1. What is Website and Mobile Application Development?
People usually tend to get confused with the terms website development, web application development and mobile application development. Web development refers to the process of designing, building, programming and database management and maintaining of a website.
The web application development refers to creating an application on remote servers that are finally delivered to the user’s device over the web. In comparison to website development, web application development requires a shorter development lifecycle led by a smaller development team of web designers and web developers.
There also instances where web applications are contrasted with native apps and hybrid apps. Native apps are specifically designed applications to be installed on a particular platform or device.
As the name suggests, hybrid apps are a combination of both web apps and native apps. The inner workings of hybrid apps are similar to web apps and the installation process similar to that of native apps.
2. How can one Validate a Mobile App Idea?
You have a great idea running through your mind to get your app live. The next thing to come up into your mind is to know how to validate your mobile application idea. Here are a few steps that you must consider while validating the mobile app.
Learn about your potential market: Tracking down your potential market and the targeted audience will help you place your app at the right place and time. It can get easier involving by going through social media pages and forums. Learning the audience preferences also will benefit the application idea to be developed in the best way possible.
Look at the most trending subjects of the time: Launching your app at the right time will help in creating greater public attention, traffic and eventually better profits. You can check out the trending apps from the App store or PlayStore or even get in touch with the trending searches online from Google Trends as well.
Create an MVP: MVP or a Minimum Viable Product is a prototype of the final product you are to create. You can put up the MVP as a test step to understand how the product is welcomed by the audience. The Minimum Viable Product need not contain all the complete features that will be in the finished product.
Create a Coming Soon/ Launching page: Creating a page with your final product’s unique value proposition (UVP) describing briefly on the product. Also, it can contain a contact form to subscribe or notify on the release o the application.
3. What is Website Maintenance Service?
Once a website goes live, it is important to keep up to the customer’s expectations consistently and better every day. Hence, maintaining the website is inevitable.
Website maintenance includes through checkup for bugs and fixing them, optimization the page for SEO, optimizing the performance of the websites with its speed, images and codes running on the pages. Website maintenance services are known to cost around $30 to $300 depending upon the size and content of the website.
4. Which is Better – Manual or Automated Testing?
Like every system, even both automatic and manual testing has its perks and drawbacks. Just for starters, let us just have aloo at what two terms mean in simple terms. As the name suggests, manual testing refers to the testing of software manually by a single or a team of QA analysts.
On the other hand, automation testing will use automation tools developed by the test scripts or codes by testing professionals. If you stay confused on where to utilize either of the testing systems and easier way to navigate is given below.
In a place where the website or application consists of a huge amount of content that will cost the company a long time to test them, automated testing is the best choice to go for. Vice versa, in cases where the projects are smaller in size and budget manual testing, can be employed.
Automated systems require the team to be aware of the working and use of the automation tools used. Manual testing has an upper hand in saving cost for maintenance and installation time.
5. How to Make a Website or Mobile App Successful?
This is a combined effect of all the previously discussed topics in depth. Beginning from the idea until the execution and going live and maintenance, a successful mobile or web app has to grow through many steps.
Breaking down the idea
The idea that is useful in resolving some issue or providing useful information to the community will be the first step. This is the step wherein you can decide on the features that your application will host. The features much provide the customer with tangible benefits that also includes a reduction in the total investment.
Identify the possibilities
Run down a thorough study on the major three characteristics that must be taken care of including:
- The target audience and potential customers.
- The platforms and devices the application will support.
- The revenue model on how to divide your investment according to the priorities.
Designing the application
Emphasize on the UX/ UI of the app while designing it. It must include multi-touch gestures as on smartphones and other touch-enabled devices.
Identify the type of app you are to create
Select between the types of mobile applications discussed in the first question, the designer/ developer must decide which app platform is to be used, native, web or hybrid app.
Develop your MVP or prototype:
Implement all the major features in a prototype just like the Minimum Viable Product as discussed in the second question. This will help in getting a closer knowledge of how the product will work in the online marketplace and study the user responses.
Integration of an Analytics tool
Analysing your website regularly can at time be difficult which calls for the need of an Analytics tool like Google Analytics. This will give you a closer idea of how the app performs with the customers and easily make out the improvements to be made to improve the app performance and customer satisfaction.
Use the right testing methods
Implement regular testing manual/ automatic as per the business requirement and make sure the app is eradicated of any bugs or issues leading to a bad performing application.
Update the application
From all the above steps you will be left with many points to improve and integrate for improving the customer experience with the mobile application. Include all the necessary and inevitable updates and integrations and gear up for the app launch.
Launch the App
Launching the app at the right time will aid in creating more traffic and app downloads. Creating an interesting launch page beforehand and some creative and catchy description will also improve customer retention and attracting more customers to download the application.