DIY App Building Tools
Spend some time looking through and choose an option that suits your budget and the complexity of the app you want. A DIY builder will let you drag and drop in the ‘look’ you like – bright pops of color, an architectural theme, or perhaps a simple clean look.
You’ll be able to upload logos and customise your look from the basic design. You can then select the modules you want - these are basically page types enabling different functionalities, such as enabling Facebook or Twitter connectivity, tap to call and contact buttons, pages to drop text onto or even bookings, ratings, or online ordering. Many of these sites also allow you to outline the job specifications for the full build of your app and they will come back to you with a quote.
Here are some sites to start with:
This can be cheaper than engaging a developer, as they will reduce costs by using their own software modules for the basics. The site I used for example, iBuildApp.com, will custom build a basic app from US$499. If the DIY is going to cost you or staff many work hours, DIY may wind up being a false economy. If, however, your app is simple – standard design with few modules, and therefore requiring minimal hours, DIY can be cost effective.
As mentioned, you need to think about your ongoing support needs and what capabilities you have to maintain your app. The free option for most builders listed above will come with no support or extras. Your app is also likely to come with banner advertisements, which can be removed with a fee. The benefit of free is a way to test the market with no outlay.
You can also use the free option to get started, and upgrade your package as you go if you decide you want to. In the case of my build, I originally signed up and started under the free package as I wasn’t sure how good my final DIY product would be, or how much support I would need. By the time I was ready to go, I was confident enough in my product to spend some money before its launch. I signed on for the business package because without a Mac, I needed iBuildapp.com’s tech support to upload to the Apple Store for me (including any future updates), and I found I began to rely on them more to get App Store feedback.