Worona – Build free mobile apps with WordPress

Description

Worona is a free platform that helps WordPress users make their sites mobile-ready in a very easy way.

Creating a website with a responsive design is no longer enough. Delivering compelling mobile experiences is what makes a difference and keep people engaged these days. This is where Worona enters the picture, and our platform is made to help you accomplish exactly this: deliver a standout mobile experience to your users across all devices.

Worona provides an online dashboard to create, customize, and publish your mobile app with just a few clicks. We’ve put everything in one place so you don’t need to install any extra tool in your computer. Neither coding nor technical skills are required.

Besides its intuitive mobile app builder, Worona aims to merge other mobile-related solutions such as Progressive Web Apps, Facebook Instant Articles or Google AMP into its single platform.

360º mobile solution

With Worona you can create for free, in just a few clicks:

  • A mobile app: easily turn your WordPress site into a native iOS and Android mobile app and publish it to the app stores. If you don’t want to deal with this process, we offer a premium service to submit your Android app to the stores. Learn more about it here.

  • [Coming soon] A progressive web app: serve an app-like version of your site running on any mobile web browser.

And enable new mobile formats on your WordPress site:

  • [Coming soon] Google Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)
  • [Coming soon] Facebook Instant Articles (FBIA)

Extensions: expand your mobile app to the next level

Worona offers a variety of extensions and functionalities to give your mobile app and website extra powers. Push notifications, ads, and analytics among many more.

Themes: control the look and feel of your mobile app

Worona comes with a Starter Theme that allows to customize in a very simple way the look and feel of your mobile app and see all changes in real time view.

To take your app to the next level we also offer the Starter PRO Theme, which supports WordPress pages and allows you to add a customizable menu.

More themes will be added periodically. Sign up for worona.org to stay up-to-date.

Our promise

  • Free forever. Worona is free and it will always be. We strongly support a free, open internet.

  • Hassle-free. Getting your site ready for mobile can be time-consuming, frustrating, and expensive, but we believe it doesn’t have to be that way. We’ve built Worona to remove all barriers and make mobile easy.

  • Future-proof. We will always do our best to provide you with whatever the future brings in mobile development. There’s no reason to worry – we won’t never let you down.

For more information visit Worona.org.

Useful Links

Screenshots

  • Worona WordPress Plugin. Just install, follow the 3 steps and you are ready.
  • Worona Dashboard.
  • Worona Dashboard. Configure and preview your app in real-time.
  • Worona Dashboard. Configure and preview your app in real-time.
  • Worona App. Best in class mobile app to display your content in iOS & Android.
  • Worona App. Best in class mobile app to display your content in iOS & Android.
  • Worona App. Best in class mobile app to display your content in iOS & Android.

Installation

From your WordPress Control Panel:

  1. Go to Plugins > Add new, and search for “Worona”.
  2. Click the “Install now” button.
  3. Once the plugin has been installed, click “Activate Plugin”.

From the WordPress Plugin Directory:

  1. Click the “Download” button to get a .zip file.
  2. Once the download is completed, go to your WordPress Control Panel > Plugins > Add new.
  3. Upload the previous .zip file.
  4. Activate the plugin after its installation.

Once the Worona plugin is installed and activated, follow the on-screen instructions to configure it or visit our installation guide.

Need help or got any questions?

Check out our documentation or visit our FAQs page.

FAQ

You’ll find an extended FAQs page on: https://faq.worona.org.

Installation Instructions

From your WordPress Control Panel:

  1. Go to Plugins > Add new, and search for “Worona”.
  2. Click the “Install now” button.
  3. Once the plugin has been installed, click “Activate Plugin”.

From the WordPress Plugin Directory:

  1. Click the “Download” button to get a .zip file.
  2. Once the download is completed, go to your WordPress Control Panel > Plugins > Add new.
  3. Upload the previous .zip file.
  4. Activate the plugin after its installation.

Once the Worona plugin is installed and activated, follow the on-screen instructions to configure it or visit our installation guide.

Need help or got any questions?

Check out our documentation or visit our FAQs page.

Is Worona free?

Yes, Worona is free and open source, and it will always be.

Do I have to pay a monthly fee?

No, there are no monthly fees. Worona is free unlike other WordPress plugins providing a similar service.

How does Worona work?

Worona consists of three fundamental parts:

Dashboard: an online, user-friendly dashboard to create, manage and customize your mobile apps. We’ve put everything in one place so you don’t need to install any extra tool in your computer.

Worona plugin: an essential requirement to make Worona work. It synchronizes our dashboard with your WordPress site.

Mobile solutions or channels: right now you can easily build mobile apps for free, but our plan is to integrate HTML5 web apps, Google AMP and Facebook Instant Articles too.

Why do I need Worona instead of a responsive theme?

You don’t have to choose between Worona or a responsive theme. Creating a website with a responsive design has become essential these days, but is no longer enough.

In Google’s report, “The Need for Mobile Speed”, they found that 53% of mobile site visits are abandoned if pages take longer than 3 seconds to load. Waiting for pages to load is what users dislike the most when browsing the mobile web.

Worona significantly improves your mobile site’s performance. It helps you create a fast and a smooth mobile experience in a very easy way, which means bigger audiences and more chances for engagement.

Will you publish my mobile app to the stores?

App submission is not included in our free product, but we offer a premium service to publish your Android app to the stores if you don’t want to handle this process yourself. For more information about Worona Publish service, visit https://www.worona.org/publish.

If you don’t want to use our premium service, you can always publish your app by yourself following our documentation and getting the source code of your mobile app for free.

Can you submit my app to Apple App Store?

Unfortunately not. Apple has become stricter about its store guidelines and we are not able to offer this service for the moment.

Where can I find Worona documentation or a user guide?

For help setting up and configuring Worona you can go to: https://docs.worona.org.

Reviews

PWA from original site

I’m looking for a plugin takes the original site and and make it a PWA, without having to create a duplicate site.

Great & Easy to Use App!

The plugin does exactly what it says. It is very easy to use and you need no programming skills to create your app.

There are 2 themes to choose from. The Pro theme offers more features however more themes should be available with sharing button capabilities, different look and feel and other basic staff.

The support is great, with fast response time and willing to reply to all questions.

Looking forward to the new features from Worona!

Very limited, but simple enough to develop your mobile app

I understand that this extension is free and that there is a lot to be developed in the future as your description suggest. But I still find that your approach is really limited.

1 – there is no way to personalize the startup screen animations loaders and messages, besides adding a logo.

2 – No options to customize the menu even the paid feature is only around post categories from the blog there is a paid feature that solves this issue.

3 – Besides showing a feed from the blog, there is not a real use for the app, again I understand that there are other features coming soon, but even then if I see the current offer is still limited, AMP is already offered free by Automattic, and Facebook is really restrictive…

I have hope in your product, yes in a couple of hours I managed to create my app but you need to offer a wider scope of integrations with established extensions like: WPML, Woocommerce, ACF, Buddypress, BBpress; also allow to show Pages, Custom type posts; Integrate a calendar ; custom login themes…

I see a big potential if you give options to users.

Best regards

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Edit : After using it more and more I realize that the extensions is in fact the simplest way to synchronize your wordpress site to a mobile app, 4 stars. Great job!

I love the concept!!!

Amazing how easy it is to use.

Thanks to Worona I managed to create a beautiful fully functional Android App of my wordpress site. I’m very impressed with the result. I even have push-notifications! I had a few issues with my wordpress site but Worona support quickly helped me fix it.

I’m definately recommending this to everyone with a wordpress site.

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Contributors & Developers

“Worona – Build free mobile apps with WordPress” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.

Contributors

Changelog

1.0.1

  • Improved the “unsubscribe” from Support option

1.0

  • Whole new platform for building mobile apps with WordPress.
  • Online dashboard to create, customize, and publish your mobile apps.
  • New customization and general settings functions that let you easily change and control how your mobile app is displayed.
  • Live preview function.
  • Easier submission to the stores with PhoneGap Build integration.
  • Better app performance.
  • No coding required.

0.7.4

  • The WP JSON REST API has been upgraded to its 1.2.4 version.
  • Fixed compatibility problems with WordPress 4.4

0.7.3

  • The WP JSON REST API is now included with our plugin, you don’t have to install two plugins 🙂

0.7.2

  • Fix a problem of WP-API with old WP versions.

0.7.1

  • Include WP-API inside the plugin so you don’t have to install it.

0.7

  • The plugin now looks awesome in your admin panel.
  • Fixing some tags issues.

0.6.1

  • Added to the valid html tags.

0.6

  • First release of the plugin.