Many bloggers have been exploring the idea of creating their own iPhone app lately to feed their posts to users on the iPhone or iPod Touch. Not too many people have the knowledge, or resources to create their own app, as it involves a significant amount of programming and technical know-how.
Fortunately, there’s a number of websites out there that offer this service for a small fee. One of those sites is iSites — promising you a complete app made in only 10 minutes.
Too good to be true? Hardly. On Wednesday, I created my own app to pull my RSS feed, Twitter feed and YouTube feed into one central location. Setup is rather easy, as iSites gives you a number of options to play with, such as colour, layout, content, logo placement, etc. The generic layout of the app is the same for everyone, so you have to customize it a bit to match the feel of your website or blog.
The price to create your app and have iSites submit it to Apple for you is only $25. If you want to make money from your app, you pay $99 and have the ability to host your own AdMob ads.
Here’s a break down of what you get for the price:
After you design your app and submit it, Apple reviews it and gets back to iSites with the verdict, which takes about two weeks. You also get to choose how your app will be found in the store, so choose your title, description and keywords carefully. You’re also responsible for designing and sticking to the graphic requirements needed for the app. There are about three different images you need to create, such as the app’s thumbnail logo, splash screen and banner image. All of these tasks should take you only a couple minutes in Photoshop. If your site already has a logo, you simply need to create several new images and paste it into the required sizes to meet Apple’s standards.
Overall, for $25 you can’t go wrong. I’m still waiting to hear back on whether mine was accepted or not. I don’t expect it to be rejected, as it’s a pretty straight forward app that will help my readers to access my content in another medium.
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