Still, most people and businesses consider mobile app development to be a technically demanding job requiring years of education and programming skills. While they are right in the traditional and conventional sense, they miss out on the concept of DIY developers of the citizen developers.
Thanks to the emergence of various modular development tools now even novices can build a mobile app in no time. But obviously, the picture is not as rosy as it appears to be after reading this. Of course, the non-coders have to learn too many things to taste app development success, even if they abstain from learning to code.
How can a non-technical person with no coding expertise and skills build mobile apps? Let us explain with some time-tested measures that many have tried and become successful.
Learning to Code Through Internet Resources
If becoming a programmer means joining a formal degree course that will snatch your valuable time, let’s think about the free learning resources available over the internet that help you learn to code. Yes, to your amazement, several leading tech companies were created by people who learnt to code unconventionally. The developers behind the Instagram platform have a similar kind of storey.
There are several great internet courses and resources that can help you learn coding at your own pace and time. There are both paid and free resources, and you can always start with the free ones to learn some basic languages like CSS and HTML and then move to paid resources for learning other languages.
Do It Yourself (DIY) approach is popular among many amateur developers who want to try mobile app development for a change. No, that doesn’t mean the DIY approach doesn’t work to build a quality app and groom yourself as an app developer. Let me remind you. You can either take this approach to seriously build an app-based upon a good concept that can really have a target audience or have your own experience and sharpen your development skills with the approach. In either way, a DIY approach helps you to become a developer for the present or the future.
For your DIY approach to become successful, you first need to have a rough idea about how the app development process goes and how the actual app is shaped through the steps. To begin with, you need to have an app idea with real value for a specific audience. Now you need to decide whether the app is going to be a native and platform-specific one or a hybrid and cross-platform app. Thirdly, to shape this idea into papers, you need to use some sketching tools that help you shape the app idea with simple sketches. At the next step, go for wireframing the app with one of the available tools. You can finally choose from the ready to use app builders that we will explain in the next section.
Choose one of the Leading App Builder Tools
Now when you have put the app design into place and decided the platform and the type of app you will build; it is time to choose one of the leading app builders to finish the last mile of the app development process.
While there are many great app builders in the market, we decided to restrict our choices within the three leading ones, respectively, Appy Pie, AppMakr, Swiftic. Appy Pie offers a very clean and organised interface with multiple support options allowing extreme ease of use. The platform is also great for adding features with gamification elements. AppMakr is a web-based cross-platform development framework that offers a vast range of tools for building feature-rich apps. As our last choice, we can mention Swiftific, which has been widely used across millions of apps across the niches. This platform also guarantees to give your business results and promises to return half of the yearly fees in case it fails to generate revenue.
Converting Your Website into Mobile Apps
The easiest way to build your first mobile app is just converting your existing mobile website into a mobile app. In fact, most websites have more features than any of the popular DIY tools that allow you to bring in your app. Now, as for converting your website into mobile apps, there are several quality tools in the market. All these tools in a systematic step-by-step manner help you convert your existing website into mobile apps while maintaining your brand-specific look and feel.
These mobile app conversion tools replicate the website contents into their mobile app versions, and you hardly need any coding knowledge for this. The best thing about these tools is that the new mobile app will have most of the existing features and functionalities.
Apart from utilising all these approaches and tools, the aspiring developers with no coding background should also have a basic understanding of the app business and the app monetisation. You have to build your app and run it like a business. Moreover, throughout the process, you need to keep an eye on the respective platforms’ key quality parameters. Plan your entire app development project from the ground up, having consideration to each and every aspect.
Juned Ghanchi is a CMO for IndianAppDevelopers, a top mobile app development company in India with a dedicated team of top iOS and Android developers. Juned has been focused on providing mobility solutions to startups and the world’s biggest brands with state-of-the-art technologies.
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