When a small business considers making a mobile app, it generally thinks about the app in terms of customer service, a new sales outlet or simply a way to get the word out about the business. That's all fine, but what about an app meant for internal use, by employees only? Mobile login for your app is very useful in this case!
TechCo states that internal business apps can drastically improve productivity in your company, due to the leveraging of investments in mobile hardware and the ability to connect your employees with devices that carry systems for customer relationship management and other key services.
You can find thousands of features to install while building your small business mobile app, but how do you go about generating an app that is only accessible to people in your organization?
Enter the iBuildApp Login Page feature.
This gem provides a login page to prevent people from moving forward unless they have the proper login information.
How Does the Login Page Feature Work?
You have two options when using the Login Page feature. The first allows you to prevent users from accessing the entire mobile app, meaning that the login page reveals itself right after someone downloads the app to their phone and opens the app. This is obviously ideal for companies that don't want any customers seeing what the app is all about.
The second option is to place the login page before a specific feature or page in your mobile app. So, for example, maybe you run a membership program, where the members get exclusive access to coupons in your mobile app, but you still want your regular customers to view the rest of the app. Maybe your app is meant for customer service, or selling items, yet you still need a page for your employees to login and access certain functions.
How Does a User Get Logged In?
Upon landing on the Login Page, the user sees an option to register, which would eventually let them see the content beyond the login page. The person can then fill in their own name, email and password for getting into the app in the future. They can then click on the Register button to move on, and even specify that they want the phone or tablet to remember them for the future.
The second screen is called the Login screen, which is useful for those who have already created profiles on the Register screen. The user is prompted to punch in their email and password to login and move forward to the desired app or content in an app.
How Do You Configure the Mobile Login Screen Feature in Your App?
Once you activate the Login Screen feature in your desired app, go to the Edit module and click on the Manage Content section to modify or possibly add the feature for the first time. The Login Screen feature moves directly to the right side of the features list to show that it guards the gateway for users to enter.
The first step is to ensure that the feature is On, which it should be by default. If you move the switch to Off, this will remove the feature from your app completely.
The Mobile Login Location is one of the most important parts of the feature, since you can choose to have the page protect your entire app or just a specific feature.
If you want the login page to protect just one feature, select that option, and go to the drop down menu to choose which feature you would like to place the login screen in front of.
The next requirement is to choose whether you want to provide automatic access or require owner approval. When selecting Automatic Access, anyone can create a login and access your content. When you choose Require Owner Approval, you receive a message to approve all applicants.
Email verification will prevent users from using the app or feature until they verify the email they used to register. In short, it's a way to prevent spam and to ensure that people intentionally signed up for the app.
The final area of concern is the Add User button, which is bright green, towards the bottom of the page. Click on this if you'd rather generate User profiles for your employees from the backend. This way, you can simply give your employees the information later instead of making everyone create their own profiles.
To add a user, type in the email, name and password. Click on Save.
All existing users show up in a handy little list for you to reference in the future. Feel free to edit or delete any of the users whenever you want.
That's it for discussing the new Login Page feature from iBuildApp. The tool is rather simple to implement and teach to your employees, allowing you to turn your app into something more than just a customer-centric tool. Consider blocking off exclusive content or maybe even an image library or calendar used only by your employees.
Regardless, have fun with it and let us know if you have any questions about the new Login Feature in the comments section below.
Joe Warnimont is a freelance tech writer who mans the iBuildApp blog, along with his personal Write With Warnimont blog. When not playing around with apps and gadgets, he's brushing up on his German or riding his bike in Chicago.