Messenger App

This is a step by step guide to creating a messenger app.

Features included in the app:

  1. Text & Media Messenger
  2. Audio & Video Calling
  3. Interactive Channels
  4. Chat Groups
  5. Google Ads

Module Installation

1.) In order to install a module, click on one of the module categories, placed on the right, you can choose from 30+ modules that serve different functions.

2.) Drag one of the modules and drop it to your Home Menu's setup area.

3.) That's it! Your module is now installed.

Now we're gonna take one feature at a time and explain it.

Text & Media Messenger

The text and media messenger module allows your users to text and share multimedia files with their contacts, who also use your app. It shows the users a list of their recent one-to-one chats as well as the group chats made on your App.

Installation

You can install this module in your app in the following places:

  • App's Home Menu ✓
  • App's Side Menu ✓

You can find the Messenger module in the Communications category.

Drag and drop the module into your home or side menu to install it.

Duplicability

This module can be duplicated in several sections in your app ✓

Click here to check out the features of the messenger module.

Configuration

1.) Once you installed the module, by dragging and dropping it in the home or side menu, hit the gear icon to configure the settings of the module.

2.) Here you can rename the module and choose an Android and an iOS icon for it.

3.) From the settings, you have the option to include ads in your app, through the Google AdMob Module.

Note that you have to install Google AdMob Module first.

When you enable ads, you can specify the number of posts after which an ad will appear, note that the minimum number of posts after which an ad will appear is five.

Don't forget to click save.

4.) You can check the features by clicking "Features"

Must Have Modules

It's better to add this module to your App's Side Menu (step 3)

  • Audio/Video Calling Module: Allows your users to make audio and video calls.
  • Contacts List: It shows your App users a list of their contacts who also use your App.
  • Call Log: Shows the recent log of audio and video calls.

Audio & Video Calling

Allows users to make seamless voice and video calls with their contacts, who also use your app by including this module. That's in addition to sharing text and multimedia files. The Audio & Video Calling module shows the users a list of their recent one-to-one chats as well as the group chats that they made on your App.

Installation

You can install these modules in your App in the following places:

  • App's Home Menu ✓
  • App's Side Menu ✓

You can find the audio & video call module in the Communications category.

Drag and drop the module into your home or side menu to install it.

Duplicability

This module can be duplicated in several sections in your app ✓
Click here to check out the module's features.

Configuration

1.) Once you installed the module, by dragging and dropping it in the home or side menu, click on the gear icon to configure the settings of the module.

2.) Here you can rename the module and choose an Android and an iOS icon for it.

3.) From the settings, you have the option to include ads in your app, using Google AdMob Module.

Note that you have to install Google AdMob Module first.

When you enable ads, you can specify the number of posts after which an ad will appear, note that the minimum number of posts after which an ad can appear is 5.

Don't forget to click save.

4.) To check out the features, click on features.

Must Have Modules

It's better to add these modules to your App's Side Menu (step 3)

  • Calls Log: It shows your app users a log of their recent calls.
  • Contacts List: It shows your app users a list of their contacts who also use your app.

Complementary Modules

  • Text and Media Messenger: A messenger that allows your users to chat, send photos, videos, voice notes, and files to each other.
  • Direct Chat: A simple tab will be allocated for a direct, one-to-one chat with the user of your choice.

Interactive Channels

Entertain your audience with interactive content and keep them posted with the latest updates while receiving their feedback privately.

Channels allow you to post messages, images, videos, and files, with the option of targeting and segmentation.

With unlimited subscribers to each channel, you can include multiple channels on your app, to deliver diverse content in each one of them.

You can also include an interactive store to sell products on your channel with the option to have a location visible for your users.

There are three modules included:

1.) Channel List: Displays the list of all channels that are available on the app.

2.) User Channels: Show the channels that the user is subscribed to.

3.) Active Channels: Show the channels that the user is active on.

These modules are the best to use if you want to build a Community App.

Installation

You can install these modules in your app in the following places:

  • App's Home Menu ✓
  • App's Side Menu ✓

You can find the channel modules in the social category.

Drag and drop the modules into your home or side menu to install them.

Duplicability

This module can be duplicated in several sections in your app ✓

Click here to check out the features of the channel module.

Configuration

1.) Once you installed the module, by dragging and dropping it in the home or side menu, click on the gear icon to configure the settings of the module.

2.) Here you can rename the module and choose an Android and an iOS icon for it.

3.) From the settings, you have the option to include ads in your app, using Google AdMob Module.

Note that you have to install Google AdMob Module first.

When you enable ads, you can specify the number of posts after which an ad will appear, note that the minimum number of posts after which an ad can appear is 5.

Don't forget to click save.

4.) To configure the features, click on features.

Must Have Modules

(You can add these to your App's main menu):

  • Post/Feed Module: Allows you to post messages, images, videos, GIFs, and files to your different channels, you can also add segments and tags to your audience for targeted posts.

It's better to add these modules to your App's Side Menu (step 3)

  • Active Channels: It shows the user which channels they are active on.
  • Channel List: It shows a list of your app's chat channels for users to join.

Complementary Modules

  • Store/Shop: If you're interested to set up an online store on your channel.
  • Map Search: You can include a location for your physical store, you can also include up to two other markers (buttons).

Module Walkthrough

Create a New Channel

Click "Channels" in the admin menu, placed on the left-hand side of your nandbox dashboard.

Hit the "Create New" button.

Or the small icon at the bottom right side of the page, to be prompted with a pop-up window where you can create a new group.

A window will appear where you can enter your channel name and description.

You will also find a video below explaining the process.

After you created the channel, you can hover over it and click on the edit button to configure it.

You can edit the channel image, name, and description in the first section.

You can also add a splash screen to your channel, which includes an image, title, and description, you can also change the button text and colors associated with it.

A splash screen is an introductory graphical screen that shows a explanatory message when you first install an app, it can also be displayed when a user first enters a group or a channel.

Which will look something like this:

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You can also include a search filter in your channel:

Note that you have to include the search module in your app first.

Configuring Your Channel

1.) Click on the gear icon to configure it.

2.) Scroll down until you reach "Filter" and then click on setup.

3.) A screen will appear which you can tick multiple filters, you can name the filter, and assign the search criteria for each filter.

4.) After you're done, don't forget to tick the filter and click save.

5.) Get back to the channel settings, you will find your filters there, and you can assign each channel to come up with a selected search filter.

You can also set a welcome message to your users when they join the channel, click on "set message" and set it up.

Users can also join a channel by scanning the QR for your group.

You can also assign admins to a specific channel.

Invite your users to join the group through Twitter, Facebook, or by sending them a link to join.

Don't forget to save after you finish the configuration.

You can also set-up a store on your channel. (Note that you have to include the store module and the map search module in your app)

Note that:

  • The mStore: This is where you can create your stores, you can have one main store or multiple small stores in your channels.

  • Products: This is the products section where you can create new products to add them to your store.

  • Bundles: A bundle is a group of products that are bought together as one product.

  • Multi-tiered plans: A multi-tiered plan gives your user to choose from multiple pre-selected items, think of small, medium, and large t-shirt sizes and the user gets to choose their size.

  • Product add-on: This feature allows you to add extra items to a product, think of a pizza as a product, and extra olives as the item.

  • Orders: This is where you can monitor your clients' orders and transactions.

Setting Up a Store

This is where you can create your stores, you can have one main store or multiple small stores in your channels.

1.) To set it up, click on "Set".

2.) And then add a new location to the store.

3.) Add the image for the location, icon, title, description, and enter the location, a drop-down menu will appear from which you can choose the location, you can also include your website in the web URL.

4.) Choose the store and click "Insert".

5.) Head to the mStore section on the left-hand side of the page.

6.) Click on "Create New".

Or the small icon at the bottom right side of the page.

7.) Enter the details of your store, notice if you check the default option, this will become your main store.

Creating a New Product

This is the products section where you can create new products to add them to your store.

1.) Now head on to the products section.

2.) Click on "Create New".

Or the small icon at the bottom right side of the page.

3.) Enter your product details.

Note that the display title is the product name that the users will see, the SKU is a unique code to identify each product based on brand, style, color, or size, and the max unit per order is the maximum number that a user can order this product.

4.) Once you created the product, hover over it and click on the edit button.

5.) Here you can add searchable keywords that your product can appear under.

You also have the option to add product add-ons to further customize the product, click here to jump to the adding product add-ons page.

6.) Don't forget to save when you finish.

7.) After you created the product, you can list it in the store you created. Go back to the mStore page, and click edit on the store you created.

8.) Scroll down and click on "Add Item".

9.) Tick the product that you want to add and then click "Insert".

10.) Note that you can insert bundles, multi-tiered plans, and mini stores the same way.

Creating a New Bundle

A bundle is a group of products that are bought together as one product.

1.) Head to the Bundles page.

2.) Click on the "Create New" button.

Or the small icon at the bottom right side of the page.

3.) Fill in the details of the bundle and click "Create".

4.) To add products to the bundle, click on the edit button.

5.) Scroll down, and click on "Add Product".

6.) Select the product that you want to add and then click "Insert".

Creating a New Multi-tiered Plan

A multi-tiered plan gives your user to choose from multiple pre-selected items, think of small, medium, and large t-shirt sizes and the user gets to choose their size.

1.) Head to the Multi-tiered Plan section.

2.) Click the "Create New" button.

3.) Or the small icon at the bottom right side of the page.

4.) Enter the details and click "Create", you can also choose the display style of the products inside the multi-tiered plan.

5.) After you created the plan, click on edit.

6.) You can then add products or bundles to your plan.

Adding Product Add-Ons

This feature allows you to add extra items to a product, think of a pizza as a product, and extra meat as the item.

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1.) Head to the Product add-ons page.

2.) Click on "Create New" button.

Or the small icon at the bottom right side of the page.

3.) Fill in the details of the product add-on, and click "Create New".

4.) Click on the edit button once you created the add-on.

5.) Scroll down till you reach the sub-menu and then click "Add Submenu".

6.) Enter the details of the submenu and click "Create New".

7.) You can then assign the minimum and the maximum number of items under each submenu.

8.) Click on the blue Add button to start adding submenus under the main submenu you created.

9.) You can create multiple submenus and multiple items under each submenu.

10.) When you're done, click on the green add button to assign the product add-on to the specific submenu you already created, if you didn't create a product yet, create one, so you can assign the product add-ons to it.

11.) Don't forget to save when you finish.

Checking Your Orders

This is where you can monitor your clients' orders and transactions.

To check your orders' status, click on the orders page.

You can check all the details of your users' orders.

Chat Groups

Up to 50,000 members can join your app's chat group and enjoy the seamless features of nandbox, including voice memos, multimedia file sharing, and video streaming. There is no limit to the number of chat groups you can create in your app.

You can create group chats for businesses and individuals. With the ability to personalize each group chat with a name, display picture, description, and category classification. The group chat admin can change these details anytime.

You can configure your chat group to be public or private. A public group is the best option if you want to allow anybody to join the group and have members invite other users to join while in the private group, only the chat admin will be able to invite new members to join, with the option to choose the group admins for each group.

There are three modules included:

1.) Group List: Displays the list of all groups that are available on the app.

2.) User Groups: Show the groups that the user has joined.

3.) Chat Group: Opens a chat group that members of the group can interact with each other.

Once you create a group, it will be appear in the group list and users will be able to join it, once they do, it will appear to them in the user group.

This module is the best to use if you want to build a Messaging App.

Installation

You can install the 'Group list' and the 'Chat Group' module in your App in the following places:

  • App's Home Menu ✓
  • App's Side Menu ✓
  • User Groups can only be installed in the side menu.

You can find the chat group modules in the social category.

Drag and drop the modules into your home or side menu to install them.

Duplicability

This module can be duplicated in several sections in your app. ✓

Click here to check out the module's features.

Configuration

1.) Once you installed the module, by dragging and dropping it in the home or side menu, click on the gear icon to configure the settings of the module.

2.) Here you can rename the module and choose an android and an iOS icon for it.

3.) From the settings, you can choose which group to set.

4.) Click on "Add" to create a new group and then create "Add New".

5.) You can then enter the group name and description.

6.) Once you created the group, you can select it and click on "Insert".

7.) Don't forget to click "Save", note that all groups created from the web builder will be public.

8.) To check out the features, click on "Features".

9.) You can also set a welcome message to your users when they join the group, click on "Set Message" and set it up.

10.) Users can also join a channel by scanning the QR for your group.

11.) You can also assign admins to a specific channel.

12.) Invite your users to join the group through Twitter, Facebook, or by sending them a link to join.

13.) Don't forget to save after you finish the configuration.

Create a Private Group

From a mobile go to User Groups.

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Tap on the ''+'' sign at the top right hand side of the screen.

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Tap on Chat Group.

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Enter the group name and description.

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Select the privacy to private, then tap Done.

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Must-Have Modules

It's better to add these modules to your App's Side Menu (step 3)

  • User Groups: It shows to your app users the chat groups that they have already joined.
  • Groups List: It shows a list of your app's available chat groups for users to join.

Complementary Modules

  • Contacts List: It shows to your app users a list of their contacts who also use your app.
  • Direct Chat Module: a simple tab will be allocated for a direct, one-to-one chat with the user of your choice.

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Module Walkthrough

Activating the Chat Group

1.) Click "Chat Groups" in the Admin menu, placed on the left of your nandbox dashboard.

2.) Click on the "Create New" button or the small icon at the bottom right side of the page, to be prompted with a pop-up window where you can create a new group.

3.) A window will appear where you can enter your group name and description.

You will also find a video below explaining the process.

4.) After you created the group, you can hover over it and click on the edit button to configure the group.

5.) You can enter the group image, group name, and description in the first section.

6.) You can also add a splash screen to your group, which includes an image, title, and description, you can also change the button text and colors associated with it.

A splash screen is an introductory graphical screen that shows a explanatory message when you first install an app, it can also be displayed when a user first enters a group or a channel.

Which will look something like this:

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7.) You can also include a search filter in your group:

Note that you have to include the search module in your app first, here are the steps to do that:

Adding a Search Filter

1.) After you installed the Search module, click on the gear icon to configure it.

2.) Scroll down until you reach "filter" and then click on setup.

3.) You will be prompted with a screen where you can tick multiple filters, you can name the filter, and assign the search criteria for each filter.

4.) After you're done, don't forget to tick the filter and click save.

5.) Go back to the group settings, you will find your filter there, and you can assign each group to come up with a selected search filter.

Google Ads

This section will enable you to activate Google Ad Mob in your app.

1.) Firstly, create a Google Ad Mob account.

2.) From the navigation menu, click on apps.

3.) Click on add your first app.

4.) Select the platform of your app.

5.) If your app is published on Google Play Store or App Store, select yes, if not, select no.

6.) Next, enter the app name and click add app.

7.) Click on create ad unit to start creating ads.

8.) Next, select the ad type, currently, nandbox app builder supports the banner and the native advanced format.

The banner type will look like this:

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9.) Click on the banner type, enter the ad name and click create ad unit.

You will be prompted with two keys.

10.) Open nandbox app builder.

11.) Go to App settings.

12.) Click on Google ads.

13.) You will be prompted with the following screen.

14.) Copy the first key (Google ad app ID).

15.) And paste it in the Ad Google Key section in nandbox app builder.

16.) Next, copy the second key (banner key).

17.) And paste it in the Ad Banner Key section in nandbox app builder.

18.) Next, click create another ad unit.

19.) Select Native advanced.

20.) Enter the ad name and click create ad unit.

21.) Copy the second key (native key).

22.) And paste it in the Ad Native Key section in nandbox app builder.

23.) Next, select which ad you wish to activate and click save.

24.) You can repeat the same process with the iOS version of your app.

25.) Next, you need to activate the ads in the modules that you installed in your app.

26.) Click on the configuration icon on the installed module.

27.) Toggle the button to enable ads.

28.) When you enable ads, you can specify the number of posts after which an ad will appear, note that the minimum number of posts after which an ad can appear is 5.


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