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How to create a mobile app (it’s not about how to develop, it’s about how’s create the best app)

Our phones, tablets, laptops, and other devices are brimming with apps that make our lives easier than anyone in our parents’ generation could have predicted.

On-demand orders in the e-commerce world are rising day by day. From car rental to cloud kitchen, investors are betting large amounts of funds on on-demand apps.

Please note that we are not discussing how to code an app but how to create your app without a mobile app maker.

Let’s started with steps to create a mobile app:

1 ) Decide your goal & create a detailed plan

Creating an app isn’t overnight work, it takes days to get to the endpoint with flaws and go through reviews again. So, in areas where companies and developers spend a lot of money and time, you should plan every step carefully.

First and foremost, you should be clear about the purpose of your app. You should keep the following primary considerations in mind:

  • Whether or not your app meets the needs of your business.
  • Who are your app’s intended users?
  • If the app users are looking for an app like yours?
  • Whether it persuades users to visit the app or not.
  • If it can become the most effective point of contact between the consumers and the businesses.
  • Who are your primary market competitors?
  • What are the drawbacks of your competitors?
  • What business model do you intend to use to maximise your ROI?
  • How do you intend to monetise your app?

Put the ETAs of individual tasks in your planner before beginning the code base and try to meet them.

2) Research the market properly

After deciding your objective and creating your planner, surf around the market to look at your competitors’ apps. Try to learn about every aspect of the business, such as what features attract and retain customers.

Read the positive and negative reviews on your competitors’ apps to figure out what you need to add and what you don’t. Learn from their mistakes and build the best app possible for yourself.

You can learn about other apps by:

  • Using their apps for observing.
  • Reading the contents of their website/app
  • Reading the app feedbacks
  • Reading recent related blogs, articles, etc.

3) Plan the best features and functionality for your app

While developing a particular type of app, look for inspirations for the sims of apps already running in the market. Never imitate, but learn from their mistakes and excellencies.

  • List down all the required features for your app.
  • Keep an eye on the newly introduced features in the market by different brands. Just like, Apple launched its Screen Time API for App Developers.
  • Choose and categorize the features (Admin features, User features, Free users features, Premium users features).
  • Check the features on yourself first.
  • Review and make the necessary changes.

One important thing to remember is to constantly ask yourself how each feature you incorporate into the app will satisfy the users. Put yourself in the shoes of the user to persuade yourself.

Here’s an example of a hit app with the best features embedded into it.

4) Design Wireframing

Now comes the initial phase of the technical step, where you start designing your app with wireframing.

Wireframing is the process of designing the visual representation of your app’s layout and the flow between different screens without having to worry about different graphic elements.

There are several online wireframing platforms such as NinjaMock, Fluid UI, Adobe Suite, Mockflow, and others, to sketch the overall look of your app.

After developing the wireframe, comes the testing of it. Many testing tools allow you to see the expected design of your app, but a few tools like Invision can make it interactive where you can flow through different actions to simulate the real encounter with the app.

5) Choose a Development Path

After creating the design, comes the coding. Here you have to decide the platform that you are building the app for and the language that you are using for it. It depends on the budget and the audience you are targeting. 

So, let’s look at the different types of platforms and the languages required for each:

  • Native App Development – This method simply entails developing an app from the ground up for a specific operating system. If the requirement necessitates a large Android user base, you can create an app that is only available to Android users. On the other hand, you can also develop apps for iOS. It only needs to be for one of the platforms. It is commonly used to create apps with high performance.

As a result, if you use this method, you must  create two versions of the same app, one for the App Store and another for the Play Store.

So, with different codebases, you may require two separate teams for each operating system.

  • Languages required – If you are building an app for Android, the first thing you’ll need is the Android Studio.  Then you can use XML to design your app’s interface and code the logic in any or all languages such as Kotlin, Java, and C++.  Although Kotlin is the most used language now, according to Google.

However, for iOS app development, you must be well-versed in the XCode IDE and the Swift programming language (Swift 5 is the latest version).

Though Objective-C remains an option, Apple itself seems to be moving away from C-based languages. And Swift is supposedly much easier to use and work with.

  • Mobile App Frameworks – Using this method, you can create hybrid apps that can run on both Android and iOS devices. It requires a single codebase for the development of apps for both the operating systems, which can save a significant amount of time and money, although the performance might lag a bit. But, if you are a startup with a limited budget, give it a shot.

There are several frameworks available for this method, such as React Native, PhoneGap, Framework 7, which allows you to create a single app and deploy it to both Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

  • Languages Required – Here, the advantage is that you don’t have to think about programming languages because if you have decided to build a hybrid app, you can simply use the framework’s documentation, and you’ll be good to go
  • Drag and Drop Mobile App Builder – This is primarily for those who have zero coding knowledge have a minimal budget. Here you can cut your app development budget by 60-70% and choose the exact design for yourself.

Using different app-building platforms like Appy Pie, AppSheet, and BuildFire, you can simply select a template or drag and drop elements to create your Android or iPhone app

  • Languages Required – None!

6) Develop your App

With the combination of the above recent steps, your development process will be nearly complete; however, there are a few points to consider while developing your app.

  • Make the content of your app pages as interactive as possible.
  • Make your app’s design appealing and one-of-a-kind.
  • Don’t include extraneous features that may irritate users.
  • Try to keep the questions as minimum as possible.
  • Continuous push notifications might irritate users and force them to leave the app.

7) Test your App 

After development comes the testing of the app. This step ensures that your app .works in the way you had predicted it to. Check for bugs and user interface issues and make the necessary changes immediately.

The testing process is divided into two stages. The first is internal testing, in which the app is tested by the internal development team before releasing it to fix bugs. The second phase is external testing, in which people test your app after it has been released in its initial state.

There are two types of testing for every software

Whitebox testing tests the internal structures or workings of an app. Test cases are designed using an internal perspective of the system and programming skills.

While Blackbox testing examines the functionality of an application without viewing the internal workings or structures. The tester understands what the software is supposed to do but has no idea how it does it.

8) Launch your App

After development and testing, it’s time to launch them on the App Store or Play Store. Wait for more and more people to download your app.

Marketing and Promoting:

Has anyone ever claimed that marketing isn’t necessary for good products? It’s completely incorrect!

No matter how good your app or business is, you need good marketing tactics to spread the word about your launch. Digital marketing is the most effective way to save money on marketing in shorter periods of time. 

Keep the following points in mind when deciding on your marketing strategy:

  • The company’s budget
  • Target Audience
  • Target Online/Offline Platform

Because our generation is always online, using social media platforms to promote your app or business is the best way.

However, the game does not end here. The steps that follow app development are as follows:

User Feedbacks:

Following the launch of your new app, user feedback is critical to understanding your audience’s reaction to your work.  Always receive feedback open-heartedly without taking offence.

You can use various methods to welcome feedbacks:

  • App Store/ Play Store feedback
  • Emails inviting feedbacks
  • Push notifications inviting feedbacks

Another method is by using App analytics, which allows you to see how popular your app has become and check details about the user information, such as the age group, location, or location of the majority of the target users. You can also see your audience’s expectations.

Maintenance and Continuous Development:

With numbers of logics and an increasing number of users, bugs are bound to surface at some point. Plus, whenever Apple or Google launches a new software update, you must update your app as well. So, maintenance of the app is mandatory.

Another important aspect is the continuous adding of new features to keep your app trendy in the market.

How long does it take to create an app?

Depending on the complexity of your app, the development process could take anywhere from  2 weeks to 9 weeks. 

When estimating the app development timeline, several factors must be considered, such as the uniqueness of the app design or interface, the number and complexity of features, development complications, use of third-party libraries, and so on.

How much does it cost to build an app?

Considering the type of app you want to develop, app building platform, operating system (iOS or Android), required features, developmental charges, the price can range between $2000 to $30000.

Cost-influencing factors include

  • Features and Functionality
  • UI/UX
  • App Complexity
  • App security
  • App maintenance

So, if you have some great app ideas and need to get a price estimation for them, feel free to contact us. We are always available to assist you.