7 Simple Steps to Building an App
It’s no secret that the app industry has created a whole new level of how consumers behave. In our everyday life, we are immersed in all these “cool” apps that just seems to fit right into our daily routines. That said, I’m sure we have all come across this one “eureka” moment when we decide that, “Yes! We have this genius app idea that we definitely have to develop!”
Then the question is… How?
How exactly can we get this genius app idea to turn into a mobile reality?
Now at this point, we all know that there is nothing more intimidating than being all over the place.
So here’s 7 simple steps that Swag Soft has put together to help you get started on building a brilliant mobile app.
#1 Specify your App Concept
List out the objectives of your mobile app and clarify the purpose for creating it.
For starters, you may consider looking into the following questions:
• What is the app built for?
• Who are your target audience?
• How is the app going to appeal to your target audience?
• What are the core functions of your app?
• Is there any distinctive feature in your app?
Do bear in mind that defining the specifications of your app is a vital key to securing your genius idea!
#2 Practice Good Research
Dig up on any helpful information that can enhance your great idea. On top of that, it’s also important to identify and gather information on your competitors to make sure that you can do better than them! Here are some things you should be familiar with:
• Apps that are similar to yours
• Information on your target audience
• Relevant design inspirations for your app
• Technical requirements for your app
#3 Construct Your Wireframe
Get creative and start sketching out your design ideas to give yourself a clearer perspective on the app’s functionality. At the same time, get familiar with the specific platform guidelines to ensure that your design ideas can fit in nicely. Now, with the ideal sketches, move on to build your wireframes! Also, do make sure to consider how users will be interacting with your app as you work on them!
Remember, your wireframes is one of the crucial factors that will determine the outcome of the app’s usability. So do take note to set down some specific guidelines that can help ensure consistency throughout the interface of your mobile app.
#4 Evaluate Your Wireframes
Now that your wireframes are all mapped out nicely, gather your friends and families to help review your app mock-up. Take them through the details of your wireframes and demonstrate the functions of the app. Encourage them to point out for flaws or any features that seems off and out of place. Monitor their questions as they look through the interface and make sure that you take their feedback seriously because they are going to be necessary for you to make further improvements on your app’s interface.
The goal of this exercise is to test the users’ experience for your mobile app and ensure that the flow is smooth and congenial. And if it’s not, you’ll have to spend more time to refine it.
#5 Setting Up the App
With all the foundations placed in order, you are now ready to develop the actual skins for your mobile app. The skins are designed according to your wireframes and will be reflected on the users’ mobile screen when they are using your app.
Once the skins are ready, move on to set up the technical aspects of your app. This involves setting up the APIs (Application Program Interface), database, servers, and other storage solutions or key requirements. And, don’t worry if you’re unsure of what all these technical jargon means. Because you can always engage the help from mobile app developers in the market to help you get through this.
#6 Give It Another Round of Test
As soon as you have completed the technical parts of your mobile app, you can prepare for the next round of testing (again)! Only this time, the app will be fully functioning with all the graphics and features installed. Which also means, it will make it even easier for users to spot for any inadequacies. So the same goes, gather your friends and families and this time, along with a few relevant experts to conduct the testing.
Now, with the new feedback, make the necessary revisions accordingly to polish up your app.
#7 Launch Your App
And finally, your mobile app is ready to be published on the app store! But, before that, do pay attention to the policies of the different platforms; mainly Android or iOS. In addition, make sure that you invest some time to draft out an engaging and interesting app description. Remember, your job is to facilitate a seamless flow from the moment a user discovers your app all the way to how they interact with it.
So if you’ve been sitting on a great app idea for a while now, but have yet to nail the way to make it happen, feel free to drop us an email at contact [at] swagsoft.com.sg to find out more on how we can help you with your genius mobile app idea!
Swag Soft is a trusted game developer and mobile app developer based in Singapore. We have helped companies such as Toyota, BMW, Caltex, Philips Morris, government bodies and many other SMEs build their mobile apps and games.