Opening an app and getting things done through it has become a very common process in today’s world. There’s an app for everything you can think of. Rather than luxury, it has become a necessity these days.
However, have you ever thought how much difficult it is for an app developer to develop a successful app?
As an app developer, a mobile app idea is something you can begin with. But just having an idea won’t help until and unless you justify its potential through the development and good marketing plans. Considering the level of competition in various App stores, whether you are developing a stand-alone app or just extending your web presence through a native mobile app, you need to build an app with standout features and functionality.
It will only take a few seconds for us to download an app, but there is a lot of struggle that the developers go through to develop them. With respect to this, in this article, we would like to discuss some of the mistakes that an app developer intentionally or unintentionally makes and must avoid in order to build a good competent mobile application.
1. Building an app that is not useful to the end-users
What is the use of an app that is of no use to anyone? This is the most fundamental mistake mobile app developers and the mobile app development companies commit while building an app. Always consider the end-users perspective while developing an app. Ignoring end-users in the design of an app is a mistake. After all, they are the ones to use your app. Often companies and developers think that they know what is needed. But, remember that the people doing the work knows their needs the best.
2. Adding too many features into one app
Many developers and app development companies believe in feature-rich applications and hence try to add as many features as possible in a single app. But adding too many features in a single application has some disadvantages:
- Too many features make an app clumsy and confusing.
- Adding features that are seldom used in the app, can make your app heavier and can slow down the loading speed.
- Too many features mean additional resources in terms of development, time and investment too.
So, keep the app as simple as possible. Add only those features that are really important to the users and ignore the features that are hardly used.
3. Assuming that your app is perfect
Once you are done developing an app, don’t think that your work is done. Launch your app and wait for the feedback. These feedbacks will help you to get the real picture of the application. You will receive negative as well as positive reviews from the real users. Work on the negative reviews to make your app better as the reviews you will get are from the real users who knows what type of UI/UX and functionality they want.
4. Not serving anything unique
There are millions of apps in different App Stores. So it is ought that there will be many apps like yours. But in order to stand out from the rest of the apps in the app store, you need to provide something unique. Don’t just copy the features of other apps and build yours. It won’t earn you any brownie points. However, you can always take ideas from the similar apps in your niche.
5. Developing for many platforms at once
As most of us know, there are majorly 3 App Stores available for deploying your app – Google Play Store, Apple App Store, and the Windows App Store. If you are a bigger company or organization, then you can think of developing an application on all these platforms at once. But if you are a small or a mid-sized company, don’t go for all the platforms at the same time as it will turn out to be expensive. You just don’t have to consider the cost of development on these platforms but you also need to take care of the marketing or promotion cost. So, it is advisable to target them one by one. Select the most appropriate platform and get started with it. Normally, Apple’s App Store is targeted to generate more revenue and Google Play Store is targeted for making your app viral.
6. Taking reference from websites
One common mistake most of the app developers and app development companies make is trying to use the existing web pages for a mobile application. But it should be understood that moving from a browser screen to a mobile screen changes a lot of things whether it is screen size or user experience. Moreover, there are a lot of possibilities that an app developer should exploit for mobile app development solutions. Develop an app that provides value to your users.
7. Bad UI/UX
A good user interface is a must-have for an application. Users most likely engage with the apps that are user-friendly and have good user-experience. A good interface helps the user to navigate easily through your website.
So, now you are aware of the mistakes you are likely to make while developing an app. Keeping in mind and rectifying these mistakes can help you build an app that is almost perfect.