Apple has made changes to revised app store guidelines that threatened to block a wide range of small business apps created with templates, DIY tools, and SMB app platforms.
The guidelines were originally revised earlier this year to ensure a minimum standard of quality and uniqueness for apps accepted to the App Store, and to make sure that they are not simply “wrapped” websites or social media pages. The revisions were also intended to limit spam in the App Store. A number of developers and app-creation companies catering to SMBs and non-profit organizations that had thought they would be unaffected by the changes, however, were recently informed that their apps would be banned as of January 1.
App store review guideline 4.2.6 previously said: “Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected.”
The rule has now been amended to read: “Apps created from a commercialized template or app generation service will be rejected unless they are submitted directly by the provider of the app’s content. These services should not submit apps on behalf of their clients and should offer tools that let their clients create customized, innovative apps that provide unique customer experiences. Another acceptable option for template providers is to create a single binary to host all client content in an aggregated or “picker” model, for example as a restaurant finder app with separate customized entries or pages for each client restaurant,

 

New Apple App Store guidelines state that apps created from “commercialized template or app generation services” will be rejected from inclusion in the App Store as of Jan. 1, 2018.
According to a report by TechCrunch, template and DIY services, as well as platforms and developers serving the SMB and non-profit markets, will be impacted by the new guidelines. The guidelines, which seem to be broader than many developers realized, were released by Apple after its Worldwide Developer Conference in June, banning apps “created from commercialized template or app generation service.”
ChowNow, which is quoted in Apple Pay documentation regarding its integration into the company’s platform for making restaurant apps is affected, and the company’s CEO told TechCrunch it was shocked to be categorized as spam.
Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-CA) has asked Apple to reconsider its guidelines 4.2.6, relating to template-based apps, and 4.3, relating to duplicate content, in a letter dated Dec. 1.
“Recently, I was informed that Apple’s decision to more stringently enforce its policy guidelines regarding design and functionality may result in the wholesale rejection of template-based apps from the App Store,” wrote Lieu (per TechCrunch). “It is my understanding that many small businesses, research organizations, and religious institutions rely on template apps when they do not possess the resources to develop apps in-house.”
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Blacknight has partnered with rankingCoach, adding the DIY online marketing suite as part of its bid to expand from its core domain and hosting business to a one-stop shop for small businesses.

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Blacknight has partnered with rankingCoach, adding the DIY online marketing suite as part of its bid to expand from its core domain and hosting business to a one-stop shop for small businesses.

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Most small businesses need mobile apps, but do not have them, so Endurance International Group is launching a DIY small business mobile app maker, Instant AppMachine.

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Most small businesses need mobile apps, but do not have them, so Endurance International Group is launching a DIY small business mobile app maker, Instant AppMachine.

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Squarespace, the DIY website builder, has raised $40 million from a single investor, General Atlantic, in a Series B funding round on Tuesday. General Atlantic managing director and head of Internet & Technology Anton Levy will join Squarespace’s board of directors. Read More

 

June 20, 2013 — Online presence platform provider WebsPlanet announced this week at HostingCon that it has partnered with Verio for the full portfolio of the WebsPlanet Online Presence solutions including DIY, Do-It-For-Me and the Automatic Site Creation solution.

Keep on reading: WebsPlanet Partners with Verio for SMB Website Builder

 

(The Hosting News) – Robert Hoffmann, a six year veteran of 1&1, has assumed the top spot at the online provider’s hosting division.

The revelation was made Thursday and signals the departure of former executive Oliver Mauss. Mauss, however, will remain with the company as an executive member of 1&1’s Executive Board.

During his past experience at 1&1, Hoffman served in the capacity of Global Chief Sales Officer.

“I feel proud and highly energised to take the reins at 1&1’s international hosting business,” Hoffman noted in a press release.

“Our hosting solutions continue to lead the pack in many markets worldwide and deliver important impacts for business and professional users alike.  I look forward to my part in building upon exciting innovations across our DIY, software-as-a-service and professional hosting segments in the coming years,” he continued.

Mauss, meanwhile, will also assume a responsibility for 1&1 Internet’s corporate venture projects and play a role at United Internet.

Among 1&1’s services are domains, hosting, e-mail, e-commerce and the highly publicized 1&1 MyWebsite, a service that allows businesses to design their own online presences.

Source: Hoffmann Assumes Top Spot for 1&1’s Hosting

 

April 16, 2012 — Website building software developer WebsPlanet announced on Monday that web hosting provider Hostway will offer its Eclipse online presence building platform to customers. According to the press release, Hostway has agreed to offer the full suite of WebsPlanet solutions including the DIY website builder.

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