Everything You Need to Know and Do Before You Start Your App-Building Project

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Your Step-By-Step Guide to App Development With Fiverr

Plenty of people have great ideas for apps. Many of them even begin the process of building those apps. But what separates the people who have a great idea and those that have a great product is the perseverance to see their project through.

Even if you have absolutely no knowledge of app development – even if you don’t have the slightest bit of programming experience – you can take your app project from start to finish with the help of freelance developers and app builders on Fiverr.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to building an app using Fiverr’s network of professional freelancers.

Step 1: Develop Your Idea

Just because you had a great idea for an app in the shower, that doesn’t mean it’s time to start hiring freelancers and signing up for app development accounts. First, you should develop your idea internally. Most people do fine with pen and paper.

If, after a while, your idea still looks good, you can move on to the next stage. Most apps are designed to provide a solution to a problem or to make people’s lives just a little bit easier.

Don’t hesitate to sketch your app to get an idea of what it might look like to the user. If you aren’t sure where to start, borrow ideas and concepts from some of your favorite or similar apps. Most of the best app developers have borrowed at least a few features from others.

You can even hire someone for app ideation to help further your ideas and refine your concept.

At the end of this process, you should have plenty of notes and sketches to start.

Step 2: Conduct Market Research

Once you’ve laid out the basic idea for your app, you need to determine if it will be viable in the market. You can do market research by browsing the various app stores to see if there are any apps like yours already in existence. You should also determine which marketplace and platform (iOS, Android, etc.) will be best for your app.

Don’t be discouraged if you already have competitors. That just means your app will need to be better than theirs!

To get a deeper understanding of your market before you commit to building your app, search for a freelance market researcher on Fiverr. They’ll help you do market research for your app and your business. Many freelancers can even scrape the web for data, acquire business leads, and create easy-to-understand reports.

This type of content is invaluable if you are working with partners to develop your app or if you need to show material to investors.

Step 3: Document Your Features, Mockups, and Wireframe

Now it’s time to take the rough sketches from the idea stage and turn them into mockups and wireframes. These are the beginning blueprints you’ll use to build your app. Although they won’t contain the exact positions of user interface elements or any complex color schemes, you may want to get help from a freelance UX wireframe developer on Fiverr.

You should also have your initial features documented. A freelance app developer can help you determine the best features for your app if you can’t choose them on your own. Many app developers begin with a long list of features, then eliminate extraneous ones to build a better user experience.

Step 4: Develop Your App’s Design and Storyboard

Next, you’ll need to nail down your app’s design. Whereas your mockups were a rough draft of what your app would do, now it’s time to determine all the branding elements that will bring your app to life. You’ll need to pick a color scheme, decide on images and icons, and even develop your own logo.

There are plenty of graphic designers on Fiverr who specialize in both desktop and mobile app development.

Finally, you should create a storyboard. This is a representation of the screens in an app and the transitions which occur between them. Ideally, you’d be able to build storyboards for how every user experiences your app. You can find UX designers on Fiverr to help you with storyboards.

At this point, you can get a developer account with your chosen platform(s). These are the accounts which will give you access to app marketplaces.

You should also create a website and some other basic marketing assets using the branding elements you’ve developed. Hire a web designer to build a simple website and create pages on social media with the help of a social media expert. You can also use content writers, videographers, and other creative professionals to build out your marketing.

Step 5: Code the Frontend and Backend of Your App

It’s finally time to build your app!

There’s a reason this is step 5. Because you’ve laid the groundwork, building your app will be much easier. And because you already have so much information pertaining to how you want your app to function, it will be easier for developers to understand your needs and deliver a product you and your users love.

If you like, you can divide this step into two processes:

The frontend is the part of your app that the user interacts with. For example, when you access a website using a browser, you’re looking at the frontend. You don’t see all the computations that are occurring in the backend.

Nonetheless, the frontend must be coded. You’ll need a frontend developer to build your frontend based on your design prompts.

Finally, you’ll need a backend developer to code the computational logic of your app. These are the nuts and bolts that make the app do what it does. It’s important to choose a backend developer who is fluent in the coding language you want to use for your app.

For example, if you’re leaning toward Android app development, there is a long list of programming languages to choose from, including Java and C. If you’re doing iOS app development, you’ll need someone who knows Xcode or Swift programming. You can also find developers who can use multiple programming languages to do cross-platform app development.

Step 6: Launch Your App

You’ve wireframed, designed, and built your app. It’s time to launch!

Each platform will have its own requirements for launching your app. For example, the Apple App store will require you to address any bugs, detail the properties of your app, and submit it for a review before it launches.

The platform will then try out your app and ensure it follows their guidelines. This can take several weeks, then your app will be released to the world!

Step 7: Acquire User Feedback and Improve

Before you break out the champagne, keep in mind that launching is still only part of the process. You may wish to conduct user testing before you launch (there are Fiverr freelancers who specialize in user testing, too), but you can also rely on the feedback from your first users. If you developed a website and a social media presence, you may be able to start small with some beta testers.

Over time, you’ll get reviews and feedback about your app. If you want your app to succeed, you’ll need to address any bugs or user concerns that arrive. You may wish to roll out new features or even create a customer service module, depending on the complexity of your app.

There’s nothing app-related you can’t do with the power of Fiverr. Whether you’re ready to program your app or you’re just throwing ideas around, there’s a freelancer out there who can help.

Nicolo Grossi
SEO & content marketing expert with 7+ years experience, working at Fiverr since 2016 Nicolo is responsible to follow and implement SEO’s best practices and inbound marketing strategies in order to increase reach and exposure.
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As an added note, keep the app size in mind while designing for the present as well as future.