Did you know merchants generate an average of 67% of their total revenue through their branded mobile app? Read on to learn how to get a mobile app of your own!
With CommentSold, you can create and launch a branded mobile app for your business. This makes it easier than ever for your shoppers to browse, cart, and purchase products from their phones. You can go live on your mobile app!
Step 1: Create an Apple Developer Account
Before you can create your mobile app, you will need to create an Organization Apple Developer Account (not an Individual Apple Developer Account).
This must be done through Apple's Developer website. You can find instructions and requirements for this process here.
To create an Apple Developer Account, you will need:
- A DUNS Number. You can apply for a DUNS number or look up your DUNS number here. It can take up to 30 days to receive your DUNS number.
- An iPhone or an iPad with Touch ID, Face ID, or a passcode enabled, or a Mac with Touch ID or a password enabled. You must use the same device for the entire enrollment process.
- An Apple ID with two-factor authentication turned on. Your Apple ID information must be valid and up to date — including, but not limited to, your first name (given name), last name (family name), address, phone number, trusted phone number, and trusted devices.
- The latest version of the Apple Developer app installed on your device.
Step 2: Enter Your App Name
Mobile apps require an app name. By default, CommentSold will populate the shop name entered on the Shop tab of your Setup page.
We recommend you provide alternate app names in the event the default name is already taken.
- Select Mobile App in the side menu of your CommentSold dashboard.
- Review your default app name in the Preferred App Name field. Select the pencil icon if you wish to make changes to the name.
- In the event your app name is taken, choose how you wish to submit alternate names:
- Yes, modify the name for me. If selected, CommentSold will choose an alternate name for you. Names will reflect the originally submitted name (i.e. if Peaches & Pockets is taken, we will submit Peaches & Pockets Boutique.
- No, I’ll provide some alternate names. If selected, you can enter alternate app names in the field provided. Select Add Alternate App Name to add an additional field.
Step 3: Enter Contact Information
- Enter the URL for your website’s contact page in the Contact URL field. If you do not have a contact page, you can create a webstore page that contains your contact information.
- Indicate whether your business sells products that would be considered adult content by using the Yes or No buttons.
- If Yes, you will need to ensure that the products uploaded to your mobile app for this enrollment process are free of adult content (e.g. nudity, adult language, suggestive imagery, etc.).
Step 4: Upload Mobile App Inventory
Before you can submit your app to the App Store and Google Play Store for review, you will need to publish, at minimum, nine (9) products to your app. This allows reviewers to get a full sense of the purpose and content of the app so they can approve it. Learn how to post products to your mobile app here.
CommentSold will display up to 30 products; however, you only need to select nine products. Select a product tile to include that product in the app review process, or deselect to exclude it.
Remember this is just for the review process–you can post more products to sell on your mobile app once it has been approved.
Step 5: Choose Your Design Elements
You can choose to auto-generate an app design element or upload designs you’ve already created.
- Primary Color. Enter the hex code or use the color slider to select your primary color. Your primary color will highlight certain elements such as navigation tabs, prices, and buttons.
- Secondary Color. Enter the hex code or use the color slider to select your secondary color. Your secondary color will appear on your login button
- Icon Design. Select the refresh icon to load available icon designs.
- Icon Initials. Select the pencil icon to enter the initials you wish to feature in your app icon. Maximum 3 characters.
You can drag and drop an image into the field provided or select Choose File to locate and upload a file from your device.
- Launch Screen. Launch screen images typically consist of easy-to-view images of inventory, pleasant backgrounds, or a familiar model. This image briefly appears every time the app loads on a shopper's mobile device.
- Required Size: Minimum of 1000px x 1600px (WxH) for best quality.
- Required File Type: PNG
- Don't have a launch screen image yet? We created this template to help get you started. It meets the recommended sizing requirements and provides guides to help you visualize where the logo and registration/login buttons will be located.
- App Icon. We recommend that you use your brand's logo as your app icon.
- Required Size: Minimum of 1024px x 1024px(WxH) for best quality.
- Required File Type: PNG
Step 6: Enter Your Apple Developer Information
Last, you will need to enter information associated with your Organization Apple Developer Account. Learn how to create your Organization Apple Developer Account here.
- Apple Account Name. Enter the Team Name listed in your Apple Developer account (including all spacing, punctuation, capitalization, etc.). We recommend copying and pasting your Team Name in this field.
- DUNS Number. Enter your DUNS number in this field. If you already have a DUNS number, you can look it up here. If you don’t have a DUNS number, you can obtain one here.
You'll need to invite CommentSold to your Apple Developer Account. Expand the below drop-down to learn how.
Step 7: Invite CommentSold to Your Mobile App
- Log into your Apple Developer Account.
- On the Users and Access page, select the plus sign icon (+) in the top-left corner of the page.
- Complete the following fields on the New User pop-up:
- First Name: Enter Mobile.
- Last Name: Enter Team.
- Email: Enter firstname.lastname@example.org in this field.
- Roles: Admin
- Under Additional Resources, please ensure Certificates, Profiles and Identifiers has been selected. It should also appear grayed out.
- Select Invite in the bottom-right corner of the pop-up.
- Post Products to Your Mobile App. Learn how to post products to your mobile app for the app creation and review process.
- Understanding Your Mobile App Settings. Learn how to configure the look and feel of your mobile app and how to create and send push notifications.