The Ultimate City Guide App Template

Documentation version 1.1


Getting Started #back to top

This documentation will help you familiarise yourself with 'The Ultimate City Guide App Template' Android App and the web based Admin page. It is suggested that you first upload the admin page to your server and make sure it is working before continuing to the Android App. The Android App will work fine using the demo server, however it is required to setup firebase for it to work well without errors. The setup of Firebase is explained in the Admin Page Video Tutorial.

Setting up the admin Page #back to top


Before You Start

  • 1. Make sure your server supports PHP 5.5 or above and MySQL.

Uploading To Server

  • Step 1 - Put your database details (Host, database name, user name, and password) in config.ini. The fields are marked with red below. Also, replace the 'serverurl' with your server url and the 'sharetwittertag' with your twitter tag (used for sharing).

  • Step 2 - Upload the contents of the 'Server Side Code' to your server. Make sure you don't forget the .htaccess.

  • Step 3 - Create a new MySQL database and import 'cityguide_database_v1.sql'.

  • Step 4 - Access the /index.php file that you just uploaded to your server, using your browser. The default login credentials are:
    										Username: admin@gmail.com
    										Password: pass
    				        			

Setting Firebase Push Notifications

  • Step 1 - Go to your Firebase Console, go to settings->cloud messaging and get your server key (API_ACCESS_KEY). Put this in config.ini. The field is marked with green above.

Setting Google Maps API Key

  • Step 1 - Go to the Google Maps API Key console, and use it to generate a Map API key (MAP_ACCESS_KEY). Put this in config.ini. The field is marked with blue above.

  • Step 2 - Admin Page Done!

Setting up the Android App#back to top


Before You Start

  1. Make sure your have Android Studio 2.2 installed and in the Android SDK Manager make sure you have the following installed:

    • Build tools v24.0.3
    • Google play-services v10.2.0
    • Android SDK Tools 25.2.2
    • Android SDK Platform-Tools 24.0.3
    • Google USB Driver
    • Android API 25 SDK

  2. Try to place the project file as close to root (C:/) as possible as windows has a path character limit of 240chars. So, if you get the error:"Failed to crunch file...", reduce the path length.


Importing and running

  • Step 1 - Open up Android Studio and click 'open an existing Android Studio project'.


  • Step 2 - Drag and drop the 'CityGuide' folder in the dialog to go quickly to the folder.

  • Step 3 - Make sure 'CityGuide' is highlighted and click 'ok'.


  • Step 4 - Go to your Firebase Console and download the 'google-services.json' file and replace the placeholder in app/google-services.json. This step is included in the Admin Page video - If you skip this step you will encounter an error during compile time.


  • Step 5 - Press the Play button to test the app on the emulator or connect your phone via usb to your computer to try it on your phone.


Changing Package name

This step must be done else you will have problems uploading to Google play and the Rate feature will not work.

  • Step 1 - Make sure the 'Compact Empty Middle Packages' option is deselected as shown below.


  • Step 2 - Rename the package id by right clicking on 'neurondigital' and selecting 'refactor' and 'rename' as shown below.


  • Step 3 - Click Rename package.


  • Step 4 - In the popup menu type in your company name. Then press 'refactor' and in the next popup window press 'Do Refactor'. Do the same for 'cityguide'. The package name should be in this format: com.yourcompany.AppName


  • Step 5 - Open app/build.gradle and put in the same package id as before instead of the 'com.neurondigital.cityguide'. This is shown below.


App Customisation

  • Step 1 - Put in your Server url in Configurations.java


  • Step 2 - Replace the share deep link url in res/strings.xml. When the user opens a url that matches the url you specified here, it would be opened up in the CityGuide app. If the app is not installed, the url would be opened on the browser, so make sure to choose a domain owned by you and has the server on it. eg: http://cityguide.neurondigital.com/1


Replace icon and Images

  1. The images can be found under app/res/drawable. To replace the images just copy/paste the image in the drawable folder to replace the other.

  2. The icons can be found in app/res/mipmap. Notice that there are different sizes. To replace the icons just right-click->new->Image Asset and select your image.


Add AdMob interstitial Ads (optional)

  • Create an interstitial Ad on AdMob and paste the AD unit Id in the strings.xml file. The Ad displays when the user clicks a property in the home screen. Make sure to add this to start making money from your App. The display rate can be changed from strings.xml from the ad_shows_every_X_clicks parameter.


Add AdMob Banner Ads (optional)

  • Like the interstitial Ad, create a Banner Ad on AdMob and paste the AD unit Id in the strings.xml file. The Ad displays in the bottom of the screen. Ideally to not annoy the user, it's either the banner or the interstitial ad, so you may wish to leave one of the Ad IDs in strings.xml empty.


Add AdMob Native Ads (optional)

  • Like the interstitial Ad, create a Native Ad on AdMob and paste the AD unit Id in the strings.xml file. The Ad displays after the item description. If you don't wish to show Native Ads, you can leave this Ad unit ID empty in strings.xml.


Google Analytics (optional)

  1. Google Analytics in Android Apps is now depricated. The new method is now using Firebase, which is also supported by this template.

  2. Create a new google Analytics property and you'll be provided with a tracking id which should have this format: "UA-xxxxxxxx-xx". Put this tracking id in strings.xml in the 'google_analytics_id' field.


Google Maps API Key

  • Go to the Google Maps API Key console, and use it to generate a Map API key. This is the same key used in the server. Put this in strings.xml in the 'GoogleMapKey' field.


Facebook Login

The App uses Facebook Authentication for User Login. So you need to create a facebook app.

  • Step 1 - Go to Facebook for developers. and Create a new App ID.

  • Step 2 - Get the generated Facebook App id and fb login protocol scheme and put them in strings.xml.

  • Step 3 - In the Facebook Page, click the '+ Add Product' button to add the Facebook login Feature. Then Go to Settings and click the '+ Add Platforms' to add the Android Platform. This will ask you for a Key Hash. To obtain it, run the app while your phone/emulator is connected to Android studio and in the Android Monitor/logcat search for 'hash'. Remember that you need to do this twice. One for the debug app in Android Studio to test while Running in Android Studio. Secondly, you need to do this after generating your .apk file, since the exported .apk file will have a different hash key.


In-App Purchase

To use this feature you need to purchase an 'Extended License' of the template from CodeCanyon. This feature is not covered in the 'Regular License.'

  • Step 1 - The template allows for the user to purchase a premium upgrade to remove ads using google Play In-app Payments. Before doing so, create your app in Google Play Dashboard and locate the 'Public Key' as it can seen below:

  • Step 2 - Then add a new in-app product and give it a Product id.

  • Step 3 - Finally, put your Public Key and product id in configuration.java:


Translation

  • All translatable text is contained within the strings.xml file.


Export your App as a .APK for Google Play

  • Go to Build| Generate Signed APK... and export the .APK file.


More Options in Configurations.java

  1. Go to Configurations.java.
  2. Here you will find some options to Enable/disable news, to Enable/disable user system, the background image...
  3. Example to switch between Grid and list. Replace the LIST_1COLUMNS, with LIST_2COLUMNS if you wish to use grid view.

Mobile App Rest API #back to top

All calls are made with reference to the base url. Eg: http://cityguide.neurondigital.com/

User Api

GET /api/user/@id

Get user details.

						Returns:
						{
						    "success": true,
						    "id": 5,
						    "email": "tom@gmail.com",
						    "username": "tom",
						    "fbuserid": ""
						}

				        

GET /api/user/email

Get user details by email.

GET Parameters:
  1. usertoken: User facebook token
  2. password: User password
  3. email: User Email
						Returns:
						{
						    "success": true,
						    "id": 5,
						    "email": "tom@gmail.com",
						    "username": "tom",
						    "fbuserid": ""
						}

						If not found:
						{
							"success":false,
							"error":"Email not found"
						}

				        

GET /api/login

Verify that user exists and that credentials are correct.

GET Parameters:
  1. usertoken: User facebook token
  2. password: User password
  3. email: User Email
						Returns:
						{
							"email":"admin@gmail.com",
							"success":true
						}

						If not found:
						{
							"success":false,
							"error":"Wrong Password"
						}

				        

GET /api/register

Register a new account

GET Parameters:
  1. username: User name at least 4 characters
  2. password: User password at least 3 characters
  3. email: User Email Address
						Returns:
						{
							"email":"admin@gmail.com",
							"success":true
						}

						If not found:
						{
							"success":false,
							"error":"Email not valid"
						}

				        

Places Api

GET /api/places/@pos/@limit

Get multiple places offset by @pos. @limit is the maximum number of places to load.

GET Parameters:
  1. category: Category number
  2. currentlat: Current latitude to sort by nearest
  3. currentlng: Current longitude to sort by nearest
  4. sort: database column to sort with. eg: "submission_date"
						Returns:
						[
						    {
						        "id": "2",
						        "name": "National Museum",
						        "image": "[\"149987939936.jpg\",\"149987939937.jpg\"]",
						        "shared": "27",
						        "viewed": "331",
						        "favorited": "22",
						        "accepted": "1",
						        "lastupdate": "2017-08-15 13:36:23",
						        "text": "description here",
						        "submission_date": "2017-07-12 19:07:21",
						        "author_id": "0",
						        "gpslat": "51.5186",
						        "gpslng": "-0.12291",
						        "featured": "1",
						        "price": "0",
						        "address": "Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, UK",
						        "deal_link": "",
						        "price_suffix": "",
						        "telephone": "+123456789",
						        "email": "",
						        "pin": "3",
						        "totalratings": "19",
						        "avgrating": "4.6316",
						        "pinimage": "[\"1499878911pins-05.png\"]"
						    }
						]

				        

GET /api/place/@id

Get a single place by id

						Returns:
						{
						    "id": 2,
						    "name": "National Museum",
						    "image": "[\"149987939936.jpg\",\"149987939937.jpg\"]",
						    "shared": 27,
						    "viewed": 331,
						    "favorited": 22,
						    "accepted": 1,
						    "lastupdate": "2017-08-15 13:36:23",
						    "text": "description here",
						    "submission_date": "2017-07-12 19:07:21",
						    "author_id": 0,
						    "gpslat": "51.5186",
						    "gpslng": "-0.12291",
						    "featured": 1,
						    "price": 0,
						    "address": "Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, UK",
						    "deal_link": "",
						    "price_suffix": "",
						    "telephone": "+123456789",
						    "email": "",
						    "pin": 3,
						    "category": "[1,4]",
						    "author": "",
						    "avgrating": "4.6316",
						    "totalratings": "19",
						    "pinimage": "[\"1499878911pins-05.png\"]"
						}

				        

POST /api/place/viewed/@id

POST /api/place/shared/@id

POST /api/place/favorited/@id

Increment viewed/shared/favorited for statistics, by id

							Returns:
							1

				        

Blog Api

GET /api/news/@pos/@limit

Get multiple news articles offset by @pos. @limit is the maximum number of articles to load.

						Returns:
						[
						    {
						        "id": 3,
						        "name": "My 10 Best Travel Tips After 5 Years Traveling The World",
						        "image": "[\"149988059318.jpg\"]",
						        "shared": 0,
						        "viewed": 140,
						        "favorited": 0,
						        "accepted": 1,
						        "lastupdate": "2017-08-15 13:35:51",
						        "text": "article text",
						        "submission_date": "2017-07-12 19:29:23",
						        "author_id": 4,
						        "has_video": 1,
						        "is_headline": 1,
						        "allow_comments": 0,
						        "author": "John",
						        "scheduled": 0
						    }
						]

				        

GET /api/new/@id

Get a single news article by id

						Returns:
						{
						    "id": 1,
						    "name": "Amazing Local Deals!",
						    "image": "[\"149988048816.jpg\",\"149988048817.jpg\"]",
						    "shared": 0,
						    "viewed": 163,
						    "favorited": 0,
						    "accepted": 1,
						    "lastupdate": "2017-08-15 13:35:51",
						    "text": "article text",
						    "submission_date": "2017-07-10 19:27:43",
						    "author_id": 4,
						    "has_video": 0,
						    "is_headline": 1,
						    "allow_comments": 1,
						    "author": "John"
						}

				        

Reviews Api

GET /api/reviews/@pos/@limit

Get multiple reviews offset by @pos. @limit is the maximum number of reviews to load.

GET Parameters:
  1. placeid: filter reviews to show only of a single place.
						Returns:
						[
						    {
						        "id": 65,
						        "userid": 21,
						        "placeid": 9,
						        "text": "Review",
						        "datecreated": "2017-08-14 12:40:15",
						        "username": "Tom"
						    }
						]

				        

GET /api/myreview/@placeid

Get a single review done by user for a place

GET Parameters:
  1. usertoken: User facebook token
  2. password: User password
  3. email: User Email
						Returns:
						{
						    "id": 62,
						    "userid": 1,
						    "placeid": 1,
						    "text": "",
						    "datecreated": "2017-08-13 12:03:36",
						    "hasreview": true,
						    "username": "Tom",
						    "success": true
						}

						If place not reviewed by user yet:
						{
							"hasreview":false,
							"success":true
						}

				        

Rating Api

GET /api/ratings/@pos/@limit

Get multiple ratings offset by @pos. @limit is the maximum number of ratings to load.

GET Parameters:
  1. placeid: filter ratings to show only of a single place.
						Returns:
						[
						    {
						        "id": 78,
						        "userid": 94,
						        "placeid": 2,
						        "rating": 5,
						        "datecreated": "2017-08-14 12:58:31",
						        "username": "Tom"
						    }
						]

				        

GET /api/myrating/@placeid

Get a single rating done by user for a place

GET Parameters:
  1. usertoken: User facebook token
  2. password: User password
  3. email: User Email
						Returns:
						{
						    "id": 74,
						    "userid": 1,
						    "placeid": 1,
						    "rating": 2,
						    "datecreated": "2017-08-14 03:20:17",
						    "hasrating": true,
						    "username": "Tom",
						    "success": true
						}

						If place not reviewed by user yet:
						{
							"hasrating":false,
							"success":true
						}

				        

Category Api

GET /api/categories

Get all categories

						Returns:
						[
						    {
						        "id": 1,
						        "name": "Museums",
						        "description": "",
						        "image": "[\"149987854232.jpg\"]",
						        "icon": "fa-ticket"
						    },
						    {
						        "id": 2,
						        "name": "Restaurants",
						        "description": "",
						        "image": "[\"149987859231.jpg\"]",
						        "icon": "fa-cutlery"
						    }
						]
				        

GET /api/category/@id

Get a single category by id

						Returns:
						{
						    "id": 1,
						    "name": "Museums",
						    "description": "",
						    "image": "[\"149987854232.jpg\"]",
						    "icon": "fa-ticket"
						}

				        

Preferences Api

GET /api/preference/@name

Get the preference value by it's @name. eg: /api/preference/info

						Returns:
						Preference value

				        

Support Desk #back to top

If you need any support,

  1. First check the FAQ questions of the item on codecanyon.
  2. If you don't find anything there check the item comments section.
  3. If you still don't find your answer it would be best to ask your question in the comments section for others to see.
  4. For private support, please send me a message via my Codecanyon page.

Support for my items includes:
  • * Responding to questions or problems regarding the item and its features
  • * Fixing bugs and reported issues
  • * Providing updates to ensure compatibility with new software versions
Item support does not include:
  • * Customization and installation services
  • * Support for third party software and plug-ins
Before seeking support, please...
  • * Make sure your question is a valid Theme Issue and not a customization request.
  • * Make sure you have read through the documentation and any related video guides before asking support on how to accomplish a task.
  • * Make sure to double check the template FAQs.
  • * If you have customized the template and now have an issue, back-track to make sure you didn't make a mistake. If you have made changes and can't find the issue, please provide us with your changelog.

Version History (Changelog) #back to top


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						Version 1 - July 18th, 2017
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						- Initial Upload

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						Version 1.1 - August 15th, 2017
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						- BUG - Fixed Admin dashboard. It was showing only the top Places submitted over the last 7 days.
						- BUG - Fixed GPS off error. The app now asks user to turn on GPS.
						- BUG - Fixed bug that was causing an error when 'View Deal' is clicked and browser could not be found.
						- BUG - Fixed bug that was causing an error when user open the map view and goes back to list view fast.
						- BUG - Solved a NullPointerException that was occuring when not all place's images had been cached and the place was opened without internet.
						- The Address, Phone, Email text was made clickable, not just the icon.