With so many app entrepreneurs making it big with their apps, you may also be tinkering with the idea of creating one yourself. While your idea may be great, making it a realty would require some amount of work. You may hire a developer to do it for you in which case you will have to spend a good amount of money or you can do it yourself with some good app builders by following a few simple steps.
We have listed below a step by step process for you to finally create your own app.
1. Set your objectives
Before anything else you need to sit down and list out what is it that you are going to do. Some important questions need to be answered like
- What will your app do?
- What solution is it offering and to which problem?
- How will users find it interesting?
- How will the app be marketed?
2. Sketch your plans about App
Give shape to your thoughts by sketching your ideas on paper. Whether the app will be free, or will It be a paid app or will you offer some in-app purchases. You can sketch all these ideas and provide a visual representation.
This is an important step. While you may be inclined to think that your idea is unique and groundbreaking, probably someone might have attempted it before. So, you should carefully research and study the market to know about similar offerings and your competitors and gain market information. You can use this information to make your own app better and solve any workable issues there might be with your app.
4. Developing a Wireframe
With the wireframe you are essentially designing a sketch to gain more clarity about how your app is going to function. You can bring your apps to life by deciding what icons should be there or any other links. There are many wireframing websites which let you create a wireframe.
5. Planning the back end of the App
Once the functionality of the app has been properly defined, you need to clearly outline your servers, APIs and data diagrams. You would want to clearly chart out how your app is going to function. You should have clear diagrams in mind that will provide the right direction to everyone. Moreover, if at any time you think the wireframe needs revision, go a step back and make amendments. There are several online app builders which let you do the back-end work. You can check out Parse to learn about back end services.
6. Preliminary check of the App Model
Once the wireframe and the servers and data diagrams have been created, arrange a demo for your friends and people who you feel would be able to give some genuine feedback. Their response and criticism will help you weed out any deficiencies in your model. So that you are finally ready with the app structure and foundation and ready to commence building the app.
7. Building the App
Finally, you start to build the app. You can hire a developer who will develop the servers and databases for you or you can use an app builder. Take into consideration all the changes you made before including the feedback from the demo group. You also need to sign up on app stores such as Google Play and Apple store.
8. Design the look
The next step is to hire the services of a designer and design the user interface which will determine how your app will look and how will users interact with it and navigate within it. During this stage as well keep in mind the feedback you got from the initial group of testers. You will have to choose colors, themes, template and screen layout which look appealing as well as suitable as per the wireframe which you had developed earlier.
This is the second testing. You have your app and the interface ready and now you need to test both of them to ensure that the app meets your expectations as well as capable of satisfying the user. You need to determine whether the app is working properly and the user is able to navigate comfortably. Proto.io is a good platform to carry out testing of your app. You will learn about any shortcomings and deficiencies.
After testing make the necessary tweaks that need to be made. Once the modifications have been made, you can again call the group of testers for whom you had arranged the demo earlier. Ask them to test the app this time and record their response and suggestions. You should make the necessary changes. Feedback can be obtained from the developer and the designer who worked on the app and improvements can be made based on them.
11. Beta Testing
Finally, the app is tested, the shortcomings ironed out. Now the next step is to arrange for Beta testing. It means testing out the performance of the app in a live environment. While android allows you to upload your app on any android device and beta test it, apple provides for beta testing in a more controlled environment and requires you to upload the app in a platform called Testflight for beta testing
12. Releasing the App
Th app is fully ready. Your idea has become a reality. It indeed offers something new and makes life simpler by solving a particular problem or filling a gap in the market. Now, you want the world to take benefit of it and this is the last step. The final step is to release the app on various app stores. Again, you will notice a difference between Google Play app store and iOS app store. While Play store directly allows you to upload it, Apple on the other hand reviews your app before it is uploaded on the iOS which can take around 1 week of time.