Montreal Entrepreneur Quits High-Paying Job to Found Startup That Turns Wordpress Sites into Mobile Apps

by Knowlton Thomas | Startups

Appifier, a Montreal-based startup, has come out of beta today. The new company, not to be confused with Applifier, transforms Wordpress websites into mobile apps—actual apps, not just mobile-optimized websites. The apps are thorough, too, including push notifications, offline access, social media sharing, and natural designs that make for a native-app feel.

Appifier charges no fees upfront but does charge a monthly or lifetime fee in order to publish an app—nothing can be published without this paid subscription. It's $39 per month, or $499 for a lifetime, which is basically one year's worth of the monthly fees. The lifetime option is supposedly only available for a "limited time."

Founders Steve Panetta and Mike Gozzo—the latter of which quit his "high-paying" job to found Appifier—say the startup is perfect for non-coders and non-designers because it's both easy to use and competitively affordable. Without customizations, a basic Wordpress-to-app conversion can take literally one minute to complete, the startup claims. See it in action in the video below.

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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