Today every business needs to have a mobile app to stay connected to its users who are increasingly using mobile to shop online. But building a mobile store can be an extensive and expensive affair, right? While established business ventures have always had the luxury to hire expert developers to build a mobile app, it has always been a tough nut to crack for small businesses and start-ups. Well, not anymore.
If you have built your store on popular eCommerce platforms like Shopify, you’ll be happy to know that building a mobile app for your store is not just easy, but extremely affordable too.
If you are a startup, you can now build an app using the DIY platforms offered by the partners of Shopify. But before you go ahead with the process of building your mobile store, here are 4 things you might be thinking about.
#1 How much would my app cost?
Building an ecommerce app doesn’t come cheap and you may need to shell out anywhere between $3,000 to $10,000 for a standard ecommerce app and the cost goes up for more complex apps. This is big money for a company with a small turnover and the reason many small businesses never take the step towards taking their business on the mobile platform.
However, if you are on the lookout to build an app at a reasonable price, then a DIY platform can be the right solution. With DIY platforms, you can build an app for as low as $29/month! What’s more, most platforms allow you to build a preview app for your store within minutes and test it for free.
#2 How much time would it take to build my app?
The time taken to build a mobile app depends on many factors like the required features for the mobile app, the development platforms viz. Android or iOS, the design and layouts of the app etc. The development of a customized ecommerce app can take anywhere upwards of 2 to 3 months.
However, if you have a web-store built on the Shopify platform, you can use a DIY Mobile App Development platform to develop and test your app in as less as 5 min. Literally! What’s more, DIY platforms save you the time and effort of coordinating with a team of developers and gathering the required content to develop a customized app, making the entire process simpler and faster.
#3 Who would create my app?
The traditional app building process involves hiring an in-house team of developers or outsourcing the job to a Software Development agency.
However, with DIY platforms, either you as the founder of the company or anyone from your Marketing or Sales team can use the platform to create an app in a few minutes
#4 What all should my app have?
The ideal way to start building your ecommerce app is not to make it complicated with too many features, but to start with the most important ones. A well-designed home screen, well-defined product categories and product description pages, a favorites section, shopping cart, and convenient checkout modes, are some of the features that your ecommerce app must have.
Apart from this, ensure the platform you choose lets you send push notifications to your customers as this forms an integral part of a mobile app.
About Plobal Apps
Plobal Apps is an official Shopify partner for DIY mobile app development. Our unique platform gives you a simple, powerful and dynamic means for creating a native app on Android and iOS platforms for your Shopify web store in under 5 minutes.