There have been a few questions come up regarding MobiCart and what it does, and the difference between a native app and a mobile CSS theme.
MobiCart is not a native app that enables you to manage your shopping cart admin panel. MobiCart has a built in CMS, however, instead of creating you a website, MobiCart will create you a native app.
Now the issue is if you lets say have 1,000 products in your shopping cart, you need to get them into MobiCart without having to type them all out again. This is where our API comes in.
The API can be made to work simply so you could import all your products into MobiCart, and when an order was placed on a phone, that order would be pushed back up to your shopping cart. You can also extend this and manage every aspect of MobiCart from within your shopping cart. You could create a page in your admin called ‘mobile’ and have all the settings needed in there.
Now the next question is, why not just have a mobile CSS theme instead of native app.
Our advice would be to have both as a mobile CSS theme is still very good to have and also quick to implement.
However there are many features which is a mobile CSS theme cannot do. With a native app you can do things such as:
- Enhanced UI
- Push notifications
- Stores locators
- On-device loyalty schemes
- Select from address book
- Barcode scanning
- Location based services
The list goes on. The above features are only possible with a native app and open up a whole load of possibilities.
The best part of all this is MobiCart is free and open source! Designers can build and sell new themes and developers, extensions.