A 12-Step Guide to Building Your Very First Mobile App
We know that people tend to be more creative in today’s digital society. As the part of internet culture, you must be an internet enthusiast, who can’t wait to update the newest mobile app, mustn’t you? Or probably you plan to create your own mobile app when starting up your small business? The bright ideas might come up from your brain, yet you don’t know what to do with the app and to begin building an app. Never get worried! A 12-step guide to building your very first mobile app will be very helpful for you.
1. Set Your Goal
When you’re ready with your brightest idea as the starting point, you should clearly determine what type of goal you are going to achieve. Defining your purpose along with your vision and mission is a must unless you wish for your future project with the app to end up in a failure. You must have an obvious goal to help you get there more quickly. Think about the things you are going to do and the problems you are going to tackle.
2. Begin Your Own Sketch
Sketching your ideas on a piece of paper will visually conceptualize what your future app is like. It’s like a basic foundation you need to have. Deem the foremost features you are going to present, the application’s structure, and how the layout can attract many eyes. Your sketch basically serves as the reference of your following project. If your sketching is well-prepared, it will help your solid team to manifest your dream.
3. Do a Research
The research you need to do should mainly cover some goals. Firstly, you need to make sure that other people don’t create similar apps. Then, get inspiration for a catchy design of your future app. Seek an information about technique and approach for the app you are going to create. Finally, find a way to make money from your app and how to market it.
Finding out your competitors’ mistakes and features is another thing you should do. Then, make sure that you don’t do the same mistakes as they did.
4. Make a Wireframe and Storyboard
Now that you have already got the more understandable depiction of your ideas, you are required to create a wireframing. According to Melanie Haselmayr, “Wireframing is the process of creating a mockup or prototype of your app.” Moqups, Balsamiq, and HotGIoo are the examples of wireframe where you can either drag your placeholders and some graphics or add functional buttons. Meanwhile, a storyboard can be made while doing wireframing. It’s to allow you understand the link of each screen and how to navigate a road map with your app.
5. Identify Your Mobile App’s Back End
Now, you’ve already had two essential things—wireframe and storyboard, the main foundation of your back-end structure. You can proceed to begin sketching on the data diagrams, servers, and APIs for your app. The back end would the basic reference for those who develop their app program or participate in an app project. If you are about to modify the wireframe and storyboard, make sure that you use technical limitations.
6. Get Your Prototype Tested
You need to inquire the app experts, or at least the people around you (they could be your family and colleagues), to give a review on your prototype. Give those people access to your wireframe so that they can do the test run. The crucial part is getting their feedback. You will ultimately know your app's weakness and feature. You are recommended to witness on how they test the prototype.
7. Build your Mobile App’s Back End
After getting your prototype tested, your app is undoubtedly defined. Now you need to focus on the system of the back end. It’s time for the developers to set up the necessities such as databases, servers, storage solutions, and APIs. Besides, you should sign up for the accounts of your developer at the marketplaces. It takes a couple of days for approving your ready account.
8. Design the Skins of Your App
The thing to consider at this stage is the app skins. They are the individual screens required by your app. Now, it's time for your designer to generate high-resolution versions on the wireframe. Including the prototype testers’ feedback is something fundamental. Then, spotlight your target audience when building your app.
9. Try out Your App Again
When your skillful designer is about to finish your app skins, ensure that you get another test. If you think that all procedures have completed, it’s such a big mistake. After the concept of your definite app as well as the graphics and the texts has been completed, you can end it with a final test. Use Solidify and Framer app to test your app.
10. Make a Revision and Keep Innovating
If your design has passed through a test drive and gained a lot of feedbacks or comments from your users, you need to revise and come up with new ideas for your app. Never miss an important chance to get a recommendation from your designer to shift the layout or other attractive designs. By doing so, you will easily get the expected result.
11. Polish Each Detail
This is the last stage of all the procedures in the process of app development. However, make sure that you’re your app is easily downloaded and installed on the mobile device. To test it, you can try a helpful platform called TestFlight to see that the installation process is always fine. Monitoring each detail is consequently good for the finished product.
12. Time to Release
You have to understand the app marketplace's policy which is so different when you are going to publish your app. Android, for instance, will never make any review on the apps recently submitted. Meanwhile, Apple has access to review and check your app out before going live. You can try PreApps to get a chance to reach previous adopters and get feedback.
Finally, that’s all the 12 steps in building a mobile app. Now, start working on your app and good luck.
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