How to use DIY app builders to create your app prototype?

How to use DIY app builders to create your app prototype?

From Imran Ali

Let’s assume you have an app idea. Having a great idea is only the beginning of a potential business venture.

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Let’s assume you have an app idea. Having a great idea is only the beginning of a potential business venture. In order to see if your idea has weight, you need to back it up with research and real market data.

Doing research is the first part. You analyze the segment in which your app will belong, the size & scope of the market, and what your app should be in order to compete and thrive in it.

Once the research is over, you need to get an idea of how your app would work in the market.

This is where your app idea hits a brick wall. Learning how to create a mobile app is a considerable technical challenge. It is a difficult task to create a viable app that reflects your app idea and is stable enough to be launched and tested in the market.

Here’s where DIY app makers can help. They enable you to create a stable mobile app that can be launched on the app stores. Such an app can be created within minutes and published in a few days.

AppMySite is one such example of a DIY app builder that allows WordPress site owners to build mobile apps.

Here’s how it works.

#1: Summarize the key features you need

When you think of an app, you may think of how it looks and works. The idea of building an app prototype is to replicate the most basic version of your app idea.

In order to go about creating an app prototype, it is first crucial to understand the scope of your app prototype’s functionality.

Generally, the prototype should show the most essential features of your app. For a book reading app, this would mean seeing how a customer would open a book in the app and start reading.

Similarly, an ecommerce app’s prototype should ideally have the functionality needed to browse products and place an order.

Once you’ve summarized the functionality you’d like to see in the app, it’s time to build it.

#2: Get started with AppMySite

Creating a prototype is difficult if you choose to go with custom development. Code-based app development is complex, time-consuming, and expensive.

AppMySite can help you here. If you have a WordPress website, you can create both Android and iOS apps.

To get started, it is a good idea to set up your WordPress website. AppMySite supports WooCommerce and custom post types. This means you can create a wide range of apps that serve a range of use cases.

Once your website is ready, you can create an account on AppMySite. The steps involved in the process are listed as follows:

       Design: First, you can design your app. There are features available that allow you to design your icon, splash screen, onboarding screens, and home screen. For some sections, you can upload your own designs instead of using the available features.

       Connectivity: Next, you can connect your website and app. This will populate your app with content from your website. Any change you make in the content of your website will be reflected in the app in real-time.

       Settings: Configure how users interact with your app. You can use settings to dictate how your app works, its display, and more.

       Preview: Test and preview how your app looks and works in both Android and iOS device emulators. You can always go back and make the changes needed in your appearance and settings. The changes you make will be reflected in the emulator.

#3: Make use of webviews and custom post types

What are webviews? A webview refers to a browser screen contained within a native app. Let’s assume some of your website’s posts and products don’t render correctly in your app’s native screen.

This can be because your website is using certain plugins and theme features that are not compatible with the native screen of the app.

WordPress allows you to use plugins to introduce an endless array of functionality. If some of these features are not reflected in the app properly, you can always enable webviews.

Showing webviews in the app will allow you to render your website’s pages in the app. This way, you can basically test any feature or functionality in your app prototype.

Similarly, if you’re using plugins that create custom post types (CPTs), you can sync them to the app as well.

#4: Download your app and test it on a device

Once your app is ready, you can download it from AppMySite and test it on your device.

AppMySite enables you to download your Android and iOS apps. For Android, you can download the APK build of your app. You can install the build on your smartphone device and see if the app is working as it should.

For iOS, you can download the IPA build and use TestFlight to test the app on your device.

That’s it. Your app prototype is now ready, you can distribute the app to various focus groups and see if it works as intended. Alternatively, you can publish them on the app stores and validate your core app idea.

In conclusion

Creating an app prototype is important in order to validate your idea and see how it works in real-time. It can be difficult to create an app prototype if you don’t have the technical expertise needed to create a mobile app.

Fully DIY app makers essentially allow users to create apps that can be published on the app stores. Even if you’re looking to get custom development services for your website, it makes sense to use an app builder and see your app idea in action.

This way, you can validate if your app idea works as expected. Additionally, you can improve upon the app idea by using the feedback you receive from real users. 

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