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What is Wechat Mini Programs and how to get started

WeChat Mini Programs are “mini-applications” built within the WeChat platform, which allows 3rd party companies to develop mobile-app-like Mini Programs for users that can run within the WeChat app.


About Wechat Mini Programs

WeChat Mini Programs, also known as 微信小程序, are “mini-applications” built within the WeChat platform, which allows 3rd party companies to develop mobile-app-like Mini Programs for users that can run within the WeChat app.

Launched in 2017, WeChat mini program is considered WeChat’s own “app within an app.” Implemented using JavaScript plus a proprietary API, WeChat mini-programs allow users to install these inside the WeChat app without downloading another app or leaving WeChat, with instant loading and ease of use.

Many brands, businesses, and organizations have leveraged WeChat mini-programs to provide advanced features to users.

For example, local Chinese governments have been using WeChat mini-programs to control the spread of Covid-19, including real-time health QR codes, PCR test results, vaccination registration, etc.

Local governments have leveraged mini-programs to control the spread of the pandemic.
Local governments have leveraged mini-programs to control the spread of the pandemic.

Luxury brand Hermes has developed several e-commerce mini-programs to enable easier purchases for Chinese consumers.

Brands like Hermes have been using Wechat Mini Programs to reach Chinese customers.
Brands like Hermes have been using Wechat Mini Programs to reach Chinese customers.


How To Get Started On Wechat Mini Programs

WeChat Mini Programs offer an open-source platform with detailed technical guidelines on building a Mini Program.

Step 1 To get started, sign up for a WeChat Official Account on WeChat Public Platform with an email address, a business license or entity, your company bank account, and a copy of the ID card of the contact person.

Step 2 Fill Out detailed information about your Wehcta Mini Program, including name, avatar, introduction, and service scope.

Step 3 Your developer can download the developer tools and refer to the WeChat Mini Programs development documentation to develop and debug the Mini Program.

Step 4 Submit your code for WeChat to review and release after.

Access process for Wechat Mini Programs
Access process for Wechat Mini Programs

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