Creating an Apple Business Manager Account

The Apple Business Manager Program allows for apps to be deployed privately (not via the Public App Store), whereby your user will be given a unique to code to download your app.

Creating an Apple Business Manager account is free. To complete the enrolment, you will need:

  • Your company’s DUNS number
  • Your company’s VAT number
  • An email address not already associated with an Apple ID

To enrol as an Apple Business Manager, go to https://business.apple.com/#enrollment

Follow the instructions, and complete each of the fields:

The work email address will be used to create a new Apple ID. You will be asked to verify your email and set up the Apple ID details before returning to the enrolment process:

Now complete the rest of the steps, to provide a verification contact (someone else in your business to verify your application) and the details of your business, including DUNS and VAT numbers.

On the ‘Institution Details’ screen, you will need to enter your DUNS number. If you aren’t sure what your DUNS number is, you can look it up here.

After you submit your application, it may take up to 24 hours for Apple to get in touch with your verification contact, and another 24 hours to process your application.

Claiming your redeemable VPP Codes

Once your application has been successful, you will be able to sign in to your Apple VPP account at https://deploy.apple.com

After your app is built, you can request redeemable unique codes from within your account, for your app. Simply download the spreadsheet of unique codes, and send it to us:

            

 

 

 

When you send us your spreadsheet of unique codes, we will load this in to our SMS system, so that your users can request and redeem a unique code to download the app.

Creating a Google Play Developer Account & Inviting us to it as an Admin

Creating a Google Play Developer Account

To create a Google Play Developer Account, for your app to be published on the Google Play Store, visit https://play.google.com/apps/publish

Sign up as a new developer using a Google email account, and pay the £25 one-off fee to Google.

After you have created your account, you’ll need to invite us so that we can publish your app.

Adding us to your Google Play Developer Account

To publish your Android app on your behalf, we’ll need access to your Google Play Developer Account.

While signed in to our account on the Google Developer Console, click ‘Users and Permissions’ in the left-hand menu, then click the ‘Invite New Users’ button:

On the next screen, enter developer@theappbuilder.com as the email address. Then click on the ‘account settings’ tab, and tick to give us admin access. Finally, press the Invite User button:

Now send an email to your Client Success Manager to let them know you’ve sent the invite, and they’ll log in to accept it.

App Build Asset Requirements

To complete your app build, we need a number of assets. Either you can provide these, or our design team can create them, should you request this via your Client Success Manager.

To create these assets on your behalf, at minimum we require an app name, your company’s branding guidelines, and some high-resolution images of company logos, ideally in vector format, e.g Adobe Illustrator (.ai) files. We will then provide you with a mockup.

The design assets fit on to the app as follows:

 

If you do wish to create all of the app assets yourself, here’s everything that you’ll need to provide:

Adding TheAppBuilder to your Apple Developer and iTunes Connect Accounts

Once you have created your Apple Developer Program account for the public app store, you will need to invite us to your account team, so that we can deploy and manage the app on your behalf.

First, sign in to your Apple Developer Account at https://developer.apple.com, then click on ‘People’:

Now click on the blue ‘Invite People’ button:

In the ‘Invite as Admin’ field, enter developer@docs.docs.docs.docs.docs.docs.docs.docs.docs.docs.thrive.app then click on the blue ‘Invite’ button at the bottom of the screen:

Part one is now complete, but you still need to separately invite us to your iTunes Connect account! Go back to your account overview screen, and this time click on iTunes Connect:

On the next screen, click on the icon for ‘Users and Roles’:

 

Now click on the + icon beside ‘Users’:

And complete the fields as per the below screenshot, with developer@docs.docs.docs.docs.docs.docs.docs.docs.docs.docs.thrive.app in the email field:

Now click ‘Next’. On the next screen, tick the boxes labelled ‘App Manager’, ‘Sales’ and ‘Reports’:

Click ‘Next’. Now on the next screen, leave all the notifications settings as they are, and click ‘Save’.

That’s it! We will receive invitations to your Apple Developer Account and iTunes Connect Account to manage and deploy the app on your behalf.

Enable Liking & Commenting per Channel or Page

Our social features – liking and commenting, can be enabled and disabled at channel level, and even if you have liking and commenting enabled for your channel, you can still choose to disable these for particular articles or pages.

Enabling / Disabling Social Features for a Channel

Click on the Cog Icon at the top of the CMS:

 

 

Then select ‘Channels’ under ‘Channel Management’ on the left menu

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now choose the channel for which you want to enable or disable liking and / or commenting by clicking ‘View’:

On the next screen, you have the ability to enable and disable liking and / or commenting by selecting or de-selecting the check boxes, then clicking ‘Save Changes’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enabling / Disabling Social Features for a Page

If you have commenting and / or liking enabled for your channel, you will see the options to turn off commenting and liking for an individual page on the right, just under the Save and Publish Button:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Simply un-tick the required checkboxes to turn off social features for that page.

 

Likes and Comments Enabled

Likes Enabled, Comments Disabled