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5 Tools To Build Your Own Mobile App

5 Tools To Build Your Own Mobile App

It’s the age of the mobile and while you’ve read enough about “mobile first”, it’s time to take some action and get that mobile app for your business, your online forum, for your local business, or even for your blog. Mobile apps don’t have to be a matter of thousands of dollars invested. It could be as simple as signing up for just the right mobile app builder and get going.

Here are a 5 Tools To Build Your Own Mobile App:

Como

como

With over 1 million mobile apps already created on the platform, Como is one of the most popular mobile app builders out there. Whether you want to dabble with mobile commerce, coupons, loyalty programs, online scheduling, and table reservations.

You also get myriad ways to promote your app with about pages, click-to-call, collections, catalogs, events, user reviews, and more.

See Como’s app gallery to get inspired.

AppMachine

app machine

You want to know how easy it is to build an app? Put the URL of your website on AppMachine and get a mobile app, in minutes. We should warn you that you’d still have to customize the output a bit but making your app can be as easy as that. AppMachine comes with 35+ pre-coded “building blocks” to make your app building as easy as drag and drop.

TheAppBuilder

The AppBuilder

TheAppBuilder takes a dual approach to DIY mobile app development as in you can either use the online toolkit to produce your own mobile app or take the help of TheAppBuilder’s staff to get your mobile app designed. TheAppBuilder gives you a “Sandbox” style credentials to allow multiple users, client access, and customization.

GoodBarber

good barber

GoodBarber allows you to build iOS and Android apps giving you complete customization options for you to tweak every inane detail. Loaded with preset templates, more than 600 Google Fonts, and beautiful icons, your mobile app for business is as easy as typing out an email.

AppMakr

app makr

Recently acquired by Infinite Monkeys, AppMakr is a mobile app builder you can use with no coding experience. Create as many apps as you want and include features that work for your business including video streaming, push notifications, in-app shopping, events calendars, and a lot more.

Pick one service and out with the app now.

Do you know of any good app builders we didn’t mention? Let us know.

7 Steps to Creating a Kick-Ass Mobile Website

This rocking Guest Post was written By Simon Phillips  — the CEO of Touch Logic. It’s a mobile marketing agency that specializes in mobile website design and app design for small businesses.

Death and taxes are two rather macabre certainties in this world. The third certainty, at least for the foreseeable future, is the growth of the smartphone. According to Google, searches made on mobile devices have grown by more than 400 percent since 2010, and it is estimated by 2015 there will be one mobile device for every person on earth.

As more and more consumers turn to their mobile devices to access the Internet, it becomes imperative for website developers to create sites that are mobile friendly. This means more than just having a normal website that can be accessed from a mobile device. Those using a mobile device on the Internet have different expectations than those surfing from a personal computer. Developers have to keep that in mind and follow different steps when creating a mobile website.

Be Brief

Time is of the essence for most mobile users, who take quick glances at the Internet in between daily tasks. Design the site to load quickly and be sure the copy is easy to read. Keep headers short to avoid pushing copy off the frame.

Easy Navigation

Mobile users who become frustrated with a site will not stick around, they will simply move on to another site. Limit the amount of scrolling they’ll need to do and keep navigation clear and easy. Be sure to have back and home buttons that are easy to find.

Be visual

They may seem extra large, but the default font size should be no smaller than 14 point so users do not have to pinch and zoom excessively. Buttons should have a 3D effect and shading to set them off, and there should be contrast between the text and the background.

Use Redirects

Make sure the desktop site is developed using redirect code that can detect if a user is utilizing a mobile device. This will ensure they have the best experience possible. There should be an option included that allows them to go back to the desktop site if they wish.

Compatibility

For best results for everyone, the mobile site should work with all mobile devices. Avoid using Flash since it doesn’t work on all devices, and try to use HTML 5 for animation and interactivity.

User friendly

Consumers on mobile devices are forced to virtual keyboards and thumbs to accomplish tasks. Large buttons can reduce the amount of accidental clicks, thus reducing frustration levels. Leave plenty of room between buttons.

Provide Your Information

This one may sound obvious, but mobile users often are looking for local spots to explore, so be sure the mobile site has the information they need to find your business.

Mobile devices provide easy access to the Internet from just about anywhere and at any time. Information should be quick and easy to read and the site needs to be visually exciting without being cluttered. Keeping these in mind will help make a mobile site successful.

Are you up for creating a kick ass mobile website yet?