Do you have a great idea for an app that you think people will absolutely love? Is it something useful, will it make people’s lives easier, and can you imagine it sitting next to the Facebook icon on your phone? If yes, then it’s definitely got the ‘wow’ factor already. So now all you have to do is create your app. But where do you begin and how can you create your own app without coding?
We’ve prepared an easy-to-follow guide that will break down all the steps necessary for building an app. Follow these simple steps to create your own app without coding.
Define the goal of your app
What is the reason behind creating your own app? Surely you have a reason for starting an app project besides the obvious – a steady source of profit. The goal of your app should be clear to your target audience as well. Here are some questions you should consider when developing your app project:
- What problem will my app help solve? Apps eat problems for breakfast. So it’s important that your app addresses a problem and helps solve it.
- Who is the target end-user of my app? Build your app around a specific user profile in mind. This way you can add features and a design that will appeal to this particular group.
- Why will someone want to use my app? Give your app some character by adding unique features and a user-friendly interface that will invite people to try it.
If you don’t define the goal of your app then you’re dooming it to failure, which brings us to the next step –
Brainstorm ideas for your app
Once you define the goal of your app, it’s time to brainstorm ideas and create a roadmap to achieving this goal. Make sure to discuss all aspects of your app.
Here are the basic steps you need to follow to build a great app and have a productive brainstorming session:
- Focus on the problem to find a solution.
- Imagine yourself as the user not the creator.
- Take a step back and look at your idea objectively.
- Think outside the box to come up with an innovative solution.
Also, you should think about app monetization. Will your app be free or do you want to earn money from your app? Chances are you’ll choose the latter. If you do, there are multiple ways you can monetize your app:
- Upfront download fees – users have to buy your app from the app store.
- In-app purchases – users have to pay for access to certain features.
- Advertisement – earn money from in-app advertisement.
Once you brainstorm ideas and make a detailed plan, it’s time for the next step.
Carry out market research
Only good can come out of analyzing your competitors. You can find out what they offer and most importantly what they DON’T offer. It’s this bit of information that you should focus on. This will help you to provide your users with a mobile app experience they can’t get anywhere else.
Here are the main reasons you should carry out market research when developing your first app development project:
- Understand what is already available on the market. This way you will know exactly what’s missing so you can include it when building your own application.
- Find inspiration for your app’s design. When you’re a user you have a more objective view when it comes to pointing out all the flaws and deficiencies of an app. Make notes of what you like and dislike in the apps you use and make sure you include (or avoid) them when creating your own app.
- Get help with the technical side of the mobile app development project. If you want an app that has a clean design, awesome features and provides a great user experience you should work with an app developer that knows everything there is about quality app development.
Select core app features
The features of your app will be the reason someone continues to use or abandons your app. Therefore, choose your main app features carefully. With approximately 197 million apps downloaded in 2017, you want to make your app stand out from the crowd. Here are some must-have features to incorporate into your app:
- User-friendly interface – Make sure your app is easy to navigate, loads fast and has a clean design.
- Customizable settings – Allow users to be able to customize elements of the app, such as font size, background color, content preference, and privacy settings.
- Intuitive flow – Users shouldn’t need a manual to use the app. The flow of an app should be intuitive. Use text and buttons to ensure a seamless flow.
It’s important to note that although having unique features is important, it’s also important to keep it simple. Don’t overwhelm your users with too many features. It’s better to have several core features and functions that work flawlessly and solve the user’s problem than have 10+ features that don’t work properly and leave the user hanging.
Choose an operating system
Since the world of app users is divided mainly into Android and iOS users – you have to pick a side. Now you might be wondering – why not both? The reason you should choose to launch it on just one mobile operating system is to see its public reception. If there’s a positive response from users then you can make plans to launch it on another operating system. But until that day comes, concentrate on building your app specifically for one operating system.
Additionally, an interesting study reveals that iOS apps earn 70% more revenue than other mobile operating systems. So if you’re looking to monetize your app and get a better ROI you might want to consider building an iOS app first.
Hire an experienced app developer
Don’t just hire any app developer to build your app, but someone with a rich portfolio. There are various ways you can find an app developer. The most frequent choice is to either hire an in-house or freelance developer. But you can also work with a software development company that offers software development solutions using their own team of in-house software developers. This is most convenient solution as you will be assigned a project manager to oversee your app development project.
Construct a wireframe and build a prototype
Once you have a great idea, selected the key features, decided which mobile operating system you will build your app for and found an app developer, it’s time to create a mockup or prototype of your app.
The first step is to create a storyboard. The purpose of a storyboard is to understand the flow of the app. How will users navigate through screens and how will each screen connect with each other. There are various prototyping tools that app developers use to build an app prototype. With the help of these prototyping tools you can insert graphics, placeholders and buttons to test the functionalities.
Test your prototype
Once you build a beta version of your app it’s time to test it. It’s necessary to get an objective opinion on your app’s design, functions and navigational flow. Giving your app a test run will help you review your app by seeing how users interact with its features. Based on their app feedback you can then plan any additional changes or bug fixes. You can test your app using various app testing tools:
- UserTesting – Delivers instant feedback from real users about their experience with all aspects of your app. You can test your app at any stage of the app development process.
- Sigos – Allows you to conduct manual tests by installing it on mobile devices. This app testing tool mimics real user interaction and identifies app issues.
- TestFairy – Distributes your app to users, makes it easy for testers to send feedback directly to you and provides a video of the tests being done.
Promote your app
Once you’re app is ready to make its public debut, it’s time to think about how exactly you’re going to promote your app. There are numerous ways to promote your app:
- Feature it on a website – The chances that people will do a background search on your app is very likely. Instead of people hitting a brick wall looking for information, create a website for your app where users can find out more about the app.
- Boost it on social media – Create some buzz on social media by sharing app news on multiple social media channels. For an even wider targeted reach, sponsor your post.
- Get some press – Distribute news about your app to different news outlets to get some valuable coverage. Target well-known news platforms and don’t hesitate to get in touch with journalists directly.
- Create an app video – Introduce your app by making a video that is quirky, fun and informative.
- Run an email campaign – If you’re promoting a business app then you should make a series of newsletters to share news about your app with existing clients.
Creating your own app without any coding knowledge is possible. You just have to set your app goals, brainstorm ideas, select the key features and find the right developer to handle the technical side of building your own app. If you want to discuss your app project, contact Valoso Hub. We have a team of app developers that are ready to work beside you and help you build your app. Contact us today to discuss your project.