Shopping App

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

Features included in the app:

  1. Online Store
  2. Payment Gateways
  3. Loyalty Program
  4. Engagement Campaigns
  5. Talk to Admin
  6. Search
  7. 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.

Online Store

A fully-functional e-commerce store where you can sell your products or services.

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Installation

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

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

You can find the channel modules in the Mobile Store category.

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

Duplicability

This module can only be installed on your home menu.

Configuration

1.) Once you installed the module, by dragging and dropping it in the home menu, click 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.

Once you install the store module, the store management menu will appear in the admin menu.

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

  • 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.

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

2.) Click on "Create New".

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

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

4.) Once you created the store, hover over it and click edit.

5.) Each channel you create can have its own store assigned to it, you can assign ownership for each store by clicking on the edit button, the default option means that this is the main store of the app.

Once you click edit, you will be prompted with the list of channels that you created, select the channel and click insert.

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.

6.) You can set this product to appear under a certain search term from the search filter tool. You can pre-set the search terms from the search module here.

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.

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

8.) 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.

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

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

11.) 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 more 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.

Setting Your Main Store

After you are done configuring your store, click on the gear icon.

Click add to select which store you want to make the main one.

Select the store and click insert.

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

Payment Gateways

This section will allow you to choose how your customers will pay in your app.

Go to the app settings page, click on App Settings from the top menu.

Scroll down to find the payment options.

Credit Card

Users can pay through credit card using one of the following payment gateways:

Stripe is one of the major payment gateways that will allow your customers to shop and buy your products using their credit or debit card.

Follow the steps in this article to integrate your app with Stripe.

Follow the steps in this article to integrate your app with PayPal.

You can also enable the Cash Option.

In-App Purchases

In-App purchases allows your customers to make additional purchases in your app.

Follow the steps in this article to enable in-app purchases in your app.

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.

Loyalty Program

The loyalty wallet is associated with an interactive feed to lure customers to your loyalty program.

Users can collect points in a digital wallet to redeem later with coupons or free products.

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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 loyalty module in the social category.

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

Duplicability

This module cannot be duplicated in several sections in your app ✕

You can check out the loyalty program's main features here.

Configuration

1.) Once you installed the module, by dragging and dropping it in the home 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.) In the settings tab, you can customize the main page for the loyalty module that will be displayed to your users, the page will display the number of points that users collected and how many points remain until they hit the target you set and receive their prize (either points or coupons).

Which will look something like this:

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You can set an image of the display message, rename the title, the description, and the target points after which your users will receive a prize, you can also edit the colors of the target points, earned points, and the text color in the message,

4.) After you're done editing, you will be able to see the displayed message on iOS and Android.

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5.) From the layout tab, you can choose the display style from "Wide" or "Side view".

6.) You can check out the features from the last tab.

7.) Don't forget to save after changing each configuration.

User Selectable Features

  • Talk to Admin

    For app users to chat directly with the admin, this feature allows your users to share their thoughts and give you instant feedback on your posts.

  • Sticky Note

    Add promo points to your posts for users to collect and redeem, it is displayed as a small bubble that is attached to the bottom right side of the post.

stickynotestickynote - You can also choose the background and text color.
  • Post Footer

    Gives your posts the look-and-feel of a Facebook page, you can choose to add the like button, reply button, the number of views, and the share button.

You can also customize the heart color in the like button.

  • Post Filter

    To allow specific users (tags) to see your posts. This feature can be used to target a specific segment of your users.

Click here to know how to create a new tag.

Don't forget to "Save" after you are done with the configuration.

  • Context Menu

    Displays a set of actions to be done to the selected content.

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Scroll down to the bottom of the list.

There is one action (delete) that is shown by default and eight actions that are user-selectable which are:

  • Edit
  • Copy
  • Forward
  • Share
  • Save to Gallery
  • Report Abuse
  • Save to Music
  • Save to Downloads

Click on the toggle to activate or deactivate the action.

You can also change the order of the actions, click and hold the move icon and drag up and down to move the action.

You can also disable the feature altogether.

Module Walkthrough

Activating the Loyalty Module

1.) From the admin menu, click on "Campaign".

A campaign is a competition you customize that includes certain triggers that you can choose (user likes a post, user shares a post, user joins a channel), these triggers make the user eligible to enter the qualifications to win prizes that you choose (points or coupons).

2.) Click 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 campaign.

3.) Firstly, name your campaign and the start and end date in which your campaign will be active, the days in which your campaign will run, and which hours during the day.

4.) Next, select the trigger after which the user will qualify to win.

5.) You can choose from different triggering options.

6.) You can also select which messages your campaign will run on.

7.) If you choose "Specific Message", you will be prompted with a window, in which you can create a new scheduled post.

8.) Click on "Add New" to create a new post, you will be prompted with a new post screen, where you can edit your post.

9.) When you are ready to schedule your post, click the calendar icon at the bottom.

10.) Choose the date and time of the post to be published and click "Schedule".

11.) Select the post you created and click "Insert".

12.) Choose whether to activate this campaign or not.

13.) You can also setup a poll where your users can win if they chose a certain answer you set, from the setup section, click on "Add Menu".

14.) If you haven't created a poll, click here to jump to the create poll section.

15.) Once you're done, click next to move to the qualification criteria.

16.) The qualification criteria allow you to choose how many events are required for the user to qualify for winning, if you select "Only" and enter a number, then the user has to activate the trigger you specified equal to the number that you specified to qualify to win, so for example, if you set the trigger as "Like" and set it "Only" and enter the target to "3", then the user has to like three posts in order for them to qualify for winning.

17.) However, if you set it to "Every" and set a target to "3" and the per section to "Week", then the user has to like three posts EVERY week to be able to qualify to win, you can choose from different periods.

18.) Once you set the qualification criteria, click "Next".

19.) Next, you have the winning selection section, where you can determine the maximum number of winners.

20.) You can also choose how the winners will be selected, if you set to "Everyone Will Win" then the first number you set in the "Maximum number of winners" will be the number of users who will win, so for example, if you assigned the trigger to qualify as "Like" and the maximum number of winners to 10, and a thousand users liked a post, only the first ten will win.

21.) However, if you selected "Random", then you can determine the number of winners from a group of qualifiers, so if you entered the values 1 out of 10, then 1 user will win out of each 10 qualifiers.

22.) You can also limit the number of winners per day to a certain number, you can also restrict a user to win more than once per a certain period, just tick the option you want and configure it.

23.) Finally, you have the Award section.

24.) You can select the award type from points or coupons.

25.) If you select points, enter the number of points that the user will be awarded, and choose "Loyalty" from the drop down menu.

26.) If you chose, coupon, click on "Add Coupon"

27.) Click on "Add New".

28.) Enter the coupon name, description, and expiry date, you can also allow the option for sharing with others. Set the value of the coupon and assign a UPC (Universal Product Code) for it, which is a unique code for the system to identify and redeem the coupon when the user chooses to.

29.) After you created the coupon, select it, and click on "Insert".

30.) You can also set an award message that the user will receive when they win, click on "Add Message" to create one.

31.) Click on "Add New".

32.) Type your award message and click "Send".

33.) Select your message and click "Insert".

34.) When you are done, click "Finish".

Create a Coupon

From the admin menu, click on Coupon.

Enter the coupon name, description, and expiry date, you can also allow the option for sharing with others. Set the value of the coupon and assign a UPC (Universal Product Code) for it, which is a unique code for the system to identify and redeem the coupon when the user chooses to.

Create a Competition Poll

1.) You can also assign the trigger to be when a user chooses a certain answer in a poll, to do that, get back to the events section and click "Add Triggers"

2.) Choose "Button".

3.) From the setup section, click on "Add Menu".

4.) Choose the poll that you created and click "Insert".

5.) You can then choose which choice the user will qualify if they chose it.

Create a Poll

1.) Click on the "Poll" section from the admin menu.

2.) 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.

3.) Enter the poll name and response message once the user picks a choice, click on the "+" button to create a new choice.

4.) Once you click on it, you will be prompted with a window where you can edit the style of the button.

5.) Once you chose the poll you can click on each button to edit it.

6.) Enter the button title, description, and URL.

7.) Once you're done click back and then click save poll.

Engagement Campaigns

Using the feed module, you can launch campaigns and offers to keep your customers hooked all the time. This module enables you to have an instant feed on your app like that of a Facebook page or a Telegram channel; customers can interact with your posts by liking, sharing, or writing comments.

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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 posts/feed module in the social category.

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

Duplicability

This module can only be installed in your home menu x

You can check out the feed's main features here.

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 also choose the layout of the posts to be either wide or on the left side as shown.

5.) To configure the features, click on "Features".

User Selectable Features

  • Talk to Admin

    For app users to chat directly with the admin, this feature allows your users to share their thoughts and give you instant feedback on your posts.

  • Sticky Note

    Add promo points to your posts for users to collect and redeem, it is displayed as a small bubble that is attached to the bottom right side of the post.

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  • You can also choose the background and text color.
  • Post Footer

    Gives your posts the look-and-feel of a Facebook page, you can choose to add the like button, reply button, the number of views, and the share button.

You can also customize the heart color in the like button.

  • Post Filter

    To allow specific users (tags) to see your posts. This feature can be used to target a specific segment of your users.

Click here to know how to create a new tag.

Don't forget to "Save" after you are done with the configuration.

  • Context Menu

    Displays a set of actions to be done to the selected content.

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There is one action (delete) that is shown by default and eight actions that are user-selectable which are:

  • Edit
  • Copy
  • Forward
  • Share
  • Save to Gallery
  • Report Abuse
  • Save to Music
  • Save to Downloads

Click on the toggle to activate or deactivate the action.

You can also change the order of the actions, click and hold the move icon and drag up and down to move the action.

You can also disable the feature altogether.

Module Walkthrough

Activating the Posts Module

  • Click "Posts" in the admin menu, placed on the left of your nandbox dashboard.
  • Click the "+" button at the bottom right side of the page, to be prompted with a window where you can create your post.
  • You have the option to post a text message and change the background color just like Facebook, just choose the color you want and enter the content of your post.
  • And your post will look like this after editing.
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  • You can also post a photo, video, gif, audio, or a file.
  • And if you want to publish an instant article, or have the platform fetch a URL and publish its content, or even publish a calendar that includes a list of events, you can easily do that through these buttons respectively.
  • You can also attach a sticky post or a menu to create polls, just click on attach and choose either option, (note that you have to create a menu before you are able to attach it to a post, and in order to create a sticky post you have to enable the sticky note feature in the features section of the posts & feed module.)
  • You can assign tags to your users to label them and send a post to this label only.

Create a Scheduled Post

From the admin menu, click on scheduled post.

Click the "+" button at the bottom right side of the page.

Click on the blue calendar icon at the bottom of the screen.

Select the date and click schedule.

Finally, click schedule, and your post is now scheduled!

Create New Tags

Click on "Tags" and then "Add New Tag", enter the tag name and the tag description and choose whether you want it to be a private tag or not, and then click Save.

  • Once you created it, you will be able to add your new tag, just mark it and click "Add".

Create New Segment

You can also segment your users into groups and you can send each segment a targeted post. Follow the same steps when you create a new tag.

Publishing to Groups & Channels

You can also publish your post to certain groups and channels that you created.

1.) Click on Groups

2.) And then click on "Add New" and select either Group or Channel

  • You can also insert emojis in your post.

If you would like to publish a post without sending push notifications to your users, you can enable the silent button.

Finally, when you are ready to publish your post, click on "Send".

Talk to Admin

This feature allows you to dedicate a one-to-one chat between an admin that you set and your customers, you can use this feature for customer support, or sales enquires.

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 Direct Chat 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.

Module Walkthrough

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.) Click on "Add" to choose which member of your app to link the chat with.

4.) You can search by the member's name or login ID, tick the member that you want to link the chat with, and click "Add".

5.) Now your chat is assigned to the member you chose, don't forget to click "Save".

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

Search Feature

The search module provides a search function throughout your entire app, users can find products using key phrases, you can customize the searchability of content on your app and create filters to categorize your content.

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 search module in the Essentials 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 ✓

Main Features

The Search module comprises 4 features, set as default.

1.) Search

A powerful search function that can navigate all over your app, using ElasticSearch, and shows results instantly.

2.) Advanced Search

A feature to add additional search filters, customized based on which content you want your users to find.

3.) Keyword Search

Allows users to search through your app using key phrases.

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.) Here you can change the background image displayed when you open the search module.

Which looks something like this:

4.) Next, you can choose the button icon and the icon and button color.

As shown below:

5.) Enter the title and the description of the search page.

Which will be displayed as follows:

6.) You can enable text search, which will allow users to search the entire app using a certain key phrase, you can also assign the search to function using a certain criterion (Area, Country, Product)

7.) Here, you can select where your keyword will be searchable in your app.

8.) Next, you can add a Filter search option which will be displayed when users search by the criteria that you set in step 6, click set up.

9.) You will be prompted with a screen where you can include up to three filters, you can name the filter, and enter the content of each filter.

Now, when the user searches by the criteria that you specified in step 6 (Search By Country), the options that you entered in the filter will be displayed as follows.

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

11.) Now you can include any content (channel, product, booking, event, group, queue, bot, marker) in your app to come up under the specific criteria that you set, for example, you can create a channel and hover over it and click the edit button.

You can choose the option that this channel will be displayed in the search results, when the user clicks on it, for example, if you select Canada, then this channel will be displayed when the user searches by country and then selects the option Canada.

12.) Don't forget to click save after you finish.

13.) 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.

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.

Payment Methods

This section will allow you to choose how your users will pay in your app.

Credit Card

Users can pay through credit card using one of the following payment gateways:

Stripe is one of the major payment gateways that will allow your customers to shop and buy your products using their credit or debit card.

Follow the steps in this article to integrate your app with Stripe.

Follow the steps in this article to integrate your app with PayPal.

You can also enable the Cash Option.

In-App Purchases

In-App purchases allows your users to make additional purchases in your app.

Follow the steps in this article to enable in-app purchases in your app.


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