3 Options to Build a Mobile App
You need a mobile application for your business, but how do you go about getting one? Let’s take a look at the three major options that most people find themselves choosing from.
1. Free Options:
There are some totally free options. Well, not exactly totally free. You’ll still have to get your developer’s accounts from both Google and Apple which will run you $124 per year. Plus whatever value you put on your own time while learning how to and actually build the application, but the free option is probably the best all around if you already know a decent amount of CSS, HTML, and Java. You know, some of the the most popular website building languages. If you do, I’d suggest that you start familiarizing yourself with PhoneGap. It is a powerful tool provided by Adobe and can provide a lot of native functionality without having to learn a new programming language.
Another free option that I can highly recommend if you only really want to focus on Android is MIT App Developer II. It’s a no code app builder originally put together by Google and now run by MIT. There’s a much steeper learning curve with the MIT App Developer than your standard WYSIWYG app builder, but it is also much more powerful and you can probably build almost anything with it given enough practice. The biggest drawback to App Developer is no IOS support and that’s a pretty big deal to most, but for Android it’s great.
The mother of all free DIY options is to hand code each app yourself. I actually wouldn’t recommend this option unless you are already a little familiar with each platform that you want to build an app for native language. The learning curve here is by far the greatest of any option, and unless you want something highly customized, there are probably better options especially when you factor in the time it will take you to get proficient.
2. Custom Built
There’s a huge variety in pricing in dev built apps. You can actually go to Fiverr and find gigs for $5 to have an app built, but it will usually cost you at least a few hundred dollars when it’s all said and done to have a simple app built. If you want something highly customized it can easily run you tens of thousands of dollars from a good developer. My suggestion when looking for a developer to build your app is to go with a developer who specializes in the scale of application that your are looking for. If you want a simple business app go with a person or firm who specializes in those as you will get the best bang for your buck. If need a highly customized app go with a person or firm who specializes in large scale solutions as you will need their direction, and they will provide the best value.
3. Use A No Code App Builder
There’s a bunch of app builders out there that provide a lot of different functionality at prices ranging from free with adds to $100+ per month. Some of the most popular options out there right now are Seattle Clouds, Appmakr, and Appypie. Each has it’s own set of benefits and you should take a look at each one of them before deciding, but there is a another option out there that you may not have heard of yet.
Goat Apps is new in the no coding app builder market, but their platform already provides a lot of functionality at a great price and they also offer dev built apps at prices that are hard to beat. They aren’t a reseller for another company and their apps are hosted on their server. GoatAppShop.com gives you a free white label HTML 5 web app that can be used with any smart phone whether you subscribe to the pro native app service or not. Native Iphone and Android apps are only $15 for both. Also, unlike most no code app builders, Goat Apps gives you the full source code for your apps so if you are adventurous, you can add anything you want that isn’t already included in their platform to your app. Having the source codes also means you can take your apps and move anytime you want.
There are also resellers of some of the major platforms out there especially for Seattle Clouds. Some of them have deals that you can’t believe, but just a word of caution maybe there’s a reason that they can’t be believed. App Resellers have been known to close shop without any warning and you could find yourself or your customers suddenly without of your apps. Even the best intentioned resellers are subject to changes in terms made by the parent company so they could still leave you stuck through no real fault of their own.
So which way would you go if you’d like to create a mobile app for your business or a client’s business? If it’s not your first app you probably have some processes in place and reliable suppliers for increased productivity. Please let me know in comments below what’s your approach.
Originally published at tech.pro.