In today’s time when we see a new app builder launched in the market every month or so, it’s hard to beat the cutthroat competition. The advantage goes to app builders that help you create an app without writing even a single line of code. Nonetheless, these app builders are far from perfect because there are some glitches and limitations in their support, compatibility or some other parameters. And then there are many app builders that offer free of charge app creation, and ask for payment only when you plan to publish your app on various app stores. If you don’t pay for these subscriptions, your apps will be taken off the stores.
Furthermore, Siberian CMS takes the app maker game to another level, as their two commercial editions are dedicated to resellers, and the software has been created with this idea in mind, which make us recommend it if you want to create app for your users. Their “Platform Edition” even allows you to launch your own app maker, as if launched YOUR Goodbarber…
With so many app makers available in the market, there is always a catch or a limitation, so what should a business owner choose to go with? Logic, practicality and our team, we all recommend you to go for an open source app building platform. And this exactly what a France based company named Xtraball has done. Today, we will talk about Siberian CMS, an open source app building platform, which also happens to be a free CMS. So let’s get started with our Siberian CMS review!
Once installed, Siberian is very easy to use and to master. The design of the app maker is also a good point, as it has been made thinking of the user, meaning that you won’t get lost while designing your app. Each step has its own importance and helps you create the really app you want in a flash.
Siberian CMS offers numerous templates and layouts which are usable as soon as you start building your app. But their system is stupendous when it comes to the customization of these. Indeed, you can add options to your layout and also use the tips they provide so that your app really looks the way you want. There is no way you can’t achieve building your app the way you imagined it with Siberian CMS!
Siberian CMS offers free language packs for the most widely used languages around the world. You can also make apps in your native language, you just need to translate the necessary files in this CMS so that it can support the language, and you’ll be able to make region based apps before you can say Blueberry Cheesecake.
Once again with the E-Commerce integration, Siberian is one of the most complete app makers. You can create your own store from scratch, with payment gateways integrated (Paypal, Stripe, but it is also possible to develop and integrate another payment gateway if you need too). There is a native WooCommerce module that you can add to your app, and you can also add links to your Volusion, Magento or Shopify stores. What else is left to ask?
You can log into your apps through a Facebook login, and you can add your Facebook fanpage. A Twitter feature is on its way to display your Twitter account as well.
Regarding other integrations, you can add pictures galleries from Instagram, videos from Youtube, Vimeo or even video podcasts. On the other hand, you can add music from iTunes or podcasts.
This is not the very best app maker in terms of social media integration yet, but the fact that you would be able to develop and integrate any social media feature you would be interested in makes Siberian CMS awesome, undoubtedly.
Siberian offers a great overall documentation on how to build your apps, how to manage your clients and everything from the back office, including videos. Thus, it is easy to master Siberian CMS in a few minutes. And in case you would have any doubt, just drop them an email and they will answer quickly to help you out.
Regarding the technical assistance, their support team is really efficient and they do everything they can to solve any issue you may have as fast as possible. They told us that Support is an absolute priority to them and from what we have seen, we can’t say the opposite!
Siberian CMS comes across as a great app building platform that makes creating apps a breeze. Many business owners are not coders and know the requirements of their apps precisely can take advantage of its simple Drag and Drop interface. Just choose the kind of app you need, add the features you want, and fill the app relevant content.
As most of the app makers available on the market, Siberian CMS allows you to create apps for iOS, Android, and also a HTML5 webapp that you can use on Windows Phone for example.
Siberian CMs literally packs the maximum punch among all the app building tools we have tested so far. The most prominent feature is that it’s open source, and white label in real sense. You just need to buy your CMS, and every app you create from there onward is your sole property. And then there are other “classic” features such as the Newswall, RSS Feeds, Images galleries, Unlimited Page customization options, social media integration, loyalty cards and a lot more… You can have a look at what they have to offer here.
In the back office, Team Management is another strong suit of Siberian CMS. Team management feature lets you decide which user can access which option of the editor. You can define user roles and set access limitations as per your requirements. There are two ways to do this:
- Define User Roles so that a particular user group can include only a particular set of features.
- Make an Access Control List that defines the access limit of each app user.
This allows you to have a complete control over who has access to what.
Siberian CMS back office also allows you to make custom sales plans with the Platform Edition. You can decide if the users have to pay a subscription or a one-time fee, or even both if you want. And the more the better, you can create as many sales plans as you wish. And once you have users, the invoices are automatically managed by the software!
All these back office features, made in order to manage your app business from A to Z, are another great point in favor of Siberian CMS if you intend to make apps for your clients.
Siberian CMS has three editions and both are completely white:
- The Single-App Edition: it’s free and allows you to create one application
- The Multi-Apps Edition: you can create as many apps as you want, for as many clients as you want
- €399 one-time fee if you host Siberian on your own server
- €79/month if you want to be hosted on their server
- The Platform Edition: you can do the same as with the Multi-Apps Edition but it also allows you to launch your own app platform and have your own resellers: your clients will be able to self-register, create their app and pay online according to the payment plans you have set up.
- €799 one-time fee if you host Siberian on your own server
- €149/month if you want to be hosted on their server
If you’ve gone through the previous app builders we’ve reviewed so far, you may feel Siberian is not so different from the rest. But there’s more than meets the eye here. You see, none of the other app builders are open source. You’ve got to buy them on regular basis, and the day you don’t pay for the subscription, your apps will be removed from the market. And then there are some app builders that ask you to subscribe for an expensive plan to give you a white label app, the rest of them will have their respective branding on your apps.
But that’s not the case with Siberian CMS. Buy it once, and it’s yours. No need to pay for subscription again and again. Plus, as you get the source code of the software, you can include any feature you want, change the design as you deem fit, and above all, no Siberian CMS branding anywhere on the app. Siberian CMS means freedom in the world of app makers!
Resellers will specially find Siberian CMS very useful, as the CMS they purchase will make the apps and the platform their own property. In simple words, there’s almost everything and anything regarding app creation that you can do here.
There are many in-built features that come along already integrated with Siberian CMS. Furthermore, if you want to include additional add-ons, you can include the ones available in their marketplace, or import the ones that you have created from scratch. Open source projects are always a favorite among developers and designers, and rightly so!
If you are looking for an app builder that truly transforms the way you make apps and how you use and resell them, Siberian CMS is your best choice.