Do you want to create a mobile apps review blog using WordPress? Mobile app review sites not only help users find apps, but you can also make money out of them by signing up as an affiliate to paid apps. In this article, we will show you how to add beautiful mobile app badges in WordPress with WP-AppBox.
First thing you need to do is install and activate the WP-AppBox plugin. Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » WP-AppBox page to configure the plugin.
WP-AppBox is a powerful plugin with lots of options. We will start by first visiting the settings tab. This is where all the general settings for the Appbox and the badges reside.
The default settings should work for most sites, but you can review and change them if you want.
Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your settings.
If you want to make money as an affiliate, then you will need to click on affiliate IDs tab to enter your app store affiliate ID.
Currently the plugin supports Mac app store and Amazon Partnernet.
If you run a multi-author blog and want authors to use their own affiliate IDs, then you need to activate custom ID. Enabling custom ID will allow authors to visit their profile and add their own affiliate IDs if they want.
The next step is to choose which stores you want to use on your site. Simply click on the buttons tab and then select custom settings from button behavior drop down menu.
WP-AppBox supports these stores:
- Google Play Apps
- (Mac) App Store
- Amazon Apps
- Windows Store
- Chrome Web Store
- Firefox Extensions
- Firefox Marketplace
- Good Old Games
- Opera Add-ons
You can select which stores you want to be visible in the post editor. You can also show a button for each store or add these buttons under one WP-Appbox button.
Adding Apps in Your WordPress Posts and Pages
WP-Appbox makes it super easy to add apps into your posts and pages. Simply create a new post and you will notice the appbox buttons in the post editor.
Clicking on a button will add a simple shortcode to your post. For example, clicking on the play store button will add a shortcode like this:
[appbox googleplay ]
You will now need to visit the app store to locate the app you want to add. Copy the app ID from the address bar and add it into the shortcode like this:
[appbox googleplay com.gameloft.android.ANMP.GloftDMHM]
You can add multiple app badges to a post. Once you are done, simply save your post and preview it.
You will see the app information displayed in a beautiful app badge with a download link.
Changing the App Badges Style and Appearance
WP-Appbox comes with different built-in styles for app badges. You can select the app badges by clicking on the App-Badge tab on the plugin’s settings page.
You can choose different styles for different stores or choose a default style for all your app badges.
Alternatively, you can override this setting in the shortcode by adding the format “compact”, “Screenshots” and “screenshots-only” in the shortcode.