It is no longer news that the mobile app industry is one of the most lucrative industries in India today. App developers have made a fortune from the ever-widening and highly competitive business venture to the envy of players in other sectors. Before now, mobile app development was perceived as the exclusive reserve for those with knowledge of the native platform language who are known as the Elite Programmers. Non-programmers had no place in the industry. However, thanks to hybrid mobile app technology, people with knowledge of HTML, CSS, Python, Processing, JavaScript, BASIC, etc., can make money in the sector by developing apps. Now, the game has become more competitive. There are many web services and software that help users with little or no coding abilities to create mobile applications on their own.

The good thing is that everyone, whether skilled or unskilled, can benefit from the industry. So, if you want to create mobile apps, but you lack the necessary programming or coding skills, you can make your dreams a reality with a little knowledge. By learning to code, hiring a development team, using apps web-based tools, and outsourcing, you will achieve your aim.

Make your Idea a Reality with Little or no Knowledge of Programming Language

1. Outsource

There are companies whose stock-in-trade is app development. You can pay them to do all the work for you. All you need to do is to furnish them with all the necessary information, and in a stipulated time, your app will be ready. Easy isn’t it? Well, it is not that easy. There are so many untrained developers out there: you need to find a suitable company or freelance developer that will help you do the job well.

You can try a Google search for top app development companies to help you build your app. Be very careful when searching on Google because the search engine just shows you a few pages. The fact that Company A appeared on the search bar doesn’t mean it is the best for you. It may just mean that they implement good search engine optimization techniques. It is strongly advised that you do more research before you sign a contract. Find their pages on social media and see what users are saying about their products and service delivery.

2. Form Partnerships

You can create a development team to help you build your app. The team, headed by your development partner must be made up of experts in the field with experience in dealing with startups and non-technical developers like you. It is advisable that you partner with an experienced developer for your first project. The importance of this kind of partnership cannot be overemphasized. Having a development team gives you the opportunity to focus on the operational aspects of the business while your developers handle the technical part. Also, it is more cost-effective to employ the services of a developer.

3. Learn to Code

As you have read, it is possible to develop apps without any coding skills. However, you may find yourself in awkward situations when you don't understand anything about coding. Imagine meeting up with your development team with no knowledge of coding. Yes! That isn't going to turn out as you expected, is it? You may find it challenging convincing potential investors to fund your app if you cannot express yourself in a language they would understand. What will happen if you are asked important that you cannot answer? It is always safer to get, at least, the basic knowledge of coding.

Outsourcing, hiring in-house and forming partnerships may be capital-intensive and time-consuming. So, to cut cost, you should consider learning to code to the best of your ability. Learning to code is like learning a language. You need time, passion and dedication to gain mastery of it. You can hire someone to teach you any programming language you like or, better still, you can learn at home at your pace. Schools like ‘Codacademy,' ‘DevBootcamp’ and Udemy teach coding. If, for example, you want to create apps for Apple app stores, sign up with ‘Udemy.' They offer an online course that focuses on the basics of app development for Apple iOS. Coding skills will help you save money as you create, promote and market your apps.

4. Take Advantage of Mobile Application Builders

Another way to build apps if you do not have the time to commit to learning how to code is using app builders. There are many software and web services which can help new app developers design apps. Most of them are ‘Do It Yourself” applications with easy to use features. You just need to ‘drag and drop,’ and you are good to go! Some of the top mobile application builders, are AppyPie, Nativ, and Kinetic. All of them offer unique service with different pricing plans.

These applications are easy to use. You just need to sign up for an account and follow the instructions. In most cases, you will see a “Create a New App” button on the home page. Enter the name and the category of your app then choose background images and templates. You can add pages to your app, modify the layout, font or logo. Also, you can change the navigation, style your app and customize the app to suit your niche. After you are done editing, you can preview your app and publish it. There are options to either publish your new app to an application store or test it first on your mobile device. To publish your app on either Google Play store or Apple App store, you will need a developer account. In some of these app builders, it is possible to use Push notifications and Ads, depending on the pricing plan you are on.

Using these app builders is more economical than hiring a development firm to build apps for you. You can use them to build apps for small businesses with minimal functionalities such as product catalogs, payment vouchers, hotel reservations, etc.

One thing you must note about app builders is that their features and designs are general and therefore may not be suitable for all apps. If you are looking forward to creating highly customized mobile apps, you cannot rely on these app builders.

Conclusion

Undoubtedly, it takes a lot of time, practice, patience, planning and of course money to build a mobile app with little or no programming skills. You need the right skills, partnerships, and tools to put you on the right path. With the information above or a combination of some of them, you can start your mobile application development project with little knowledge in programming.

Author's Bio: 

Melissa Crooks is Content Writer who writes for Hyperlink Infosystem, a mobile app development company that holds the best team of skilled and expert Indian app developers. She is a versatile tech writer and loves exploring latest technology trends, entrepreneur and startup column.