Now that you know the difference between the admin and customer control panel, let’s take a closer look at the admin panel. The admin control panel is where you’ll be administrating over your apps. In this video, I’ll walk you through the steps it takes to create your first app and go over all the sections in the sidebar. Let’s get started!
This is where you’ll be managing all of your users. By adding a user, you are granting that person a certain level of access to your system. Users can be your customers, or colleagues that are working with you on your app. Depending on who you are adding to the system, you can select a user ROLE to determine how much access they have to your admin and customer dashboards. By default, users will be set to App Owners. App owners only have access to the customer control panel — NOT the admin control panel. An example of an app owner would be your customer. The second role, the admin role, provide access to both the admin and customer control panels. You are an admin, so be sure to only grant admin access to your colleagues or coworkers.
To add a new user:
- Click on “Add New User”
- Input their email, name, select their role.
- If applicable, select the app that you’d like them to be on.
We haven’t created an app yet, so let’s move to App Management to create one.
App Management is where you’ll be managing your apps.
To add a new app, click “Add New App”. The required fields here are App Name and Configuration. However, if you try to select a configuration on your control panel, you’ll see an error message pop up. This is because your account currently has no configurations set-up. Let’s move over there to create one.
Configurations can be used to control what app features your customers have access to, which allows you to tier your business model. Maybe some features are free, some you have to pay for. This is where you can make decisions on all of that. We’ll go over this in more detail in our Configurations video, but for now let’s create one.
To create a configuration, click “Add New Configuration”. Give your configuration a title.
Now, these are all of our available Stock Plugins that you can choose to include in your configurations. Feel free to select whichever you’d like. Since this is your first configuration, we are going to setup a Trial configuration, and I am going to enable all of the plugins. For Upgrade and Intercom, we’ll leave these as “Hide” for now.
Configuration Type has two options
This is how we separate the apps that you pay for from the ones that you don’t. For Trial, publishing is not available, so you can have as many Trial apps as you’d like. Not to worry — you can always upgrade an apps configuration to Premium in the future when you are ready to publish it.
Premium apps can be published to the App Stores and count as the apps you pay us for. You’ll see that if I select Premium, a bunch of options appear to customize publishing settings and push notification capabilities. Don’t worry about this so far. For our first configuration, we’ll be selecting Trial, which has no extra options. Now click Save.
Now let’s go back to App Management, Add New App. Now you can complete creating your first App because you have a configuration to select now, so give it a name and choose the configuration you just created. When you’re done, don’t forget to click Create.
Congratulations! You’ve just created your first app! In another video, we will open up your first app to begin building. We’ll put this to the side for now as I show you the rest of the admin control panel.
Right under App Management is the Build Queue section. This is a tool that you’ll use to basically monitor the publishing status of your apps. Yours should look empty for now because you’ve only created an app — it hasn’t yet been submitted for publishing. Once you build and publish more apps, this will start to fill up.
DIY Settings is a paid add-on feature that if you haven’t already, you might need to upgrade to take full advantage of. But here’s a brief overview:
Your app business is split into three parts: Signing Up, Building, and Upgrading/Publishing. The basic plan we offer for our white labellers only include the Building process. What about the Signing Up and Upgrading? That’s what DIY takes care of. For more information, check out our two videos on DIY Settings here:
Upload a logo and insert your account details in the Settings section.
The Help Section allows you to control the Help Section that your customers will be interacting with on the customer control panel. Our team has already setup your account with our standard help page, but you can always customize this page with your own help content in the future.
The final Settings section is for API Keys. If your plan doesn’t not include DIY, then do not worry about the first 4 APIs. Intercom and Segment are integrations that we have on our platform that you can take advantage of if you have an account with them. Intercom is a customer support tool and Segment is an analytics platform.
And that’s it for part 1 of our control panel overview videos. You’ve learned how to create a configuration, add a new app, add a new user, and assign that user to your app. Alongside all of this, you’ve also been given a brief overview of the Build Queue, DIY, and Settings.
Watch the next video in the series here.