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Today, I am excited to announce the launch of Ionic for Organizations, a new collaborative feature available in your Ionic Dashboard that makes it easy to build and share apps in your organization, as well as manage developers and users on your team.

Many Ionic developers working in organizations large and small need control over who can test and access their apps from Ionic Cloud and Ionic View. We’ve received a lot of feedback that our current collaborator system wasn’t powerful enough for businesses.

One of the most exciting things about Ionic for Organizations is that Ionic View now becomes your company’s personal app store. Developers in your Organization can upload apps and make sure only those in your Organization can view them. Soon we will be extending this feature to Progressive Web Apps for teams that want to skip the app store completely.

Get started with Ionic for Organizations by creating your first Organization and inviting your team. Each developer on the team is $7/mo with a minimum of two, and you can add and remove developers at any time. We’d love your feedback on this new feature!


Sani Yusuf is a freelance Ionic developer and the co-organizer of Ionic UK, one of Ionic’s largest regional groups.

The first thing a skeptic might ask about Ionic is how the company has achieved its impressive stats (over 27k Stars on Github, top TypeScript project on the web, and over 3 million apps started from the Ionic CLI). How did a small team build a technology that has shaken the mobile development world since its 2013 launch, resulting in apps with global recognition, like Sworkit and Untappd?

I believe the answer lies in Ionic’s vibrant community of people from different backgrounds working together to solve a shared problem. There are over 100 Ionic meetup groups spanning six continents. Ionic’s Slack group has almost 10,000 users, the Ionic Stack Overflow and Ionic Forum confirm how active the Ionic community is.

In December 2015, I set off on a personal tech travel mission, part of which was to reach out both in person and virtually to as many Ionic communities as I could. I was keen to see what people were doing with Ionic, so that I could learn and help collaborate. In this post, I’ll share some of the things I learned during my travels.
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We’re testing a new, visual way to start Ionic apps.

After updating to Ionic CLI 2.2.1 (released today), run ionic start without any arguments and you’ll greeted by a web-based wizard tool that guides you through creating your app, optionally creating an Ionic ID to use Ionic View and other services, and then launches your app:

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It’s not a replacement for the CLI nor does it change the way the current ionic start command works. Instead, it’s a visual way to get your app going more quickly if you prefer that. As we add more starter templates and features, cramming all the things we want to do into a CLI command starts to become very challenging and a bit dull.

This is a new feature so we’re hoping to have some brave souls test it out before we market it to the broader community. To test, update to the new Ionic CLI and run ionic start (again, no arguments!).

Please leave a comment below on how it works for you.

2016 was a huge year for Ionic. We’ve posted a 2016 recap with some fun numbers and stats on our Medium blog. We hope you take a look, and here’s to a huge 2017!

Thanks to everyone in the Ionic community for making this dream a reality.

This post was co-authored by Sean Senior and Leo Drakopoulos, AWS Solutions Architects.

We’ve got a new solutions brief for building serverless mobile backend solutions on AWS and a step-by-step walkthrough for implementing this pattern, using the Ionic Framework on AWS Answers. Like other solutions on AWS Answers, this solution was built by AWS Solutions Architects and incorporates best practices for deploying scalable backend services for mobile applications by leveraging AWS managed services.
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When we launched Ionic 1, we provided a set of basic templates that helped developers get up and running with common mobile app layouts, such as tabs and side menu.

While Ionic developers enjoyed these templates, in many cases we felt like we weren’t doing enough to share best practices or to help developers get started faster with pre-built pages for common mobile UI designs.

Today we are releasing the first test version of the Ionic Super Starter, a starter project for new Ionic 2.x apps that comes with over 14 ready to use page designs for common mobile designs like master detail, login/signup, settings, tutorials, and more.
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MobileCaddy is a Mobile Innovation Award-winning product company focused on helping mobile app developers in the Salesforce ecosystem. Their primary product, also named MobileCaddy, allows Salesforce consultancies and partners to rapidly build next-generation offline-first hybrid applications, standardized on Ionic, with a toolset primarily built to support the Ionic framework.

“We’ve been using Ionic since Beta 3,” says Todd Halfpenny, Mobile Technical Architect at MobileCaddy. “We had tried other libraries and frameworks, but nothing compared to the speed of development through the Ionic directives. Things like collection-repeat gave the apps a true performance advantage.”

When global fashion brand Diesel, a Salesforce client, reached the limitations of their Salesforce1 pre-packaged mobile app, Diesel leadership realized they needed an app that was robust enough to deliver on the needs of their workforce, with a more intuitive UX. MobileCaddy built a new Diesel mobile app using Ionic in six weeks, then developed a further three versions based on newly identified needs over the next few months thanks to the solution’s built-in versioning capability.

The resulting app helps Diesel’s merchandising team report on and analyze each store’s and and product’s performance during store visits and identify new ways to positively represent the Diesel brand.
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Simon Reimler is a Software Developer helping mobile developers through online courses, books and consulting. Simon writes about Ionic frequently on his blog Devdactic. He also just released a book called Ionic 2: From Zero to App Store.

It’s been some time since the first version of this post (actually it was February 2015), but today we can finally move to the next level with Ionic 2.

In this tutorial, we will develop a simple Twitter app with Ionic 2, in which a user can login with his stored Twitter account and read out his own timeline. Additionally, we will be able to send out tweets directly from our app.
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Scott Bolinger, the co-founder of AppPresser, has been working with mobile WordPress design and development for years. He is passionate about using WordPress in new, exciting ways and about transforming WordPress into a mobile app development platform.

Ionic and WordPress have always gone well together. Ionic’s CEO, Max Lynch, has even called Ionic “WordPress for mobile“.

WordPress makes it easy to build all kinds of websites, and Ionic makes it easy to build all kinds of mobile apps. Over 27% of the entire web is now WordPress sites, making WordPress the most popular website software by far. Ionic powers thousands of apps and is the gold standard of hybrid app development. Bringing these two technologies together is a match made in heaven.

With the final release of Ionic 2, as well as the REST API being included in WordPress core, it’s getting even easier to integrate WordPress into mobile apps.

At AppPresser, we’ve been building mobile apps with WordPress since Ionic 1 was in Alpha and the WP-API didn’t even exist. We built lots of apps with Ionic and WordPress, and we recently completely rebuilt our platform to utilize Ionic 2. We’ve learned a ton along the way, and I’m excited to share some of it with you.

How to Integrate WordPress and Ionic 2

There are a couple of different ways to get WordPress into your app, using the WP-API and iframes. Let’s look at each of these a little closer.
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Built with Ionic: National Museum of African American History and Culture

The National Museum of African American History and Culture opened September 24, 2016, with a three-day festival entitled “Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration,” that featured dedication speeches from U.S. Representative John Lewis and President Barack Obama. The museum is currently home to over 37,000 artifacts, including a pair of Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves and a book of hymns owned by Harriet Tubman. Prospective visitors awaiting a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the museum, as well as current museumgoers, can check out the collection via the museum’s mobile app, built with Ionic 2 by D.C.-based development firm Clearly Innovative.

“We are a small digital agency and always looking for technologies that we can utilize to our advantage to provide a great value proposition to our clients,” says Clearly Innovative founder and CEO Aaron Saunders, who has been using Ionic since 2014. “Our hope is that value will give us a competitive advantage when going after work.”
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