November 23, 2022

How to create an app like ThredUP

ThredUp is a fashion resale marketplace for women and kids. Considered a thrift store, this is an e-commerce platform where you can buy and sell high-quality pre-owned clothes at discounted prices.

Creating an app like ThredUp is complicated if you consider the traditional app development process. But with the no-code app builder Swipecart, you can create this app in minutes without requiring any coding skills. This app builder uses a visual interface and pre-coded widgets to make the app-building process easy and fast. We’ll guide you through a step-by-step process to build a ThredUp-like mobile app for your online store.

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Steps to create an app like ThredUp:

Creating a layout for the ThredUp app on Swipecart

  • Click on "Layouts" in the left menu of your Swipecart dashboard.

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  • Click on the “Create Layout” icon to create a new layout.

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  • Clicking on “Create Layout” will open a popup. Name the layout "ThredUP" and click on "Create".

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  • Swipecart gives you the option to choose between pre-made layout templates and a blank layout. Since we need to design an app like ThredUp, we choose "Blank Layout". Now, click "Create Layout."

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  • A blank layout with the name ThredUp is formed. For more details about creating layouts on Swipecart, click here.

Theme Settings on Swipecart

  • You'll be taken to the ThredUp layout dashboard with the default tab as "Theme Settings" and the sub-tab as "App Bar Settings". The theme settings allow you to set the theme and customize it for your brand.

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  • App Bar Settings: Set your branding element on the app bar or the action bar because it stays on the top throughout all pages of your app. Here, we upload the ThredUp logo to customize the app bar. For more details on app bar settings, click here.    

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  • We then go to Side Menu Settings, Bottom Bar Settings, Profile Page Settings, and Input Style Settings. Here, we select our choice from the style variants and save it to the app. 

  • Theme Style Settings: In this section, we set the theme for the app. The changes made here are reflected throughout the app.

  • We can change some of the styling parameters for the app's theme such as app background color and font style & color. Click here to learn more about theme style settings on Swipecart.

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  • Here's the mobile preview of the ThredUp app with the customized theme including the app bar and bottom bar.   

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Designing the ThredUp app home screen

  • Next, we move on to designing the ThredUp app home screen. Click on the "Home" tab. A blank home screen is displayed with only the app bar and bottom bar.

  • We add content to the home screen by dragging and dropping style variants of widgets. These are accessible in the screen's drop-down box panel in the right section.

     
  • Click here for more information about widgets on Swipecart.

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  • Search Bar: We start with the search bar. Select "Search" from the drop-down widget list. Drag and drop the search bar below the box on the home screen.

  • Hover over the search bar and click on the "Edit Style" option. In the popup that opens a popup, customize the search bar's styling parameters

  • Click here for information on the search bar widget.

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  • Here is the draft app preview with the search bar added to it.

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  • Single Banner: It is used to highlight attractive schemes like discounts, sales, new product launches, or flash deals on the app.

  • Select "Single Banner" from the widget list. From among the different style variants offered by Swipecart, select one and place it under the search bar on the app's home screen.

  • Click here for detailed information on single banners.

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  • To add an image to the single banner, hover over the dropped widget and click on "Add/Edit Content". In the popup that opens, add an image and link it to the relevant product, collection category, any other app page, or an external website link.

  • Click here for details about adding and editing content on widgets.

  • Set the styling elements for the banner by hovering over the widget again and clicking on the "Edit Style" option. In the popup that opens, set the styling parameters to suit the brand.

  • Click here for details on styling widgets.

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  • Have a look at the ThredUp app with a single banner on its home screen.

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  • Carousel Banner: These are banners in rotating or slideshow format. You can add diverse information, including offers, product-specific discounts, new launches, and many more.

  • Select "Carousel Banner" from the widget list. Place one among the style variants inside the home screen layout.

  • For more details on carousel banners, click here.

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  • Add collection categories to the banner from the collection list through the "Add/Edit Content" option. Set the styling elements for the banner through the "Edit Style" option.

  • Design your app on Swipecart. You can easily create apps like ThredUp to increase customer engagement.

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  • Here's the ThredUp draft app we have created. Notice the collection categories highlighted on the home screen through the carousel banner widget.

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  • Collection Slider: Instead of displaying category collection banners, we use the collection slider to show the various categories to the customers in a slider format.

  • Select "Collection Slider" from the widget list. From among the different style variants offered by Swipecart, select one and place it on the app's home screen.

  • Click here for details about collection sliders on Swipecart.

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  • Add relevant collection categories from the collection list to the slider through the "Add/Edit Content" option.

  • Set the styling elements for the banner through the "Edit Style" option. During the editing, you can preview the changes you make on the "Edit Style" popup itself.

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  • Take a look at the app preview with the collection slider added to it.

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  • We repeat adding single banners to the app to highlight any product or collection category.

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  • Banner Grid: This is best to display products or collection categories in a grid format on the home screen.

  • Select "Banner Grid" from the widget list. Place one among the style variants inside the home screen layout.

  • Click here to learn more about banner grids on Swipecart.

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  • As mentioned above for other widgets, we add content to the banner grid through the "Add/Edit Content" option. Here, we link them to relevant collection categories. The styling and customization are done through the "Edit Style" option.

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  • Here's the mobile preview of the app with the collection categories highlighted through the banner grid widget.

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  • That's it to designing the ThredUp app on Swipecart. You can add other widgets to the app like the collection grid, product grid, product list, product slider, and timer depending on what you want to highlight on the app's home screen.

Swipecart is the go-to no-code app builder for enterprises having an online store and planning to venture into the mobile commerce segment. It's cost-effective and you can launch your mobile app within a few days. Building apps on Swipecart is a cakewalk and requires zero coding skills. Contact us if you have any queries regarding creating apps on Swipecart.