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How to Create a Mobile App: A Guide for Non-programmers

Developing an app is an excellent way to begin engaging your website visitors on their mobile devices, allowing you to increase your mobile traffic and encourage users to spend more time on your pages due to an improved mobile user experience. You do not really have to be a programming magician or begin to build an app to start creating one that your audience will enjoy.

We’ve compiled our best advice for those looking to build an app from the ground up with no prior programming experience:

  • Conduct your research
  • Creating Your App
  • Specify Your App Development Need
  • Creating Your App
  • Your App Must Be Tested
  • Putting Your App Out There
  • Final Thoughts

Creating an application like any other new project begins with research

From outlining your goals and selecting your mobile platform to knowing the market and revenue options, here are some questions to ask yourself prior to actually venturing into the development and design of your mobile app:

Who are the competitors?

 Search the market for equivalent mobile apps that are already available. Don’t be put off if someone else has already done something similar – keep in mind that there are a number of applications out there, many of which do similar things to each other. Your users will love your app as long as it has features that make it unique or distinguishable. Whether there are any apps that are already fairly successful (or not), you should take this into consideration:

  • What can you do better?
  • Where are your competitors disappointing their customers?
  • What do you have to offer the market?

Who really is Your Target Market?

Because there are no face-to-face sales opportunities in mobile app marketing, knowledge of your target audience is critical to success. 

  • Group discussions
  • Questionnaires
  • Data from market research
  • Personas of the audience

Do you have a budget?

Your budget will be determined by a variety of factors and is likely to fluctuate significantly over the course of your app’s life cycle. The following are the most significant budget difference makers:

  • Which mobile platform do you use?
  • The app’s level of functionality
  • Method of marketing/monetization
  • It’s a good idea to think about each of these factors before deciding on a budget.

When Is Your Due Date?

Creating a mobile app, like any other business venture, must have attainable goals and deadlines. If you have a strict deadline to meet, you may have to make some decisions to help shorten the timeframe. The following are the primary factors influencing mobile app development time:

1. Platform for mobile devices

Certain platforms make creating an app from scratch easier and faster than others. For example, the Hybrid platform is frequently used by businesses that want their app to be available to users as soon as possible.

2. Functionality level

If getting the app out on time is critical, you may want to leave some features on the “nice to have” list.

3. Resources

How many developers are you able to hire to work on your app? Generally, the more developers you have, the faster the app is built – but this can quickly and significantly increase the cost.

4. Third-party integrations

It takes time to connect your app to other services. Third-party APIs must be learned and correctly implemented by developers. If third-party APIs are updated, you may need to reconfigure your connection with them to ensure that functionality remains consistent.

5. Uploading to App Stores

This is something you can’t do much about. Different App Stores may take longer to approve your app for release than others. After all, it can also be rejected, which means you’ll have to go back and improve your app before resubmitting it. Rejection by the Google Play App Store or the iOS App Store will be a devastating blow to your deadline, and the best way to prevent delays is to carefully read the requirements of each App Store to start creating your app in a way that complies with the rules.

Which mobile platform will you be using?

Will you create an iOS, Android, or Windows app?

It’s critical to decide which platform you’ll use early in the research process because it affects your budget, timeline, and the types of functionalities you’ll be able to include in your app. It is common to create apps for Android and iOS rather than Windows because they own over 99% of the market share of mobile apps. Each platform will necessitate its own set of apps.

How Will You Make Money From Your App?

Mobile apps can be a good way to generate additional revenue for your company. There are various ways you can accomplish this. The vast majority of apps monetize through one of the four methods listed below: paid downloads, advertisements, in-app purchases, and native advertising. You could also define success differently than monetization. Many businesses create free mobile apps with the primary goal of increasing brand awareness or the number of mobile users accessing content via their mobile app.

Designing your app: 

Begin by creating a basic skeleton known as wireframes. Wireframing allows you to see the layout and flow of your app visually. This will alleviate any concerns about various graphic elements. After you’ve completed the wireframes, you might want to move on to creating high-fidelity designs, mockups, or prototypes. Consider overall prototyping and creating mockups as a way to see how your mobile app performs in the hands of end-users.

This is basically a way for you to connect your ideas to your final mobile app before you start developing it.

  • To achieve your objective, the order and number of screens must be optimized.
  • To determine the best user performance, create multiple screens flow for each task.
  • Choose whether you want to create a prototype online or offline.

Software testing

It’s a good idea to test your software frequently throughout development, not just once it’s finished. You may convey modifications to your developer as they work on the programme, saving you time, money, and a lot of frustration in the long run. You may install your app file on any computer/mobile device and test it in a live environment using Android. This makes testing a breeze and something you can get started with right away.

Get ready for the launch

You’ve finished developing your brand-new app. You’ve gone over and over looking for bugs. Could this be the turning point?

Yes! Your mobile app is all set to go live! To ensure that the launch of your new app runs as smoothly as possible, follow these steps:

  • Check the App Store’s rules.
  • Create an outstanding App Store description.
  • Utilize Your Media to the Fullest.

Final thoughts

If you don’t have anything right now, we hope this post has steered you in the right way and inspired you to start. Even though it takes a lot of time and effort, developing mobile app can be quite rewarding, and we wish you the best.