What is the Folder Plugin?
Repeat after me... “Folders are my friends!”
The Folder Plugin is a great way to both organize your content and add variety to your app! It allows you to categorize your plugins so that you can guide your users to the app’s content in an organized way and also add visual diversity to your app.
What are some use cases of Folder Plugin?
Folders are incredibly versatile when it comes to organizing your content and creating user-friendly navigation. Some use cases of this feature could be:
- If you’re creating an internal app, you can use Folders to categorize the type of resources you provide to your employees such as training docs, calendars, forms, etc.
- If your app has a blog, you can use the Folder Plugin to house all of the posts and sort them by category, date, author, or any other way that you’d like to organize them.
- If you have multiple social media pages, you can house all of your social media pages in a Folder Plugin
- If you have a Church app, you can use the Folder Plugin to organize the app into different sections such as “Ministries”, “Sermons”, “Community”, and “Staff”
What are the Folder Plugin’s primary functions and what are the steps to accomplish them?
Folders provide some amazing functionality as described in the introduction, but read on to see what some of the core features are and how to set them up.
How to Use a Folder as Your Home Screen
Thanks to its versatility, the Folder Plugin is the perfect plugin to use as your Home Screen! Here’s how you do it:
Step 1: Click On Features -> Marketplace and find the Folder Plugin
Step 2: Search for the Folder Plugin in the Marketplace and click “Add”
Step 3: Give it a title and click “Add”
Step 4: Click the icon next to “Help” and select “Set As Home Plugin”
Step 5: Start making your app look awesome!
Now that the Folder's been assigned as your Home Plugin, you can begin adding content to your app! If you ever need to get back to this particular plugin, simply click on the “Home Screen”.
How to Use Folders to Organize Your App
The Folder Plugin is a great way to organize your app and lay out how you would like users to navigate your app.
Step 1: Create a Folder Plugin in the Marketplace
First you will want to create a Folder Plugin to hold the other plugins that you’d like to bring people to. If you don’t know how to create a Plugin, you can learn how to create and enable marketplace features here. We'll use Social Media for this example, but you can use the Folder Plugin in a number amount of ways including, but not limited to, what we outlined above.
Step 2: Click “Add Plugin Instance” to add the plugins that you would like to house in the Folder Plugin
Once you have created a Folder Plugin add the plugins that you would like to house within that Folder Plugin by clicking “Add Plugin Instance”.
Step 3: (Optional) Search for the existing features that you’d like to add to the Folder
Step 4: Check the box next to all of the plugins that you’d like to add to the Folder
Step 5: Click “Apply”
Step 6: Drag the features around to organize them in the order you'd like
Step 7: Enjoy your well organized Folder :)
How to Use the Image Carousel
The image carousel is a core component that is utilized across several features to streamline your user experience. With it, you can add images to your feature and then attach various actions such as linking to app content, calling a phone number, sending an email, sending a text message, opening a map, and more using our action builder.
Since this is a core component, we’ve created a dedicated article about how to use the image carousel here.
How to Use Plugin Access Security Settings
The Security tab is a core component that is utilized across several features to streamline your user experience. With it, you can make exclusive content by requiring that users login to access it. You can also restrict content to specific users by requiring that they have a tag, or tags, attached to their profile.
Since this is a core component, we’ve created a dedicated article about how to restrict content using the security tab access settings.
How to Set Up In-App Purchases
In App Purchases is a great way to sell access to features to increase your revenue. Since this is a core component, we’ve created dedicated articles about how to set up In-App Purchases here.
Pro Tips: Take Your App to the Next Level
Having worked with apps for years, we’ve learned a thing or two. So, to both help your app stand out and accomplish your primary goals, here are some tips you should consider.
Pro Tip 1: Use the Different Layouts To Add Variety To Your App
You can find a number of different layout options under the “Design” tab that allow you to add visual variety to your app!
Pro Tip 2: Folders Inside of Folders... Inside of Folders
Did you know that you can put Folders inside of Folders? Well you can! This is a great way to organize your app! Let’s say you are building an app for a conference. You can use Folders to categorize all of your different media types in the app.
Simply make a folder for each media type (audio, video, blog, etc.). And put them in a master folder named “Media” (or whatever you’d like to name it).
Pro Tip 3: Use High Quality Images to Make Your App Shine
Your app’s artwork is a vital component in making your app look awesome and appealing to your user base. To make it easy for you, we've even created a "Stock Images" tab that provides you with thousands of high quality images from professional photographers around the world. Just open the Media Library and click on "Stock Images".
Pro Tip 4: Use The WYSIWYG
Don’t be fooled. The Text WYSIWYG (which stands for What You See Is What You Get) is much more than just text! With it, you can also add images, video, and embed forms within a variety of plugins in your app. Since this is a core component, we’ve created dedicated articles about how to use the Text WYSIWYG here.
What are some related articles?
In addition to this article, we recommend checking out the following related articles so that you have a better insight into how to use the system to its fullest advantage:
Still have questions? No problem! Reach out to us and we’d be happy to help :)