05 Dec Mobile Application Development For Beginners In 5 Steps
The time has never been better to create a mobile application. Whether you’re a business owner, or budding entrepreneur, the rise of worldwide digital needs has ushered in tons of new mobile app ideas.
This is especially true for mobile applications that serve up solutions amid the current COVID pandemic. From social media apps to niche ecommerce applications, people are in serious need of more digital and mobile channels.
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“At a high level, consumers spent 1.6 trillion hours on mobile in the first half of 2020 with a 220% increase in time spent in business apps,” Larry Dignan, Editor-and-Chief of ZDNet explained. “Meanwhile, consumers spent more than $50 billion globally in the first half of 2020, up 10% from the second half of 2019.”
But how do you get started on your mobile application development project? In the beginning, this can all seem a bit confusing.
However, bringing your business or entrepreneurial idea to life via a mobile app can prove financially worthwhile. To help, we compiled 5 steps for beginners ready to develop their first mobile application. Let’s dive in!
Mobile Apps For Beginners Step #1: Put Your Idea On Paper
The first step toward successful mobile app development is to put your idea on paper. This may seem obvious, but many beginner app developers, especially those creating their first app, skip this critical step.
Your aim is to make your idea visual prior to diving into DevOps processes. If you have a tablet with sketching abilities, that would be best. But if you don’t, feel free to use a good old fashioned pen and paper.
First, sketch out what the app will look like. Then, list app features that your mobile application absolutely needs. And then list wishlist features. However, always be thinking lean and high performance.
A lean, high performing app, also known as the minimum viable product, is what to shoot for out of the gate. This includes researching DevOps tools like Docker containerization and JFrog container registry.
Mobile Apps For Beginners Step #2: Check Out The Market
Before you go down the app development road, it is essential to perform market research. Market research can help you further develop your mobile app idea, as well as helping you decide if your app idea is viable.
A few questions to consider when doing market research are:
- Are there similar apps to mine currently available on Google Play or Apple App Store?
- Who are my competitors in the app market for my idea?
- What are customers saying about similar apps (feedback, reviews, etc.)?
- What solutions is my application providing to consumers and/or app users?
- Do I offer up the app as a freemium, or paid download?
The list goes on, but you get the idea. Doing your due diligence and market research prior to getting into development stages can save you from major headaches down the road. If it still makes sense, move to step three.
Mobile Apps For Beginners Step #3: Start Creating App Mockups
Mockups are the next step in the mobile application development process for beginners. App mockups are generally done using PowerPoint, or a platform specifically designed for app mockup projects.
Your app mockup should include layout, navigation, user experience (UX) elements and user interface (UI) functionality. This is a beefed up digital sketch of your app that focuses on functions.
For example, include information about user interaction and flow. What happens when a user taps this button? What happens after a user fills in user information? How will users traverse different key areas of the application?
The graphic design part of your mobile application project can be outsourced, or you can give it a go yourself. There are plenty of app graphic design tools like NOW from inVision and ApplyPixels.
But if you are not comfortable doing the design yourself, check out Fiverr or Upwork to hire a professional at a relatively inexpensive rate.
Mobile Apps For Beginners Step #4: It’s Development Time
There are a few app development tools you can use when it’s time to actually create your application. For iOS app development, you can utilize Swift, or another iOS development tool. For Android apps, Android Studio is best practice, especially for beginners.
Swift can help you implement the right programming language for iOS applications. It serves up ease of use that beginners can really dig their heels into.
Android Studio is also great for beginners because it provides the essential interface while automating the back-end file management processes.
Here’s what front-end and back-end application development entails:
- Front-end app development. The front-end app development part is all about what users can see. It covers the app’s layout, graphic design elements, UI, navigation, data processing, and animation.
- Back-end app development. Back-end app development is all about what users can’t see. This is the behind the scenes, inner-workings that makes your application so great. It covers areas like networking, management, database, storage, and more.
If you did your research, created a powerful mockup, and integrated app development tools to make life a bit easier, building your app will be simplified. Easy? No. But the process of building your application will certainly go a lot smoother.
Mobile Apps For Beginners Step #5: Launch Your Mobile App To The World
Once your mobile application is developed and tested for bugs, it’s time to launch your app to the world. The process to publish your app on Google Play or Apple App Store is fairly painless. Most app publishers find the App Store to be the most challenging.
To help, we have a list of important phases to get your new app published on the App Store:
- Register and set up your Apple Developer Account
- Get your app’s title and data ready for App Store Connect
- Ensure you have met all of the App Store guidelines for publishing
- Upload your application using the build platform like Swift
- Wait for approval and the App Store to publish your app
- Install your app and give it a real test run
- Market your app and think monetization
All of these phases are a must before you get your application published on the App Store. Google Play is similar, and in some ways easier for beginners.
Wrapping Up . . .
The above five steps to mobile application development for beginners are definitely essential to follow. These are, however, broad strokes. There is certainly far…