So you have a brilliant, life-changing idea for an app. But what’s next? What is the process for turning this idea into a reality? Our guide will walk you through the necessary steps and give you some options to consider for building your app.
Step 1- Brainstorm Your Idea
The first step may be the simplest or the hardest part of the whole process. Brainstorming. If you are yet to come up with an idea or have one that you need to flesh out a bit, it’s important to sit down and think about what service your app is going to provide. Properly thinking your idea through in the early stages and ensuring that you have a clear plan for the function of your app will save you a lot of time and money down the track. This crucial step will give you a clear goal and help you undertake the next steps of the process. It will also help you determine if your app is feasible. Especially if you are building your app for your company, evaluating if the payoff will be worth it is important.
Step 2- Research the Market
Now that you have a solid plan, it is a good idea to do some research and find out if there are any similar mobile or web applications. Identifying your niche or building on an area that you feel could be done better will further give you guidance on the direction you should be taking your app. Identifying the end goal that you want users to achieve will give you a mission to continuously work towards. When done correctly, competitive analysis is crucial for gaining an advantage in your industry.
Step 3- Outline Your Resources
Building an app is not only time consuming but can also be costly. When building on behalf of your business you need to be clear about the resources you have available to you. Set a time frame for when the app needs to be completed along with a budget. This will further help you determine the trajectory of your app and will help you plan in advance in order to simplify the process.
Step 4- Determine How You Will Maintain Your App
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that once your app is developed you can sit back and relax. Apps require constant maintenance and troubleshooting for any problems that may arise. If you are inexperienced in managing the backend (the side of the app that users don’t see like the infrastructure and file storage) you may be inclined to engage Backend as a Service (BaaS). This will ensure that the maintenance of the backend of your app is managed by a third party and you can focus on the upkeep of the frontend (what the users see).
Step 5- Decide How You’re Going to Develop Your App
Congratulations you have reached the stage in which you can start developing your app. There are a range of paths you can take once you get to the step of actually building your app. You generally have 3 options at this stage: native code from scratch, mobile app development platforms or DIY platforms. Native app projects are often the most high-risk and costly yet if done right, and with a highly experienced team, it will have a great payoff. Mobile app development platforms provide you with tools to speed up the development process. DIY platforms are more cost effective and give you more unique options for customising your app.
Step 6- Outline Your Strategy For Releasing the App
Now that the foundations of your app are there, you need to figure out what you are going to do generate interest before it is released to the public. This may include creating content that teases the apps release, preparing the listing on the app store and reaching out to journalists or bloggers to get them to promote your app’s imminent arrival. This is your chance to put the final touches on your app and ensure that you are happy with the branding and the message that it presents. All that’s left to do now is release it to the world. Developing an app can be a long process but with the right knowledge and a carefully executed plan, the payoff can be extremely rewarding.