So you've finished creating and uploading your content, awesome! Before we can see your apps live on the iTunes and Play Store, there are a few steps that you need to complete:
If you scroll down on your portal, you should be able to see a Publish section on the left side of the page:
APP ICON AND FEATURE GRAPHIC
The first thing that we will ask is for you to upload your App Icon and Feature Graphic. For a more detailed instructions and requirement regarding this, check out our article here! If you haven't customized any of this yet, you will see that there's a default icon on our portal containing your initials:
Next, you will be asked to fill out the Store Listing information. There's a lot of information that's needed to be filled out in this category, however most of this information is required as we will create and setup your app store listings.
If you want to setup your store listings on your own, just let us know and we will tell you the minimum information required to submit for creating your apps.
What's the difference between Publication Title and Display Name?
The Publication Title is your publication's name that will show up in the App Stores. Your title should be descriptive and include 1-2 of your most important keywords!
WordPress Tutorials - Train You To Publish Blogs
In the above title I actually have 5 keywords which could seem a bit much and doesn't read very well either. By working on my title and changing it to:
WordPress Tutorials Show you the Art of Blogging
makes it a little easier to read and is not stuffed with keywords limiting it to 3. Perhaps not the best of examples, but there is a great blog post about titles and display names (also called bundle display name) right here which we advice you to checkout.
Meanwhile, the Display Name is the short name of your app which will be displayed below your app icon on device home screens. We recommend for the display name to be less than 15 characters as it will otherwise be truncated and displayed with ...
"Superyacht Technology News" contains 26 characters and will be displayed as:
It will be better to change the display name to "SuperyachtTech" is less than 15 characters and will simply be displayed as:
How many keywords should I add?
Choosing the right keywords is important. We would recommend for you to try and use as many as possible but we have maximum 99 characters.
What is the Info Tab Description for?
This is where you put your publication's details as well as your company's information and contact details. An email address should be enough, however if you can also provide your company's physical address, that would be awesome :)
Next up, you will be asked to select screenshots from your issue. These screenshots are the one that your readers will see when they browse your publication in the App Stores. 3 screenshots is the minimum requirement, but we recommend for you to pick 5 screenshots to make it perfect!
After providing the screenshot, you will be asked to set up the subscription types that you want to have for your publication:
To read more about the different subscription types that we offer, check out our article here :)
The integrations section is not mandatory, however we always advise and recommend for our clients to have this set up as it will allow you to track usage inside your publication and issues.
Due to Google Analytics's recent rebranding as "Google Analytics for Firebase", we unfortunately can no longer support it. However, if you already have the app tracking code generated from the old Google Analytics, we will still be able to support it.
What are Facebook installs?
Facebook installs is a way to measure which Ads from a Facebook Ads campaign resulted in installs. If you plan to run paid ad campaigns for your app in Facebook, you should add your app name and app ID to MagLoft.
Last but not least, we will ask for you to provide both your Apple Developer and Google Developer accounts. We always recommend our clients to have their own developer accounts so their apps can be published under their own account instead of MagLoft's.
If you don't have any of the developer accounts yet but is interested, we've written an easy guide on How to Register for Apple and Google Developer Program :)
I have my own developer accounts but I don't want to give you my login. What's your suggestions?
If you're not comfortable sharing your developer account credentials with us, there are two alternatives that we can suggest. First, you can upgrade your developer account to an organisation account. This way, you will be able to invite other developers. You can see more information regarding upgrading your developer account here.
If not, you can also have a temporary password set up and you can always change it once the app is built.
I have completed the publishing section, now what?
Awesome! You can reach out to us via live chat or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you are ready and we will review your account. We are building your app and it's getting into the app stores listing based on the information that you've provided.
How long will that take?
It will usually take us a few hours to build your apps before we submit them for review. Apple usually takes 2-5 working days to review your app, while Google usually only takes a few hours to assess your app :)