Instantify is a WordPress plugin that integrates Progressive Web Apps (PWA), Google AMP, and Facebook Instant Articles into one package (FBIA). The plugin combines them to deliver incredible speed and user experience across all platforms.
- Use active theme styles
- AMP + PWA + FBIA
- All content support
- Monetize advertisements
- Not Free
- AMP doesn't work well with some themes
Here is what we will talk about in the rest of this article:
The plugin Instantify developed by Daftplug and actually sold on Codecanyon is a masterpiece. It combines 3 features in one plugin, so you don’t have to install 3 different plugins and also avoids you having compatibility problems.
Getting the same with other solutions would be equivalent to spending more than 250$ per year! Don’t worry, we’ll detail all of this in the “why choose Instantify plugin” section.
What is a PWA?
What is a Progressive Web App ?
A progressive web app is a web application (a kind of shortcut) that can appear to the user in the same way as mobile applications. It can be viewed like a classic web site, from a secure URL, but allows a user experience similar to a mobile application.
A PWA offers a combination of speed, fluidity, and lightness while considerably limiting development costs: no more need to make specific developments for applications according to each platform (iOS, Android) and without the constraints of submitting to App-Stores, the high memory usage of the device…
So finally most of the visitors will think they are installing a mobile app but they are just installing your website as a shortcut on their smartphones as a “mobile application”.
What is AMP?
What is the Accelerated Mobile Pages?
Currently, Google likes sites that are fast and suitable for reading on a smartphone. Google has created the AMP open-source system that allows to make instantaneous web page display on mobile. You can learn more about why it’s loading so fast.
The advantages :
Highlighted by Google during searches and easier appearance in the best results.
To optimize the speed, the AMP page will not be pretty.
“Hint”, Instantify plugin use the CSS of your theme so it’s nicer!
What are FBAI?
What are Facebook Instant Articles?
An Instant Article is an HTML document that loads very quickly on Facebook giving publishers the ability to tell rich stories in a branded and customizable article format that renders fast on mobile.
Instant Articles provides a faster, Facebook-native way to distribute the content publishers already produce for their own websites. Every article published as an Instant Article must be published on a news publisher’s website as well. Learn more about Instant Articles
What Instantify can do
Progressive Web App
Add to Home Screen
Web App Manifest
A web app manifest is automatically created as a simple JSON file that tells the browser about your web application and how it should behave when “installed” on the user’s mobile device or desktop. Having a manifest is required by browsers to show the Add to Home Screen prompt.
You need to set all the following parameters:
- Name and short name of your web app
- Start page and description
- The icon of your web app
- Display mode and orientation
- Theme color and background color
Display an “Add to Home Screen” overlays for major mobile browsers to make your website installable and grant a prominent place on the user’s home screen, right next to the native apps.
You have to select the supported web browsers for installation overlays. We recommend choosing all the browsers available: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari.
You can choose different overlay types :
- Header banner
- Navigation menu
- Woocommerce Checkout
Offline usage adds offline support and reliable performance on your web app. This allows a visitor to load any previously viewed page while they are offline or on a low connectivity network. Instantify also defines a special “Offline Page”, which allows you to customize a message and the experience if the app is offline and the page is not in the offline cache.
Pull down navigation touchscreen gesture allows your users to drag the screen and then release it, as a signal to the application to refresh contents or navigate your web app.
Users will use it more to refresh the page than navigate on your app.
Swipe Navigation allows your users to execute web browser’s “Back” and “Next” actions by simply swiping on the screen anywhere on the website. Swiping left will result in going back and swiping right will result in going next.
Shake to refresh
Shake to refresh gesture brings amazing UX experience to your users by simply shaking the phone as a signal to your web application to refresh the contents of the screen.
Toast Messages provide simple feedback about an operation in a small popup. It only fills the amount of space required for the message and the current activity remains visible and interactive. Toasts automatically disappear after a timeout.
Cache and minify
Caching And minifying assets help your website load faster by minifying and storing your CSS and JS files in cache to serve assets from there when necessary.
The delivery optimization feature optimizes your CSS and JS files delivery by loading them asynchronously in the correct order for better performance.
Compression and caching
Compression and caching headers feature allows your webserver to compress static files and set Cache-Control Headers to your .htaccess for better assets serving.
Web push notifications allow users to opt-in to timely updates from sites they love and allow you to effectively re-engage them with customized, relevant content.
Compared to other PWA plugins, Push Notifications are automatically configured via VAPID method, so you don’t need additional configurations or Firebase project creation. Alternatively, you can use the OneSignal Push Notification plugin as a push notification service.
Instantify allows you to see your subscribers and manage them. So you can send them a push notification or unsubscribe them from your Subscription list. The send to all devices feature allows you to send a push notification to everyone who agreed to receive notifications.
The push notifications button is a custom subscription button on your website to increase the opt-in rate and allow your users to fully control when they want to subscribe and unsubscribe for your push notifications. It looks like a bell, you can change the color and the position on the website.
Accelerated Mobile Pages
Mode & Support
From this section, you are able to choose AMP mode. It determines the behavior of your website when accessed from mobile devices. If you choose AMP-First, your website will always load AMP only and all your links will be AMP.
If you choose Paired, your website will have both, non-AMP and AMP versions of your content.
From this section, you are able to enable or disable AMP support on particular post types and pages, including custom post types.
From this section, you can set up automatic AdSense ads. Using machine learning, Auto ads show ads only when they are likely to perform well and provide a good user experience.
You just need to enter your AdSense code and the advertisement will be displayed automatically on AMP pages.
If you don’t want or don’t like to display your ads automatically, you have 3 ways to display your ads :
- Above content
- Inside content
- Below content
Instantify is definitely marvelous, it allows you to track everything with everything. Here is the list below about the tracking services you can use :
- Google Analytics
- Facebook Pixel
- Segment Analytic
- Stat Counter
- Histats Analytic
- Yandex Metrica
- Chartbeat Analytics
- Clicky Analytics
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area and it should be respected.
Instantify allows you to activate a cookie banner to be compliant with GDPR law. You can even translate the content to make it on your own language.
Facebook Instant Articles
Settings & Post types
You have to connect your Facebook page to the instant articles by getting the numeric ID of your page and entering it in the field below.
You can also select which post types to be included in your Instant Articles Feed.
Select the post types where you have rich-text informative articles.
From this section you are allowed to set FBIA feed preferences. You can set custom copyright details, enable RTL publishing and define number of latest articles in your feed.
You can allow users to like and comment the whole single article in your Facebook Instant Articles feed.
Facebook Audience Network helps you monetize your Instant Articles by showing highly targeted ads that match the interests of your users. It’s a bit of a competitor to Google Adsense and only shows ads from Facebook ADS.
Instant Articles allow publishers to track the engagement with their articles through data that Facebook provides as well as data that publishers can gather by embedding in-house analytics tools or third-party measurement services.
Why you should use Instantify?
The main reasons why you should use Instantify
Currently, users and Google privilege sites that have a very fast loading time and are adapted to the mobile format (responsive).
More and more people are surfing the internet with their smartphones and are generally not so patient as to wait 2 or 3 seconds for the site to be displayed.
Using Instantify will allow you to :
- Get a faster site on mobile
- Get repeat visitors if they add the shortcut (PWA) on their smartphones
- Send push notifications (free of charge)
- Benefit from advanced statistics
- Appearing in AMP sites as a google search result
- Display advertising banners in mobile format
- Get faster article loading time on Facebook
- Display Facebook audience network banner ads on Facebook articles in mobile format
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Instantify?
Instantify is a WordPress plugin. It combines 3 features in one plugin such as PWA + AMP + FBIA.
Is Instantify the best solution for a PWA + AMP system?
The actual AMP WordPress plugins can’t use the same style as your WordPress theme. Considering that, we can say that Instantify is the best choice. Plus, it’s also cheaper, provides PWA + FBIA features!
Do I have to pay monthly?
Instantify is sold on Codecanyon. It’s a one time payment, you get 6 months support and if you need more support, you will have to pay.
How long do I get the updates?
You will get lifetime updates, as long as the developer keeps updating his wordpress plugin.
How long do I get the support?
When you purchase the plugin, you will get the included support for 6 months. If after this period you need to contact support, you will have to pay for another 6 months.
Does it work with my WordPress theme?
We advise you to ask the developers if you have any doubt. Otherwise, you can try at your own risk and lose $25 if it’s not compatible.