The use of mobile devices has been growing at a startling pace. This has made it imperative for businesses of all kinds to create a mobile app.
A mobile application in the hands of consumers makes it easy for businesses to draw new customers, stay connected to existing ones and create new ways of generating income.
However, some businesses may find it hard to create a mobile app due to prohibiting mobile app development cost.
This does not mean that you can cannot create a mobile app while keeping your app development cost down.
Here are 7 tips your app builder can use to create an inexpensive mobile application for you.
#1 Using RMAD Tools
You may end up with a lot of rework and wasted development dollars if you do not verify the requirements using a basic prototype.
Your app developer can quickly create an inexpensive app prototype with no hand coding by employing RMAD (Rapid mobile app development) tools.
RMAD tools can also be used to create an inexpensive MVP (Minimum Viable Product) in some cases.
RMAD tools may not create fancy and pretty apps that a good app builder may hand code, but they serve the purpose in an inexpensive fashion.
#2 Starting With MVP
MVP (minimum viable product) means launching a product that has just the absolutely needed basic functions, so you can figure out what features are desired, how they should work and what can be dropped.
Your app developer should begin by developing an MVP and use the learnings from the estimated ROI and demand as a guide to decide on superior features.
This strategy will save your mobile app developer from wasting development time and also lead to reduced mobile app development cost.
#3 Sticking To Iterative Approach
Conventional software development methodology revolves around improving all facets of software design, performance metrics and so on.
In most cases, the first few releases of your app will contain some features that may not find much use and will need to be dropped after the initial trials.
This means that your app developer would be wasting time if they focus on building those features completely.
Your mobile app developer should stick to an iterative approach towards development to break the cycles into smaller chunks of working features.
This helps your app developer drop the development of unimportant items earlier, which reduces app development cost.
#4 Using Standard UI/UX Elements
Your app developer may choose to build sophisticated user-interface components, graphics and animations – be warned that this will lead to increase in mobile app development cost.
Components such as GPS and button are similar in most apps, event though they may offer different functionalities in each case. Both Android and iOS platforms have laid down clear instructions on how to get the UI/UX of your app certified.
This makes it important that you stick to using standard UI/UX elements whenever possible.
#5 Using Existing Frameworks
Building a framework from scratch when you create a mobile app can lead to significant increase in app development cost.
Your app builder has a lot of existing frameworks at his/her disposal to include common functionality in the app for a small fee or even for free.
For instance, your app developer can provide push notifications by writing minimal code – they can use a 3rd party plugin that provides this feature.
They can also make use of Google Cloud Platform to include common backend services such as authentication and logging.
#6 Using Cross-Develoment Platform
Cross-platform development assists your app builder in working with a common codebase that works for multiple platforms. They do not have to develop code specific to each platform.
Your mobile app developer must exploit cross-platform app development offerings to deliver different mobile platforms to keep your app development cost down.