Weever is a service that lets you build and deploy a mobile web app, quickly and easily from your Joomla site!
The mobile web app functions and feels just like a native iOS, Android, or Blackberry app, except with no App Store barriers: launch your app today!
This extension enables you to build and manage your app entirely within Joomla's administrator backend, utilizing mobile best practices to present your content for a mobile-specific context. App visitors will be able to quickly and easy find your latest news, follow your social network feeds, touch to make a phone call or email you, watch your videos, browse your photo feeds, and more.
Setting up a Weever App is extremely easy. All you do is:
- Sign up for an API key
- Install extension
- Paste in API key
- Start adding content and branding to your app!
The extension will forward the devices you specify to your app, and automatically provides the app with the most up-to-date info, so you do not have to manage both your app and your site.
Currently natively supports:
- Joomla Content Articles, with new ACL/Login Support
- K2, EasyBlog, VirtueMart
- Joomla Contacts
- Social and more: Twitter, Facebook, Identi.ca, Blogger, Youtube, Vimeo, Flickr, Picasa, Foursquare, Wufoo Forms, more being added regularly
- App works for iPhone/iPod/iPad, Android devices, Blackberry touch devices
Make Weever Your Mobile Mapping Solution:
- Build mobile maps with geotagged content from Joomla 1.7+ Content, and K2 Content using the Weever Geotagger, a comprehensive geotagging plugin with a point-and-click UI in the K2/Joomla article editor.
- "Nearby" tab shows a list of content items based on their distance from the mobile device's GPS position.
- End-users can filter categories of content on the maps to make looking for relevant content easy! One-click from a content item to Driving Directions too!
- Support for KML and GeoRSS data
Localized Apps in English (US, Canada, UK), French (Canada), Portuguese (Portugal), Mandarin (China), Italian (Italy), Finnish (Finland), Dutch (Holland) available.
The Weever Apps API:
Developers of extensions can make their extension compatible via our API documentation, and add their content feeds directly to the app through "R3S Objects". See our Developer API site for more info.
Many more additional features, see our site for more details.
The only problems, and these may be big for some, and what keeps this from being a great component are several things.
1) They don't allow comments in articles. They strip a lot of code out of articles which include any commenting system you have. This is a major loss for most bloggers who rely on user input.
2) The app is very slow sometimes and pages sometimes even hang without ever loading
3) The app also strips out any videos you may have in your article and as we know many articles you write are based on the video you place within.
Overall review: For a paid component, these simple fixes should be addressed and if corrected/added it would completely blow the competition away. If I'm going to pay 40 dollars a month it should be able to do what a free component does and more.
Take the free version to experiment.
For Iphone (only tested on phone)
• I can present a mobile frontal slide show made with Joomla articles
• I can present my main Joomla sections and articles accessible by a main menu
• I can present articles from my blog (News)
• Events with Google Calendar
• Contacts and Socials Channels
• Photos and videos
You can completely customize the look of the apps with custom css (accessible in Joomla)
All that control inside Joomla...
I am just a web site owner and not really a web developer or desgner, so the fact that I could get this to work fairly easily is a testament to how well thought out their system is.
Ballet des Amériques School & Company, Inc.
Let's start with the good -
Price: Very affordable service.
Features: Surprising amount of useful features you'll want for almost any business. It's an all in solution, and you're bound to find something you'll want it for.
Documentation/Support: Great Documentation, didn't need any support.
The bad -
I can't find any way to work with restricted content. If you use the item tab for a 'registered' access level item, you'll get spinning and if you try to post a category, it won't even appear as an option.
This is very bad for certain people...
Let's say I run a newspaper website using a JA template. When people get on their laptops or pc's to visit this newspaper website, they are instructed to login using their newspaper subscription info to receive the full content which is set to 'subscribers' only on the "access level".
They login, receive their content, all is well.
Because I'm using JA, I already have a T3 framework for my template, which means the news website is already mobile browsing compatible, with convenient drop-downs and all the other perks. It gives them the ability to login, and once they do they can see content meant only for 'subscribers'.
But let's say I want to use the app instead. Well, apparently you're out of luck because there is no way to restrict your content to a group without leaving it off all together (which is pointless).
Of course, you could sell the app in a store instead of using a subscription based service, then people could use it like they do any other app, BUT (again a big one) the app is a web link "with no App Store barriers!"
Great selling point on one hand, but what if your content is subscriber based?
Again, this is perfect for a company that offers general content across a broad spectrum of distribution platforms (ie youtube, twitter)...
I just hope they figure out a method to make content available, with restriction settings for joomla access levels.
Hi Geno, thanks for the great review.
Re: access control/restricted content we're actually in testing for this capability right now. We have it nearly ready for 1.5 public testing, and 2.5 shortly after. If you'd like to be one of the first to try it out, please submit a ticket to us quoting me here and I'll make sure we get it out to you as soon as its ready.
Weever was easy to install and set up (and I only know the basics of my Joomla! site's back end). The user interface is intuitive and I haven't run into any problems with the app yet.
I definitely recommend Weever Apps for anyone with a small business! Thanks!
Weever Apps requires very little guru talents to get up and running in minutes. The back end interface is all about making it easy for the webmaster. There are plenty of tool tips and features like drag and drop.
The front end result on the mobile device looks like a native iPhone App, so first time visitors to your site will find it easy to navigate. It is also easy for them to install, there is no iTunes store download to worry about.
There are many features enabled in the basic version that are perfect for small or not-for-profit organisations. Pro version features are available on a time trial basis.
The help desk even for the basic version is quite prompt and helpful.
I recommend Weever Apps for anyone who wants to add automatic mobile functionality to their website with out spending excessive time or resources.
It's very intuitive to set up and works like a charm. It seems to me that the possibilities with Weever app are endless and the most challenging thing to me is how to take full advantage of its capabilities.
I've gathered that the Weever team is exploring new potentials day by day and I'm sure this one will be a winner - well, it already is :-)
One of the most important advantages with Weever app is the fantastic support you get from Andrew and the rest of the team. Not only is it very quick and efficient but very friendly too.
A lot of businesses are transitioning to mobile apps for their websites, and as a very small business we would not have been able to keep up without them.
Way more user friendly than our regular site for a smartphone user. Still provides all the info the customers need, and directs them right to our contact page.
1. I love that you guys have videos for every section.
2. I think your setup is pretty easy and straight forward.
3. Sent an email about this almost a week now and no one replied back.
1. Enable Smartphones? according to your video show default to Yes. Mine is defaulting to NO. when I switch to yes it defaults right back to no and because of this I can't get this to work.
2. knowledge base isn't that great, (expect that to get better as you grow)
I can't seem to find your issue in our ticketing system, and I don't know who you emailed. Please feel free to file a ticket in our support system (or another ticket if you have one already) as if the issue is the no/yes dropdown that sounds like an easy bug to fix (though I can't reproduce it on my testbeds at the moment).
I was really disappointed.
We have been unable to reproduce the problem you're having -- you may need to try with another browser, or turn off any download acceleration software you might have running that may have corrupted your download somehow.
If you submit a ticket to our system, we can also email you the install package if need be, if there is something broken in the connection between your computer and our download site.