Want to create your own app? Want to get a general overview and some resources for app development? We’ve got you covered! There are a number of steps to take (and in many different areas!) when developing your app.
👀 In this article, we give you a quick overview of all the things you need to do for successful app development!
You probably already have a clear idea in mind, but don’t overlook research and planning before you get into the technical part. Make sure to define the concept of your future app in detail: what makes it unique? Are there already similar apps on the market? What is your target audience?
You also need to clarify budget questions. It can vary depending on the complexity of your app (i.e. 2D or 3D), the number of people needed (developers, designers)… That’s why it’s important to figure this out from the very beginning!
Developing high-quality apps comes at a cost, since they most likely require high-performance tools and specialized people for design, mechanics and programming. Know, however, that plenty of free resources are out there, including open-source software, no-code app builders that can help build a low-complexity app and control costs.
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If you don’t decide to outsource the technical process, you will need to refine your app development skills! Here again, there are plenty of resources on the internet, from forums to tutorials. Listed below are some key topics you’ll need to get into:
Design plays a crucial role in the success of an app. User interface (UI) refers to the overall look and feel of your app, including layout, colors, fonts, placement of elements. User experience (UX) makes sure performing actions is easy, quick. Some tools you can use: Sketch, Adobe XD or Figma.
Both ensure users find it easy to navigate your app and have an overall positive experience when using it. For doing so, wireframes and prototypes are great for testing before starting to code.
💡 A big part of your app’s success will be defined by how intuitive, engaging, easy-to-use and visually appealing it will be.
In your app development timeline, after testing phases and when you’re perfecting your app, you need to find ways to reach your target audience. This includes how to:
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Did you know there is a tough submission process before publishing your app on app platforms like Google Play Store or Apple App Store?
Even if you think it’s ready, functioning, free of bugs, your app needs to meet a certain number of requirements and will probably need to be optimized… In many different areas. Apple breaks it down in their guidelines as follows: safety, performance, business, design and legal.
🔍 Ask yourself the right questions with our pre-submission checklist for the App Store!
We give special attention to the legal aspect in this article because it is commonly overlooked, and it could have your app get rejected by app stores.
First, you should strongly consider having a Terms and Conditions or EULA (End User License Agreement) document for your app. They protect you (the owner) by setting legally binding rules on how users can interact with your product/service. They are a crucial document as they cover things like user conduct, restrictions, intellectual property, and limitations of liability.
🔍 Find out How to Write Terms and Conditions for an App.
Not having a proper privacy in place will not only be a violation of their terms, but will also likely result in app store rejection.
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