April 29, 2024
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Ultimate Squarespace login guide - how to log in to Squarespace

We provide you guidance on how to log in to Squarespace and troubleshooting when you can't log in.

Short links for Squarespace login:

Log in to Squarespace account: squarespace.com/login

Convert Squarespace website into Android.iOS app: https://www.buildnatively.com/

Direct login via URL: https://your-site.squarespace.com/config or https://www.your-site.com/config (replace your-site with your built-in or custom domain name)

Website log in on Squarespace account dashboard: account.squarespace.com

Log into Squarespace 5: https://accountname.squarespace.com/display/ (replace “accountname” with your site's account name. Ensure Login is capitalized. Use your Squarespace 5 account name and password to log into your site)

Reset your password: https://login.squarespace.com/recovery-form#/recovery 

Recover your account: https://login.squarespace.com/recovery-form#/recovery/domain

Get started with Squarespace - https://www.squarespace.com/templates

Squarespace support  - https://support.squarespace.com/

Contact Customer Support to Regain access - https://support.squarespace.com/hc/requests/new?ticket_form_id=360000136328

How to log in to Squarespace from your computer

Log in with an email address and password

To log in to Squarespace from your computer, go to squarespace.com/login:

  • If you signed up using an email and password, enter them and press Log In.
  • If you signed up with a social media account, choose that option and follow the prompts on the screen.

Social account login

When you sign in using a social account on Squarespace, you won't have to type in your email and password directly. Simply click on the social account icon and log in through that platform. If you're already logged into the social account on your browser, selecting the icon may automatically sign you into Squarespace.

 Squarespace Log in - main screen

Your login process will stay consistent with how you registered unless you decide to make a change. For example, if you initially registered using your Google account, you'll continue to log in using that same Google account.

How to log in from the Squarespace app

Log in with an email address and password

To get started, open the Squarespace app and click on "Log in"

  • If you signed up using your email and password, enter them in the designated fields and click "Log in"
  • If you signed up through a social media account, select the relevant account and follow the prompts given.

Social account login

When you log in using a social account on Squarespace, you don't have to type in your email and password directly. Just click on the social account icon and log in through that platform. If you're already logged into that account on your browser, clicking the social account icon might automatically log you into Squarespace.

Squarespace Log in app

Your login method will stay the same as your sign-up method unless you choose to change it. For instance, if you signed up with your Google account, you'll keep logging in with that same Google account.

After logging in to Squarespace

Once you log in with your email and password, you'll be taken to your account dashboard. There, you can see a preview image, the title, and domains of each site on your account, and any other subscriptions. Confirm that the preview image and site title match up to make sure you're on the right site. Then, hover over the preview image and click "Go To Website" to sign in.

To switch between sites on your computer, go to the Home menu, scroll down, and click on your profile picture or initials to open your account dashboard. Once again, you'll see the preview image, site title, and domains for each site to help you pick the correct one before clicking "Go To Website" to log in.

 Squarespace Log in website

In the Squarespace app, if you want to switch sites, tap on the Menu icon first. Then tap on your site's title to access a list of websites.

Squarespace Log in  website in app

How to open the Squarespace dashboard

To view your account dashboard;

Go to account.squarespace.com. Or, if you're already logged in on a site, head to the Home menu, scroll down and click on your profile picture or initials.

If needed, log in to your account.

Squarespace dashboard to log in to website

Other ways to log in to Squarespace

Direct login URL

You can also log into your site by visiting your built-in or custom domain and adding /config to the end. For example:

  • https://your-site.squarespace.com/config
  • https://www.your-site.com/config

Replace your-site with your built-in or custom domain name.

App passwords

If you've enabled two-factor authentication, you must use an app password to log into some apps or services, like Squarespace Developer Platform.

Stay logged in Squarespace

Your browser will keep you logged in whenever it loads your site for up to 30 days, unless you choose to log out manually or clear your browser cache. This feature saves you time by bypassing the need to enter your login credentials each time.

Additionally, being logged in means you'll also automatically gain access to the Help Center, should you need to contact Customer Support.

Log out Squarespace

To log out of Squarespace on your computer:

  1. Click here to open your account dashboard.
  2. In the top-right corner, click your profile picture or initials.
  3. Click Log Out.
  4. Click here to open your account dashboard.
  5. In the top-right corner, click your profile picture or initials.
  6. Click Log Out.

To log out in the Squarespace app:

  1. Open the Squarespace app.
  2. Tap your profile icon.
  3. Scroll down and tap Log out.

Other ways to log out

On a computer, you can check the devices currently logged into your Squarespace account by accessing the login activity panel. From this panel, you have the option to remotely log out any of these devices.

Troubleshooting when you can't log in to Squarespace

If you're unable to log in, it might be due to a system-wide problem that Squarespace team are currently addressing. Keep an eye on Status page for updates on any service interruptions.

Make sure you are using the same login method that you used during registration. You can sign in with your email address and password, or via your Apple, Facebook, or Google account.

Forgot password

If you're unable to log in due to a forgotten password, click here to reset your password.

Forgot email 

If you're unable to log in because you forgot the email address associated with your account, click here to recover your account.

Seeing an error message

This email address was not found

This message indicates that Squarespace cannot locate a site linked to the email address you provided. To resolve this issue:

  1. Verify the email address on the login screen for any misspellings. Squarespace considers different variations of email addresses as distinct, so pay close attention to the punctuation in your email address as well.

  1. Attempt to log in with other email addresses that you might have used to set up your account, especially those linked to social accounts like Apple, Facebook, or Google.

If you've followed the above steps and still can't log in, please fill out this form to assist the Squarespace support team in locating your account. Once your identity as the account owner is confirmed, an Advisor will help you resolve the issue.

Password is incorrect

This message indicates that the password you entered does not match Squarespace records. To resolve this, attempt to enter your password again, taking care to avoid any typographical errors. If you continue to face issues, consider resetting your password.

Change login preference 

Each Squarespace account is set up with a single login method. You can log in using an email address and password, or via Apple, Facebook, or Google. You should log in using the same method you used when you signed up, unless you have since changed your login method.

If you encounter an error indicating that you typically log in with a different method, please try logging in again using the correct method.

It looks like you usually log in with a social account

This indicates that you attempted to log in using an email address and password, but your account is configured to log in via Apple, Facebook, or Google. To resolve this, please click on the social account you initially used to register. Additionally, you have the option to change your preferred login method on Squarespace.

Account not found

This error appears if you attempt to log in using a social account that isn't linked to a Squarespace account. To resolve this issue:

  1. Make sure you are selecting the correct social account.
  2. If you have previously signed up for Squarespace but can't recall your login details, you should recover your login information.
  3. If you are new to Squarespace, click on "Create" to set up a new account.

Seeing a request for an authentication code

If you are prompted for an authentication code after inputting your email and password, it means you have two-factor authentication enabled on your account. To proceed, use the authentication app on your smartphone to generate the required code.

If you are unable to generate an authentication code, refer to the backup codes you printed when setting up two-factor authentication. Remember, each backup code is valid for one-time use only and must be manually entered, not copied and pasted.

If you do not have your backup codes available, please contact Squarespace Support Team for assistance.

Can't log in using the Escape key shortcut

As of January 2024, the Escape key shortcut has been discontinued. If you previously used the Escape key to log into your Squarespace account while viewing your website, you can now log in using several alternative methods. 

Might have a Squarespace 5 site

Squarespace 5 is a legacy platform and it operates with distinct login credentials and methods compared to Squarespace 7. If you are having trouble logging into Squarespace 7 with your email and password, and suspect that you might have a Squarespace 5 account, learn how you can log into Squarespace 5 below.

Password was stolen

If you are unable to log in because you suspect that someone has changed your password, please reset your Squarespace password. Once you update your password, the old one will be deactivated, ensuring the security of your site.

Didn't receive a password reset email

Once you complete the steps to reset your password, Squarespace Team will send a password reset link to the email address associated with your account. If you do not receive the email, please take the following actions:

  • Check the Spam or Junk folder in your email.
  • Add no-reply@squarespace.com to your email contacts.

If these steps do not resolve your issue, it's possible you entered an incorrect email address when setting up your site, likely due to a typographical error. If you suspect this might be the case, take steps to regain access to your account.

Should you continue to experience difficulties logging in after trying the above recommendations, fill out this form  so Squarespace Support Team can assist you in locating your account. Upon confirming your identity as the account owner, one of Squarespace Advisors will collaborate with you to resolve the problem.

Entered email address incorrectly

If you believe you used an incorrect email address when setting up your site—perhaps due to a typo or spelling mistake—Squarespace Team can assist you in correcting it. If you recall the incorrect email address and are able to log in using it, we suggest you update your email address immediately.

If you're unsure of the exact email you used, please fill out this form to help Squarespace Support Team identify your account. Once Squarespace verify your ownership, an Advisor will collaborate with you to rectify the issue.

Please note, for security purposes, Advisors cannot disclose previous login details, including any misspelled email addresses.

The site is displaying a lock icon

If you encounter a gray screen featuring a password field and a lock icon, this indicates that the page is protected by either a page-specific or site-wide password. To access your site, navigate to the login page at https://site-name.squarespace.com/config, substituting "site-name" with your specific built-in domain.

For assistance in removing a password from a page or your entire site, please refer to the guides provided.

Forgot domain name

Navigate to squarespace.com/login and sign in using your account email and password. You will be presented with a list of your sites, each displayed with a preview image of the homepage, the site title, and the primary domain name.

If you need assistance managing multiple sites linked to a single account, refer to the "Managing multiple sites" section.

"Website Expired" screen

If your website has expired, you will be greeted with a "Website Expired" screen. To regain access, you will need to reactivate your account by following these steps:

  1. Click on "Owner Login."
  2. At the login screen, input your email and password, then click "Login."
  3. Select "Fix now" in the banner located at the bottom of your site.
  4. Input your new billing information and proceed to reactivate your site.

Squarespace website expired

Regain access to your Squarespace login information

If you're uncertain about the email address you used to set up your Squarespace account, you can initiate account recovery process. We'll send an email with further instructions to the address associated with your account.

If you are currently logged into your account, you can verify the email address on file by visiting your account dashboard.

Recover your account email address

To recover the email address associated with your account, follow these steps:

  1. Visit https://www.squarespace.com/login
  2. Click on "Can't log in?"
  3. Select "Don't know the email address."
  4. Enter your custom domain or your built-in Squarespace domain, then click "Send email." Alternatively, if you have registered a phone number with your account, you can enter it and click "Send Text."
  5. Review all your email accounts to determine which one receives the recovery email.

Note that a recovery email will only be sent to the email address of the site owner. If you need to recover a contributor's email address, the site owner will need to log in and check the email listed under the contributor's profile.

I didn't receive the recovery email

If you do not receive the recovery email, please check the spam or junk folder in all your email accounts. If the email is still missing, fill out this form  to assist the Squarespace Support Team in locating your account. Once your ownership is confirmed, an advisor will assist you with logging in.

Recovering your account by text message

You can enhance your account security and facilitate email recovery by adding a phone number to your Squarespace account. This will help you retrieve the email address used for logging into your site.

Add a phone number

You can use text message recovery for your account if your phone number is associated with one of the following countries:

  • United States
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom

To set up account recovery via text message, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Account & Security settings in your account dashboard.
  2. Click on Account recovery, then select Set up.
  3. If your account is unverified, you'll need to verify your account email first. An alert will prompt you to click Send email. Find this email in your inbox and click Verify now.
  4. From the Country drop-down menu, select your country and then enter your phone number.
  5. Click Send Code. You'll receive a six-digit code via text. If the text doesn't arrive, click Resend code.
  6. Enter the received six-digit verification code and click Confirm.

Note: If you have two-factor authentication enabled, the phone number used for it will automatically populate. You can retain this number or update it. If you choose to update it for account recovery, your two-factor authentication phone number will also change to the new number.

Recover your email by text message

To retrieve your email address via text message after adding a phone number to your account, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Squarespace login page and click on "Can’t Log In?" followed by "Forgot the Email Address?"
  2. Select "Check Phone Number" and input your phone number.
  3. Click on "Send Text." Please note that standard SMS rates apply.
  4. If the phone number is linked to an account, you will receive a text message containing the account's email address.

Change your account phone number

Each Squarespace account allows for a single phone number to be linked at any given time. To update the phone number associated with your account, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Account & Security settings on your account dashboard.
  2. Select "Account recovery" and then "Phone number."
  3. Log in to confirm your identity.
  4. Choose your country from the "Country" drop-down menu and input a new phone number.
  5. Click "Send Code." A six-digit code will be sent to your phone via text. If you do not receive the text, select "Resend code."
  6. Enter the received six-digit verification code and click "Confirm."

Disable text message account recovery

To turn off text message account recovery:

  1. Access the Account & Security  settings in your account dashboard.
  2. Select "Account Recovery."
  3. Choose "Turn Off," then log in to verify your identity.
  4. Confirm the action by clicking "Turn Off" again.

Resetting your Squarespace password

When setting up a Squarespace account, you establish an email address and password for logging in. This guide details how to modify or reset that password. Your updated password will then be applicable across all sites and subscriptions linked to your Squarespace account.

If you access your account using a social media platform, you should update your password directly through that social service or alter your login method for Squarespace.

For enhanced security, consider Squarespace’s recommendations for creating a robust password. Please note that account passwords must be between 6 and 100 characters in length.

If you're logged into your Squarespace account

To update your password while logged into your Squarespace account, follow these steps:

  1. Use this link to access your Account & Security settings.
  2. Select "Change Password."
  3. Input your current password and click "Continue."
  4. Enter your new password twice for confirmation.
  5. Click "Save" to finalize the change.

If you're locked out of your Squarespace account

To regain access to your account if you've been locked out, follow these steps:

  1. Visit squarespace.com/login
  2. Below the login fields, select "Can't log in?"
  3. Enter the email address associated with your account and click "Send Email." If you're unsure which email address you used, try any email address you might have used. You can also recover your email address.
  4. Check your inbox for a password recovery email from no-reply@squarespace.com. If you're using a Gmail address, you can click "Open Gmail" to quickly access your inbox and the password reset email. If you don't receive this email within a few minutes, refer to troubleshooting tips.
  5. Open the email and click "Password Reset."
  6. You'll be taken to a password reset page. If the email address displayed on this page doesn't match the one you used to receive the password reset email, open the password reset link in a private window.
  7. Enter a new password and click "Save." If you have two-factor authentication enabled, you'll need to enter an authentication code after saving your new password. 

Fixing password reset email issues

Here are ways to address and prevent typical problems you might encounter with password reset emails:

  1. Check Spam or Junk Folders: If you haven't received the email shortly after requesting it, make sure to look in your spam or junk mail folder, as it could have been mistakenly filtered there.
  2. Reach Out for Support: If the email isn't in your spam or junk folder, there might be a delivery issue. In such cases, it's advisable to, contact Squarespace Team..
  3. Handle Multiple Requests Carefully: Remember, if you've sent multiple requests for a password reset, only the link in the most recent email will be valid. To avoid confusion and ensure you use the right link, consider deleting all prior password reset emails before accessing the latest one.

These steps should help you effectively manage any challenges with receiving or using password reset emails.

Password-protect your Squarespace site content

Besides your account password, you have the option to create page-specific or site-wide passwords to secure your content with a lock screen. These passwords are independent of your Squarespace account password and are managed separately.

How to log into your Squarespace 5 site

Log into your Squarespace 5 site at your site's login URL, also called the direct URL: 

  1. Go to https://accountname.squarespace.com/display/Login, replacing “accountname” with your site's account name. Ensure Login is capitalized.
  2. Use your Squarespace 5 account name and password to log into your site.

For example, if your site's built-in domain is mycoolsite.squarespace.com, you'd go to https://mycoolsite.squarespace.com/display/Login and log in with mycoolsite and your password.

What's my account name?

Your Squarespace 5 site includes a default domain that combines your account name with the Squarespace domain. For example, if your default domain is https://username.squarespace.com, then 'username' is your account name.

Other options

We suggest logging in through your site's specific login URL, but there are a few additional methods you can use:

  1. Customized Login Page: Set up a dedicated login page or navigation link on your site.
  2. Esc Key Shortcut: When on any page of your site, pressing the Esc key can direct you to your login page if you've set one up. If no custom login page exists, it will redirect you to the standard login URL.

If you want to manage one or more Squarespace sites using either an email and password or a social account, consider upgrading to Squarespace 7. To explore the advantages of upgrading and for a comparison of Squarespace 5 with newer versions, Squarespace 5 vs. newer versions.

Password recovery

If you've forgotten your password or need to reset it, simply click on "I Forgot My Password" located above the password field on the login page. This will automatically trigger a password recovery email to be sent to the email address registered with your site.

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Pixels to inches converter and iPhone screen resolutions

May 21, 2024
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Convert pixels to inches effortlessly, and understand the importance of PPI in your projects. Our converter is perfect for designers, developers, and anyone working with digital media. 

Pixel to Inches Converter

Pixel to Inches Converter allows you to easily convert between pixels and inches, making it perfect for designers, developers, and anyone working with digital media. 

The Pixel to Inches Converter helps you convert measurements from pixels to inches and vice versa, using the DPI (Dots Per Inch) value. This is useful when you need to understand the physical size of a digital element, such as an image, on different screens or print media.

Simply enter the number of pixels or inches and the DPI value to see the conversion instantly. Adjust the DPI to match your screen or print resolution for accurate results. 

  • Pixels to Inches: Type a value into the Pixels field. The Inches field will automatically update to show the equivalent measurement in inches, based on the DPI value.
  • Inches to Pixels: Type a value into the Inches field. The Pixels field will automatically update to show the equivalent measurement in pixels, based on the DPI value.
  • Adjust DPI: Change the DPI value if needed. The other fields will update accordingly to reflect the new DPI value.

Example Scenarios

  1. Converting Pixels to Inches
    • Enter 1920 in the Pixels field.
    • Enter 96 in the DPI field.
    • The Inches field will display 20 (since 1920 pixels at 96 DPI equals 20 inches).
  2. Converting Inches to Pixels
    • Enter 10 in the Inches field.
    • Enter 72 in the DPI field.
    • The Pixels field will display 720 (since 10 inches at 72 DPI equals 720 pixels).

Tips for Accurate Conversions

  • Know Your DPI: Different devices have different DPI settings. Common values are 72 DPI for screens, 300 DPIfor high-quality prints, and 96 DPI for standard desktop monitors.
  • Consistent Units: Ensure you're using the same DPI value when converting between pixels and inches to get accurate results.
  • Real-Time Updates: The converter updates in real-time. Double-check your inputs if the results seem off.

Troubleshooting

  • Incorrect Values: Ensure that all fields contain numeric values. Non-numeric inputs can cause incorrect calculations.
  • Empty Fields: If a field is empty, the converter may not provide accurate results. Ensure all necessary fields are filled out.
  • DPI Concerns: Verify that the DPI value matches the device or medium you are working with.

Why convert pixels to inches?

Understanding how to convert between pixels and inches enables you to create designs that are both visually appealing and functionally effective, tailored to the diverse range of devices used today.

1. Responsive Design: Developers create websites and mobile applications that work seamlessly across various devices with different screen sizes and resolutions. Converting pixels to inches helps ensure that UI elements are appropriately sized, providing a consistent user experience regardless of the device.

2. Physical Size Consistency: When designing interfaces, developers need to ensure that touch targets (like buttons) are physically large enough to be easily tappable. Knowing the size in inches helps in designing touch-friendly interfaces, particularly for mobile devices where screen size and usability are critical.

3. Print Media Integration: Sometimes digital designs are intended to be printed. Converting pixels to inches ensures that printed elements match the intended physical size, maintaining design integrity from screen to paper.

4. High-Resolution Displays: Modern devices often have high DPI (dots per inch) screens, like Apple's Retina displays. Converting pixels to inches helps developers understand and manage the actual size of elements on these high-resolution screens, ensuring clarity and sharpness.

5. Cross-Platform Consistency: For applications that span multiple platforms (web, mobile, desktop), knowing the physical size of UI elements ensures that designs remain consistent and functional across all platforms, enhancing overall user experience.

What are pixels

Pixels are the tiny dots that make up the images you see on digital screens, such as computer monitors, smartphones, and televisions. Each pixel can display a specific color and brightness.

A pixel (short for "picture element") is the smallest unit of a digital image or display that can be independently controlled and represented. 

Pixels are the fundamental elements of digital images and displays. Their arrangement, color representation, and density directly affect the quality and clarity of the visual content we interact with on our devices. Understanding pixels is essential for anyone working with digital media, from photographers to web developers.

Pixels are arranged in a grid, and each pixel's position within the grid can be referenced by its coordinates (x, y). The grid formation allows the pixels to create a complete image collectively.

Each pixel can represent a variety of colors. In most digital devices, colors are created by combining red, green, and blue (RGB) light in varying intensities. This combination can produce millions of different colors.

How many pixels in an inch?

The number of pixels in an inch depends on the pixel density of the display, which is measured in pixels per inch (PPI). Different devices have different PPI values based on their design and intended use. Here's a detailed explanation:

Understanding Pixels Per Inch (PPI)

Pixels per inch (PPI) is a measurement of the pixel density of a display, indicating how many pixels are present in one inch of the display. 

In digital displays / screens like monitors, phones, and tablets, density measurement unit is PPI (pixels-per-inch). For print (posters, magazines, and books) the unit of measurement is DPI (dots-per-inch). However, in Android, PPI and DPI are used interchangeably, and the APIs and docs refer to density in DPI (not PPI).

The higher the PPI, the more pixels are packed into each inch, resulting in a sharper and clearer image.

Pixels in inch

Common PPI values for various devices

  1. Computer Monitors: Typical desktop monitors have a PPI of around 90-110. For example, a standard 24-inch monitor with a resolution of 1920x1080 (Full HD) typically has around 91 PPI.
  2. Smartphones: Smartphones usually have a much higher PPI due to their smaller screens and high resolutions. For example, Apple's iPhone models often have PPIs around 326-458, depending on the model and display type (Retina, Super Retina, etc.).
  3. Tablets: Tablets also have high PPIs, often in the range of 264-326 PPI, similar to smartphones, to provide clear and sharp images on their slightly larger screens.
  4. 4K and 8K Displays: High-resolution displays like 4K (3840x2160) and 8K (7680x4320) have very high PPIs, especially when used in smaller screens like computer monitors. A 27-inch 4K monitor has around 163 PPI, while a 65-inch 4K TV has around 67 PPI.

Calculating PPI

The formula to calculate PPI is:

PPI = √(horizontal pixels² + vertical pixels²) / diagonal size in inches

Example calculation

Let's calculate the PPI for a 15.6-inch laptop screen with a resolution of 1920x1080:

Step 1: Calculate the number of pixels diagonally

√(1920² + 1080²) = √(3686400 + 1166400) = √4852800 ≈ 2202 pixels

Step 2: Divide by the diagonal size in inches

PPI = 2202 / 15.6 ≈ 141

So, this laptop screen has approximately 141 pixels per inch.

Practical applications of pixels

More pixels per inch result in sharper and clearer images, which is why devices like smartphones, tablets, and high-end monitors strive for higher PPIs.
Fewer pixels per inch can lead to a more pixelated or blurry image, which is often acceptable for larger screens viewed from a distance, like TVs.

Credits: Prototypr

Digital Photography: The resolution of a digital photo is determined by the number of pixels it contains. Higher-resolution photos have more pixels, which can capture more detail.

Graphic Design: Designers use pixels as the fundamental building blocks when creating digital graphics. Understanding pixel dimensions and resolutions is crucial for producing high-quality images for various media.

Display Screens: The quality of a screen is often measured by its pixel count and density. High-definition (HD), 4K, and 8K are terms used to describe displays with progressively higher pixel counts, providing clearer and more detailed images.

If you look closely at a digital screen with a magnifying glass, you'll see the individual pixels. Each one changes color and brightness to form the images and text you see collectively. On older, low-resolution screens, individual pixels might be noticeable, creating a blocky or pixelated effect. Modern high-resolution screens pack so many pixels into a small area that the individual pixels are not discernible to the naked eye, resulting in smooth and detailed images.

Common pixel to inches conversions

Pixels 72 DPI 96 DPI 150 DPI 300 DPI
100 1.39 inches 1.04 inches 0.67 inches 0.33 inches
200 2.78 inches 2.08 inches 1.33 inches 0.67 inches
300 4.17 inches 3.13 inches 2.00 inches 1.00 inches
400 5.56 inches 4.17 inches 2.67 inches 1.33 inches
500 6.94 inches 5.21 inches 3.33 inches 1.67 inches
600 8.33 inches 6.25 inches 4.00 inches 2.00 inches
700 9.72 inches 7.29 inches 4.67 inches 2.33 inches
800 11.11 inches 8.33 inches 5.33 inches 2.67 inches
900 12.50 inches 9.38 inches 6.00 inches 3.00 inches
1000 13.89 inches 10.42 inches 6.67 inches 3.33 inches

To do conversions for other pixel, inch,es or PPI values use the converter above.

Popular iPhone screen sizes

iPhone Model Resolution (Pixels) Screen Size (Inches)
iPhone SE (2020) 1334 x 750 4.7
iPhone 11 1792 x 828 6.1
iPhone 11 Pro 2436 x 1125 5.8
iPhone 11 Pro Max 2688 x 1242 6.5
iPhone 12 2532 x 1170 6.1
iPhone 12 Mini 2340 x 1080 5.4
iPhone 12 Pro 2532 x 1170 6.1
iPhone 12 Pro Max 2778 x 1284 6.7
iPhone 13 2532 x 1170 6.1
iPhone 13 Mini 2340 x 1080 5.4
iPhone 13 Pro 2532 x 1170 6.1
iPhone 13 Pro Max 2778 x 1284 6.7
iPhone 14 2532 x 1170 6.1
iPhone 14 Pro 2556 x 1179 6.1
iPhone 14 Pro Max 2796 x 1290 6.7
iPhone screen sizes

Credits: Geri Borbás

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Ultimate Squarespace login guide - how to log in to Squarespace

April 29, 2024
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We provide you guidance on how to log in to Squarespace and troubleshooting when you can't log in.

Short links for Squarespace login:

Log in to Squarespace account: squarespace.com/login

Convert Squarespace website into Android.iOS app: https://www.buildnatively.com/

Direct login via URL: https://your-site.squarespace.com/config or https://www.your-site.com/config (replace your-site with your built-in or custom domain name)

Website log in on Squarespace account dashboard: account.squarespace.com

Log into Squarespace 5: https://accountname.squarespace.com/display/ (replace “accountname” with your site's account name. Ensure Login is capitalized. Use your Squarespace 5 account name and password to log into your site)

Reset your password: https://login.squarespace.com/recovery-form#/recovery 

Recover your account: https://login.squarespace.com/recovery-form#/recovery/domain

Get started with Squarespace - https://www.squarespace.com/templates

Squarespace support  - https://support.squarespace.com/

Contact Customer Support to Regain access - https://support.squarespace.com/hc/requests/new?ticket_form_id=360000136328

How to log in to Squarespace from your computer

Log in with an email address and password

To log in to Squarespace from your computer, go to squarespace.com/login:

  • If you signed up using an email and password, enter them and press Log In.
  • If you signed up with a social media account, choose that option and follow the prompts on the screen.

Social account login

When you sign in using a social account on Squarespace, you won't have to type in your email and password directly. Simply click on the social account icon and log in through that platform. If you're already logged into the social account on your browser, selecting the icon may automatically sign you into Squarespace.

 Squarespace Log in - main screen

Your login process will stay consistent with how you registered unless you decide to make a change. For example, if you initially registered using your Google account, you'll continue to log in using that same Google account.

How to log in from the Squarespace app

Log in with an email address and password

To get started, open the Squarespace app and click on "Log in"

  • If you signed up using your email and password, enter them in the designated fields and click "Log in"
  • If you signed up through a social media account, select the relevant account and follow the prompts given.

Social account login

When you log in using a social account on Squarespace, you don't have to type in your email and password directly. Just click on the social account icon and log in through that platform. If you're already logged into that account on your browser, clicking the social account icon might automatically log you into Squarespace.

Squarespace Log in app

Your login method will stay the same as your sign-up method unless you choose to change it. For instance, if you signed up with your Google account, you'll keep logging in with that same Google account.

After logging in to Squarespace

Once you log in with your email and password, you'll be taken to your account dashboard. There, you can see a preview image, the title, and domains of each site on your account, and any other subscriptions. Confirm that the preview image and site title match up to make sure you're on the right site. Then, hover over the preview image and click "Go To Website" to sign in.

To switch between sites on your computer, go to the Home menu, scroll down, and click on your profile picture or initials to open your account dashboard. Once again, you'll see the preview image, site title, and domains for each site to help you pick the correct one before clicking "Go To Website" to log in.

 Squarespace Log in website

In the Squarespace app, if you want to switch sites, tap on the Menu icon first. Then tap on your site's title to access a list of websites.

Squarespace Log in  website in app

How to open the Squarespace dashboard

To view your account dashboard;

Go to account.squarespace.com. Or, if you're already logged in on a site, head to the Home menu, scroll down and click on your profile picture or initials.

If needed, log in to your account.

Squarespace dashboard to log in to website

Other ways to log in to Squarespace

Direct login URL

You can also log into your site by visiting your built-in or custom domain and adding /config to the end. For example:

  • https://your-site.squarespace.com/config
  • https://www.your-site.com/config

Replace your-site with your built-in or custom domain name.

App passwords

If you've enabled two-factor authentication, you must use an app password to log into some apps or services, like Squarespace Developer Platform.

Stay logged in Squarespace

Your browser will keep you logged in whenever it loads your site for up to 30 days, unless you choose to log out manually or clear your browser cache. This feature saves you time by bypassing the need to enter your login credentials each time.

Additionally, being logged in means you'll also automatically gain access to the Help Center, should you need to contact Customer Support.

Log out Squarespace

To log out of Squarespace on your computer:

  1. Click here to open your account dashboard.
  2. In the top-right corner, click your profile picture or initials.
  3. Click Log Out.
  4. Click here to open your account dashboard.
  5. In the top-right corner, click your profile picture or initials.
  6. Click Log Out.

To log out in the Squarespace app:

  1. Open the Squarespace app.
  2. Tap your profile icon.
  3. Scroll down and tap Log out.

Other ways to log out

On a computer, you can check the devices currently logged into your Squarespace account by accessing the login activity panel. From this panel, you have the option to remotely log out any of these devices.

Troubleshooting when you can't log in to Squarespace

If you're unable to log in, it might be due to a system-wide problem that Squarespace team are currently addressing. Keep an eye on Status page for updates on any service interruptions.

Make sure you are using the same login method that you used during registration. You can sign in with your email address and password, or via your Apple, Facebook, or Google account.

Forgot password

If you're unable to log in due to a forgotten password, click here to reset your password.

Forgot email 

If you're unable to log in because you forgot the email address associated with your account, click here to recover your account.

Seeing an error message

This email address was not found

This message indicates that Squarespace cannot locate a site linked to the email address you provided. To resolve this issue:

  1. Verify the email address on the login screen for any misspellings. Squarespace considers different variations of email addresses as distinct, so pay close attention to the punctuation in your email address as well.

  1. Attempt to log in with other email addresses that you might have used to set up your account, especially those linked to social accounts like Apple, Facebook, or Google.

If you've followed the above steps and still can't log in, please fill out this form to assist the Squarespace support team in locating your account. Once your identity as the account owner is confirmed, an Advisor will help you resolve the issue.

Password is incorrect

This message indicates that the password you entered does not match Squarespace records. To resolve this, attempt to enter your password again, taking care to avoid any typographical errors. If you continue to face issues, consider resetting your password.

Change login preference 

Each Squarespace account is set up with a single login method. You can log in using an email address and password, or via Apple, Facebook, or Google. You should log in using the same method you used when you signed up, unless you have since changed your login method.

If you encounter an error indicating that you typically log in with a different method, please try logging in again using the correct method.

It looks like you usually log in with a social account

This indicates that you attempted to log in using an email address and password, but your account is configured to log in via Apple, Facebook, or Google. To resolve this, please click on the social account you initially used to register. Additionally, you have the option to change your preferred login method on Squarespace.

Account not found

This error appears if you attempt to log in using a social account that isn't linked to a Squarespace account. To resolve this issue:

  1. Make sure you are selecting the correct social account.
  2. If you have previously signed up for Squarespace but can't recall your login details, you should recover your login information.
  3. If you are new to Squarespace, click on "Create" to set up a new account.

Seeing a request for an authentication code

If you are prompted for an authentication code after inputting your email and password, it means you have two-factor authentication enabled on your account. To proceed, use the authentication app on your smartphone to generate the required code.

If you are unable to generate an authentication code, refer to the backup codes you printed when setting up two-factor authentication. Remember, each backup code is valid for one-time use only and must be manually entered, not copied and pasted.

If you do not have your backup codes available, please contact Squarespace Support Team for assistance.

Can't log in using the Escape key shortcut

As of January 2024, the Escape key shortcut has been discontinued. If you previously used the Escape key to log into your Squarespace account while viewing your website, you can now log in using several alternative methods. 

Might have a Squarespace 5 site

Squarespace 5 is a legacy platform and it operates with distinct login credentials and methods compared to Squarespace 7. If you are having trouble logging into Squarespace 7 with your email and password, and suspect that you might have a Squarespace 5 account, learn how you can log into Squarespace 5 below.

Password was stolen

If you are unable to log in because you suspect that someone has changed your password, please reset your Squarespace password. Once you update your password, the old one will be deactivated, ensuring the security of your site.

Didn't receive a password reset email

Once you complete the steps to reset your password, Squarespace Team will send a password reset link to the email address associated with your account. If you do not receive the email, please take the following actions:

  • Check the Spam or Junk folder in your email.
  • Add no-reply@squarespace.com to your email contacts.

If these steps do not resolve your issue, it's possible you entered an incorrect email address when setting up your site, likely due to a typographical error. If you suspect this might be the case, take steps to regain access to your account.

Should you continue to experience difficulties logging in after trying the above recommendations, fill out this form  so Squarespace Support Team can assist you in locating your account. Upon confirming your identity as the account owner, one of Squarespace Advisors will collaborate with you to resolve the problem.

Entered email address incorrectly

If you believe you used an incorrect email address when setting up your site—perhaps due to a typo or spelling mistake—Squarespace Team can assist you in correcting it. If you recall the incorrect email address and are able to log in using it, we suggest you update your email address immediately.

If you're unsure of the exact email you used, please fill out this form to help Squarespace Support Team identify your account. Once Squarespace verify your ownership, an Advisor will collaborate with you to rectify the issue.

Please note, for security purposes, Advisors cannot disclose previous login details, including any misspelled email addresses.

The site is displaying a lock icon

If you encounter a gray screen featuring a password field and a lock icon, this indicates that the page is protected by either a page-specific or site-wide password. To access your site, navigate to the login page at https://site-name.squarespace.com/config, substituting "site-name" with your specific built-in domain.

For assistance in removing a password from a page or your entire site, please refer to the guides provided.

Forgot domain name

Navigate to squarespace.com/login and sign in using your account email and password. You will be presented with a list of your sites, each displayed with a preview image of the homepage, the site title, and the primary domain name.

If you need assistance managing multiple sites linked to a single account, refer to the "Managing multiple sites" section.

"Website Expired" screen

If your website has expired, you will be greeted with a "Website Expired" screen. To regain access, you will need to reactivate your account by following these steps:

  1. Click on "Owner Login."
  2. At the login screen, input your email and password, then click "Login."
  3. Select "Fix now" in the banner located at the bottom of your site.
  4. Input your new billing information and proceed to reactivate your site.

Squarespace website expired

Regain access to your Squarespace login information

If you're uncertain about the email address you used to set up your Squarespace account, you can initiate account recovery process. We'll send an email with further instructions to the address associated with your account.

If you are currently logged into your account, you can verify the email address on file by visiting your account dashboard.

Recover your account email address

To recover the email address associated with your account, follow these steps:

  1. Visit https://www.squarespace.com/login
  2. Click on "Can't log in?"
  3. Select "Don't know the email address."
  4. Enter your custom domain or your built-in Squarespace domain, then click "Send email." Alternatively, if you have registered a phone number with your account, you can enter it and click "Send Text."
  5. Review all your email accounts to determine which one receives the recovery email.

Note that a recovery email will only be sent to the email address of the site owner. If you need to recover a contributor's email address, the site owner will need to log in and check the email listed under the contributor's profile.

I didn't receive the recovery email

If you do not receive the recovery email, please check the spam or junk folder in all your email accounts. If the email is still missing, fill out this form  to assist the Squarespace Support Team in locating your account. Once your ownership is confirmed, an advisor will assist you with logging in.

Recovering your account by text message

You can enhance your account security and facilitate email recovery by adding a phone number to your Squarespace account. This will help you retrieve the email address used for logging into your site.

Add a phone number

You can use text message recovery for your account if your phone number is associated with one of the following countries:

  • United States
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • United Kingdom

To set up account recovery via text message, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Account & Security settings in your account dashboard.
  2. Click on Account recovery, then select Set up.
  3. If your account is unverified, you'll need to verify your account email first. An alert will prompt you to click Send email. Find this email in your inbox and click Verify now.
  4. From the Country drop-down menu, select your country and then enter your phone number.
  5. Click Send Code. You'll receive a six-digit code via text. If the text doesn't arrive, click Resend code.
  6. Enter the received six-digit verification code and click Confirm.

Note: If you have two-factor authentication enabled, the phone number used for it will automatically populate. You can retain this number or update it. If you choose to update it for account recovery, your two-factor authentication phone number will also change to the new number.

Recover your email by text message

To retrieve your email address via text message after adding a phone number to your account, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Squarespace login page and click on "Can’t Log In?" followed by "Forgot the Email Address?"
  2. Select "Check Phone Number" and input your phone number.
  3. Click on "Send Text." Please note that standard SMS rates apply.
  4. If the phone number is linked to an account, you will receive a text message containing the account's email address.

Change your account phone number

Each Squarespace account allows for a single phone number to be linked at any given time. To update the phone number associated with your account, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Account & Security settings on your account dashboard.
  2. Select "Account recovery" and then "Phone number."
  3. Log in to confirm your identity.
  4. Choose your country from the "Country" drop-down menu and input a new phone number.
  5. Click "Send Code." A six-digit code will be sent to your phone via text. If you do not receive the text, select "Resend code."
  6. Enter the received six-digit verification code and click "Confirm."

Disable text message account recovery

To turn off text message account recovery:

  1. Access the Account & Security  settings in your account dashboard.
  2. Select "Account Recovery."
  3. Choose "Turn Off," then log in to verify your identity.
  4. Confirm the action by clicking "Turn Off" again.

Resetting your Squarespace password

When setting up a Squarespace account, you establish an email address and password for logging in. This guide details how to modify or reset that password. Your updated password will then be applicable across all sites and subscriptions linked to your Squarespace account.

If you access your account using a social media platform, you should update your password directly through that social service or alter your login method for Squarespace.

For enhanced security, consider Squarespace’s recommendations for creating a robust password. Please note that account passwords must be between 6 and 100 characters in length.

If you're logged into your Squarespace account

To update your password while logged into your Squarespace account, follow these steps:

  1. Use this link to access your Account & Security settings.
  2. Select "Change Password."
  3. Input your current password and click "Continue."
  4. Enter your new password twice for confirmation.
  5. Click "Save" to finalize the change.

If you're locked out of your Squarespace account

To regain access to your account if you've been locked out, follow these steps:

  1. Visit squarespace.com/login
  2. Below the login fields, select "Can't log in?"
  3. Enter the email address associated with your account and click "Send Email." If you're unsure which email address you used, try any email address you might have used. You can also recover your email address.
  4. Check your inbox for a password recovery email from no-reply@squarespace.com. If you're using a Gmail address, you can click "Open Gmail" to quickly access your inbox and the password reset email. If you don't receive this email within a few minutes, refer to troubleshooting tips.
  5. Open the email and click "Password Reset."
  6. You'll be taken to a password reset page. If the email address displayed on this page doesn't match the one you used to receive the password reset email, open the password reset link in a private window.
  7. Enter a new password and click "Save." If you have two-factor authentication enabled, you'll need to enter an authentication code after saving your new password. 

Fixing password reset email issues

Here are ways to address and prevent typical problems you might encounter with password reset emails:

  1. Check Spam or Junk Folders: If you haven't received the email shortly after requesting it, make sure to look in your spam or junk mail folder, as it could have been mistakenly filtered there.
  2. Reach Out for Support: If the email isn't in your spam or junk folder, there might be a delivery issue. In such cases, it's advisable to, contact Squarespace Team..
  3. Handle Multiple Requests Carefully: Remember, if you've sent multiple requests for a password reset, only the link in the most recent email will be valid. To avoid confusion and ensure you use the right link, consider deleting all prior password reset emails before accessing the latest one.

These steps should help you effectively manage any challenges with receiving or using password reset emails.

Password-protect your Squarespace site content

Besides your account password, you have the option to create page-specific or site-wide passwords to secure your content with a lock screen. These passwords are independent of your Squarespace account password and are managed separately.

How to log into your Squarespace 5 site

Log into your Squarespace 5 site at your site's login URL, also called the direct URL: 

  1. Go to https://accountname.squarespace.com/display/Login, replacing “accountname” with your site's account name. Ensure Login is capitalized.
  2. Use your Squarespace 5 account name and password to log into your site.

For example, if your site's built-in domain is mycoolsite.squarespace.com, you'd go to https://mycoolsite.squarespace.com/display/Login and log in with mycoolsite and your password.

What's my account name?

Your Squarespace 5 site includes a default domain that combines your account name with the Squarespace domain. For example, if your default domain is https://username.squarespace.com, then 'username' is your account name.

Other options

We suggest logging in through your site's specific login URL, but there are a few additional methods you can use:

  1. Customized Login Page: Set up a dedicated login page or navigation link on your site.
  2. Esc Key Shortcut: When on any page of your site, pressing the Esc key can direct you to your login page if you've set one up. If no custom login page exists, it will redirect you to the standard login URL.

If you want to manage one or more Squarespace sites using either an email and password or a social account, consider upgrading to Squarespace 7. To explore the advantages of upgrading and for a comparison of Squarespace 5 with newer versions, Squarespace 5 vs. newer versions.

Password recovery

If you've forgotten your password or need to reset it, simply click on "I Forgot My Password" located above the password field on the login page. This will automatically trigger a password recovery email to be sent to the email address registered with your site.

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Roman Furman

Top shopping apps and their trends 2024

April 22, 2024
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The latest 'State of Mobile 2024' reveals fascinating trends in the mobile shopping app market. The market is witnessing a geographical shift with the rise of apps like Temu and Shein, particularly in China and Singapore.

Shopping application trends

To see the latest shopping application trends from the myriad of research agencies and their reports, I suggest you look at the data from Data.ai (fka App Annie). It is one of the best sources for mobile app market data. It is founded on transparent and objective sources and impartially reflects all trends without "labeling" or dividing them into positive and negative. 

And even if it troubles market players, this year's State of Mobile 2024 report from Data.ai has restored my long-lost faith in humanity, noting that the Annual Hour Spent in Shopping Apps growth rate turned negative in 2023. To calm the app owners and shopaholics, it's worth noting that the numbers remain huge - humanity still spends 100 billion hours on shopping apps.

The geographical focus of the shopping app market has slightly shifted towards China and Singapore, thanks to the launch of apps like Temu and Shein.

Temu has also impacted the industry structure, increasing the share of Supermarket and Convenience Store to 9% while E-commerce decreased by 7%.

Shopping apps ratings

In the Data.ai ratings, depending on the region and assessment method, the top two shopping apps from Asia - Temu and Shein - occupy the first and second places. JD.COM is in third place, while Flipkart and Red, which are related to Social Media, share the fourth and fifth places.

Long-standing major players like Amazon, AliExpress, Alibaba, and Walmart are in the second and third positions in local markets.

If you're looking for the best shopping apps, I also recommend checking out the ratings in the Apple Stores and Google Play.

Another source for analyzing trends in the best shopping apps market is SimilarWeb, where you can see not only the app rankings but also many useful details about traffic sources and competitors.

Top features of the best shopping apps

So, what can give you a competitive edge in this crazy mobile shopping app market?

Creative Gallery

Feature #1 for shopping apps is Creative Gallery - a section or component within the app that showcases visually appealing and often inspiring content related to the products or services offered. This feature can include high-quality images, videos, design ideas, user-generated content, or themed collections that enhance the shopping experience by inspiration, engagement, highlighting trends, brand representation, community building.

Overall, the Creative Gallery Feature aims to enrich the user interface of the shopping app, making it not just a place to buy products but also a source of ideas and enjoyment.

App IQ

The "App IQ" feature in a shopping app refers to the intelligent functionalities integrated within the app to enhance the user experience through personalization, recommendations, and data-driven insights. This feature leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms to analyze user behavior, preferences, and interactions within the app. Here's what App IQ typically involves:

Personalized Recommendations: Based on the user's browsing history, purchase history, and search queries, the app suggests products that the individual is likely to be interested in, creating a tailored shopping experience.

Search Optimization: App IQ can improve the search functionality by using natural language processing (NLP) to better understand and respond to user queries, including voice search capabilities.

Predictive Analytics: By analyzing trends and user behavior, App IQ can predict and highlight products that are likely to become popular, offering users a curated selection of trending items.

Customer Insights: Retailers can use the data gathered from App IQ to gain insights into customer preferences and shopping patterns, aiding in inventory management, marketing strategies, and product development.

Enhanced User Interface (UI): App IQ can lead to an adaptive and responsive UI that changes based on the user's needs and habits, making the shopping experience more intuitive and efficient.

Chatbots and Virtual Assistants: Integration of AI-driven chatbots or virtual assistants to provide instant customer support, product recommendations, and assist with navigation within the app.

Ratings and reviews

The Ratings and Reviews feature in shopping apps is crucial for building trust and influencing purchase decisions. Here are some of the latest trends in this area:

User-Generated Content (UGC): Beyond traditional text reviews, there's a trend towards including user-generated content like photos and videos. 

Verified Purchase Reviews: To ensure the authenticity of reviews, many apps now highlight reviews from verified purchasers. 

Incentivized Reviews: Encouraging users to leave reviews by offering incentives like discounts, loyalty points, or entry into competitions. 

Advanced Filtering and Sorting: Providing advanced options to filter and sort reviews, such as by star rating, date, or helpfulness.

Integrated Q&A Sections: Including a section where potential buyers can ask questions and receive answers either from the seller or from customers who have purchased the product. 

AI and Machine Learning: Using artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to analyze review text for insights into customer sentiment, detect fake reviews, and summarize key points, making it easier for users to glean useful information at a glance.

Social Integration: Allowing users to share their reviews or favorite products on social media directly from the app, thus integrating the shopping experience with social networking and enhancing the spread of word-of-mouth endorsements.

Here are examples of real shopping apps that incorporate these trends in their ratings and reviews features:

Amazon: Amazon uses verified purchase reviews to ensure authenticity and employs advanced filtering and sorting options. They also support user-generated content like photos and videos in reviews, helping potential buyers see the products in use.

Sephora: In the Sephora app, customers can upload photos and videos along with their reviews. The app also features a Q&A section where shoppers can ask and answer questions about products.

Etsy: Etsy incentivizes reviews by creating a trustworthy community vibe. Reviews often include user-generated images, and the platform highlights if a review is from a verified purchase.

Best Buy: Best Buy's app features comprehensive review sections, including verified purchaser tags, and uses AI to summarize product reviews, highlighting the most mentioned pros and cons.

Top  5 shopping apps

Temu

Temu is a shopping app known for offering a wide range of products at very competitive prices. The combination of low prices, a broad range of products, flash sales and discounts, user-friendly experience, and reliable shipping and payment options makes Temu a popular choice among online shoppers looking for convenience and value.

PDD Holdings использовал обширную рекламу и низкие цены, чтобы привлечь новых пользователей и стать ключевым игроком, за которым стоит следить.

Shein

Shein is a global fashion retail app known for offering a vast array of trendy, affordable clothing and accessories. 

Shein's unique selling proposition is its ability to rapidly produce and offer trendy, fashionable items at extremely low prices. This fast-fashion model, combined with an efficient supply chain, allows it to quickly bring the latest styles from the runway to consumers’ wardrobes. 

Best features of the Shein shopping app are extensive range of fashion items, trendy styles at affordable prices, user-friendly interface, flash sales and discounts, and global reach. With shipping to over 220 countries and regions, Shein has a broad international customer base.

Shein has utilized social media marketing effectively, collaborating with influencers and bloggers to reach a wider audience and create a strong brand presence.

Leveraging big data analytics to understand consumer preferences and trends, enabling the brand to offer highly desired products.

Shein has a highly efficient supply chain that enables rapid production and turnover of new styles, keeping the inventory fresh and appealing.

Through its app, Shein engages customers with personalized recommendations, rewards programs, and interactive features like fashion challenges.

JD.com

JD.com, also known as Jingdong, is a leading e-commerce platform in China, known for its wide range of products, high-quality service, and fast delivery. It. offers an extensive selection of products across various categories including electronics, home appliances, fashion, books, and groceries. 

The shopping platform is known for its commitment to quality, selling only genuine and authentic products, which is a significant concern for consumers in online shopping.  JD.com has formed strategic partnerships with global brands and expanded internationally, including Southeast Asia and Europe, to diversify its market presence.

JD.com places a strong emphasis on customer service, offering 24/7 support and easy return policies to enhance the shopping experience and build customer loyalty.

JD.com operates its own logistics network, offering same-day or next-day delivery for many products in numerous cities across China. JD.com has heavily invested in its logistics network, including warehouses, delivery trucks, and even drones for rural deliveries, ensuring speed and efficiency in order fulfillment.

The shopping platform uses advanced technology for its operations, including AI, big data analytics, and automation in its warehouses and logistics.The company continuously invests in technology, including AI, drones, and robotics, to improve operations, customer experience, and to reduce costs.

 Unlike competitors that primarily operate as marketplaces, JD.com maintains a direct sales model for a significant portion of its inventory, providing better control over product quality and supply chain. JD.com has ventured into offline retail, opening brick-and-mortar stores across China, including supermarkets and electronics stores, offering a seamless online-to-offline (O2O) shopping experience.

Aliexpress

AliExpress is a popular global online retail service based in China, part of the Alibaba Group. It is known for offering a wide variety of products at factory-direct prices, enabling consumers worldwide to access affordable goods directly from manufacturers and wholesalers.

AliExpress features a vast selection of products across various categories, from electronics and fashion to home goods and toys.

Known for its affordable pricing, the platform aggregates products from numerous sellers, often manufacturers or wholesalers, which helps keep prices low.

AliExpress provides a comprehensive buyer protection program, which includes full refunds if products aren’t received or aren’t as described.

To stay popular in 2024, AliExpress has localized its services and offerings to meet the specific needs and preferences of different regional markets, including local payment options and tailored marketing.

The platform continues to integrate advanced technologies like AI and machine learning for personalized recommendations, enhancing the shopping experience for users.

To ensure customer satisfaction, AliExpress has implemented stricter quality assurance measures and vetting processes for sellers.

AliExpress has expanded its ecosystem, integrating with local e-commerce platforms and payment systems, and collaborating with local businesses to strengthen its market presence.

TikTok seller

TikTok Seller refers to the e-commerce functionality integrated within the TikTok platform, known as TikTok Shop. This feature allows sellers to promote and sell products directly through the TikTok app. 

TikTok Seller's unique selling proposition lies in its integration of e-commerce with highly engaging, short-form video content. This makes the shopping experience entertaining, interactive, and seamlessly integrated with users’ content consumption habits.

Sellers can integrate shopping features directly into their TikTok videos, allowing users to purchase products through links in the content.

TikTok Seller enables live stream shopping, where sellers can showcase and sell products in real-time, interacting with the audience.

The platform leverages the power of social media and community, encouraging users to share products and purchases, thus enhancing product visibility.

TikTok has a creator marketplace where brands can connect with influencers and content creators to promote their products, leveraging their reach and engagement.

The app encourages user-generated content, including reviews and unboxing videos, which contribute to the authenticity and trustworthiness of the products.

TikTok’s algorithm promotes content that gains high engagement, helping sellers reach a large audience quickly if their content resonates well with users.

With a large user base of young people, TikTok Shop taps into the market of digital-savvy consumers who are inclined towards online shopping.

Leveraging viral content and trends, TikTok Shop allows sellers to gain rapid visibility and sales momentum.

Why you should launch a shopping app in 2024

Shopping apps from well known brands create a stronger connection between the brand, retailers and their customers, resulting in increased sales and profitability. For retailers, having a shopping app offers benefits compared to physical stores or mobile web shopping. These include improved customer engagement metrics such as conversion rates, time spent on the app and product views. Retailers also experience higher return visit rates and customer loyalty, a direct means of communication through push notifications and an overall enhanced shopping experience. Moreover, being available in app stores acts as an effective way to attract new customers and boosts credibility.

It's not just major brands that can benefit from shopping apps; they are accessible to all online retailers. Launching your own branded app through Natively is simple and cost effective. If you already have a mobile friendly e-commerce website (as most do nowadays), you can get your Android and iOS apps up and running within hours with Natively's help. Natively converts your existing mobile optimized website into mobile apps with key smartphone features like push notifications, camera access, digital wallet integration and review requests. The technical coding work is taken care of for you – all you need to do is review and approve the final product.

Converting your e-commerce website into mobile apps through Natively is not only the easiest way but also the most cost effective option. Unlike traditional native app development, which can be quite expensive, Natively provides a more budget friendly solution that can save you a substantial amount on yearly maintenance costs. With the support of Natively, over 800 businesses have already successfully launched their mobile applications. To explore how you can introduce your own shopping app, start a free trial.

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Mariia Fartushnyak

PWA on iOS: from Steve Jobs to February 2024 Updates

March 17, 2024
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Сhallenges, improvements, and broader impacts for developers and businesses navigating the PWA landscape within iOS.

Intro 

In the changing world of mobile app development Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) have emerged as an alternative, to traditional native apps. They offer the look and feel of applications while providing the convenience and accessibility of web pages ensuring a smooth user experience across different platforms.

However, the integration and performance of PWAs on Apple's iOS devices have historically been approached with caution and restrictions. As we enter February 2024, significant updates and modifications have been implemented in iOS 17.4 signaling an era in how PWAs interact with the iOS environment.

This article examines the advancements discussing the challenges, improvements, and broader impacts, for developers and businesses navigating the PWA landscape within iOS.

1. PWA on iOS: Background

The emergence of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) has revolutionized how apps are developed and engage users online. A Progressive Web App is a website that acts like a mobile app. PWAs combine the features of websites and mobile apps providing capabilities, quick loading times and a native app feel without requiring users to access an app store. Despite their increasing popularity, Apple iOS has been hesitant to embrace PWAs on platforms.

What is PWA
A progressive web application (PWA), or progressive web app, is a type of application software delivered through the web, built using common web technologies including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and WebAssembly. It is intended to work on any platform with a standards-compliant browser, including desktop and mobile devices.
Source: Wikipedia

Apple's support for PWAs has historically been lukewarm with the company incorporating PWA functionalities into its OS over time. The journey began in 2007 when Steve Jobs, then Apple's CEO hinted at the potential of web apps for the iPhone. However, with the introduction of the Apple App Store Apple shifted its focus towards apps. It wasn't until 2018 that Apple started offering backing for PWAs on iOS although with noticeable limitations compared to Android and other platforms.

Steve Jobs about PWA on iOS

This background sheds light on the relationship between PWAs and iOS showcasing Apple's yet evolving approach, towards integrating these web-based applications into its ecosystem.

When we review the changes implemented in February 2024, it's essential to consider the background of this situation and the gradual changes, in Apple's approach that have brought us to the status of PWAs on iOS.

2. iOS 17.4 and PWAs: The New Developments

Apple has rolled out iOS 17.4 with some updates that directly impact how Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) function, on iOS devices. These changes are significant for developers and businesses using PWAs to enhance user experiences on iPhones and iOS gadgets.

An important tweak in iOS 17.4 is Apple's approach to supporting PWAs on iOS addressing standing limitations that have previously affected PWA performance on the platform. This move shows Apple's efforts to balance its controlled ecosystem and the rising demand for adaptable web app solutions.

For developers, the improvements in iOS PWA support bring possibilities to develop feature-packed web apps for iOS users. The update aims to enhance the integration of PWAs on iPhones making them more competitive with apps by harnessing the potential of cutting-edge web technologies.

Nevertheless, this update also imposes specific restrictions for PWAs within the European Union, as a response to regulatory pressures and compliance requirements, under the Digital Markets Act (DMA). These adjustments highlight the landscape Apple must navigate while expanding PWA capabilities on iOS.

What is DMA
The Digital Markets Act (DMA) establishes a set of clearly defined objective criteria to identify “gatekeepers”. Gatekeepers are large digital platforms providing so called core platform services, such as for example online search engines, app stores, messenger services. Gatekeepers will have to comply with the do’s (i.e. obligations) and don’ts (i.e. prohibitions) listed in the DMA.
The DMA is one of the first regulatory tools to comprehensively regulate the gatekeeper power of the largest digital companies. The DMA complements, but does not change EU competition rules, which continue to apply fully.
Source: European Commission

3. Technical Limitations and Enhancements of PWA on iOS

The evolution of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), on iOS has been influenced by a series of obstacles and improvements that have impacted their growth and features. While Apple's iOS platform is known for its support for apps the integration of PWAs—web applications designed to offer an app-like experience on iPhones—has faced various challenges.

Nevertheless, recent updates, such as those in iOS 17.4 indicate a shift towards support for PWAs on iOS despite persistent difficulties.

Technical Limitations

In the past PWAs on iOS have encountered limitations that have impacted their performance and user interaction. Key restrictions included access to the Web App Manifest, which plays a role, in defining how PWAs appear and launch on iOS devices. This limitation affected the ability of PWAs to use custom icons splash screens and function independently often necessitating coding work to achieve desired features.

What is web app manifest 
The web app manifest is a JSON file that tells the browser about your Progressive Web App and how it should behave when installed on the user's desktop or mobile device. A typical manifest file includes the app name, the icons the app should use, and the URL that should be opened when the app is launched, among other things.
Source: web.dev

Accessing native iOS components and APIs has proven to be a challenge, for Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) limiting their ability to utilize features such as ARKit, Bluetooth, and iMessage. This restriction has made it difficult for PWAs on iOS to match the functionality offered by apps impacting their popularity and usefulness.

Moreover, the support for service workers on iOS has been lacking, affecting PWAs' ability to deliver push notifications and background syncing capabilities. This limitation has hindered the user experience by hampering notifications and reliable offline functionality.

limitations of PWA on iOS

Enhancements

Recent improvements have started addressing these obstacles and enhancing the environment for PWAs on iOS. For instance, with the release of iOS 17.4 there have been advancements in supporting push notifications in PWAs a feature that has long been awaited and brings them closer to apps in terms of engaging users.

But with the second beta of iOS 17.4, Apple disabled much of the functionality of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) in the European Union. iPhone users in the European Union can access websites directly from the ‌Home Screen‌ through a bookmark, but PWA features won't be available.

4. The Impact on Developers and Businesses

The changing landscape of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) on iOS brings implications, for developers and businesses using this technology to connect with iOS users. As Apple refines its support for iOS PWAs it's crucial for those in creating or investing in web app solutions for iOS to grasp the significance of these developments.

For developers

Developers have encountered a range of challenges and opportunities when incorporating PWAs into the iOS environment. They've had to navigate hurdles like access to native features and service worker capabilities, which historically made it challenging to match the functionality of Android PWAs on iOS. However with the improvements in iOS PWA support, including better push notification functions and enhanced storage access developers now have avenues to build robust and engaging PWAs for iPhone users.

Adapting to Apple's requirements for PWAs involves coding for web app manifests and understanding the intricacies of how iOS web apps behave. This demands that developers possess an understanding of both the platform's limitations and capabilities to optimize PWA performance and user experience on iOS devices.

For business

For businesses, the evolving integration of PWAs on iPhones presents both obstacles and chances, for growth.

While PWAs face constraints, on iOS that may hinder providing an app-like experience to users, this could impact user interaction and loyalty. Conversely, the increasing acceptance of PWAs, on iOS creates opportunities for companies to connect with their target market without investing in native app creation and distribution via the App Store.

You can read more about the benefits of PWA in this article.

5. An Alternative to PWA on iOS

Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) serve as a link, between web experiences and native app functions on iOS devices. They do have their limitations and obstacles especially when it comes to iOS PWA support, access to native features and providing a seamless user experience.

For companies and developers wanting to tap into the potential of the iOS platform without being restricted by PWA drawbacks there is an alternative available; transforming websites into native iOS applications using services like Natively.

Advantages

Natively offers an approach to app development within the iOS environment. This service facilitates the conversion of existing websites and web apps into native iOS applications in just a few hours bypassing the extensive time and resources typically needed for starting from scratch with native app development. This approach not only speeds up the app development process. Also unlocks a wide range of native features and capabilities that iOS provides enriching the overall user experience.

Seamless Integration of Native Features

A notable advantage of utilizing is the capability to integrate native iOS features into the applications. This integration empowers developers to provide functionalities like push notifications, and access to device hardware such as camera, HealthKit, and GPS along, with specific features that PWAs do not fully support.

By leveraging these capabilities companies can enhance the user experience of their apps by making them more interactive and tailored ultimately leading to increased engagement and user retention rates.

Seamless App Store Submission Process

A benefit of transforming web applications into iOS apps using Natively is the simplified publishing process on the App Store. Natively manages the complexities of adhering to Apple's app submission criteria ensuring that the converted apps meet all standards and requirements. This service streamlines the transition, from web to app store facilitating businesses in reaching an audience through the iOS marketplace.

Instant Content Updates Without Requiring Rebuilds

One feature of Natively is its capability to update app content in time without necessitating rebuilds or resubmissions to the App Store. Modifications made on the web application or website are promptly reflected in the iOS app guaranteeing users access to up-to-date content and functionalities at all times. This dynamic updating process significantly reduces maintenance responsibilities for developers and companies enabling them to concentrate on improving their offerings than managing app updates.

App examples

Examples of applications (over 1000) created in this way can be viewed here. One of such apps is Dyvo Headshots, which allows AI generation of business portraits for LinkedIn, websites, CVs using AI. Another interesting example is the integration of Apple Health Kit into a fitness app Fitside.

PWA on iOS - Dyvo headshots app example

Looking Forward: The Future Landscape of PWAs on iOS

The evolution of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), on iOS presents a scenario. 

As we explore the future of Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), there are emerging trends and advancements on Apple's platform that point towards a future for these hybrid applications. The progress in iOS PWA support and the growing desire for app experiences on iPhones is pushing Apple and developers towards more innovative solutions in the realm of iOS web apps.

Improved Integration and Performance

The outlook for PWAs on iOS appears promising, with expected enhancements in integration and performance. Apple's gradual improvements in supporting PWAs on iOS demonstrate a dedication to bridging the divide between web apps and iOS applications. This development is anticipated to lead to feature-packed PWAs that provide users with an experience comparable to that of native iPhone apps.

Broader Access to Native Features

An important focus area for PWAs on iOS involves broadening access to features. With Apple expanding its PWA capabilities developers are likely to receive tools and APIs that allow them to utilize iPhone hardware and software features within their web applications. This expanded access will empower PWAs on iOS to offer functionalities that were previously reserved for apps, such as camera functions, deeper integration, with iOS services, and enhanced handling of push notifications.

Improving the App Store Experience

The emergence of PWAs, in the App Store is an opportunity for growth. As PWAs gain acceptance on iOS, there is potential for Apple to introduce methods for users to find and install PWA iPhone apps directly, from the App Store. This change could not boost the presence of PWAs. Also, makes it easier for users to discover and install them ultimately increasing the use of PWAs on iOS.

Continuous Updates and Real-time Content

The future of PWAs, on iOS is also marked by the capability for updates and immediate content delivery. Unlike the app development process PWAs offer the benefit of updating content and features seamlessly without requiring user involvement or App Store approvals. This flexibility enables businesses to keep their iOS web apps up-to-date and captivating ensuring that users always have access to the offerings.

For developers and businesses seeking these functionalities now Natively presents a solution. By swiftly and effectively converting websites into iOS apps incorporating features and simplifying the publishing process on the App Store Natively offers a path to leveraging the full potential of the iOS platform.

This method not only saves development time and resources but also unlocks all the benefits of native mobile apps establishing a new standard, for engaging with iOS users.

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Tetiana Maryniuk

How to Log in to Your Shopify Store

April 29, 2024
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A detailed walkthrough on how to log in to your Shopify store. It covers everything from setting up your Shopify account, ensuring a secure login process, to troubleshooting common login issues.

Short links

Login to existing Shopify store: Shopify login or enter your store URL followed by "/admin" (e.g., https://yourstorename.myshopify.com/admin)

Convert Shopify store into Android.iOS app: https://www.buildnatively.com/

Create a new Shopify store: Start Free Trial

Login for Shopify Partners:  Partner login

Login for Shopify Affiliates:  Affiliate login

Video Guide by Shopify "How to log into your Shopify Store"

Intro

Whether you're a budding entrepreneur or an established retailer, Shopify offers a seamless and robust platform to build and manage your online store.  

For store owners, mastering the Shopify Admin login process is key to accessing a wealth of features and tools. Similarly, it is a gateway to managing your store's day-to-day operations.

For developers and designers, the Shopify Partner program offers access to additional resources and collaboration opportunities.

In this guide, we'll delve into the various aspects of logging into Shopify, ensuring you're well-equipped to manage your online presence effectively.

Setting Up Your Shopify Account

Embarking on your e-commerce journey begins with a crucial step: setting up your Shopify account – the foundation of your online business. Here's how to get started:

Step 1: Shopify Sign Up

To create your Shopify account, visit the Shopify website (http://shopify.com) and click on the 'Sign Up' button. You'll be prompted to enter basic information like your email address, desired store name, and a password. Your store name becomes part of your unique myshopify URL (e.g., yourstorename.myshopify.com), which serves as your primary Shopify login admin address.

shopify sign up first step
shopify store setting up

Step 2: Choosing the Right Shopify Plan

Shopify offers various plans tailored to different business needs. From the basic plan for startups to advanced plans for scaling businesses, each comes with its set of features and pricing structures. Consider factors like the number of products you plan to sell, the level of customer support you need, and any advanced features you might require, such as detailed analytics or third-party integrations. Remember, you can always start with a basic plan and upgrade as your business grows.

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Step 3: Setting Up a Strong and Secure Password

Your Shopify admin login is the key to your store's back end, where sensitive data is stored. It's imperative to create a strong, unique password. A robust password should include a mix of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols. Avoid using easily guessable information like your name or birthdate. Tools like password managers can help generate and store complex passwords securely. Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) for an added layer of security.

Additional Considerations

If you're a developer or designer looking to collaborate on Shopify projects, the Shopify Partners login provides access to exclusive resources and community forums. This is an excellent way to expand your expertise and network within the Shopify ecosystem.

Standard Shopify Login Procedure

The journey to managing your online store begins at the Shopify login page. You can easily access this page by visiting the Shopify website (http://shopify.com) or follow this link. Then enter your email address + password associated with your Shopify account and click the "Log in" button.

You can also log in directly to your store's admin panel by entering your store URL followed by "/admin" (e.g., https://yourstorename.myshopify.com/admin).

This is your gateway to the Shopify admin login, where all the tools to manage your store are at your fingertips.

shopify log in button

Troubleshooting Common Login Issues

Even with a straightforward process, you might encounter login issues. Common problems include forgetting your password or store name. If you can't recall your password, use the 'Forgot Password' feature on the login page. Shopify will guide you through the steps to reset your password via email. In case you've forgotten your store name, the 'Forgot Store' option comes to the rescue. By entering the email address associated with your account, Shopify will send you a list of all stores linked to that email, helping you identify the correct myshopify URL.

Shopify Mobile App Login

The Shopify mobile app is a powerful tool that brings the functionalities of the myshopify dashboard to your fingertips. Available for both iOS and Android devices, it enables store owners to manage orders, track sales, and engage with customers directly from their smartphones. This mobility ensures that you can keep your business running smoothly, even when you're away from your desk.

Step-by-Step Guide to Logging In

1. Download the App: First, download the Shopify app from the App Store or Google Play Store.

2. Open the App: Launch the app on your device.

3. Enter Login Details: Input your Shopify login credentials – the same email and password you use for the Shopify admin login on the desktop.

4. Access Your Store: Once logged in, you'll have access to your store's dashboard, where you can manage various aspects of your business.

Managing Your Store on the Go

With the Shopify mobile app, you can monitor real-time sales, update your inventory, and respond to customer inquiries instantly. It's an invaluable tool for staying connected with your business, ensuring that you never miss an important update or opportunity.

Converting Your Store with Natively

For an enhanced mobile experience, consider converting your Shopify store into a native app using services like Natively. This conversion offers numerous benefits:

- Improved User Experience: A native app provides a smoother, faster, and more responsive interface compared to a mobile browser.

- Increased Engagement: Push notifications and mobile-specific features can drive higher engagement and repeat visits.

- Brand Presence: Having a dedicated app enhances your brand's presence and credibility in the competitive digital marketplace.

Managing Multiple Shopify Stores

For entrepreneurs and businesses managing more than one Shopify store, efficiency and security are key. Let’s explore how to seamlessly switch between multiple Shopify stores, both on desktop and mobile, and outlines best practices for securely managing multiple accounts.

Switching Between Stores on Desktop

On the desktop, managing multiple Shopify stores is straightforward. After completing your Shopify sign up for each store, you can switch between them with ease.

1. Shopify Login Admin: Log in to your Shopify admin for one of your stores by entering the specific myshopify URL, your email, and password.

2. Switching Stores: Once logged in, click on the store name at the top left corner of the dashboard. A dropdown menu will appear, listing all the stores associated with your email.

3. Selecting Another Store: Choose the store you wish to manage, and you will be redirected to that store's Shopify admin login page.

shopify store log in

Managing Stores on Mobile

The Shopify mobile app simplifies managing multiple stores on the go:

1. Log In to the App: Open the Shopify app and log in using your credentials.

2. Store Selection: If you have multiple stores linked to your account, the app will prompt you to select which store you want to manage.

3. Switching Between Stores: To switch stores, tap the store name at the top of the app screen, and select another store from the dropdown list.

Shopify Partner and Affiliate Login

The Shopify ecosystem extends beyond individual store owners to include a vibrant community of partners and affiliates. Understanding the Shopify partner login and Shopify affiliate login processes is crucial for those who contribute to or benefit from the Shopify platform in these roles.

The Difference between Shopify Partner and Affiliate Programs

The Shopify Partner Program is designed for designers, developers, and marketers who build or influence the e-commerce ecosystem. As a partner, you get access to resources, learning materials, and an opportunity to earn revenue through referrals or service offerings. 

The Shopify Affiliate Program, on the other hand, is tailored for influencers, educators, and content creators who promote Shopify to their audience. Affiliates earn commissions for each user who signs up for Shopify through their referral.

Logging into the Shopify Partner Dashboard

1. Navigate to the Shopify Partner page.

2. If you've already signed up for the program, click on the 'Log in' button. New users need to complete the Shopify sign up process for partners.

3. Use your email and password associated with your Shopify partner account to log in.

4. Once logged in, you'll have access to the Shopify Partner Dashboard, where you can manage referrals, access resources, and track your earnings.

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Logging into Shopify Affiliate Accounts

1. Visit the Affiliate Program page and click the login button or click on the login link. (new affiliates will need to go through the Shopify sign up process specifically for affiliates)

2. Input Your Details: Enter your affiliate account email and password.

3. Manage Your Account: After logging in, you'll be able to access promotional materials, track referrals, and view your commissions.

shopify affiliate log in

Summary: Elevating Your Shopify Experience

As we wrap up our comprehensive guide on navigating the Shopify login process, managing multiple stores, and leveraging the Partner and Affiliate programs, it's important to consider how you can further enhance your Shopify store's performance and user experience. A key strategy in this digital era is converting your Shopify store into a native mobile app, a service offered by platforms like Natively.

Why Convert Your Shopify Store into a Native Mobile App?

It’s not a secret that today's world is mobile-first, so having a native app for your Shopify store isn't just a luxury; it's a strategic necessity. Natively specializes in this transformation, offering a seamless transition from a web-based storefront to a mobile app.

Here's why this could be a game-changer for your Shopify store:

1. Improved Conversion Rates: Native apps typically have higher conversion rates than mobile websites. The ease of navigation, faster load times, and personalized experiences in an app can lead to more completed purchases.

2. Offline Accessibility: Unlike a website, a native app can offer certain functionalities even when the user is offline, making it more accessible and convenient.

3. Personalized Shopping Experience: Native apps allow for more personalized interactions with your customers. By leveraging user data, you can tailor the shopping experience to individual preferences, leading to higher customer satisfaction and repeat business.

4. Streamlined Checkout Process: Native apps can offer a more streamlined and efficient checkout process. With features like saved payment methods and easy navigation, customers can complete purchases quicker, reducing cart abandonment rates.

5. Better Performance and Reliability: Native apps generally perform better than web apps. They load faster, handle data more efficiently, and are more reliable, especially in areas with poor internet connectivity.

6. Advanced Analytics and Insights: With a native app, you gain access to detailed analytics and insights about user behavior. This data is invaluable for making informed decisions about product offerings, marketing strategies, and overall business strategy.

7. Competitive Edge in the Market: Having a native app can set you apart from competitors who may only have a web presence. This edge can be crucial in markets where mobile usage is high, and app-based shopping is preferred.

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The journey of e-commerce success is continuous. Embracing innovations like mobile apps can be the key to unlocking the next level of your Shopify store's potential.

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Оlha Mazuryk

Efficient empty state management in a Bubble app

January 17, 2024
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Andrii Bas provides strategies for managing empty states in Bubble apps efficiently, focusing on methods that minimize Workflow Unit usage.

Any Bubble app that has a Repeating Group (list) would likely also display some “empty state” when the list is empty or when cannot find any item by a given filter.

There are different ways to display the empty state for Repeating Groups in your Bubble app, and they have their pros and cons (and consume different amounts of workflow units). 

In this article, we’ll explore the most common approaches, and I’ll show you how to display an empty state without any WU (Workflow unit) usage.

Video guide

If you’d prefer a video guide, check it out below. If you prefer text format, just continue reading.

The Demo Bubble app link: https://empty-state-2.bubbleapps.io/version-test (username / password: “test” / “test”)

Bubble Editor app code: https://bubble.io/page?id=empty-state-2 

Option 1: Checking “:count is 0”

Probably the most popular approach is to check if “:count is 0” for the list items inside the repeating group, and display an empty state if this condition is true.

empty state condition in Bubble app

However, this option is the least efficient and consumes the most WU (3.8 WUs per 1000 items in the list, as per AirDev report here. It’s caused by a bug in Bubble code, that leads to consuming so many WUs. 

 

💡 Note: if you change the condition to “:count < 1” — it will consume only 0.2 WUs per 1000 items.

Option 2: Checking “:first item is empty”

Probably 2nd most common approach is to check “:first item is empty”. Meaning if the first item is not there — then the list has no items at all.

First item is empty condition in Bubble app

This approach consumes 0.69 WUs per 1000 items. It’s better than “:count is 0”, but worse than “:count < 1”.

We’d like ideally to not consume any WUs at all.

Option 3: Place the “Empty view” behind the Repeating Group

We can design our layout in a way that we won’t need to add any conditions at all. For example, we can group our Empty State and Repeating Group inside a “Alignt to parent” container and put the Empty view behind the Repeating Group. 

Check “Behind” tab in the application

“Alignt to parent” container in Bubble app

Such an approach won’t consume any WUs (cos we don’t have any conditions at all).

However, it will work ONLY in the following cases: 

  1. When the list item doesn’t have a transparent background (cos otherwise empty view will be visible behind).
  2. When the height of the first list item is bigger than the height of the empty view.

In other cases, the Empty view behind will be visible or partly visible. Plus, there might be a small blink during the first load (when the list items are not loaded yet).

Option 4: Place the “Empty view” behind and add frontend-only conditions

We can improve our previous cases by adding some conditions that will allow us to have any kind of empty views behind, regardless of the size or background of the list item.

For it, we’ll need to make our Repeating Group “Fit height to content” (in the “Layout” tab). And the following conditions: 

  1. Page loaded above fold (it waits for the initial page to load)
  2. RG: is loading is no (it waits for the RG to finish loading)
  3. RG’s height < 10 (it checks the height of the RG. If no item — its height will be zero (or a very small number). 

conditions in Bubble app

If these conditions pass, you now have full control over your empty state, don’t consume any WUs, and provide your users with a snappier experience (since your app makes fewer requests).

This approach can have a meaningful effect if you have many rows in your database or many repeating groups on the page. 

In any case, measure and check what works best for your app and use the approach that suits you best. 

Conclusion

Bubble is a powerful no-code platform. However, by not following its best practices and not understanding how it works, you can easily overload your Bubble app with redundant requests. Follow these best practices to improve your apps’ performance, and speed, and save costs on less WU consumption.

Hope it helps 🙌.

Links to explore:

The Demo Bubble app link: https://empty-state-2.bubbleapps.io/version-test (username / password: “test” / “test”)

Bubble Editor app code: https://bubble.io/page?id=empty-state-2 

For an enhanced upgrade to your Bubble app, explore our Natively no-code development tool, which effortlessly converts Bubble apps into Android and iOS versions, ready for quick publishing on app stores.


Check out more of the plugins and templates created by our Sommo team here.

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Andrii Bas

Web Application Testing: stages, strategies, glossary

December 5, 2023
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Explore the essentials of web application testing, from initial preparation to advanced testing techniques and final reporting, to ensure your web app meets the highest standards of quality.

What is Web Application Testing and why it is important

Web application testing is a critical process that involves examining and validating the functionality, performance, and security of web-based applications. It's a comprehensive discipline within software testing, specifically tailored to web applications, ensuring they are user-ready and bulletproof against potential failures.

The importance of web application testing cannot be overstressed. In today’s fast-paced digital landscape, a seamless user experience is the linchpin of a successful web presence. Testing web applications helps in identifying discrepancies early on, preventing costly post-deployment fixes, and ensuring that the application can handle real-world usage without hiccups.

The cost of bugs in web app testing is not just a matter of financial resources but also impacts customer trust and brand credibility. Bugs discovered post-launch can be nearly four to five times more expensive to fix than those identified during the testing phase. This amplifies the value of early testing in the development cycle, making QA website testing an investment rather than an expense.

An overview of the web application testing process reveals a structured approach that begins with functionality testing of the website—ensuring that all features work as intended. This is followed by a series of tests that cover usability, interface, compatibility, performance, and security. Each phase of testing web applications is designed to simulate different user scenarios and edge cases, ensuring the application is robust and reliable.

In conclusion, to test a web application effectively, a strategic blend of manual and automated website QA testing is employed, forming a defense against the unpredictable nature of web development and safeguarding the end-user experience.

Preparing for Web Application Testing

Before diving into the depths of web application testing, it's crucial to lay the groundwork for a successful testing process. This preparation phase is pivotal in defining the trajectory of your testing efforts and ensuring that they align with the objectives of the web application.

Understanding the Application and Its Objectives

The first step in preparing for testing web applications is to thoroughly understand the application's purpose, its target audience, and the problems it aims to solve. This foundational knowledge guides the entire testing process, ensuring that the functionality testing of the website aligns with the user's needs and the business goals. It's not just about finding bugs—it's about ensuring that the application delivers the intended value to its users.

Setting Up the Testing Environment

A well-structured testing environment is the backbone of effective web app testing. This environment should mirror the production environment as closely as possible to uncover any potential issues before the application goes live. It involves configuring the server, database, and any other services the application relies on, thus creating a controlled setting for accurate and reliable test results.

Selecting the Right Testing Tools

Choosing the right tools is a critical aspect of QA website testing. The market is replete with testing tools, each with its strengths and weaknesses. When selecting tools for testing a web application, consider factors such as the application's technology stack, the team's expertise, and the specific testing needs. Whether it's automated testing tools for regression tests or performance testing tools for load analysis, the right set of tools can significantly enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of your testing efforts.

Selenium | web testing tool

Web testing tool: Selenium. Dashboard 

Core Testing Strategies

In the world of web application testing, certain core strategies form the bedrock of ensuring a robust and user-friendly product. These strategies are critical in navigating the complex web of client expectations, technological requirements, and the ultimate goal of delivering a seamless user experience.

Functionality Testing: Ensuring Correct Operations

Functionality testing is the cornerstone of testing web applications. It involves a meticulous examination of every functional aspect of the application to ensure operations are performing as intended. This includes validating user commands, data manipulation, searches, and business processes, as well as user interface elements for consistency and accuracy. Functionality testing ensures that every button clicks, every form submits, and every workflow culminates in the expected outcome, making it a non-negotiable part of QA website testing.

Usability Testing: Assessing User Experience

Usability testing is the process of evaluating a web application by testing it with real users. It focuses on understanding how users interact with the application, assessing the intuitiveness of the UI, and ensuring that the web app can be used effortlessly by the intended audience. This form of testing web applications is essential for garnering valuable insights into user satisfaction and for refining the user interface.

Interface Testing: Checking Server and Client-Side Interactions

Interface testing is a critical phase in web app testing where the communication between the server and the client is put to the test. It ensures that the interactions between the frontend and backend are functioning correctly, data is being sent and received as expected, and error messages are displayed appropriately. This ensures that the test web application remains reliable and stable under various conditions.

Compatibility Testing: Ensuring Cross-Platform Functionality

In the age of diverse computing platforms and browsers, compatibility testing has become a vital part of the web application testing process. It ensures that the web application operates consistently and correctly across different browsers, operating systems, and devices. This aspect of website QA testing guarantees that all users have a uniform experience, regardless of their access points.

ranorex | web testing tool

Web testing tool: Ranorex.

Advanced Testing Techniques

As web applications grow in complexity and scale, advanced testing techniques become crucial to ensure they can withstand the demands of real-world use. These techniques delve deeper into the performance and security aspects, which are critical to the application's success.

Performance Testing: Load, Stress, and Soak Testing

Performance testing is a key component of web application testing, designed to evaluate how a system performs in terms of responsiveness and stability under a particular load. It is not just about speed; it's about scalability and reliability. Load testing is conducted to understand the behavior of the application under expected user loads. Stress testing pushes the application to its limits, identifying the breakpoint where it fails. Soak testing, on the other hand, involves testing the application with a typical workload over an extended period to identify potential issues like memory leaks. These tests ensure that the test web application can handle peak traffic without compromising on performance.

Security Testing: Protecting Against Threats and Vulnerabilities

In an era where cyber threats are rampant, security testing becomes indispensable in the suite of web app testing. It involves simulating various attacks and probing for vulnerabilities within the application. This aspect of website QA testing is about safeguarding user data and maintaining trust. It encompasses a range of practices from checking for SQL injections, XSS attacks, to ensuring secure sessions in e-commerce transactions. A robust security testing strategy is essential to protect against the ever-evolving landscape of security threats.

Automation in Testing: When and How to Use It

Automation in QA website testing is about efficiency and consistency. Automated testing tools can perform repetitive but necessary checks that ensure that previous functionality remains intact after changes to the code. While not all aspects of testing web applications can be automated, tasks like regression testing, load testing, and running complex scenarios are ideal candidates for automation. Knowing when and how to implement automation can significantly streamline the testing process, reduce errors, and speed up the delivery of the web application.

Finalizing and Reporting

The culmination of the web application testing process is a critical juncture where the data gathered from various tests are analyzed, bugs are reported and managed, and a final review is conducted to ensure quality assurance.

Analyzing Test Results and Metrics

After rigorous rounds of testing web applications, the focus shifts to analyzing the results. This involves sifting through the data to identify patterns and anomalies. Metrics such as load times, response times, error rates, and pass/fail rates of test cases are scrutinized. These insights are pivotal in understanding the web app's behavior under different conditions and form the basis for any optimizations that need to be made.

Bug Reporting and Management

Effective bug reporting and management are the backbones of successful web app testing. It's not enough to simply identify bugs; they must be clearly documented and tracked. This includes prioritizing them based on severity, assigning them for resolution, and monitoring their status. Tools for bug tracking are indispensable in this phase, providing a clear workflow and accountability for bug resolution, ensuring that nothing slips through the cracks.

Final Review and Quality Assurance

The final review is the last line of defense in the QA website testing process. It's a comprehensive evaluation to ensure that all aspects of the web application, from functionality testing of the website to performance and security, meet the quality standards set forth at the project's inception. This phase often includes a regression test to confirm that recent changes haven't adversely affected existing features. Only after a thorough final review does the application get the green light for deployment.

Katalon | web testing tool

Web testing tool: Katalon. Cloud Studio test suite report

Wrapping up

As we close the chapter on our comprehensive guide to web application testing, it's important to look ahead at the evolving landscape of digital interaction. In today's mobile-first world, the transition from web to mobile is not just an enhancement—it's often a necessity. Users are increasingly engaging with services on-the-go, and providing a seamless mobile experience can significantly amplify your reach and user engagement.

If you're looking to extend the functionality and accessibility of your web application, consider taking the next step with Natively. Natively offers a streamlined solution to convert your web application into a native mobile app within minutes. This web-to-app converter bridges the gap between your web presence and mobile app aspirations, allowing you to tap into the vast mobile user market without the need for extensive development resources.

Upgrading your web application to a native mobile app can unlock new opportunities for user engagement and open up additional revenue streams. With Natively, you can enhance your users' experience by leveraging device-specific features, push notifications, and offline capabilities, ensuring that your service is just a tap away.

Embrace the future of digital interaction and give your web application the mobile advantage it deserves. Visit Natively to learn more about how you can elevate your web presence and keep your service at your users' fingertips, anytime and anywhere.

P.S. Glossary for Web Application Testing

When venturing into the realm of web application testing, it's essential to familiarize oneself with the jargon. This glossary serves as a guide to the most commonly used terms, providing a foundation for better understanding the nuances of testing web applications.

  • Acceptance Testing: This is the final phase of testing to verify whether a web application meets the business requirements. It is often conducted by the end-users before the application goes live.
  • Accessibility Testing: A type of testing to ensure that the web application is accessible to people with disabilities, such as visual, auditory, or cognitive impairments.
  • Automated Testing: The use of software tools to execute pre-scripted tests on a web application automatically, which helps in identifying defects without human intervention.
  • Black Box Testing: A testing technique where the tester evaluates the application's functionality without peering into its internal structures or workings.
  • Boundary Testing: This involves testing at the extreme boundaries of input fields to ensure that the application can handle data at its limits.
  • Browser Compatibility Testing: It checks whether the web application functions correctly across different web browsers.
  • Cross-Browser Testing: Similar to browser compatibility testing, it involves verifying that the web application works and displays correctly in various web browsers.
  • End-to-End Testing (E2E): Testing the complete functionality of the web application including its integration with external interfaces.
  • Functional Testing: This type of testing validates that each function of the web application behaves as expected.
  • Integration Testing: Testing the points of interaction between integrated units or components to detect interface defects.
  • Load Testing: A practice to determine how the application behaves when it is accessed by a large number of users simultaneously.
  • Manual Testing: The process of manually executing test cases without the use of automated tools.
  • Performance Testing: This testing assesses the speed, responsiveness, and stability of a web application under a particular workload.
  • Regression Testing: Conducted after changes or enhancements, this testing ensures that the new code has not adversely affected existing functionality.
  • Security Testing: Identifying weaknesses, threats, and risks in the software to prevent malicious attacks from intruders.
  • Smoke Testing: A preliminary testing mode to check whether the basic functions of the web application work correctly.
  • Stress Testing: This involves testing the application under extreme workloads to see how it handles high traffic or data processing.
  • Usability Testing: Evaluating the application's user interface to ensure it is user-friendly and intuitive.
  • User Acceptance Testing (UAT): A type of testing performed by the end-user or client to validate the functionality and design of the web application before it is made live.
  • White Box Testing: A testing technique that involves looking inside the structure and coding of the app to test internal operations.
  • Exploratory Testing: An approach that emphasizes personal freedom and responsibility of the individual tester to continually optimize the quality of his/her work by treating test-related learning, test design, test execution, and test result interpretation as mutually supportive activities that run in parallel throughout the project.
  • Validation Testing: The process of evaluating software at the end of the software development process to ensure compliance with software requirements.
  • Verification Testing: Testing to ensure that the software, at a particular stage of development, is consistent with the conditions imposed at the start of that stage.
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Andrii Bas

How to Announce a New Website Launch [2023]

March 29, 2024
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The piece delves into various strategies of announcing a website launch, from crafting pre-launch teasers and the intricacies of the launch day to post-launch strategies, all aimed at ensuring a brand stands out and leaves a lasting impression in the digital landscape.

Introduction: The Importance of a Website Launch Announcement

In the digital age, a website serves as the virtual storefront for businesses, influencers, and organizations alike. As such, the launch or relaunch of a website is a pivotal moment, akin to opening a new physical store or office. A website launch isn't just about showcasing a new design or features; it's a declaration of growth, evolution, and renewed commitment to one's audience.

A well-planned website launch announcement is more than just an informative gesture. It's a strategic move that can significantly amplify brand visibility, re-engage existing users, and attract new visitors. When executed effectively, this announcement can create a buzz, generate anticipation, and set the stage for increased user engagement and conversions.

However, the sheer magnitude of content on the internet means that even the most impressive websites can go unnoticed without a proper announcement strategy. This is where the power of a website launch announcement comes into play. By effectively communicating the value and offerings of the new website, businesses can ensure that their target audience is not only aware but also excited about what's to come.

In the upcoming chapters, we'll delve deeper into the intricacies of announcing a website launch in 2023, ensuring that your brand stands out and makes a lasting impression in the ever-evolving digital landscape.

Announcing a New Website: Pre-launch strategy

Crafting the Perfect Pre-Launch Teasers

Anticipation is a potent tool in the world of marketing. Just as movie trailers generate excitement for upcoming films, pre-launch teasers play a crucial role in setting the stage for a successful website launch. By creating a sense of anticipation, businesses can ensure that their audience is eagerly awaiting the unveiling of their new or revamped website.

Teasers, whether they're sneak peeks of the new design, countdowns to the launch date, or behind-the-scenes glimpses, can generate significant buzz. These snippets not only inform but also engage the audience, making them feel a part of the brand's journey. The key is to craft posts that go beyond the generic "website launch coming soon" and truly resonate with the audience, sparking curiosity and conversation.

Engaging Visuals: Making a Lasting Impression

In the vast digital landscape, visuals serve as the beacon that draws attention. When announcing a website launch, the design and aesthetics play a pivotal role in capturing and retaining the audience's interest. After all, a picture speaks a thousand words, and in the context of a website launch announcement, it can be the difference between a fleeting glance and a deep dive into your new site.

Modern tools and platforms have democratized the creation of stunning visuals. Platforms like Canva empower even those without a background in graphic design to craft engaging, professional-quality graphics tailored for various platforms. Whether it's a captivating banner for your email campaign, a teaser image for social media, or an animated countdown, tools like these ensure that your visuals resonate with the announcement's significance.

Website announcement templates | Canva

Special Offers and Incentives: Driving Traffic and Engagement

One of the most effective strategies to amplify the impact of a website launch announcement is to pair it with enticing offers and incentives. In a world where consumers are constantly bombarded with information, special deals and exclusive content can be the magnetic pull that draws them to explore your new digital domain.

Early bird offers and promotions hold a special charm. By prioritizing those who act quickly, businesses can create a buzz and a sense of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) among their audience. This strategy can be particularly effective in the initial days following the website launch announcement, ensuring a steady stream of visitors eager to capitalize on the exclusive deals.

Website announcement email example

Authentic Engagement: Building Trust and Loyalty

A genuine brand voice is pivotal in this endeavor. It's the voice that speaks to the audience, not to them. It's the voice that resonates, that feels familiar, and that evokes trust. When crafting a website launch announcement, this voice should echo the brand's core values, ensuring the message feels personal and genuine.

But authentic engagement isn't just about words; it's about creating connections on a deeper, emotional level. It's about understanding the aspirations, challenges, and needs of the audience and addressing them sincerely. Whether through heartfelt stories, user testimonials, or interactive content, diving deeper into the emotional realm can transform passive observers into active participants and advocates.

The Big Reveal: Strategies for Launch Day

The day has arrived. Months of planning, designing, and testing culminate in this moment: the official website launch. But how you introduce your new digital space to the world can make all the difference in its initial reception and long-term success.

Firstly, businesses must decide on the nature of the launch. A grand launch is a full-scale announcement, creating a significant splash in the digital realm. It's about making a statement, and ensuring that the website launch announcement is heard loud and clear. 

On the other hand, a soft opening allows a limited audience to explore the site first. This approach can be beneficial for gathering initial feedback and making last-minute tweaks, ensuring that when the broader audience arrives, they experience a polished product.

Lastly, it's essential to highlight the key features and benefits of the new website in the announcement. It's not just about what's new; it's about why it matters. Whether it's a more user-friendly interface, new interactive features, or exclusive content, emphasizing these elements can drive user curiosity and engagement.

Press Release

Announcing a new website launch through a press release is a traditional yet effective method to reach a broader audience, especially industry professionals, journalists, and other stakeholders. 

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to craft and distribute a press release for your website launch:

1. Crafting the Press Release:

  • Headline: Start with a compelling headline that clearly states the news – the launch of your new website.
  • Subheadline: Provide a brief description or tagline that offers more details about the launch.
  • Introduction: In the first paragraph, answer the 5 Ws – Who, What, When, Where, and Why. This should give readers a clear overview of the announcement.
  • Body: Detail the key features and benefits of the new website. Highlight any unique selling points (USPs) or differentiators from the old website or competitors. Include quotes from company leaders or stakeholders, emphasizing the significance of the launch.
  • Multimedia Elements: Incorporate high-quality images or screenshots of the website. If available, link to a launch video or other multimedia content.
  • Boilerplate: Conclude with a standard company boilerplate, providing background information about your company and its mission.
  • Contact Information: List the contact details for press inquiries, including a name, phone number, and email address.

2. Optimize for SEO: Ensure that your press release includes relevant keywords related to your industry and website launch. This will help in making your press release discoverable online.

3. Distribution:

  • Targeted Distribution: Send the press release to journalists, bloggers, and media outlets that cover your industry or niche.
  • Press Release Distribution Services: Use services like PR Newswire, Business Wire, or PRWeb to distribute your press release to a wider audience.
  • Company Website: Publish the press release in the "News" or "Press" section of your own website.

4. Follow-Up:

  • Engage with Journalists: After sending out the press release, follow up with key journalists or media outlets to ensure they received it and to answer any questions.
  • Monitor Coverage: Track where your press release gets published and engage with any resultant coverage, such as articles or interviews.

5. Leverage Social Media: Share the press release or any resultant media coverage on your company's social media channels to amplify its reach.

6. Engage with Feedback: If journalists or industry professionals provide feedback or ask for more details, be prompt and helpful in your responses.

7. Analyze and Learn: Monitor the traffic and engagement metrics resulting from the press release. This can provide insights for future announcements or PR campaigns.

A well-crafted and strategically distributed press release can significantly boost the visibility of your website launch, reaching audiences beyond your immediate network and establishing credibility in the industry.

E-mail Announcement 

Announcing a new website launch via email is a direct and personalized way to inform and engage your existing subscribers, customers, or stakeholders. 

Below is a detailed roadmap to help you design and circulate an email notification for your website's debut:

1. Crafting the Email:

  • Subject Line: Create a compelling subject line that grabs attention. Examples: "Introducing Our Brand New Website!" or "Experience Our New Digital Home!"
  • Personalization: Use the recipient's name, if possible, to make the email feel more personal and tailored.
  • Visual Appeal: Incorporate visuals from your new website, such as screenshots, banners, or even GIFs showcasing the new features.
  • Clear Messaging: Clearly communicate the benefits and features of the new website. Highlight what's new, improved, or unique.
  • Testimonials: If you've had beta testers or early visitors, include a few positive testimonials or feedback about the new site.
  • Exclusive Offers: Consider offering a special promotion or discount to encourage recipients to visit the new website.

2. Clear Call to Action (CTA):

  • Use a prominent CTA button or a link urging recipients to "Visit the New Site," "Explore Now," or "See What's New."
  • Ensure the CTA stands out visually and is easily clickable, especially on mobile devices.

3. Engage on a Personal Level:

  • Storytelling: Share the journey or the reasons behind the redesign or relaunch. This can create a deeper connection with your audience.
  • Video Content: Consider embedding or linking to a short video that introduces the new website or provides a walkthrough.

4. Optimize for Mobile: Ensure that the email is mobile-responsive, as a significant portion of users might open the email on their mobile devices.

5. Segmentation: If you have different audience segments, consider tailoring the announcement slightly for each segment to make it more relevant.

6. Test Before Sending:

  • Send test emails to ensure that the formatting is correct, links work, and there are no typos or errors.
  • Consider A/B testing different subject lines or CTAs to see which performs better.

7. Distribution:

  • Timing: Choose an optimal time to send the email, considering the habits and time zones of your audience.
  • Follow-Up: Consider sending a follow-up email to those who didn't open the initial announcement, or to highlight additional features or offers related to the new website.

8. Engage with Feedback: Encourage recipients to provide feedback on the new website and be responsive to any feedback or inquiries that come in.

9. Analyze Performance: Use email analytics to track open rates, click-through rates, and other engagement metrics. This can provide insights for future email campaigns.

10. Integration with Other Channels: Promote the email announcement on your social media channels, website, or other platforms to ensure maximum reach.

website announcement email

An email announcement, when done right, can drive significant traffic to your new website and re-engage subscribers or customers who might have been inactive. Ensure your messaging is clear, engaging, and provides value to the recipient.

Social Media

Announcing a new website launch using social media is a powerful way to reach a broad audience quickly and generate buzz. Below is a comprehensive stepwise manual for leveraging social media efficiently to announce your website launch:

1. Pre-Launch Teasers:

  • Countdown Posts: Start a countdown a week or a few days before the launch. This builds anticipation among your followers.
  • Sneak Peeks: Share glimpses of the new design, features, or content to pique interest.

2. Engaging Visual Content:

  • Graphics and Banners: Create eye-catching graphics that highlight the new website's features or the launch date.
  • Launch Video: Produce a short video introducing the new website, showcasing its features, and inviting viewers to visit.

3. Go Live Sessions:

  • Interactive Launch: Use platforms like Facebook Live, Instagram Live, or YouTube Live to introduce the new website in real-time. Walk viewers through the site and answer questions.
  • Guest Appearances: Invite influencers or industry experts to join your live sessions, discussing the new website and its benefits.

4. User Engagement:

  • Polls and Surveys: Use polls on platforms like Instagram or Twitter to engage users, asking them about features they're excited about or what they expect from the new site.
  • User-Generated Content: Encourage followers to share their experiences or reviews of the new website, using a specific hashtag.

5. Collaborate with Influencers:

  • Partnerships: Partner with social media influencers in your industry to review or introduce your new website to their audience.
  • Takeovers: Allow an influencer to take over your social media account for a day, focusing on promoting the new website.

6. Pin Important Announcements: Pin the website launch announcement post to the top of your social media profiles, ensuring maximum visibility for visitors.

7. Share Behind-the-Scenes Content:

  • Creation Process: Share stories or posts about the making of the new website, highlighting challenges, achievements, and team efforts.
  • Testimonials: Share feedback or testimonials from beta testers or early visitors.

8. Special Offers and Promotions:

  • Exclusive Deals: Announce special offers or discounts available exclusively for those who visit the new website through social media links.
  • Contests: Run a contest where users can win prizes for sharing the announcement, tagging friends, or engaging with launch-related content.

9. Engage with Comments and Feedback:

  • Active Responses: Actively respond to comments, questions, and feedback on your posts. This shows that you value your audience's input and engagement.
  • Share Positive Feedback: Repost positive comments or feedback about the new website to build credibility and trust.

10. Cross-Promotion / Multiple Platforms: Ensure you announce the website launch across all your social media platforms, tailoring the content to fit each platform's unique audience and format.

website announcement Twitter post example

Remember, consistency is vital. Maintain a regular posting schedule leading up to and following the launch to keep the momentum going. With the right strategies, social media can significantly amplify your website launch announcement and drive substantial traffic to your new site.

Your Old Website

Announcing a new website launch using your old website is a strategic move, as you already have an existing audience that can be informed and transitioned smoothly. Here's how you can effectively use your old website to announce the launch of your new site:

1. Announcement Banner:

  • Prominent Display: Place a noticeable banner at the top or bottom of your old website, announcing the upcoming launch of the new site.
  • Countdown Timer: Add a countdown timer to build anticipation and let visitors know when the new website will go live.

2. Pop-Up Notification:

  • Engaging Message: Use a pop-up window to inform visitors about the new website. Ensure the message is concise and compelling.
  • Opt-in for Updates: Allow visitors to enter their email to receive updates or notifications about the new website launch.

3. Dedicated Landing Page:

  • Details and Sneak Peeks: Create a landing page on your old website that provides details about the new website, including features, improvements, and sneak peeks.
  • Feedback Form: Allow users to provide feedback or ask questions about the upcoming website.

4. Blog Post or News Update:

  • Announcement Details: Write a detailed post about the reasons for the new website, the benefits, and what users can expect.
  • Engage with Comments: Encourage users to comment on the post and engage with them by answering questions and acknowledging feedback.

5. Interactive Features:

  • Quizzes or Polls: Introduce quizzes or polls asking users what features they're most excited about or what they'd like to see on the new website.
  • Teasers: Share teasers or previews of the new design, layout, or features.

6. Promotions or Special Offers:

  • Exclusive Deals: Offer special deals or promotions for users who sign up or make a purchase on the new website during the initial launch period.
  • Loyalty Rewards: Reward loyal customers of the old website with exclusive benefits on the new site.

7. Social Media Integration:

  • Share Buttons: Encourage users to share the news of the upcoming website launch on their social media platforms.
  • Embedded Posts: Embed social media posts related to the new website launch on your old site to generate buzz.

8. Feedback and User Testing:

  • Beta Testing: Invite a select group of users from your old website to beta test the new site. Their feedback can be invaluable for making final tweaks.
  • Surveys: Conduct surveys to understand user expectations and preferences for the new website.

9. Clear Redirection:

  • Seamless Transition: Once the new website is live, ensure that visitors to the old site are seamlessly redirected to the new one.
  • Archival Note: Consider leaving a note on the old website (if it remains accessible) about the transition, with a link to the new site.

10. Consistent Branding: Ensure that branding elements (like logos, color schemes) are consistent between the old and new sites to maintain familiarity for returning users.

By leveraging your old website, you can ensure that your existing audience is well-informed and excited about the transition, leading to a successful new website launch.

Website announcement banner example

Launch Video

Using a launch video to announce a new website is an engaging and dynamic way to capture attention. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to effectively announce your new website launch using a launch video:

1. Define Your Message:

  • Core Message: Clearly define what you want to convey. Is it the new features of your website, its user-friendliness, or the problems it aims to solve for users?
  • Target Audience: Understand who you're speaking to. Tailor your message to resonate with your primary audience.

2. Storyboard and Script:

  • Visual Storytelling: Create a storyboard that visually represents each scene of your video.
  • Compelling Script: Write a script that's concise yet engaging. Ensure it communicates the benefits and features of your new website.

3. High-Quality Production:

  • Professional Equipment: Use good quality cameras, microphones, and lighting to ensure your video looks and sounds professional.
  • Branding: Incorporate your brand colors, logos, and other branding elements to make the video consistent with your brand identity.

4. Engaging Visuals and Animation:

  • Website Walkthrough: Showcase key sections of your website, highlighting new features or improvements.
  • Animations: Use animations to explain complex features simply or to add a dynamic touch to your video.

5. Incorporate Testimonials:

  • If possible, include short testimonials from beta testers or loyal customers who've had a preview of the new website. This adds credibility to your announcement.

6. Clear Call to Action (CTA):

  • Visit the Website: Encourage viewers to visit your new website.
  • Share the Video: Ask viewers to share the video with their network, amplifying its reach.

7. Optimize for Platforms:

  • Platform-Specific Edits: Depending on where you're sharing the video (e.g., YouTube, Instagram, Facebook), you might need different versions to fit platform-specific requirements.
  • SEO: If uploading to YouTube, optimize the title, description, and tags for search.

8. Promote the Video:

  • Website: Feature the video prominently on your website's homepage.
  • Social Media: Share the video across all your social media channels.
  • Email Campaign: Send out an email blast to your subscribers with the video embedded or linked.
  • Paid Advertising: Consider using paid ads to promote your video to a broader audience.

9. Engage with Your Audience:

  • Comments and Feedback: Engage with viewers by responding to comments and feedback on the video.
  • Analyze Performance: Use analytics tools to track the video's performance. This can provide insights for future campaigns.

10. Follow-Up Content:

  • Behind-the-Scenes: Share behind-the-scenes content from the making of the video or the website.
  • Tutorials: Create follow-up videos that dive deeper into specific features of the website.

Remember, the goal of the launch video is not just to announce the new website but to generate excitement and encourage viewers to visit and explore the site. Ensure your video is engaging, informative, and aligns with your brand's voice and identity.

Word of Mouth 

Announcing a new website launch using Word of Mouth (WoM) is a powerful strategy, as personal recommendations often carry more weight than impersonal advertisements. Here's how you can effectively use WoM to announce your new website launch:

1. Engage Your Team:

  • Internal Advocacy: Before reaching out to the external audience, ensure that your team, from top management to entry-level employees, is excited about the new website. They should be well-informed about its features and benefits.
  • Encourage Sharing: Motivate your team members to share the news with their friends, family, and professional networks.

2. Leverage Loyal Customers:

  • Exclusive Previews: Offer your most loyal customers or clients an exclusive preview of the new website before the official launch. Their excitement can lead to them sharing the news within their circles.
  • Testimonials: Request testimonials from satisfied customers and encourage them to share their positive experiences with others.

3. Host an Event:

  • Launch Party: Organize a physical or virtual launch party and invite stakeholders, loyal customers, industry peers, and local influencers. Attendees will naturally talk about the event and, by extension, your new website.
  • Engage Local Media: Invite local journalists or bloggers to the event. Their coverage can stimulate word-of-mouth buzz.

4. Networking:

  • Industry Events: Attend industry conferences, seminars, or workshops and use the opportunity to talk about your new website.
  • Local Community: Engage with local business groups, chambers of commerce, or community events to spread the word.

5. Referral Programs: Incentivize Sharing: Offer rewards or discounts to users who refer others to your new website. This can motivate them to share the news with their networks.

6. Engage with Influencers:

  • Partnerships: Collaborate with industry influencers or local personalities. Their endorsement can lead to increased word-of-mouth referrals.
  • Guest Blogging: Write guest posts for influential blogs in your industry, and subtly mention your new website.

7. Feedback and Improvement:

  • Open Channels: Encourage feedback from early visitors. When they see their suggestions being implemented, they're more likely to talk about your website positively.
  • Show Appreciation: Thank users for their feedback and suggestions. A simple thank-you can turn a visitor into an advocate.

Remember, the key to successful Word of Mouth is authenticity. Genuine enthusiasm, a quality website, and sincere interactions will naturally lead to positive conversations and recommendations.

Post-Launch Strategies: Maintaining Momentum and Interest

The fanfare of a website launch announcement is undoubtedly exhilarating, but what truly determines the success of a website launch is the sustained interest and engagement in the days, weeks, and months that follow. The post-launch phase is critical, as it sets the tone for the website's long-term performance and user engagement.

A key component of post-launch strategy is data analysis. By closely monitoring metrics and user behavior, businesses can gauge the effectiveness of their website launch campaign. This data provides insights into which strategies resonated with the audience and which areas need refinement. Whether it's tracking page views, bounce rates, or conversion metrics, data-driven decisions can optimize the user experience and ensure continued growth.

Continuous engagement is the lifeblood of any digital platform. Even after the initial website launch announcement, it's essential to keep the audience engaged and informed. Regularly showcasing new features, updates, and sharing user testimonials can rekindle interest and demonstrate the website's evolving value proposition. These updates not only keep the content fresh but also reinforce the brand's commitment to innovation and user satisfaction.

Website post-announcement strategy

Fostering a two-way communication channel is paramount. Encouraging user feedback provides invaluable insights into areas of improvement. Whether it's through feedback forms, surveys, or social media interactions, understanding user perspectives can guide refinements and enhancements. Moreover, acting on this feedback and making necessary improvements showcases a brand's responsiveness and dedication to its user base.

The last element of your post-launch strategy is that you can leverage web2app service Natively to expand your website's reach by converting it into native mobile apps. This will provide your users with a more personalized and efficient experience, potentially increasing user engagement and retention. Additionally, with the native features they offer, you can enhance user interaction, monetize your platform, and gather valuable insights through analytics.

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Оlha Mazuryk

How to publish an app to the App Store in 2024

March 29, 2024
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Embarking on the journey to launch your app on the Apple App Store in 2023? Dive into our comprehensive submission checklist to ensure a seamless and successful release!

Introduction: The Importance of App Store Submission

The Apple App Store, a digital behemoth, boasts over 2 million applications, making it a pivotal platform for developers and businesses worldwide. In fact, as of 2022, the App Store has seen over 200 billion downloads, highlighting the vast reach and potential it offers. 

However, navigating the intricacies of uploading an app to the App Store is challenging. Recent statistics reveal that between 2017 and 2019, Apple rejected approximately 35% of apps submitted, emphasizing the stringent quality standards in place. 

This underscores the importance of a meticulously prepared App Store submission checklist. A well-crafted submission not only ensures your app's approval but also sets the stage for its success in a competitive marketplace. 

While many ponder how much it costs to put an app on the App Store, it's essential to recognize that the actual investment lies in the time and effort spent ensuring that every submission criterion is met. In the subsequent chapters, we'll delve deep into the nuances of this checklist, guiding you through a seamless App Store submission process.

Setting Up Your Apple Developer Account

Before you can navigate the steps of uploading an app to the App Store, establishing a foundation with an Apple Developer Account is essential. 

Creating and Securing an Apple ID:

To begin, visit the Apple Developer website to create an Apple ID. This ID serves as your gateway to all Apple Developer resources. Enter your basic details, including name, email (which will be your Apple ID), and set a secure password. Once created, it's imperative to enable two-factor authentication. Apple mandates this security measure to ensure that only you can access your account, adding an extra layer of protection.

Setting Up Your Apple Developer Account

Enrolling in the Apple Developer Program:

With your Apple ID secured, the next step in the app store submission checklist is enrolling in the Apple Developer Program. This program offers two enrollment options: individual and organizational. While individual enrollment is straightforward, enrolling as an organization requires additional verification. A crucial component of this verification is the D-U-N-S number, a unique identifier assigned by Dun & Bradstreet to businesses worldwide. Ensure you have this number handy if you're registering as an organization.

Crafting Your App's Store Presence

Once you've navigated the initial steps of how to upload an app to the App Store, the next crucial phase is to craft a compelling presence for your app within the store. This is where potential users will get their first impression, making it vital to capture their attention and interest.

Metadata and App Information:

Start by writing a compelling app description that succinctly conveys your app's core features and benefits. This description should be clear, engaging, and free of jargon. 

Next, select appropriate keywords that potential users might use to search for apps similar to yours. Remember, these keywords play a pivotal role in App Store Optimization (ASO) and can significantly impact your app's discoverability. 

Additionally, set up other metadata fields as required in App Store Connect. 

Crafting Your App's Store Presence

Given the global reach of the App Store, it's also essential to provide localized content tailored to different markets. This ensures that users worldwide can understand and relate to your app's offerings.

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Visual Assets:

Visuals play a significant role in user engagement. Begin by preparing high-quality screenshots that showcase your app's main features. Apple provides specific guidelines for screenshot dimensions based on device types, so ensure you adhere to these specifications. Read more about -sizes, requirements, best practices of app screenshots for the App Store here.

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Additionally, app previews, which are short video clips of your app in action, can offer potential users a sneak peek into the app experience. Ensure these previews are engaging and represent the app's core functionality.

Technical and Compliance Checklist

As you delve deeper into how to upload an app to the App Store, it's essential to ensure that your app stands on a solid technical foundation and adheres to all compliance guidelines set by Apple. 

Ensuring Technical Soundness:

First and foremost, your app must be technically sound. Avoid using private or undocumented APIs, as Apple strictly prohibits their use and can lead to immediate rejection. Regularly test your app on various devices to ensure it doesn't crash and offers a consistent user experience. Adherence to Apple's technical guidelines is non-negotiable. This includes optimizing your app for different iOS versions, ensuring compatibility with various devices, and following best practices for memory and battery usage.

Legal and Compliance Aspects:

Beyond the technical realm, your app must also meet all legal and compliance requirements. This begins with ensuring data privacy. If your app collects user data, it's imperative to have a clear and accessible privacy policy, informing users about data collection, storage, and usage. Additionally, your app must adhere to Apple's age rating guidelines. Accurately rate your app based on its content to ensure it reaches the appropriate audience and avoids potential legal pitfalls.

Finalizing Submission and Review Process

As you approach the final stages of how to publish an app to the App Store, it's crucial to understand the intricacies of the submission and review process. 

Uploading and Testing Your App:

Once your app is ready, upload it to App Store Connect. Before making your app live, it's advisable to conduct beta testing using TestFlight. This platform allows you to invite users to test your app, providing invaluable feedback and helping identify potential issues that might have been overlooked.

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Submission for Review:

After thorough testing, it's time to submit your app for Apple's review. Familiarize yourself with the review process by referring to the app store submission checklist. 

On average, 90% of submissions are reviewed in less than 24 hours. You’ll be notified by email of status changes. You can also check the review status of your submission in the My Apps section of App Store Connect or on the App Store Connect app for iPhone and iPad. If your submission is incomplete, review times may be delayed or your submission may not pass.

Apple's review team assesses apps based on a set of guidelines, and understanding these can help preempt potential reasons for rejection. Common reasons include technical issues, non-compliance with guidelines, or unclear app functionalities. Ensuring your app adheres to Apple's standards and providing clear documentation can pave the way for a smooth review process.

Apple App Store fees 

There is no app hosting fee, however; there is an annual fee of $99 for the Apple Developer Program and $299 for the enterprise version. Additionally, Apple will take a share of your in-app purchase (digital goods) revenues. 

While many developers ponder how much does it cost to put an app on the App Store, the true value lies in the meticulous preparation and understanding of the submission process. With the right approach, your journey on how to upload app to app store can be seamless and rewarding.

Conclusion: Post-Submission and Launch Strategies

Successfully navigating the intricacies of how to upload an app to the App Store is undoubtedly a significant achievement. However, the journey doesn't end with the app's approval. As you transition from submission to launch, it's essential to strategize for the road ahead.

Celebrating the App's Launch:

Once your app is live on the App Store, take a moment to celebrate this milestone. It's a testament to the hard work, dedication, and adherence to the app store submission checklist. Share the news with your team, stakeholders, and early supporters. This initial buzz can serve as a springboard for your promotional efforts.

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Strategies for Promoting the App:

With countless apps vying for attention, having a robust promotional strategy is crucial. Begin by optimizing your App Store listing, ensuring compelling visuals, and a clear value proposition. Leverage social media platforms, press releases, and influencer partnerships to create awareness. Consider offering limited-time promotions or discounts to garner initial downloads. Furthermore, encourage users to leave reviews and ratings, as positive feedback can significantly boost your app's visibility on the App Store.

Remember, how to publish an app to the App Store is just the beginning; the real journey starts when users begin to interact with your creation.

Easy way

It should be noted that there is an easier way to build and publish an application on the App Store - build and submit your app to the Apple App Store using web-to-app converter Natively.  


Natively is a fast and easy mobile app builder that allows you to convert your website into native apps for both iOS and Android platforms without any coding.

 

How it Works:

  • Set up appearance: Choose the name, launch screen, app icon, brand colors, etc. (Takes about 2 minutes).
  • Integrate native features: Set up special mobile features like push notifications, in-app purchases, geolocation, deep links, and more. (It takes about 5 minutes).
  • Release your app: Test and download your build to publish on the App Store. (About 7 minutes).


Whether you're using JavaScript frameworks or no-code platforms like Bubble, Webflow, Wix, WordPress, or Shopify, you can easily convert your site into a mobile app and publish to the App Store.

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