If you have a great idea for a mobile app, you may be wondering just how you can turn this great idea into a reality. Fortunately, the process of developing a mobile app isn't as difficult or as complex as you may think, especially if you have some programming skills. As long as you create a plan and follow certain steps for the mobile app development process, you can expect to be successful when it comes to your first attempt at making a mobile app. Here is some information about the typical mobile app development process that should help you decide how to approach the development of your first mobile app.
1. Change and hone your idea
Before you even start designing graphics and writing code for your mobile app, you want to evaluate your idea to ensure that it is viable for your intentions. Even if you are in love with the idea for your mobile app as is, it could probably still use some refinement.
While you want the idea for your mobile app to be realistic, you also want it to be very unique. There are literally millions of mobile apps available on the Apple Store and the Google Play store. Therefore, you can expect to encounter plenty of competition. As a result, you can't afford to start your mobile app development with an idea that is lackluster at best and overused at worst. The best way to evaluate your idea is to determine whether it solves a current and common problem that your target audience encounters.
2. Lay out the overall design and features of the mobile app
Now that you have a good idea in mind and have confirmed that your mobile app meets a need, you need to lay out the overall design and the features of your mobile app. Without a doubt, this can be very difficult. Ideally, you want to take a seat with a piece of paper and brainstorm as many ideas as possible. You want to think of features that fit with the purpose of the mobile app.
While it may be tempting to include every possible feature under the sun in your mobile app, this is truly unnecessary and overkill. First of all, you can't expect your users to take advantage of every feature if you include dozens of them in your mobile app. In fact, the incorporation of too many features may even hinder the user experience. Another disadvantage of incorporating way too many features is that the development process will be very lengthy and costly as well.
3. Remove non-essential features
Once you've brainstormed a design for your mobile app and made a list of ideal features, you want to cull the non-essential features from your list. Think about every feature carefully and determine if this feature will be able to add to the user experience rather than detract. Especially since your mobile app is new, you only want to incorporate the features that are absolutely necessary. Keep in mind that as your mobile app becomes more popular, you can always add new features.
When removing the non-essential features from your list, you also want to remember to keep the features that will make your mobile app stand out. Unique features for your mobile app are especially essential if the overall idea for your mobile app isn't the most unique in the world. Of course, keeping a balance between having unique features and not overloading your users with features can be difficult. Therefore, you should give a lot of thought when it comes to this step.
4. Design should be your first priority
Especially since this is your first mobile app, you may want to just use a basic design so that you can focus on developing the best mobile app possible. While it's definitely tempting to prioritize function over design completely, this is not the right way to go if you want your mobile app to succeed on the market.
Not only should your mobile app be visually appealing, but it should also offer a great user experience. Without optimal user experience, you can expect the retention rate of users for your mobile app to be very low. Some factors you should consider when it comes to user experience include the simplicity of the mobile app and how long it takes to perform certain functions. Developers need to put the design, which includes both graphics and the user experience, over everything else.
5. Come up with a budget
Now that you have the plan for your mobile app ready to go, you need to up with a realistic budget for your mobile app. In general, the budget for your mobile app should depend on the complexity of the design and the features. It should also depend on the number of features you intend to incorporate into your mobile app. The more features, the more you will have to pay to the developer.
A common mistake that many people make when it comes to the development of their mobile app is skimping on the costs. No matter how tempting it may be, do not go for the cheapest developer that you find. The cheapest developer will likely produce a lackluster mobile app for you. In fact, you may end up spending money to get a developer worth his or her salt to fix all the issues with the mobile app. A good mobile app easily costs thousands of dollars to design.
6. Integrate analytics into your mobile app
In order to gauge the performance of your mobile app, you need to figure out a way to integrate analytics. The analytics will provide you with information about the behavior of your users. For example, it will tell you how many users exit out of your mobile app before the onboarding flow is over. This data will allow you to make changes to your mobile app to better the user experience.
As you can see, the process of developing a mobile app isn't as difficult as it may seem. Just follow the steps discussed above and you can expect to experience success with the development of your first mobile app.