The Release page is the hub for your platform management, whether that is Mobile App updates, testing or enabling/disabling your Web Community.
As a Manager or Community host on the console you will have access to the release page. These are the only Roles that can access this page. Depending on what platforms your community is set up on will depend on what you see on the release page.
If you have a Web Community then you will be able to manage whether or not Members can access it from the release page. This can be done through the Enable/Disable toggle.
This is something that we hope you never really have to use but when you are starting off, having this control can be crucial and play a big part in your Community launch. For example, if you did not want a Member accessing your Web Community before a certain date, then you can Disable your Web Community from the Release page. You will still be able to configure and build up your content while your Web Community is Disabled.
Once you are happy for your Web Community to go live you can simply Enable it using the Enable/Disable toggle.
From the Release page you can also Manage your Mobile Apps (iOS & Android). This will allow you to push updated versions of your Mobile apps to App Store Connect and the Google Play store for Previewing and Releasing.
From the iOS tab you will be pushing your iOS mobile app to App Store Connect. This is where you will be able to Preview and Test the latest version on your Mobile App. App store connect will also allow you to Release this to your members. To find out more about Previewing and Update your Mobile app on iOS, please read our guides on How to test your iOS Mobile app and Updating your iOS mobile App.
We know that using these platforms can sometimes seem complicated so we have tried to make the process as simple as possible and made it a single button press.
At Disciple we also aim to Release new Mobile App versions at least once a month. Once a new version is released, the iOS tab will indicate that a new version is available and the Release button will read “Build”.
To view what the latest versions include you can also use the link to Product updates at the top of the Release Page.
The Android Tab works in a slightly different way to the iOS tab due to the limitations of the Google Play store release process, but again we have made this as simple as Possible.
The Android tab will allow you to Preview and Download your Mobile Android Apps APK, where you can add this to the Google Play store. To find out how to Update your Mobile Android App, please read our guides on Updating your Android Mobile App.
As with the iOS tab, everytime a new update is available to release for Android the tab will let you know. This will give you the latest version number and then show the option to Download the APK for you to update your Android Mobile app.
To view what the latest versions include you can also use the link to Product Updates at the top of the Release Page.