How to Build a Mobile App with no Programming Experience
Today, anybody can have an idea for an app, but can somebody without technical skills build an app? The answer is “yes.”
A few years ago, you would have needed coding skills or a big budget to develop and launch an app or a game on the app stores. Those days are over. Affordable alternatives are conquering the market and creating a new paradigm for app development.
If you are one of those ‘idea people’ who would like to build a mobile app or game, this article will introduce the best options that don’t require coding skills. It’s easier than you think!
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What To Keep In Mind Before Building a Mobile App
First of all: do you have an idea? If you are currently out of ideas, you can ask friends and family for inspiration. Then you might want to do some market research. It will provide you a good overview of what may and may not work.
After market research, work on defining your goals. What are your motivations for creating and launching an app? Are you doing it to have fun? To gain a sense of personal achievement? Or is it to build a money-making business? Depending on your motivations, you will want to choose a different app development option.
Another important point that will help you choose the best method to build your game or app is time, or more exactly, timing. If your goal is to make money, find ways to build apps quickly! If you want to gain personal achievement and have fun, a DIY option may be better.
As usual, money will be critical in choosing one method over another. You must define a budget for each app you want to build or, if you prefer, a total sum for your entire app portfolio.
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Finally, you need to be honest with yourself. You need to evaluate your level of commitment to the project. What amount of time and effort are you likely to dedicate to your new business? Are you willing to manage a remote team of developers? Will you mind working late and on weekends? Depending on the level of commitment you establish, some methods will fit better than others.
Find the App Building Formula that Works for You
Keeping in mind the requirements you have defined, you need to find the best method to build your mobile game or app. Here are four main options listed with their pros and cons. Which will work for you?
DIY 1: Learn to code
Learning a programming language and building your own apps from scratch may be a thrilling challenge for some…and an impossible hurdle for others. If you want to learn how to code, you can find courses on platforms like Udemy, Codeschool, Bitfountain or Mammoth Interactive.
Bitfountain app development courses
Whichever method you choose to build your app portfolio, it is always useful to have some basic knowledge of app development. This allows you to make slight changes to the apps or even to better manage your developers. But it’s not a must. There is life outside coding!
If you are an inexperienced and curious appreneur, why not build your own Flappy Bird to get started on iOS development? If your idea is to build a complete social network, however, coding it by yourself from scratch will probably not be a good idea. It would probably take ages to get it finished!
Pros: Work that depends on your skills alone, low budget required (even if time is gold!).
Cons: >High level of commitment and time required.
DIY 2: App building platforms
There are hundreds of app building platforms that allow you to build your first Android or iPhone app without knowing how to code. Some even have free plans so you can try them before buying. These are an easy and cheap way to get started, but the results are often far from outstanding due to the limited options in terms of structure, design and features.
App building platforms are a good choice for simple projects like blog apps or basic business showcase apps. However, if you want to build a custom mobile game, you will not find much help with these tools because the customization possibilities are quite limited.
Pros: Low budget required, fast process.
Cons: Low quality, hard to customize, medium level of commitment required.
DIY 3: Hire freelance devs
If you choose this method, you can find freelance mobile developers on platforms like Freelancer or Upwork. There you can post a job that lists your requirements. In order to avoid “automatic” proposals for your project, a good tip is to include a “human verification test” on the job description. In this article, Ben Philabaum recommends something like, “In your bid, include the answer to 2+2 so that I know you read this.” This will help you slim down the list of proposals because there are often hundreds for certain projects.
Do you have a concrete idea for your app and lots of time to manage a team of devs? This could be an option that works for you. The sky’s the limit! Or is it your budget? Developing an app from scratch, even if you have more than one developer working on it, takes months and costs thousands of dollars. The question is, “Is it worth it?”
A good way to build any kind of mobile application, but especially if you have an extremely innovative idea that is completely different from any existing app or game. For instance, you can build your restaurant app or a custom-made casual game.
Pros: High-quality results (if you hire a good team), high level of customization.
Cons: High level of commitment required to manage a remote team, slow process, big budget required, hard to find a good team of skilled devs.
DIY 4: Use ready-made app templates
Do you have an awesome app idea? Someone else has probably had it–or something similar– before. There are thousands of app and game templates you can use as a base to build your next app. Before starting your app from scratch, make sure you have made a good research and save you a big headache.
You don’t have to reinvent the wheel. But you don’t have to be a copycat, either. You can customize app and game templates and create something completely original. (Ask our customization team if you want more info!).
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Making apps with fully tested app templates is the best way to ensure a high final quality product. This formula is often the most efficient in terms of time and money. Instead of taking months and spending thousands of dollars, you will need only a few days and a few dollars to launch your app on the stores.
If you want to create a complex project like a poker mobile game or a Instagram-like app, this is the cheapest and fastest method you can choose without compromising quality. It also works for simple games and apps for your business. The possibilities are (almost) endless.
Pros: High-quality results, low budget required (save up to 90%), low level of commitment required (you can focus on marketing!), fast process.
Cons: The quality of your app depends on the quality of the source code you buy; if you buy a poor app template, you’ll get a poor app–and vice versa!
Our two cents
Now you know you have four different ways to build a mobile app if you don’t have coding or design skills. Still confused about which one will work best for you? Just remember to give app development the importance it deserves–not more. Don’t work in your business, work on your business.
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Leave some free time to work on other parts of the business like marketing, data benchmarking and ASO (App Store Optimization). You can download our free Guide to Boost your App’s Downloads and get started today.