IdeaPress claims you can create a Windows 8 app from your WordPress.com or WordPress.org site without any coding! They are right!
As Windows 8 matures, more tools and templates are appearing to help developers and non-developers create Windows 8 apps. Today I decided to test one of those tools: IdeaPress. I’ll be testing it by creating an app from my personal WordPress.com site. If I get a chance I’ll try to do another blog with a self hosted WordPress.org site to see how that works.
The tool: IdeaPress
Note: For a limited time in Canada one of Microsoft’s partners, IdeaNotion, is offering 200 people a $50 Visa Gift card as a reimbursement for your Windows Store Developer Account when you publish an app using the IdeaPress tool. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your blog URL to secure your Visa gift card.
You can choose
Note: IdeaPress tells you what image sizes are required for each logo or page. I used Paint to resize my images, you can also use free tools such as Paint.NET to resize images.
Note: Even though I uploaded the images for my tile and splash screen I got an error saying I hadn’t uploaded any images. As soon as I uploaded a Default Article Image (under Layout and Theme) the error message went away, so I think Default Article image is mandatory and you just get a misleading error message when you don’t provide all the mandatory images.
8. When you have a look and feel that you like, go to the App Generation tab.
On the App Generation tab you get to choose whether to Generate a Visual Studio Solution or an App Package.
Regardless which option you choose you will require a Privacy link.
Finally you can check the box that says you have read and agreed to the terms and conditions and choose Submit. IdeaPress will email you a link to your solution or package and you can start the process of submitting it to the store! No coding required!
So there you have it, if you have a WordPress.com blog site you can build and publish a Windows 8 app without writing any code!
NOTE: My first two attempts to publish to the store failed certification, thought I would share with you why I failed certification and how I fixed it. The first time it was rejected because they did not feel I had selected a suitable category. So i changed the category to Lifestyle since my personal blog covers a fairly broad range of topics. The second time I failed because to post a comment on a post you need to log in with a WordPress account. I did not mention that in my app description, and I failed to provide an account the store certification team could use to test that feature in the Notes to testers section. Once I made those corrections my app passed certification and is now published to the store.
Love the article Susan!
@Harris - Thanks, Sometimes you just have to try things out yourself to see exactly how well they work!
Thanks, this is a great article. I have just generated an app and publishing to the store now.
Just want to point out for developers, you can further customize it by using the solution. They have a good documentation how to change the options and how to edit the CSS github.com/.../README.md
Great post, Susan! Thanks!!
FYI - My app was rejected the first time I submitted because they said it was in the wrong category of the store. So do think carefully about the category you choose to have your app listed in as well as your app description. Those can affect whether you are published. Just made some changes and about to resubmit now.
So what? Why would I need this?
@Georgi - it comes down to the entire argument of do you want apps, web sites, or both. At least this provides the ability to do both without a lot of effort for those who choose that option.
Hi Susan, "To post a comment on a post you need to log in with a WordPress account." Once I click on comment button, I do not get wordpress login like you mentioned. do you know how I can solve the problem?
@Ankita - If you are using Ideapress for Wordpress.COM (not .ORG) There was actually a small typo in the code, which Ideapress has now fixed, but if you happened to use the tool at the same time I did you'll have the bug. Easy to fix though... just a problem with a mistake in casing causing a null variable
in the method
in the file wpcom.module.js
There is one line that has a mistake -
var callbackUrl = this.callbackUrl;
it should read
var callbackUrl = this.callBackUrl;
Thanks a lot. That fixed the issue. But while displaying comments it shows - error "an active access token must be used to comment". Are you aware of this error?
can u please help?
@Ankita - I don't get that error message in my app. I know the app you create in Wordpress affects the ability to post comments, is it possible your app name doesn't match or the client id you entered was wrong or something like that? Feel free to email me a screenshot, and we'll figure it out.