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10 Things You Are Doing Wrong With Your App

It is natural to make mistakes while creating an app, especially when an app is complex with too many features in store. You might get to know about some, while others not revealed. This discussion acts as a revelation for those aspiring for a perfect app, without any loopholes. Let us look at 10 hurdles that can obstruct you from creating an ideal app.

1. Too many features dumped into an app

What is the first question that comes to your mind, when you come across a competitor app? “Does my app have all the features as seen in a competitor?” You might want to get all the features on board within your app. However, is it wise enough?

Users get overwhelmed and confused with too much functionality, containing both useful as well as irrelevant ones. You should first understand the basic purpose of your app. Then it is all about defining your app audience. Finally, adapt an agile model, wherein you sprint with most relevant offerings.

2. Applying the reused code again everywhere

When starting with whole new coding, it takes a lot of time and efforts to meet the deadlines. So, developers go for a more convenient option, reusing the old code again. How convenient is it? Just refer the old code and put it back to use.

Reusable code is important. However, it is more important how the coding framework and technology modifies with improving platforms. First, look at the reusable code with a keen eye. Then understand whether the reusable code will be beneficial for your app or not.

3. Collaborating designers and developers together

Designers work with a completely different mindset, which does not go hand in hand with the developers. It is probably good to keep them separate and let them do things their own way. Do not have a team that will bring both parties together. This will result in thinking and ego clashes, leading to project getting off the shelves.

4. Treating all the platforms equally

You want an app that works equally well on all platforms, catering to all types of users. Therefore, the best way is to create an exact same interface delivering the same kind of experience. Right? Absolutely not.

Building a same UI/UX across platforms does not guarantee your app success with every single platform. Each mobile OS has its own set of standard UI practices, which make it impossible for a single interface to work wonders on every platform.

Trying to force Android things on iOS users, and vice versa, will not work. In fact, your app will land up disappointing at least one whole section of users, cutting down on your audience largely.

5. Only one team for multiple platforms

Do you have a separate iOS and Android team in place? If not, then quickly do so. Do you really think that just one single team of developers will fulfill both types of projects, no matter how brilliant they are? It is cumbersome for a team concentrate on both types of projects, considering the fact that frameworks, coding, display, and everything else are quite different from one another.

6. Trying to do something different

This is probably the most common mistake, committed by majority developers. Reinventing new things by implementing a new style of coding and features can make things not only complex but also filled with bugs and errors.

7. Thinking of an app as a mirror image of the website

Another common mistake widely found among developers. An app works very differently from a website. You cannot have web-based features simply dumped into an app. Not just users interact differently but even seen from a different perspective.

The website is built in a way in order to provide information, while app intent is to allow users use it. Do not try to escape with a single design for both. You can surely optimize your web design to be used on mobile. However, keep website and app distinctive from one another.

It is more productive if you have both in place with website focusing on providing information, and app focused on providing the actual value in terms of functionalities and features.

8. Defining success wrong way

Visualize how a successful app looks like and what does it offer. It is surprising to see that most developers create an app without any focused goal. You need to understand that creating a successful app is a lot different from app coding. Have a look at various other criteria for a guaranteed app success like user satisfaction, cost reduction, audience size, levels of use, and productivity gain.

All these are business specific goals, and you need to make out what parameter of success your app fits into. Without, any specific agreement or knowledge, you are bound to get lost in where your app is going about, and whether the purpose is being fulfilled or not.

9. Acting as a beta tester for your own app

You have built an app, and for you, everything seems perfect while using it. However, that not might be the case in reality. Your app might have bugs, or errors, that you have neglected, or probably you are not willing to accept, just because you are biased.

By involving a third perspective in the form of beta testers, you are ensuring that your app is seen from the point of view of actual users. Let others judge about the good and bad points associated with your app. However, do take into consideration that you be selective while choosing people as beta testers, who are not biased towards your app just like you, and who are serious about dissecting an app from every possible angle, like a critic.

10. Building an app for money rather than users

If you are creating an app to earn some bucks, you are surely going to have a money-minded perspective while looking at an app. However, if you are creating an app, for solving problems, you are going to carry a more human-centric approach towards your app.

Forget about the monetary part. Just create an app with only one purpose in mind i.e. satisfying users. If you are offering effective solutions to user problems in an efficient way, it will not take long that your app will be earning for you, right off the bat.

Skipping UI/UX potholes

Taking an extra care while building apps, does make a big difference. The majority times, why a project fail, is the project getting delayed due to coding redundancies, after every quality assurance check failure. Just take care of the above ten points, and you can prevent your project from becoming a victim of the vicious coding cycle.

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Mr. Ashesh Shah is the CEO of Fusion Informatics Ltd. and co-founder of Digital Infoware Pvt. Ltd., which are progressive enterprises in the field of web, software, and mobile application development services.

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