Eight Key Steps to Consider when having Mobile App Developed

Posted on 23 October, 2018 by Levis Wabwire

Eight Key Steps to Consider when having Mobile App Developed

You want to turn your highly popular online vegan restaurant guide into a web-based mobile app so that diners-on-the-go can find what they want to eat, where they want to eat it, and how much they're going to pay for it, faster than you can say organic kale salad.

The user experience must be seamless; high performing, fast, and responsive whether it's being viewed on iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows phone or any other type of mobile device.

The design should be powerful universal HTML5 mobile app that will anticipate and respond to user needs and expectations, provide a smooth navigational experience, and appropriately reflect your brand in look and feel.

Here are the eight phases through which your mobile app will meet your expections business-wise.

Use-Case Scenarios

Upfront planning is key when it comes to designing successful, compelling mobile apps. The developers' experience with apps allow them to map out the most efficient path to accomplishing the goals of your project. Developers' first goal in this phase is to articulate all the desired functionality and outline exactly how your app will work.

The purpose of use-case scenarios is to defining user goals, what they want to accomplish, and the best way to present the information they need. The developer should also define:

  • Your audience

  • What they want from the app for themselves/colleagues/clients.

  • Which tools the developer can provide to meet their(customer) needs.

  • Which action(s) they(customer) want to take or goals will they(customer) want to accomplish with the app.

  • How can the developer maximize functionality within the app to expedite tasks

  • What content will be needed.

Sitemap

Once the developer is aware who will use the app and how, the developer should create a written outline of functionality and workflow. The sitemap describes in written format what kind of functions need to be present and how to categorize that information.

Creating a sitemap also helps the developer think specifically about what type of content needs to be generated for the app (i.e. imagery, restaurant name, restaurant description, etc.)

Content

For this step in the process, any additional content you want to have in the app must be provided by you for aunthencity. Having final content will help the developer iron out any unknowns they might encounter in designing the flow of the app and presenting it to the user.

Wireframes Presentation

A visual representation of the sitemap is created in the wireframing phase that includes all of the content you provide. Wireframes are a navigable prototype of how the application will work. They are not a final representation of the design. Think of wireframes as a blueprint of a house, illustrating where things go and how to get to them.

Branding

I am sure the developre don't have to tell you how important branding is in business and the branding of an application is an important part of:

  • Creating cohesiveness across digital media (print > web > mobile)

  • Helping users understand what the app will do for them.

  • How the application can help them or make them feel healthy, smart, satisfied, knowledgable.

  • Communicating the quality of the product.

  • Opportunities to brand an application start with the icon and at a minimum include the splash screen (this is the static screen you see while the app is loading).

The key items we'll consider in branding this app:

  • How to work with your existing brand in promoting the app

  • Working with existing artwork to determine the best execution for app iconography.

Visual Design

The visual design phase takes those wireframe blueprints and dresses them up with a pretty GUI (graphical user interface). The developer will create design mockups for the home screen and all sub-screens that have any elements that differ from other screens. In other words, the developer don't waste time mocking up screens that have the same look. Development can skin similar screens based on one mockup.

Development

The application development phase of app development is a quiet time in the project as far as client feedback. Unlike website development where there may be visuals to approve or interaction regarding content, all of this work is done before entering the app development phase. That's why it is so important to spend quality time in the planning and information architecture phases of the project.

During this phase, the developer will like to prepare clients for the feedback and forth communication will be minimal until the Alpha Test version is ready for distribution. However, during Alpha and Beta testing it will be important for the developer to test the app A LOT. Believe it or not, during this time the developer's goal is to purposely try to break the app as it's better to work out all of the bugs internally than have customers point them out for them(developers)!

And Why Should You Choose Us ):

Here at Pluscom Services, it wouldn't be overstating the case to say we’re ape for apps. We love how the rise of the app and the ubiquity of mobile devices is empowering users with information while providing a new platform for businesses to engage customers. Our designers and developers are experts in user experience, mobile engagement, and HTML5. We develop apps that users can’t live without for innovative companies who understand they can’t live without mobile.

The time and effort you put into this process is well worth it in the end.


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