Guides & Manuals

Hints & tips

  • The instructions for creating a new app are in the Getting Started section.
  • Every time you make changes on the plugin settings (General, App menu, Appearance or Advertisement) it’s necessary to restart the app. You must do this in order to review the changes, your app’s users will get the update the next time they open it.
  • The app caches the http requests for 5 minutes, so if a new article or comment is published it may not appear during that time frame (they will receive the new article notification and it can be accessed though the notification bar).
  • If you don’t want some content to be displayed in the app when creating a new article, you can insert alternative content just for the app version. You can find this option in New/Edit article -> Movipress metabox -> Content tab.

Customize the app menu

  1. Go to the notification tab in Movipress plugin Dashboard.
  2. Select the categories/tags/posts/pages you want to add to the app menu.
  3. Click on Add to menu button.
  4. Later on you can re-order the items by dragging them.
  5. To apply the changes click on Save menu.

Setup notifications

  1. Go to firebase.google.com
  2. Once in Firebase click on GO TO CONSOLE.
  3. In console click on the desired project you’ve created and select the project settings icon on the top left of the screen.
  4. Select the cloud messaging tab and copy the server key.
  5. Once copied, go back into the notification tab in the Movipress plugin Dashboard.
  6. Paste the server key you’ve copied before and paste into the Firebase API text box.
  7. The following checkboxes allow you to setup whether you want to activate/deactivate by default push notifications when publishing a new article or updating an already published one.
  8. To apply the changes you’ve made click on the save changes button.

Note: The notification title comes from the title of the article and the text comes from the excerpt of the article, if the excerpt text box is left empty, no text will be shown.

How to use Templates

OK, so you’ve chosen your logo and the colour of your splash background, but now you want to customize the rest of your app, right?  This is where Templates come into play.

To get to the Templates Setup page, follow these 4 simple instructions:

  1. Log in to your WordPress admin account, click on My Sites (top left-hand corner) – you will now see a page listing your WordPress website/s
  2. Underneath the website you wish to customize, click on Dashboard
  3. Select Movipress from the left-hand side menu (the second to last option)
  4. Just below Movipress, three sub-categories will appear, select the second option labelled Appearance.

You will notice that all Templates are automatically set to default – this is a stock template which cannot be edited or deleted, but new Templates can be created, edited and deleted.

How To Create Templatesin List/Article Templates, input a new name for a Template and save it – you now have a brand new Template.

How To Edit Templates: select the Template name from the dropdown list in the top left-hand corner of the tab page; select Edit from the dropdown list next to it; click on the blue Submit button and edit away as much or little as you like – then scroll down and Save Changes!

How To Delete Templates: select the Template name from the aforementioned dropdown list at the top of the tab page; select Delete from the dropdown list next to it; click on the blue Submit button.

If your main concern is launching your app as quickly as possible, simply stick to the default option and you’re good to go, you can always come back and customize later on.  You can personalize as little or as much as you like – almost everything is fully customizable!  The following step-by-step guides will equip you with all the techy knowhow.

HOW TO LINK CATEGORIES, TAGS AND AUTHORS TO A TEMPLATE

If you would like all of your categories, tags and authors to be homogenous, simply select the Template(s) you’d like to use in Templates Setup >> Default Templates >> Categories/Tags/Author Template and leave it at that. If you would like to mix it up a little, you can link individual categories/tags/authors to templates so that they will have a different look to the default customization.

To do this you must:

  • For Categories and Tags:
  1. Select Posts from the left-hand side menu (the second option).
  2. Right below this select either Categories or Tags.
  3. Choose which existing category/tag you would like to edit and click on it.
  4. Scroll down and find the option Movipress Template – next to this you will find a dropdown list with all the templates which are applicable to these subsections. To personalize the category/tag, choose a template from the list.

For authors:

  1. Select Users from the left-hand side menu (the second option).
  2. Right below this select All Users.
  3. Choose which existing user you would like to edit and click on it.
  4. Scroll down and find the option Movipress Template – next to this you will find a dropdown list with all the templates which are applicable to these subsections. To personalize the user, choose a template from the list.

Click on the blue Update button – and you’re done!

HELPFUL WEBSITES

  • https://material.io/ – To edit colour schemes you will need to either choose from a colour gradient or input the hex code (it will begin with a # and followed by 6 alphanumeric characters).  It may be wise to keep a note of the hex codes used if you would like a more uniform look to your app.  The website also provides helpful suggestions on similar colours and various colour schemes.
  • https://fonts.google.com/ – this is the directory of the fonts Movipress has available to its users. Fonts cannot be previewed in the editing stages, but you can check out all the fonts via the webpage. The directory will offer up suggestions on different font combinations, as well as background info on the font itself and, perhaps, more crucially, its overall global usage and popularity.

HELPFUL TIPS

  • Scroll down the List/Articles Templates pages (past all the customizable sections) and you will find a blue Save Changes button – it may be wise to save after completing each section to safeguard your Template creations/changes.
  • Note down, preferably by hand (yes…using a pen and paper!), hex codes of key colours and the names and sizes of key fonts – so if you lose internet connection or your device unexpectedly shuts down before you’ve saved your work, you will ensure yourself a solid point of reference when you start over again.
  • To ensure a certain degree of uniformity and brand definition throughout the app, try sticking to similar colour schemes and font families if you decide to allocate every subsection a different Template.
  • A piece of advice to help avoid confusion, simply number each customized Template that falls within a chosen theme – eg. MoviPressTemp; MoviPressTemp2; MoviPressTemp3 etc… This is easy to do, just go back to General >> Name and add a number to the name (or however you wish to differentiate your creations).
  • Changing the Template name in this way will not delete the last Template, to do this you would have to follow the instructions on How to Delete Templates

How does it work?

Your app uses Google Analytics for Firebase. Once the data is captured, it’s available in a dashboard through the Firebase console. This dashboard provides detailed insights about your data — from summary data such as active users and demographics, to more detailed data such as identifying your most visited pages.

Comply with GDPR

Select a page with your text for the GDPR.
The app will show the selected page and the user must accept the dialog in order to use the app.

Setup ad units

  1. Go to the “Advertisement” tab in Movipress plugin Dashboard.
  2. Depending on whether you want to display ads, check/uncheck “Show ads box”.
  3. If you chosen to display ads, you need to insert you AdMob pub ID in the textbox.
  4. Now, the below options allow you to activate/deactivate different types of ad units:
  • Insterstitial: a full-screen ad that covers the interface of the host app. You can activate/deactivate this ad unit and get you ad code from AdMob.
  • Article view top banner: an ad unit that is displayed at the top of the page. You can activate/deactivate this ad unit as you please, you can get this ad code from AdMob.
  • Article view bottom banner: an ad unit that is displayed at the bottom of the page. You can activate/deactivate this ad unit as you please, you can get this ad code from AdMob.
  • Article view fixed banner: an ad unit that is displayed fixed at the bottom of the screen. You can activate/deactivate this ad unit as you please, you can get this ad code from AdMob.

Note: The default AdMob pub ID and Ad unit codes are the testing ones provided by Google.

Check out the rules and ToS regarding ads on the following link:

https://www.google.com/adsense/new/localized-terms

E.g You can’t place ad units close to Youtube videos, so you shouldn’t place videos at the very bottom of an article if you have activated the bottom ad unit.

How to upload your app to Google Play

  1. Login to your Gmail account.
  2. Go to Google Play Console.
  3. Create a Merchant Account, it will charge you once in a lifetime fee ($25).
  4. Mandatory Fields needed in App Listing:
    • Title
    • Short description
    • Full description
    • App screenshots (JPEG or 24-bit PNG (no alpha))(Min-2,Max-8)(Min-320px,Max-3840px)
    • High-resolution icon (512 x 512)(32-bit PNG (with alpha))
    • Feature graphic (1024 w x 500 h)(JPG or 24-bit PNG (no alpha))
    • App type
    • Category
    • Content rating
    • Developer/Company Email (your email)
    • Privacy Policy Url

These are some basic steps, to have more info or detailed steps, check the following link: