Have you ever browsed through the App Store and thought: I could do better than this? Well, you probably can! It’s becoming easier and easier to create and build your own app. In just a few years, we predict that app building will become as simple as building a website.
However, if you want to get ahead of the game, you’re going to have to learn a thing or two. In this post, we’ll quickly show you the basics of building an app. Hopefully it inspires you to get your sketch pad out, and start creating something.
Come up with a great idea
A fantastic, popular app all starts with a simple core idea. The best apps are devilishly simple and intuitive. Think of Snapchat, Tinder, Temple Run; they’re simple, addictive and incredibly popular. Do some research, and see what’s already out there in your niche. Look for the gaps in the market, and figure out how your idea can become unique. That’s what Snapchat did. The market was flooded with photo and messaging apps. But none that featured self-destructing images. Simple.
The next step is sketching out the rough design and layout of your app idea. Don’t worry, this will take you plenty of tries, and you’ll go through lots of pads of paper! It takes time to figure out the exact path of the user, and how to optimize the buttons. With every step, think about simplicity. Make sure the design is intuitive and easy to navigate.
With your rough sketches complete, it’s time to turn them into usable blueprints. There are plenty of simple wireframing software options out there, but Balsamiq is one of our favourites. It allows you to simply drag and drop boxes and icons to create a professional-looking design. Most developers use these simple blueprints as a rough design to work from. These designs are also great for starting the feedback process. Show them to your friends, family, and target audience. Get their feedback, and make changes before you start the main body of work.
Building the front and back end
Now comes the tricky bit. It is possible to build the app yourself using a specific coding language and platform. If this is a path you’d like to go down, you can find additional info at Simplilearn. It is now getting easier to build your own app from scratch, and the coding is getting simpler. However, rookie app builders may want to hire an established development team to do the hard work.
Test, test, test
With your app completed, it’s time to run a series of tests on it. Make sure it works on iOS and Android (if you’re building for both markets). Then, get another series of feedback from friends, family, and your target audience. You may have to dive in and make a few changes. But, it will all be worth it in the end!
Congratulations, you just completed your first app. It is possible, and it’s getting easier. What would you build, folks?