September 15, 2022

How to create an app like Flipkart

Flipkart, India’s answer to Amazon, has over 150 million products in 80 categories listed on its store. Walmart is a 77 percent stakeholder in Flipkart. Its product portfolio is diverse, but 75% of its customers buy apparel in this store. It has over 100 million app downloads. Now, that’s quite an impressive number for an app having intense competition from Amazon!

Why not create an app like Flipkart and see what makes it tick? Today, we’ll show you how to build an app like Flipkart using one of the best no-code app builder Swipecart. The benefit of using Swipecart is that you don’t have to code to create an app. It is fast and easy. Let’s begin it now.

How to create an app like Flipkart:

One pre-requisite to creating apps on Swipecart is your e-commerce store must be on Shopify or WordPress. It is available on the Shopify app store and WordPress plugin center link. Install and activate Swipecart.

  • In the Swipecart dashboard, click on "Layouts" on the left menu.

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  • Click on the “Create Layout” icon to create a new layout for your Flipkart app.

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  • Clicking on “Create Layout” will open a popup. Here, we must name the layout.

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  • Let's name the layout "Flipkart". Click on the "Create" button.

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  • Swipecart gives you two options before it creates the Flipkart layout for you. One is to select a blank layout and start laying visual components on it. The other option is to select any of the ready-to-use templates and customize them. Since we have to create an app like Flipkart, let's go with the blank layout. Choose the "Blank Layout" and click on the "Create Layout" button.

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  • A blank Flipkart layout is created. You are taken to the layout dashboard with the default tab as “Theme Settings”. The primary function of “Theme Settings” is to customize the app's look. It has multiple options to set branding elements for your app. Let's start by customizing the app bar. Click on "App Bar Settings" in the left menu of your Flipkart layout. Usually, this is the default tab in the "Theme Settings".

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  • Let's start by customizing the app bar. You can modify the app bar color, font color, bottom radius, and elevation. Enable/disable the visibility of the cart, favorite, notification, and search icons on the app bar. Upload the logo image or title text. Align its position on the app bar. Click on "Save" before you exit.

    Note: Click on "Save" wherever it is given before you exit the screen or tab.

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  • Next, customize the look of the side menu, bottom bar, user profile page, and input (welcome/sign-in page). It is simple. For all these, go to the respective tabs on the left menu. A set of readymade templates are available for each. Select an option from the variants and update it to the app.

  • Now, let's move on to customizing the theme of the app. Click on "Theme Style Settings" in your Flipkart layout's left menu. Here, we can edit some of the theme settings such as font style, scale, and color. You can even set the app's primary color and background color from the color picker. Upload the Flipkart brand loader GIF or any other and when you are done with customizing the theme, save and update.

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  • Here's the mobile preview of the Flipkart app with the customized app bar and bottom bar.

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  • The next task is to customize the home screen of the app. Click on the “Home” tab next to "Theme Settings" to edit the home page layout.

  • In this tab, a blank home screen layout with only the app bar and bottom bar is displayed. It's time to start filling the contents inside it.

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  • Filling contents inside the layout is easy with Swipecart, a no-code app builder. It has pre-coded visual UI components called widgets that are to be dragged and dropped inside the layout. Let's see how we can accomplish this with a drag-and-drop editing tool.

  • Locate a drop-down box to the top right of your layout dashboard just next to the blank layout. Click on the drop-down icon and you'll see a widget list containing names such as Collection Slider, Product List, Search, Carousel Banner, etc. This is Swipecart's widget library. Let's start with the Search widget.

  • A search bar is displayed below the drop-down box. Drag the widget and drop it inside the blank home screen layout just below the app bar.

  • Hover your mouse over the search bar to open the “Edit Style” option. Edit the style of the search bar such as radius and padding. You can enable/disable the visibility of the search and voice search (mic) icon on the search bar. For our Flipkart app, we have enabled both the search and mic icons. Click on “Save” and exit.

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  • Here's the mobile preview of the Flipkart home screen layout with the search bar added to it.

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  • Now, let's start laying other elements inside the home screen. Select "Carousel Banner" from the drop-down widget list. Different styles of carousel banner components are displayed below the drop-down box. Select one, drag it, and drop it inside the layout below the search bar.

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  • Let's add images to the carousel banner. Hover the mouse pointer over the dropped carousel banner. Spot the "Add/Edit Content" option to your right next to the widget. Click on it. An "Add Carousel Banner" popup opens. See if the "Internal Linking" option is checked. Click on the collection tab. Now, click on the upload icon and open any specific image you want to add to the carousel banner. Click on the Collection tab drop-down list. Select the collection category relevant to the uploaded image. Click on "Add". Now, the uploaded image gets linked to the relevant category in your collection list. When a user clicks on that image in the carousel banner, they are taken to that collection category. Repeat the same process and keep adding images to the carousel banner. Click on "Save Banner" when done and exit the popup screen.

    Click here to know more about adding or editing content to a widget on Swipecart.

  • Swipecart gives you the option to customize the carousel banner. Hover the mouse pointer over the banner in the layout until you spot the "Edit Style" option sandwiched between "Add/Edit Content" and "Remove Block". Click on it to open an "Edit Style" popup. Here, you can adjust the banner padding and radius. You can also add a background image or color for your banner. There are some more options such as adding an indicator, box-shadow, and others. Save and exit when you are done editing the style of the carousel banner.

    Click here to know more about editing the style of a widget on Swipecart.

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  • Now that we have added a carousel banner to the Flipkart app, here's its mobile preview.

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  • Next, we add a round collection grid to the Flipkart app's home screen. Select "Collection Grid" from the drop-down box. Next, we select a 4x4 round collection grid. Drag and drop it inside the home screen layout below the carousel banner.

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  • Now, we start adding collection categories to the collection grid. Hover over the dropped widget and click on the "Add/Edit Content" option. In the "Collection Grid" popup screen, click on the drop-down list in the "Select Collection" tab. Select a category you want to add to the grid. Now, click on the upload icon and open an image from your local system specific to the collection category you have selected. Click on "Add". So the image gets added to the grid. When a user clicks on the image in the grid, they are taken to that collection category screen on the Flipkart app. Click on "Save" when you are done adding the images to the collection grid. Since it is a 4x4 grid, ensure you upload images in multiples of four like 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, and so on.

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  • Let's customize the style of the collection grid. Hover over the widget and click on "Edit Style". In the "Edit Style" popup that opens, you can adjust some of the styling elements for your collection grid. Edit the radius, padding, and container padding. Adjust the image position inside the container. Add a background color or image. Here, we have added a background color using the color picker. You can even adjust the alignment for the collection grid title and its color. Save when done.

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  • Here's the preview of the collection grid we just added and customized.

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  • Next, we add a single banner. Select "Single Banner" from the drop-down options. From among the different formats of single banners displayed below the drop-down box, we select the 2.7:1 aspect ratio single banner. Place it on the home screen below the collection grid.

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  • Let's add an image to the single banner. Hover over the widget and click on "Add/Edit Content". A "Custom Image Banner" popup screen opens. See if the "Internal Linking" option is checked. Click on the upload icon. An "Open" window opens prompting you to select an image for your banner from the local system. Once the image is uploaded, click on the drop-down box in the Products tab. The product list fetched from your e-commerce store is displayed here. Select the product specific to the uploaded image which means that when a user clicks on the banner they are redirected to that product screen on your app. Click on "Save Banner" when done.

  • To customize the style elements for the single banner, hover over the banner and click on "Edit Style". An "Edit Style" screen opens. Here, edit the styling options such as radius, padding, adding a background color or image, title alignment, font color, and so on. We add a background color to the banner and save the changes.

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  • Spot the single banner below the collection grid in the mobile preview below. Its background color is synced to that of the collection grid. The benefit of using Swipecart is such customizations it allows you for branding.

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  • Next, we add a banner grid to the Flipkart app's home screen. Select "Banner Grid" from the drop-down list. We select a "1:1 square banner with radius" for the Flipkart app. Drag and drop it inside the home screen layout.

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  • Let's add content to the banner grid. Hover over the grid and click on "Add/Edit Content". In the opened up "Banner Grid" screen, click on the upload icon to open a window. Here, select the banner image from your system. Now in the Products tab, click on the drop-down menu and select the product that has to be linked to the uploaded image. Click on "Add". Similarly, repeat the process to add one more image to the banner grid. Save the banner before you exit.

  • To customize the banner grid style, hover over it and click on "Edit Style". On the popup that opens you'll find options to edit some of the styling parameters such as radius, padding, adding a background color or image, and so on. Complete the customization and save the changes.

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  • Here's the mobile preview of the Flipkart app with the banner grid.

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  • We add a rectangular banner grid to the app. Again, select "Banner Grid" and place the rectangular banner with radius widget inside the home screen layout.

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  • Hover over the dropped banner grid widget. Click on "Add/Edit Content". In the "Banner Grid" popup, see if the "Internal Linking" option is checked. Click on the upload icon. Select the image from your system. When it is uploaded, click on the drop-down list on the Products tab. Click on the product relevant to the uploaded image. Now, click on "Add". By doing these steps, you take the user to the relevant product page on the app when they click on the banner image. Repeat the process to add images to the banner grid. Save when done.

  • ou can edit the style of the banner grid by hovering over the widget and clicking on "Edit Style". On the popup screen that opens you have options to set the style of the banner grid.

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  • The Flipkart app now looks like this preview after adding the banner grid.

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  • We'll add some products to the Flipkart app's home screen. To do this, select "Product Grid" from the drop-down widget list. Select any from the variants. Drag and drop it into the app's layout. You can change its position inside the layout by just dragging and dropping it to the desired location.

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  • To add products to the grid, hover over it until you spot the "Add/Edit Content" option. In the popup that opens, click on the Product tab. In the drop-down list, select a product you want to display on the grid and click on "Add". The product image gets added to the grid. Repeat this process to add products to the grid. Save when done.

  • To set the styling elements for the grid, hover over it and click on "Edit Style". In the "Edit Style" popup, set the style customizations.

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  • This is the mobile preview of the Flipkart app with the product grid.

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  • Next, we add a carousel banner to our Flipkart app. Select "Carousel Banner" from the drop-down widget list. Here, we have selected a 1.6:1 aspect ratio carousel banner widget. Place it inside the home screen layout.

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  • Add images to the carousel banner. Hover over the widget and click on "Add/Edit Content". On the "Add Carousel Banner" that opens, check the "Internal Linking" option. Click on the upload icon and upload an image from the system. Click on the drop-down list from the Product tab. Select the product relevant to the uploaded image. Click on "Add". The image now is internally linked to the selected product page. Repeat to upload other images and link them to their relevant product pages. Save and exit.

  • Also, set styling elements for your carousel banner by clicking on the "Edit Style" option for the banner.

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  • Next, we'll again add a single banner. We select a 1.7:1 aspect ratio single banner and place it inside the Flipkart app's home screen layout.

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  • Upload an image to the single banner. Click on the upload icon. Open an image from the system on the Open window. On the Products tab, select any relevant product to link the image to it. Click on "Save Banner". Now, when a user clicks on the banner, they are redirected to that selected product page on the app.

  • Set styling elements for the single banner by clicking on "Edit Style".

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  • The mobile preview of the Flipkart app after adding the carousel banner and the single banner widget is as below.

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  • Let's now display the collection categories in a slider. Select "Collection Slider" from the drop-down list. Add a "Round Collection Slider With Title" inside the layout.

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  • To add categories to the collection slider, hover over the dropped widget and spot the "Add/Edit Content" option. Clicking on it will open a popup. Click on the drop-down list in the "Select Collection" tab. Click on the collection category to be added to the slider. Click on "Add". This category is now added to the slider. Keep repeating this process to add images of collection categories in the slider. Save and exit the popup. Again, Swipecart allows you to edit the style of the collection slider widget. Do this in the "Edit Style" popup screen.

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  • Here's a look at the Flipkart app with the collection category slider in it.

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  • Next, we add a rectangular banner grid to the Flipkart app. Select "Banner Grid" from the widget list. We have chosen a "1.5:2 rectangular banner with radius". Add it to the app's home screen layout.

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  • Hover over the dropped widget. Click on "Add/ Edit Content". A "Banner Grid" popup screen opens. Ensure that the "Internal Linking" option is checked. Click on the upload icon. Select an image from the system and open it for it to upload. Next, in the Product tab, click on the drop-down icon to access the product list. Select the product relevant to the uploaded image. Click on "Add". Repeat to upload other images to the banner and link them to their specific products in the product list. Save and exit the popup screen.

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    Here is the final look of the Flipkart app we created with Swipecart. Tell us if you liked it.

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