Anyone who has ever built an ecommerce mobile app would tell you it’s not easy. You have to take a lot of factors into consideration. The numerous devices to support, multiple operating systems, getting the designs spot on, drilling down to the required features, testing your app and maintaining etc, over time, can get complicated.
To help you through this, we have created a list of the most important things you should consider, to make your app development process as easy as possible.
Mobile App Design and Layout
How your users perceive and use your app has a lot to do with the design and user interface of you app. The key is to keep the design and the layout simple and focus on helping users find and checkout the products they are looking for, with the least amount of effort. So, a simple and intuitive design is what you should aim for – one that your target user group is familiar with. To get started, follow the design guidelines set by iOS and Android. Also refer the designs, layouts and flows of popular e-commerce apps.
Features of a Mobile App
Deciding the right set of features is the most important element of the app development process. If the right features are not in place, even a competitive list of products can do little towards the success of the app. Here’s a link to a detailed list of features that we have compiled for you. We have also covered a few points that we feel are extremely important for an ecommerce app but are usually overlooked.
a] Push Notifications:
Push notifications help you connect with new users and reconnect with your existing users. Push notifications can be a powerful marketing tool that you can use to keep your users informed of the upcoming product launches, promotions and events, and offer them personalized discount codes and coupons. Push notifications can be effective in increasing the revenue generated per user over time.
b] Security Updates
App security protects the app from bugs and hackers. Regular security updates make your app more secure as every update covers the latest bugs and threats. Since ecommerce apps require users to enter sensitive information, ensuring your app is secure in every way, is essential to win the trust of your users.
c] Real-time Store Sync
Real-time sync means when you update your web store, your mobile app store gets updated automatically and in real time. This allows for hassle-free inventory management and a consistent shopping experience. A DIY platform offers all these features and more and allows you to choose the ones that best cater to your business.
d] Testing Your App
Your users will have a hard time using your app if it has bugs and other issues. This makes it crucial to test your app before it is live on the App store and Play Store. It can be expensive to hire a team of testers for the job but it is something you cannot afford to ignore.
Mobile App Dashboard Performance
So, your app is now live. What next? How many people have downloaded your app? How much ROI have you earned from your app?
App performance tracking tools can help you track the fundamental parameters that give you a fair idea of how your app is performing and where you need to work on to make it better. Make sure alongwith a mobile app you have set up tracking for all the critical business metrics viz., app installs, app revenues etc.
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 webstore in under 5 minutes.