What things do you need to factor in when developing a hybrid mobile app?
What's the price range for building a mobile app for a small business? Are there extras or hidden costs that you need to account for?
I think the answer is always 'Depends'
One of my small business friends is looking for a mobile app builder to build an app for his business. Can you recommend an online app builder (something like WordPress but specifically for apps?)
Thankfully there are loads of app builders on the market today that make building your own app simple and straightforward. It’s important to note that online app builders are suitable for simple apps - more complicated apps may need the expertise of app developers who have extensive coding skills.
That said, if your app idea is relatively simple some of the best online app builders out there today include:
GoodBarber - an online app builder for shopping apps and content management apps (native and progressive web apps). They offer a free trial, after which prices start at $15 per month.
Shoutem - an online native app builder for iOS and Android. It has a large marketplace of extensions available to customise your app. Monthly subscriptions start at $49 p/m, but there is a 14-day free trial.
I work for an app development company and I'm looking for influencers in this space. Any leads will be much appreciated.
Is it necessary for businesses to have mobile apps?
Hi Hatty. Although my business model is young and developing, I was a, communications systems design engineer in my second career, so tech is second nature. I do find a lot of the jargon in tech confuses the public and that really irrritates me! I get a lot of questions about Apps, UI, UX and whatever the buzzword of the day might be, and yet these terms are just geek-speak for common sense.
My systems background is an immense enabler for me in my business model because it enables me to turn tech terms into something that non-etcnical business owner can easily understand. So how is this relevant to the business model...
Every technical product, App or Website or whatever, should begin life as three types of specification:
1) What the product is supposed to do (that's a combination of user requirement and functional requirement; for instance e.g "the blue button is placed 'here' on every page. When the blue button is clicked, a green window covering 40% of the screen pops up and offers you...etc." and
2) The development specification which says 'HOW' the product will work - which technologies etc in detail.
3) The test specification so that you can measure that the agreed customer specification has been met.
Most projects - and this is hugely true of websites and apps - begin with very, very vague capture of customer requirements and the tech spec simply does not exist because these things take time. Not having them though means that project creep and customer dissatisfaction is almost always inevitable.
I know it's not immediately obvious, but which approach you take to satisfying yout customers' online needs lies at the heart of the business model. Most are just 'sell - push - cooky cut - repeat.' Others are 'sell - listen - do your best and hope for the best', Very few are - 'sell - listen - evaluate - accept or reject.'
Finally, specifications written correctly can be used to design both app and website. So when I cannot execute a design myself, I hire someone who can and use the product specifications to control the design process. Of course, to do this you need to knpw your way around tech or the developers will run rings around you. I have seen this with project managers who really become project monitors - very sad creastures indeed. Do you know one? - They know nothing about the tech being developed so thay are completely disempowered and essentially useless.
I may have gone off topic here! I'll leave the response to the on-screen 'push' efforts to your other correspondents. It's not something I like 'pushing'!
Once again I've grossly over-simplified so I hope I'm not sewing too much confusion.
Do app developers charge double to build a mobile app for both Android and iOS? How does the pricing structure usually work if you want both? Does the development time takes twice as long?
Hi, the price completely depends on your business requirements and the custom features that you look for in the app.
I suggest you consult one of the companies by nameFortunesof IT Innovations, one of the best mobile app development company in Australia
Is it better to hire a local app developer or outsource to a foreign app developer? What are the pros and cons of each?
There are some huge differences between local and remote developers. Below is a summary of the key differences:
Foreign app developers:
You are able to find really good remote developers on TopTal, Upwork and Indeed. Just be sure to test their skills when hiring them. The price range is different depending on the countries they are from and their skills.
Find someone who has already developed such an App. If you want to control their daily working process choose someone with a similar timezone and use time trackers. This will save you time and money.
Local app developers
If you decide to work with a local app developer that has its advantages and disadvantages as well.
Advantages of hiring a local developer
Disadvantages of hiring a local developer
In today's Mobile world, everyone wants to do everything with the help of an easy mobile app. So my question is, is it important to have a mobile application developed if you have a one service based...
It depends what the service is.
And don't forget that you can create a website that can be used on a mobile device as well. This means you have one thing to maintaine that will work on desktops, tablets and phones - that's what "Responsive" design is all about.
As Lisa said, a little more informtation about your service will help us answer the question for your particular situation.
Have you created a mobile app for your business? I would love to get some ideas and tips on how to get started, and best practices for approaching mobile app development. Thanks, Linda
Linda, an app is another app one has to look at in their phone, and not use. I would optimise the site for mobile, heavily since 82%of browsing is now coming from a mobile browser.
You are going to spend a lot of man hours trying to get people to download the "app", instead, make the website mobile friendly and keep dishing enough content to bring them to you.
One thing that I have noticed is you may not be building a list from your massive group. That's a big loophole there. It could work to start engaging the group via email marketing and bringing them back to the site. That way you know you have a captivated Audience that you can speak to at any time.
I am more than happy to walk you through what I mean here.