Three Tips to Get Started for developing an App
An app for your small business, community organisation or school provides one of the best ways for your customers and members to quickly and easily find out who you are, what you do, and get involved.
- Look into an online app builder – Shoutem.com caters well for general information – but is designed to be used by Tourism, Small Business and Community Organisations. It includes pre-built templates and features such as directory listings, Instagram feeds, and an in-build Social Network platform. If you are wanting to customise more, then try out Appery.IO. This platform brings a blank canvas approach, with a drag and drop builder, as well as custom database set up and ‘Server-Side’ code options.
- Use wire-frames – planning out the app may seem easy, or it may seem a waste of time. If you’re DIY’ing it with an app builder, make sure you have a play around with the components before you cement your wire-frame – no use having features that aren’t actually there. Wire-frames are especially important if you’re working with developers or as a team, so that everyone is on the same page about what needs to go where, and what functionality is required.
- Make Updates – very rarely are you able to get everything done in one go. Make the first version of your app engaging and useful to your consumer, but don’t go overboard. This means that you will have time to test and refine the next version of your app, as well as keep engaging your audience with new features and information.
One of the main questions that you’ll be asked is what type of app… and this will then affect the price.
- The simplest and easiest to develop is a static information based app. (i.e. Pre-recorded audio book) These apps are pretty common, the creator must have all the content that they would like already established. Apps like these commonly are ‘tools’ – focused more on functionality rather than content.
- The next, a simple data based app, with only one source of information (i.e. website or app with changing information) This type of app is one of the standards used by many organisations – as a method of providing up-to-date and relevant information or pricing.
I am happy to work with you to get your idea into one of the apps above, get in touch, and we’ll see what we can work out.
After this it becomes pricier – and require a dedicated application development team to work on your project. I am happy to work with you to find a suitable, and reasonable, development team.
- A data based app with only user input (not shared)
- A data based app,with data sharing (i.e. Social network)
- A game (i.e. Lots of images, character control, etc)
TNH is the idea for an app that a couple of mates and I had in our software class a few years ago. Whilst it hasn’t got off the ground (yet) it has been a great chance to explore the intricacies and things that need to get done to have it published.
- Storyboarding and wireframe designs
- Creating a viable business strategy and plan
- Applying for grants and funding
- Attending an student IT expo
Over the past few months – between college assessment, graduation and the like – a good friend of mine put this great app together. It would be awesome to see his hard work rewarded – and it’s an awesome game. Check out their Kickstarter – and consider backing the project – or referring someone who is interested.
This has a lot of potential to meet the levels of Flappy Bird and Candy Crush – and has pretty much created their own niche.