now that I'm on Android, I thought about whether I should learn to do Android dev in Xamarin (so as to cover Windows and Android together), but with all the talk about progressive web apps lately, I don't think I'm going to bother with Xamarin. Sure, I think there will still be a place for it, but I've been teaching myself web dev, so it's a shorter stretch to go to PWA than it is to go to Xamarin for native development, I think. With that in mind, my suggestion would be not to bother with a web wrapper app, but to take the existing site and add the functionality to make it a PWA.
    02-15-2018 12:58 AM
  6. Mark Kaplan's Avatar
    Personally I really dislike web wrapper apps. They are nothing more than a bookmark to me.
    hopmedic and pidjones like this.
    02-15-2018 11:27 AM

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