Xtraball Launches Siberian CMS to Disrupt App Builder Market with an Open-Source Version

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Mobile app builder platforms are very standardized solutions and do not allow to evolve and control a mobile app. Xtraball eliminates these constraints with Siberian CMS, a new open-source and free DIY app builder.

With Siberian, we offer all the simplicity of an app factory, combined with the advantages of an open-source CMS: a quick deployment of mobile applications, while allowing customization and tailor-made developments.

A large company or an individual with no mobile development skills wanting to create a mobile app, currently has only two options: to outsource the development which is very costly, or to create the app using a DIY platform which is full of constraints and frustrations. By launching Siberian CMS, Xtraball offers a real alternative to the DIY online platforms allowing more involvement, more customization, and total control of the app.

An easy installation on any web hosting

Like every web CMS, Siberian has to be installed on a web or local server. Once the files are downloaded and sent to the server, an installer guides the user through the setup. It just takes 3 easy steps, similar to those of any CMS installation. Then, after being logged in to the backend, the creation process can begin.

Pre-created features or tailor-made ones

Siberian CMS allows to build an app without writing a single line of code, by using the drag&drop editor in an ergonomic environment. A large choice of templates and features already integrated in the solution is available. Since the code is open, it is possible to build new features or adapt the existing ones. A marketplace is also available to download add-ons. Apps can be live previewed by using the previewer app, which comes with Siberian. Since the CMS is in web languages (PHP, HTML5, CSS3, Javascript), it is well adapted to developers and web agencies with no skills in mobile development.

By using an online platform to create their mobile applications, the users have to adapt their needs to the features of the plaftorm. These features are standardized for all users. But developers and communication agencies work reversely. Their added value lies especially in consulting, and creating solutions that match their clients’ needs. Aladin El Hedri, co-founder and CEO, explains, "With Siberian, we offer all the simplicity of an app factory, combined with the advantages of an open-source CMS: a quick deployment of mobile applications, while allowing customization and tailor-made developments."

Ownership, a chief concern for many users

The way online platforms work could be compared to the old mobile operator constraint. When a client wanted to change from one operator to another, he also had to change his phone number. It is the same now with online platforms and apps. When one changes providers, it is extremely difficult to obtain the code and certificates needed to update an existing app. In other words, changing providers implies starting all the work over again.

Many users, like communication agencies, can’t take these kind of risks for their clients.

By offering a downloadable and open-source solution, Siberian CMS allows everyone to have ownership control of their mobile application by installing it on any web hosting. Many users of online app factories are frustrated, worried, or don’t use them, because they can’t keep the ownership of their apps. What if the company behind the builder goes bankrupt?

A good start and some ambitious improvements

Siberian CMS got more than 5000 downloads after its two months Beta period. It is translated in 5 languages and comes with a marketplace of features and services. Xtraball already works with some major companies from UK to Lebanon.

The company has the ambitious objective to make Siberian a world leader in cross-platform mobile app development. This market will represent 100 billion Euros in 2015, and Xtraball plans to impose its open-source solution like Wordpress did on the website market.

In a couple of month the company will launch a commercial version: an online builder to launch your own app business on the web.

About Xtraball
Xtraball is a French company, founded in 2012, specialized in mobile development solutions. After having launched an online app builder called Tigerappcreator.com they decided to release their code and to go open-source. In April 2014, they launched Siberian CMS, an open-source and free app builder clients can download, install and use to create powerful mobile apps they can maintain and evolve as they need.

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