Apple released a policy update to its store guidelines in June 2017 that changed the way apps are approved. This update, titled 4.2.6 stated that apps built with template based software provide no value in the app store and would therefore be rejected.
Kingdom chose template based software to make app editing easy for you and to keep your monthly costs down. A coded app with comparable features could cost your church thousands of dollars.
We don’t believe in making apps harder and more costly for churches and ministries like you. While we are continually working hard at Kingdom to offer IOS apps again, our focus is in the future of apps. We’ve been fighting the Apple fight alongside all of you, but the time has come to focus on the future of mobile, Progressive Web Apps (PWA). As a company we have the following offerings:
- All existing IOS apps will remain active in the App Store
- You will be able to update all live IOS apps indefinitely
- We will be one of the firsts to switch to this emerging technology, PWA's
What is a Progressive Web App?
While a PWA is technically an application (app), it leans more towards fulfilling the basic needs usually fulfilled through a website:
- No need to download a PWA
- A PWA is able to be found by search engines
This also means no pesky app updates through the App Store or Google Play store; all of your app updates are published in real time.
When people are looking for a church they likely begin their search online. Since PWA’s are able to be indexed by search engines, your church searchers will be able to find your location and read all you have to offer without going the extra mile to download the app. The PWA has it all in one place for you. With Progressive Web Apps the Google search Bar will become the new App Store search bar. Gone are the days where you have to download the mobile app to get all of the benefit.
PWA vs IOS: Increase Your User Retention through a PWA
Kingdom is prepared for this change in the mobile app market. We have great training resources, marketing materials, and all other tools you need to succeed! We encourage you to check out additional mobile app and PWA support documents on kingdomwebsupport.com or by clicking here.