Add to HomeScreen WordPress plugin invites your readers to add your blog as an icon / web app on home screen of their iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
This plugin uses Add to home screen's Cubiq script to place a floating balloon inviting the user to add a website to their home screen as a standard iOs application. It's a good way to retain visitors coming to your blog, especially if you don't want to develop an expensive application just to let them read articles of your WordPress blog.
The floating balloon is compatible with iPhone/iPod touch, iPhone4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s+, iPhone7, iPhone 7s+ and iPad.
Thanks to the functions of the Cubiq script, there are many features and allowed customizations:
- Message: type the message that you want inside the floating window. If you don't custom the message, the script checks the user's locale and shows a default message in an appropriate language. You can also force a language.
- Animation: drop, bubble or fade.
- Delays: before showing the message and its duration.
- Expire: minutes before displaying the message again.
- Touch icon: icon of your app but also image while your app is loading.
- Show to returning visitors only: to only target returning visitors and not irritate first time visitors.
- Custom the title of your application.
- Show message on homepage only or on the entire blog.
Check a demo in my blog (load it on an iPhone for instance).
This plugin provides support for language translations. Help me to translate it by notifying me in comments and I'll add your mo/po files to the official plugin.
Available languages: English, French and German. Thanks to Julian for the German translation!
If a visitor adds my blog to its home screen, will the balloon continue to appear?
Your blog will open on Safari browser when you will tap on your icon, and the balloon will continue to appear (unfortunately, we cannot prevent it from being opened in this mode even if user has alreay added the blog to its homescreen). The solution is to set an important expire timeframe (e.g on year) in the options page.
I made changes on options page but nothing's changed when I load my blog?
- Clear your cache if you're using a cache plugin
- Clear your Safari cache/cookies.
- Reboot Safari: on iPhone for instance, you have to double-click on the home button, then press Safari button several seconds and click on the close button.
The blog title on my icon is cut?
Application names on the home screen are limited to a maximum of 12 characters, so anything beyond that will be truncated. Try to keep the title of your application under 13 characters on the iPhone if you want to prevent it from being cut off. Fortunately, there is an option in the plugin to customize your application title, it can be very useful especially if the title of your blog is too long.
Will the floating balloon appear on iOS7 devices?
Yes, and the icon will be displayed correctly depending on both pre and post iOS 7 devices.
New version tested up to 4.8.1. Some old functionnalities have been removed.
Fix for the iOS 7 web app status bar. German translation added.
Floating balloon updated for iOS 7.
New home screen icons and startup screens for all iOs devices (ipad, iPhone 5, etc...).
Fix bug with "homepage only or all pages" option. Some little performance improvements.
Improvement of the bottom navigation bar on Web App: added forward and reload buttons. Allow using Safari mode in Web App. Fix bug with the "returningVisitor" function.
Improvement CSS of the Web App. Allow opening the balloon on homepage only or all pages.
Touch startup image that is displayed while the web application launches. Prevent links switching to Safari browser. Add navigation bar (back button) in the Web App.
Allow customizing Web App Title.
Ability to use device and icon tags when customizing the message. Allow using apostrophe in custom message.
Display title of the page.
First version of the plugin.
- Upload add-to-home-screen-wp folder to the '/wp-content/plugins/' directory or install it via the WordPress dashboard.
- Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress. The floating balloon is now enabled.
- Go to Settings > ATHS Options and play with settings.
Plugin Option page
Plugin Option page
Example of the English floating balloon
Example of the French floating balloon