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How many people have had a great idea for an app, and never developed it because it seemed too difficult and complicated? 

Start with a Great Concept

I would bet there are a lot of good ideas floating around out there, and if one of those good ideas is yours, you should make the effort to get your app developed and put it out there for the world to see – and use.  There are a lot of different ways to create your own app, ranging from learning to code and creating every aspect of your app yourself, only using existing platforms for certain functions, through using app creation software, where all the coding is done for you and you just choose the functions for your app from an existing set of options, all the way to the other end of the spectrum, where you simply hire someone to do the work for you.

Making Mobile APPS

Options

The first option – learning to code and doing everything yourself – takes a great deal of time and effort.  You would need to start by taking a programming course such as iOS Programming, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, or Android Programming.  Once that was completed, you would then be ready to begin to learn how to create an app.  The bests way to become good at creating apps is to practice hard, make a lot of mistakes, and learn from them.  The process can be quite lengthy, and most people would prefer to use existing software to both shorten the process and make it easier.

What if You can’t Write Code

If you are not interested in learning to code, you can use existing software to create your app, once you have the basics done.  The first and most basic thing you need to do, is to decide what, exactly, your app is going to do.  How do you see it functioning for users?  What features do you want it to have?  What features will it need to have to function well?  What security features should it have?  There is no software that can do this part for you, so the best thing you can do is sit down with a pencil and paper and start writing down everything you can think of regarding your app idea – everything from what your app will do for users to how you will market it to potential customers.

Have a Clear Plan

When you have your basic idea drawn out as clearly as you can do it, it is time to decide what you want your app to look like.  Draw out the screen, showing all the possible buttons on the screen and what they do.  At this stage, you need to start researching things.  Look at similar apps and see what users think is good about them and what should be improved.  You may be quite sure that your idea for an app is unique, but considering that there are hundreds of thousands of apps already in existence, chances are there are probably at least a few apps out there that are quite similar or that function in a similar way.  You need to make sure you aren’t just re-inventing something that already exists, or you could run into copyright issues.  Here is where you need to find out if your potential app will have a market as well, or if the market for that type of app is already saturated, making it so that your app will be lost in the crowd and won’t make you any money.

Wire Frame the APP Idea

Your next step is what is called “wireframing” your app idea.  Wireframing means you will create a detailed picture of your app – what it does, how it does it, and so on.  There are websites you can use to do this step, such as axure.com, framer.com, Adobe Creative Cloud, and many others.  Finding one that you like and that works well for you should be fairly easy, you just have to decide how much you are willing to pay for the use of the site.

At this point, you will want to have a look at app builder sites and companies that provide assistance with the back-end building of apps.  They will help you will things like delineating your servers and designing the basic functioning parts of your app.  There are dozens, if not hundreds, of app development companies out there, who have the capabilities to take your idea and turn it into a fully functioning app for you.  You just need to choose the level of assistance you need.  You can use a website that allows you to build the basic app functions yourself, but the options it has may be limited.  If you are unsure about any step in this backend creation, your best bet may be to choose a company that offers help with this aspect of your app building process, or you could find yourself stuck and unable to move forward.

How to Choose an APP Buiilder

When you are using an app builder website or company, be sure to keep careful notes on what options you are choosing, what functions your app has and how they work, and each step of the design process.  You need to end up with not only a functioning app, but a clear blueprint of that app and how each component of it relates to every other component.  When you need to do alterations and repairs, (and everybody needs to do alterations and repairs) your blueprint will be a crucial part of the process.

Top APP Builder Sites

While there are a lot of mobile app builders out there, some of the most popular ones are Appery.io, Game Salad, Mobile Roadie, and the AppBuilder.  Each has different features and offers unique advantages to the process of building apps.  You will need to do some shopping to find the right one for you.

Some of the most popular web app building sites are Contus, Fatbit Technologies, and Oxagile.  There are many, many more, though, and doing some careful research into what they offer will pay off when you find the one that works best for you.

Test the APP Concept Early

By this time, you should have a basic app up and running.  Now is the time to ask for help.  You need people to try using the app and see what they think.  What are the app’s good points?  Where does it fail to work properly?  You should get as many people as you can to test your app and give you feedback so that you can improve it.

At this point, you are ready to start putting together a finished product.  Here is where you will work with your app builder to put all the elements together into a working app.  Take advantage of all the technical help you can get at this stage, because it will help a lot to have experts dealing with assembling the app.

How to Get it Out There

Sometime during this process, you need to open an account with Apple and with Google Play, so that you can market your app.  It won’t help to have the world’s best app if you can’t get it out to the public.

Is it Finished ? NOPE

When your app developer is finished putting your app together and you think it’s ready to go, it’s not.  You have to test it again, get everyone you know to help you test it again, and try to deal with any bugs in the system.  Now is the time to find as many flaws as you can and fix them, although that may seem to be an endless process.  You can then start beta testing your app.  This will probably show you a bunch more things that need to be fixed, but it’s a good way to get more bugs out of the system.

Now your app is ready to be put out as a finished product.  This isn’t the end of the fixes, but at least it’s out there, up and running.  Now it’s time for it to make money for you, to pay back some of what you have sunk into developing it.

APP Costs

The cost of developing an app can vary widely, depending on how much of the work you can do on your own, and how much you need professional help with.  The nuts and bolts of your app matter in pricing as well – if your app uses a back-end server, it is more expensive than one that doesn’t, for example.  There are sites you can use to create an app for free, but it will be a very limited one.  In general, even the simplest app will cost anywhere from $3000 to $8000 to develop, and big, complicated ones can cost well over a million dollars.

The process of app development is a long one, and when your app finally makes to the production stage it may feel like the end is finally in sight.  It is, in a way, but you will still have to monitor the progress of your app, fix any bus that show up, and continually update and improve the performance of the app.  Most app managers plan to upgrade the app every few months, while performing minor maintenance and repairs on an ongoing basis.