Stores your contact information. This includes information like your address, phone number, e-mail address, and website, as well as your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. Users can now call or email you at the click of a button. Users will be shown the route to your address in their smartphone's map application if they click on your address.
Adding your contact details
- Click on Add block.
- Select the Contact block and click Next.
- Fill in your contact details.
- Name - Give your "Contact" building block a name here. This is the name that will be used in your app menu.
- Address - List the address that you'd like to make public to your users. AppMachine will show suggestions from Google Maps as you enter your address. The address will be designated on your map with a pin.
- Phone Number - Enter your phone number here. Users will be able to use this to contact you straight from the app. This works similarly to the "Call" building block. For more information, check the "Call" article.
- Email - Enter you email address here. The app will open an email client with the correct contact info when users click on the address.
- Website - Enter your website's URL here. Clicking on the URL will take the user to your website in a mobile browser.
- Twitter - Enter your Twitter name here (without the "@" symbol). AppMachine will check if you've entered a valid Twitter name and confirm its validity with a green checkmark. Clicking on the Twitter name will take users to your Twitter profile in a mobile browser.
- Facebook - Enter your Facebook account here. You can enter either your Facebook account name or the URL to the desired Facebook page. AppMachine will check if you've entered a valid Facebook name or URL and confirm its validity with a green checkmark. Clicking on the Facebook account will take users to your Facebook page in a mobile browser. The Facebook link in the "Contact" building block behaves differently than a "Facebook" building block. The "Facebook" building block displays posts using your design settings within the app from an account designated.
- LinkedIn - Enter your LinkedIn account here. AppMachine will check if you've entered a valid LinkedIn name and confirm its validity with a green checkmark. Clicking on the LinkedIn account will take users to your LinkedIn page in a mobile browser.
- Description - You are free to use this space to enter any extra information you feel is relevant. You edit this block using the text editor. The text editor allows you to style your text and even add images and/or videos.
Click Next when you have filled in your details.
Fill in the name of the block.
Click on the icon if you want to change the image used in the menu.
- Edit provides a wide range of image editing options for you to manipulate your icon image.
- Replace allows you to choose from a wide range of AppMachine icons or upload your own.
- Remove removes the icon so that only text is used (in this case "Contact") is presented in your app's menu.
- When you’re done, click Finish.
Configuring the "Contact" building block
Now that you've added the "Contact" building block, it's time to configure it. There are only two settings screens available here: Settings and Design.
Settings allows you to influence how the block will function and the Design settings will determine the aesthetics of the block.
Here you can change a number of things like:
- The name of the building block
- The icon that will show up in the app menu
- The values of the different contact info fields
- The top image (the image displayed on top of the screen above the content)
Should the need arise to keep the users of your published app from using this portion of the app, then you can always make use of the "ON/OFF" sliding selector.
Slide the selector to "OFF" to keep users from seeing the Contact block. Now you can continue developing your app without worrying about users coming upon areas that you haven't finished developing as of yet. Once you are satisfied with your progress, slide the selector back to "ON" to publish this portion of your app.
These settings allow you to make aesthetic changes to your app in magnificent detail. If you'd like to know more about how Design works, click here.
Frequently Asked Questions
- This building block features the ability create links to my Facebook and Twitter accounts while you already offer building blocks to integrate these services into my app. Isn't that a bit redundant?
Yes. Don't feel obligated to enter this information in the "Contact" building block if you've already created building blocks for Twitter and Facebook. On the other hand, it might not be a bad idea to bundle your contact information in one place for easy reference.