Yes, How to build your own app store, because… well… for one thing, fuck the internet gods. Fuck Apple’s app store, and fuck Google’s app store. There are alternatives (THERE ARE ALWAYS ALTERNATIVES)!! I was curious about it, and I knew that there were apps (here and there) spread throughout the internet, and wondered if an alternative store could be possible.
Turns out – the answer is yes! There are lots of alternative app stores, independent app stores, etc. The big stores don’t always let everything in (especially Apple) and sometimes it’s because it’s malware (so be careful with the below list) but often, it’s not malware at all; a lot of apps don’t make the cut because… the internet gods are a bunch of fucking morons with too much control and they’re snobs. Straight up. There are tons of apps that COULD be on those stores, but weren’t able to make the cut for no good reason. Some of them are too “adult” in nature, but actually, most of them are not (and even if they were, what’s wrong with that?) It’s nonsense that a few companies have so much power, fuck em! I’ll give some tips on making your own app store, but first, here’s a list of some of the independent or non-google/non-apple-etc-stores/markets, here are ten:
I read some info about using Android apps outside of the “regular” one (in this case, “regular” being code for the Shitty Google Play Store) and instead of pretending like I thought it up myself, I’ll just quote it from http://beebom.com :::
In order to enable third party App installation
- Go to the Settings app.
- Scroll down to Security.
- Enable Unknown Sources.
For Apple? I don’t know. I didn’t look into it.
So.. What about making my OWN app store??? You promised in the title you’d mention that!
Yes, I did.
Ok. So there’s a site called GetJar that offers services for folks looking to start their own app stores, and they have tens of millions of apps ready. That’s just ONE site that I found, I’m sure if you did your own digging you’d find all kinds of other services too.
If you don’t want something like that and want to do it more DIY, ok. Here’s a list of things to consider to making an app store:
First, you’re going to need the content. The apps. Where are they coming from? Are you doing them all yourself? Do you program dozens and dozens of apps? Do you run a company or some kind of operation that makes apps? Do you want to just search the web and look for free apps to add to your store? Do you want to post on different forums or ask app-designers if they’d consider putting their app in your store? These are all important things to consider. I don’t have a list of people with 70 million apps to let you sell (I think GetJar does, actually) but WHERE you get the apps is important. Maybe you’ll be forced to start small and just start telling people about your independent app store, or maybe it’ll be themed, and you’re catering to a niche: specific types of games, writing and note-taking and organizational apps, alarm apps, whatever, that parts all up to you…
Second, obviously you need to buy the domain from a domain registrar, and connect it to the server, and building a website could be a whole other topic, so I’ll assume you can do that, or find out how, because the real point here isn’t how to just build a website, but how to make an APP store. The basics are: have a website on a server and connect a domain name to it. If you need more help with that, you’ll have to read up on that and come back here later.
Third, assuming you have the domain name and/or site, there are a few different ways to go about specifically turning it into an app store. You could set up a forum – this will allow you to set up categories and allow people to post their apps there. There are so many different ways to do this, and it depends on your coding level. If you can’t code, it’s not the end of the world, though… There’s always SMF (I’ll mention it a little later)
Once you have a forum (if you chose to set one up) you could charge a dollar for developers, or whatever you want, or just leave it open and free. You could arrange a deal to give the developer part of the money and you part of the money – or, you could make it all free. There are tons of forum-making tools out there, and again, that could be a WHOLE article as well, and I want to focus on just the theme of MAKING AN APP STORE, so I’ll assume, again, that you can find a site that allows forum-creation… Even if it is SMF (which isn’t hard at all – but you’ll definitely want to get anti-spam plugins if you go with SMF, and definitely host on a good server, though, because the free ones they have will crash if you have more than a couple dozen people show up…which, obviously you want, right? It happened to me before I got space on a friend’s server for my site juke music forum)
If you don’t use a forum-setup, you could have it be an e-commerce site, and utilize a site like gumroad or sellfy or shopify (there are tons of e-commerce sites, and I wrote a post about that just a couple weeks ago, some are free to get started, and some are shopify…) and put apps up on there and then sell them either straight from the e-commerce site you’re using, or link to them via your forum or whatever website platform you’re using. Again, if could be a collaboration of app designers, a network of dozens of hundreds of people that you invite, or just you. An app store of one. All things to think about.
But why not just sell your apps outright? If you want to go through Apple’s store or GooglePlay, OK, but what if you don’t? (or what if you don’t get accepted?) Then screw em, just go at it without them! The internet wasn’t intended on being dominated by a few giant corporations, in fact, a lot of the format of the web was designed by a bunch of hippies in the 70s and 80s and 90s.
Fuck Google and Apple… Well, fuck a lot of companies, but when it comes to apps, they’re the worst. Anyway, that’s my opinion. I hope this gives you some idea about alternative options.
Remember: THERE ARE ALWAYS ALTERNATIVES.