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Step-By-Step Process Of Creating Mobile App Using Laravel PHP Framework

Since its release in 2011, Laravel has expanded exponentially and has become one of the most recognized PHP frameworks. There are a huge number of Laravel development companies all over the world. Laravel is set on simplicity, clarity, and speed, which makes it a preferred choice for companies and individuals who want to develop apps.

The PHP framework, Laravel has occupied a major spot in mobile app development as it provides high speed of development with less reviewing time and also ensures that the business acquires more revenue from the vast flexibility that the app offers. 

Building an app using Laravel implies that you are building a hybrid app from your already existing Laravel projects. Let’s have a look at the steps:

#Step 1: Installation of Laravel

The very first thing which you need to do is to install Laravel. You can skip this step In case you have an existing Laravel project. While installing Laravel, make sure that you get permissions to edit the directory in which the site will be hosted. You can also get the permission from your server administrator. 

Next, move to the Apache directory, represented as the following:

cd /var/www/html

Note that this could change depending on how Apache setup has been done. 

When you have hit the Apache public directory, you can now build a novel Laravel project.

Whether one uses a composer or Laravel Installer, the results are going to be the same. 

The commands for building the new Laravel project are as follows: 

composer create-project –prefer-dist laravel/laravel blog

cd blog

One is also required to change the owners of the below folders so as to allow Apache users (usually www-data) to have both write as well as read permissions. The commands to use are as follows:

sudo chown –R www-data:www-data storage

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data vendor

 

Now go to search bar and type the following:

https://{YOUR-DOMAIN-NAME}

You should see a page labeled as Laravel.

#Step2: Integration Of Laravel-Mobile-Detect

For this, click on the project root directory (mostly /var/www /html), and then initiate the following command:

composer require river skies/laravel-mobile-detect

After you run the above command, now open the following file:

resources/views/welcome.blade.php

Then, include these lines before <!DOCTYPE html>

@desktop

<h1>Desktop view</h1>

@elsedesktop

<h1>Mobile view</h1>

@enddesktop

Now open https://{YOUR-DOMAIN-NAME} on the desktop to view the desktop version.

You can see the mobile version of the page, labeled as “Laravel Mobile View” when you visit the same page and open using either your mobile device or using the mobile simulation for Google Chrome. 

Creating The Mobile App

To create your mobile app, you need to download Slymax Webview and then open Android Studio. Also, unzip the directory that you download and later open it within Android Studio.

Now, you are required to edit Slymax Webview template by following the below steps:

  • Uncomment line 31 within the MainActivity.java section and in that page, replace the https://example.com with your URL.

  • You also need to uncomment line 34.

  • Now open section “MyAppWebViewClient.java” and replace the part on “example.com” using your domain name.

After replacing the example.com section with the URL of your domain, now you can run the app either on your smartphone device or using the Google Chrome emulator.You are all set to use your mobile app.

Conclusion:The entire process of building a mobile app using an existing Laravel project might appear daunting as well as technical in case you do not understand the coding language, you may wish to leave the work to dedicated and experienced Laravel development services. For more updates on the same, drop us an email and our team will reach out to you soon. 

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Written by Rotan Sharma

I specialize in copy writing and content strategy for B2B companies. I helped companies develop a brand voice that resonates with their customers through engaging website copy, blogs, case studies, and Q&As. Right now, I am associated with OnGraph Technologies as Technical Writer and helping the company build authority in the domain of web and mobile application development.

 

 

 

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  1. Thanks for the article. I have checked many articles on this topic but couldn’t find a complete explanation and then I found your article. Surely, you must have done great research for this article.

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