I’ve blogged about WP-API in the past. JSON APIs are paramount when it comes to WordPress software’s longevity. WP-API will be the same API Calypso consumes on WordPress.com when WP-API is fully merged into core WordPress and the team behind the .com API integrate the two together. Though you don’t have to wait until APIs are merged to use Calypso on self-hosted WordPress.org if you install the Jetpack plugin.
WebDevStudios has been using WordPress as an application framework for years. For example, we developed the Y-MVP application for the YMCA of Greater New York. Y-MVP is a social fitness application powered by WordPress and BuddyPress. Y-MVP has been developed specifically for the iPad. Y-MVP was even mentioned by Matt Mullenweg in an interview suggesting the app as a perfect example of the future of WordPress.
WebDevStudios has been dancing the Calypso for years
DIY App Builder
WebDevStudios knows WordPress as an application framework. In fact, WebDevStudios is responsible for AppPresser.com and ReactorApps.io, two DIY options for turning your WordPress site and/or its content into mobile applications. If you run a WordPress based site and your budget doesn’t allow a custom app build, both of these tools can help you out. Both accomplish similar results but in different ways. If you have a custom WordPress site with lots of functionality you want to reuse in your app, then AppPresser is a good option. If you have mostly post/CPT data to display, think blog reader or displaying WooCommerce shop items, then check out Reactor. Reactor has a free trial and is pretty easy to set up through various screen options.
As noted above, we are no strangers to custom app development. More and more clients want a companion app for their site. Did you know more people in the world only access the internet via a mobile device over desktop and the majority of that time is spent in apps? A lot of people choose WordPress to build their sites and services; it’s cost effective, battle tested, has a strong developer community, and is highly customizable. Now all that translates to web, desktop, and mobile applications thanks to the forthcoming Rest API.
Custom Apps Built on WordPress:
We are in the passing zone of where WordPress based applications will be the prevailing strategy, much like Automattic has accomplished with Calypso. If you have been thinking about creating an application to support your WordPress based site or wish something custom, you’ll have to ask yourself: Will you dance the Calypso with us?
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