Allow some organization branding in the member app
First, I like the member mobile app.. shows promise, and I appreciate all the work that's gone into it.
Initial feedback we've had from limited testing is that the app is great, but there is nowhere in the app that the information is linked to the organization.
It would be beneficial to have some sort of organization branding within the app once a member has logged in.
It would be beneficial to have the app
Personal profile screen already contains information about organization. Could it be a solution to make personal profile a first screen after login?
I think for us, it would be worth making the profile screen as the first screen as a good first step.
You could try making the member profile the first page, and see what feedback arises from it.
Here are two ideas for the member app. I hope they can be retrieved..
In a perfect world, the app would detect your location, present you with a list of associations in your area, the user picks one and the login screen appears complete with logo.
At this juncture I think Id be happy with a splash screen and logo, just to get it out the door in a form our members would be able to use.
Why can't the URL of the website be the very first thing you enter before any credentials are requested.
Step 1. give us your link
Step 2. load the logo and display login info
Step 3. login with username/password
Once that's all saved, the logo always shows until you logout.
Unless it’s a stored variable after the first login.
Alex.. see, I thought about that as a suggestion, but where would the domain be entered? A user setting wouldn't work for our organization.
The call https://help.wildapricot.com/display/DOC/Accounts+API+V2+call could need to be expanded or altered to allow unauthenticated public access to this call to retrieve information if given a domain name.
Maybe add the following properties to this call when queried publicly by domain name:
"Mobile App Message": "<yourmessage>",
"Mobile App Logo": "public URL to logo",
At minimum the logo should display BEFORE login credentials are provided. Is it possible to provide the domain name or website of the organization and then based on that information a logo could come up. I think the API would need to allow to retrieve unauthenticated information for discovery purposes of at least a mobile APP logo. That way once the URL is set the logo is always displayed and you can then login with credentials.
This way you can use the same app to access multiple wild apricot websites by just configuring the url of the website you wish to access.
The URL could be provided BEFORE access credentials are asked for to validate you're logging in to the right website.
Opening the website from the logo header would work for sure.
Dawn Bellinger commented
Agreed...custom branding at the app store level is not necessary and would be cost prohibitive. BUT, I agree that our logo and title would be important so that our members know they are logged into our "site." In fact, ideally our logo header, if clicked, would open our website in their browser on their device. Thank you!
Agreed.. I wouldn’t expect custom branding at the App Store level, that’s what app developers for hire are for.
The ideal would probably be the WA login screen, then a splash screen with a logo, then the logo in a header or possibly a footer above the menu options? That’s my two cents anyway.
Making custom branding on App Store level is going to be a nightmare for Wild Apricot. It means that each app for each organization has to be published separately (uploaded, reviewed by App Store staff, enabled by WA). With our number of organization and number of employees, not worth of investments - until we charge some extra for it.
Branding inside the app, though, makes total sense for me and can be quite easily done.
I guess it wouldn’t be a “title screen”.. a splash screen would be more like it.
Mark Hastings commented
I am fine with telling my members to go to the app store download the Wild Apricot Member app. When they log into the app, that's when they will see the branding for our organization.
My first idea would be something as simple as a user defined logo in the settings that would maybe appear in the title bar, or just below it. Maybe even a title screen before the events screen appears, with the logo and saying “Hello <member first name>, welcome to the <association name>.