How to Create an App (Part IV)

Step 7: Get Building

With the groundwork in place, you can begin to put the pieces together to creating your app.  First of all, your developer will put up your databases, APIs, and servers. If you are using a good DIY app builder, this will be completed for you.  Do not forget to take into account the feedback you got from your testers. These are the folks that you want using and talking to others about your app. Adjust the app’s functionality to show any changes you make based on your 1st stage of testing.

At this time, it’s the point in which you sign up for the stores. You need to get an account with Google Play and Apple so that you can get your app out on the market.  It could take a couple of days to go through the procedure, so don’t procrastinate this step.

Look at these app building platforms:

  • www.biznessapps.com
  • www.kony.com
  • appery.io/
  • eachscape.com

Step 8: Create the Look

Now it’s time to hire the designers to create your user interface (UI). The user interface is a really vital part of your app since folks are drawn to how things look and how simple they are to use.  Through the design stage, you need to keep the feedback you get from your testers in mind. You need to ensure the navigation and design show the feedback you got.

If you’ve employ a graphic designer for your app, you will need to have high resolution skins or good-looking screens centered on your wireframe for your app.

If you are hiring a WYSIWYG editor, you need to choose your template and layout for your screens yourself.  Let it be said again, keep that testing feedback in mind when creating the look of your app.  You are creating for users, not for yourself.

How to Create an App (Part III)

Step 5: Start Defining the Back End of Your App

We left off with your wireframe. At this state in your app creating, you have a storyboard of how you would like your app to operate.  Now it’s time to use that storyboard to start assessing functionality.

Using your wireframe, you must delineate your APIs, data diagrams, and servers. There are some good DIY app builders that can give you the tools to simply do this.  A few of them do if for you.  If you’re not sure of what this technical jargon means, you should perhaps use a service that offers hosting and a way of gathering data on your app usage.

It doesn’t matter what method you pick to use to progress your app, it is vital that well-defined diagrams are made as they will act as the directions for all those working on your project.  Should you come across any technical issues, you should change your wireframe to reflect any changes.

Look at these back-end services:

  • www.parse.com
  • www.applicasa.com
  • www.kinvey.com

Step 6: Check Your Model

Here’s when you should call in the troops.  Present your demo to family, friends and those who will give you constructive criticism.  Don’t waste your time with folks who will just say, “Oh, that’s neat.”  Go to the critics and cynics. Real honesty is critical at this stage.

Don’t be scared to look over their shoulder as they are going over your demo to see how they use things.  If you need to change any of the navigation paths or layouts, do it.  Always have your users in mind and try to follow their logic and not your own.

You must have the brains of your app functioning before you begin adding design to avoid aggravation down the line.