It was more than a year ago when we created the first version of Worona. Our original goal was simple: to turn your WordPress site into an app. That was our first approach to make websites perform better on mobile devices. We knew that some features were missing but, much to our surprise, a lot of people from all over the world started using Worona. This helped us understand their concerns and needs, and consequently improve our product. Thousands of users joined us for that journey, and we’re truly thankful for that.
But we didn’t want to stop there. We wanted to take a step further: build the best WordPress mobile experience, and making it accessible to everyone.
Today, we’re excited to announce a brand new Worona platform, designed and developed from the ground up. We wanted to save you time and hassle, so we removed all the barriers that made our previous version more difficult and ensured it was easier than ever for you to get your site mobile-ready.
We have been working on the new version since last summer, and after a lot of hard work, we are proud to say that Worona 1.0 is finally here!
Easy setup, awesome features
We have done a great deal of work to make Worona 1.0 an easy platform ready to be used by everyone (not just developers). And one of the most significant developments of the new version is precisely that: its user-friendliness.
Our intuitive platform lets you create and configure your mobile apps with just a few clicks, all without using any code.
In the old version, users had to download a .zip file with the source code to create their app. Then they had to edit some files and test everything in a simulator. This process is now significantly simpler: after installing Worona’s plugin, you just have to enter your site’s URL in our platform and see what your app looks like.
That’s it. No code to download, no files to edit, and no need to install any extra tool in your computer. And that’s not all. There are a lot more new (and exciting) features. Let’s take a quick look at some of them.
✔ Online dashboard
Worona 1.0 provides you with a single dashboard (or what we usually called ‘platform’) helping you create, customize, and publish your apps (and other mobile channels) from just one place. We have put everything together.
But wait… what is this thing of the mobile channels all about?
Worona 1.0 is not intended to be used just for creating mobile apps: we want to bring you all the mobile channels (and formats) into this unified platform.
Even though there is still a long way to go on this, our plan is to integrate HTML5 web apps, Google AMP and Facebook Instant Articles soon.
✔ New customization functions
Our new customization functions let you easily change and control the look and feel of your mobile app, but also configure a variety of display options that weren’t available in our previous version:
- Pagination: you can now select the number of posts to display per page in your app. A new “Load More” button for your users has been included too.
- Featured image: this option allows you to choose whether you want to display or not your posts’ featured images.
- Categories menu: by popular request, we’ve included this feature that makes possible to display a categories menu.
✔ Live preview mode
Worona 1.0 comes with a preview mode that enables you to quickly see what the changes made look like. This is a real time view to make sure your content always displays appropriately.
✔ PhoneGap Build integration
We’ve worked to make the app submission to the stores dramatically simpler by integrating our platform with PhoneGap Build, an open-source framework designed to take the hassle out of developing mobile apps.
For those who do not want to handle the publishing process, don’t worry, we still offer an affordable premium service to submit your apps to the stores. You can learn more about Worona Publish Service here.
✔ Better app performance & instant configuration
Worona 1.0 enhances app performance in every way, making your app faster and smoother while in use.
In addition, all the updates, extensions, and configuration changes are automatically injected into the app. This means your app will be automatically updated without the need of publishing a new version to the stores.
✔ Free forever
Following our company philosophy, we’ve decided to keep the basic version of our service 100% free, as opposed to charging for it like the competition does.
Also, as part of our mission to make Worona accessible to everyone, we wanted to give WordPress users who may not have a lot of funds an affordable way to make their sites perform great across all mobile devices.
Here you can see a demo of a mobile app built with our platform:
As you can see, Worona 1.0 is a whole new way to deliver a compelling mobile experience, free and much easier than other mobile plugins or solutions out there. By making your website mobile-ready, you’re taking the first step toward greater accessibility and higher user engagement.
We are really excited about this release, and want you to be a part of it.
Current and new users, join us at dashboard.worona.org! We can’t wait to hear what you think about it!
For more information, check out our brand new site (Worona.org) or visit our FAQs page.