Over the last few years, we have witnessed an evolution in the app development industry. And needless to say, apps have now become an essential part of our day-to-day routine.
So, we decided to share some valuable insights regarding app building procedure as per our years of experience in the IT field. Below are the 11 go to steps to make an app easily:
Step 1: Set Goals
The very first thing to begin the app making process is by setting the goals that you want to achieve with your app.
Goals may vary from person to person, depending on their expectations from the application. Ex: A startup entrepreneur might be aiming for a good funding with his/her app whereas, some other person’s goal might be to get name recognition.
Step 2: Research & Analysis
In order to move ahead with the process of app development, you need to go a ton of research regarding the app idea and the concept behind it.
Note: Always remember to back up your potential app ideas with some concrete validation. This can only be done by thoroughly analyzing your R&D regarding the app.
Some great examples of innovative app ideas that turned themselves into brands are — WhatsApp, Art & Culture App, Instagram etc.
Step 3: Idea Sketching
Many people consider sketching an unnecessary step and even compare it with drawing. But that’s not true!
Sketching allows you to give a visual representation to your ideas and helps you get a clearer idea of the process ahead.
With the help of sketches, you are able to see a short version of the entire cycle of the mobile app development process.
Step 4: Wireframing
Although, Wireframes can be made by a number of professionals but we at ChromeInfotech would highly recommend Wireframes to be created by Business Analysts.
Reasons why Business Analysts create high-quality Wireframes:
- The BA team have extensive knowledge of Wireframe tools
- Business Analysts hold good experience of working on several apps and so they tend to more deeply focus on the links between the items along with their attributes.
There are many benefits of the Wireframing step; the most important is providing a much accurate and clear timeline of the entire process of app making.
Step 5: Designing
In the app designing stage, the two terms which are used interchangeably by a majority of people are User Interface and User Experience.
User Interface Design (UI) — It can be defined as an implication of the look and feel of the application.
User Experience Design (UX) — UX is concerned with all elements that together make the complete interface. This includes visual, sound, text, design etc.
It is always better to move forward in form of steps so we divided the design process into these 4 stages:
1. Color Selection
2. Logo Designing
4. Final Design
Some user perspective points that you should always keep in mind while designing your app are: Focus on creating an innovative Design with an attraction which is easier to navigate for the user and make sure that there is no overflowing of information.
Step 6: Development
After the designing, we can now focus on the app development part. So, mainly there are two major categories of apps:
· Native App Development
· Hybrid App Development
Now, the selection of the app development approach also depends on your app goals along with your business objectives.
Native Apps — These are the most common apps which are specifically built for specific platforms. Ex: Android and iOS. Programming languages used in native apps are Swift and Java.
· Great Performance
· Better User Experience
· More Interactive and Smooth Running
· Interaction not mandatory if data is saved locally
· More Expensive
· Not efficient for simple app concepts
· Easier and faster to build
· No need for a browser
· Cheaper than native apps
· Slower than native apps
· Less interactive
As per our expertise, we would recommend you to opt for Native App Development in respect to your industry vertical.
This is known as the client-side programming i.e. what happens on the browser.It can be defined as the conversion of data into a graphical interface for end-user.
A frontend developer’s main responsibility is creating interactivity and user experience.
It is also known as the Content Management System (CMS). This is the part which remains hidden from the users and is only visible to developers.
Need of Back-end
- To combine and transform data
- To access the information that users require
- To return the data in a new form to the user
Focused Areas for Backend Developers — ASP.NET MVC and PHP web frameworks.
Many Leading App Development Companies suggest choosing the Agile Methodology instead of any other methodologies.
Agile Methodology can be defined as the process that promotes continuous interactions of development and testing cycle throughout the development stage of an app.
Step 7: Testing
This step is the end-to-end process of testing the app development process so far. With testing, you can refine your app’s quality as well as the performance.
Some of the most useful Agile Testing Methods are:
· XP (eXtreme Programming)
Mainly there are two key types of testing:
Internal Testing –This is the testing performed by the QA team to resolve app issues and remove bugs.
Beta Testing –This testing is mostly done by the clients and based on their personal experiences further modifications can be done in the app.
Some of the best bug tracking tools for testing are:
Speaking from our several years of experience, we do recommend using reliable testing tools.
Step 8: Beta Version
Beta version of an app is released before the final app release for the purpose of performing beta testing by a specific group of beta testers.
There are two types of Beta versions:
1. Open Beta Version
2. Closed Beta Version
Step 9: App Launch
This is the most exciting part of the whole process of creating an app that holds extreme importance for the person who is developing the app.
Things to be considered before launching the app:
· Logo/Icon — This symbol will represent your app on the app store and also on the internet.
· Description –The description should nicely summaries the entire concept of the app.
· Screenshots — The screenshots you select should be attractive and displaying the app’s services. Although, nowadays many people are favoring videos over images.
Before launching your app on an app store go through their respective guidelines for Android and iOS application.
Step 10: App Marketing
To make your app visible in the app store, you need to involve in app marketing. Because the higher your app ranks in the app store searches, the more visible your app is to potential customers.
Also, if you have any queries regarding app promotion, feel free to contact our team of experts to help you.
Step 11: Maintenance
For the maintenance step, people have this misconception that only if their app is facing an issue then they need to do maintenance and that’s not smart!
Reasons we need App Maintenance:
· To enhance your app’s functionality
· For the app to lead a long lifespan
· Better productivity
· Improved App quality
We hope that short summary can provide you with a brief overview of the 11 simple steps of building an application. If you want to read the detailed version of these simple steps, have a look at our blog on Creating an App.
Here’s an Infographic on the app building steps that are mentioned above:
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