6 Web Design and Development Phases You must Know [Infographic]

At present, the online presence has become a vital part of every business. It acts as the online portfolio for any company. But developing a brand new website is not as easy as making a cup of tea. While developing a website, the outsourcing team implements different phases to output an eye-catching and fully functional web portal. So, you must know the need things prior to hiring an offshore developer’s team.

Check out the whole development process of a website in a graphical format.

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Mobile Apps

How To Get Your Next Big App Idea?

The next big idea is what industries and investors are eagerly looking forward to, even if it is disruptive (or probably because it could be disruptive). Huge sum of money is splurged on the “Unicorn”, any startup that has huge potential and is a million dollar idea.

From where these ideas come? Is it pure serendipity, or are there some other forces at work? Well, if I say that the many money-making ideas are part “luck” and part “experience”, I wouldn’t be wrong. Granted, there have been startups by fresh college graduates and dropouts, but the experience doesn’t only come from corporate, right?

Do you want to make your mark in Entrepreneurship arena? How about getting a brilliant idea for an application? Here’s how to start!

Look Around

If you’ve got a lot friends, that’s a plus. Ask them what they wish their smartphone had or could do. Is there anything that can be coded and converted into an application? The point is, try solving the problem that users are facing with their smartphones or probably the app they are fancy about. The ideas are all around you. Some are in written form, while others are out there in the fresh air.

Search App Stores

Search extensively on Google Play Store, iTunes, BlackBerry World, and Windows Store. Your idea might be hiding in there. Go through the applications of the categories you are interested to create an app in, find reviews and carefully note the recommendations and complaints of app reviewers. Ask yourself, can your app address those issues? Can you provide existing services that aren’t available for free (everybody loves free stuff)?

Steal like an artist.

Join Mobile App Communities and Contribute to Forums

There are many communities and forums populated by App developers and users. This will not only help you learn new traits, but also keep you abreast with the latest happenings in app ecosystem. Don’t shy about sharing what you believe or feel about your idea(s), but you don’t need to sip all the beans. Getting validations is a huge motivation.

Follow Latest Startups

There are many founders and entrepreneurs that have emulated the business model of their (pre-existing) foreign counterparts and modeled their services as per their own country and people, for example, Sina Weibo, a Chinese micro-blogging website that is more of a hybrid of Facebook and Twitter and belongs to the Tumblr’s category.

There are no scarcity of websites that cover startups (and the content sells like hot choco-lava); TechCrunch, Wired, Mashable are some of the examples. You can also follow influencers, entrepreneurs and, founders on Twitter and LinkedIn. Networking is very important. Try to connect with them, tell your plans and get their suggestions. It is easier said than done, but who said businesses are easy to build?
Look for the opportunities that can be built into a viable business, and leverage the demography or laws and regulations unique to your country.

Conclusion

There is no dearth of opportunities. Innovations in technologies are opening new avenues for developers and businesses alike. Riding on the shoulders of smartphones, on-demand economy has fueled the growth of many startups and will continue to do so. You’re just an innovative idea away from changing the lives of people for the better.

iOS, Mobile Apps

How Not to Get Your iOS App Rejected?

Apple has a fine sense of design, thanks to the design philosophies of its founder, Steve Jobs. The products of this Cupertino company are often cited as the perfect example of how art complements technology. No wonder why Apple is the gold-standard for product design and delivery.

Apple has never licensed its OS to computer or smartphone manufacturers, unlike Windows and Android, in order to hold its control over the quality it delivers to end-users. Some appreciate this approach, while others call it counter intuitive. From whichever school of thought you belong to, you cannot deny the exemplary standards the company has set over the years.

Contrary to its software and hardware department, Apple doesn’t have a major contribution to make in its App Store as independent app developer community is the key player. But the company has its gatekeepers in place. There are algorithms and moderators that review an app before accepting it for app store. There are strict guidelines that must be followed by developers if they want their app to the lights of the iPhone (or iPad).

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Why Custom Design is Best For Your Business? [Infographic]

Design can make or break a business, but still the examples of shoddy designs are many. There are no substitutes for custom designs as other alternatives have been already been used extensively to fill the real estate, which is fortunately or unfortunately unlimited on the Internet. Stock photos belong to an era gone-by, and I may not be the only one who finds stock photos of suit-clad employees in the boardroom boring.

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User’s attention is increasingly getting a rare commodity, and your only chance of generating a decent user-engagement is the design.

5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Android Apps

This is the second blog of our series of Android App Development articles.

The internet users on smartphones are increasingly preferring native applications to the traditional web browsing or web app. Hence, this doesn’t come as a surprise when startups and enterprises sometimes go to the app-only mode for mobile platforms.

Applications allow businesses to maintain a close relationship with their customers or clients or even employees (in the case of enterprise apps). Responsive apps, which are imperative rather than a necessity, offer great experience to mobile or tablet users and may turn customers into brand loyalists.
Android and iOS are top two markets in terms of app users and revenues, while Microsoft Store comes a distant third.

According to Statista, there are 1.6 billion apps on Google Play Store, the highest among app store of all Mobile OS platforms, but the stat that makes Android an enticing option for developers is the number of users of this Mobile OS. Android has more than 1.4 billion 30-day active users globally.

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Trends in Business Mobile App Development [Infographic]

If a company aims towards a mobile-first strategy, it cannot afford to miss the opportunity an app presents for a better customer engagement. There are more than 1.6 billion apps on Google Play Store and more than a billion apps on iOS. In fact, 85% of the smartphone market is dominated by iOS and Android.

There are two major categories of applications, i.e. Native and Hybrid. Native apps are platform specific apps written in native language. On the other hand, hybrid apps are written in web language and thus, supports multiple platform. Hybrid apps are put in native containers so as to extend native like features to apps developed in cross-platform language.

Apart from the distinctions between app, there is clearly a new emerging concept of enterprise apps as more and more companies are concerned about data safety and employees’ productivity. Focus on big data analytics and popularity of cloud-computing is fueling the rise of enterprise apps and mobility.
Amid this app-frenzy world, we tried to find a few trends.

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Conclusion

Hybrid apps are on the rise, and the same trends holds true for enterprise apps. Companies are increasingly trying to stay ahead of the technology curve to stay relevant.

Mobile apps are the future… and the present.

The Anatomy of Design: Understanding UX and UI

How many times did you visit a website and kept browsing through its web pages for no apparent reason? Or when was the last time when you downloaded an app only to abandon it after using it just once? Has ever a product’s design influenced your purchase decision?

Our brain is brilliant at picking signals from noise.

If your business depends on your official website or app, UI (User Interface) and UX (User Experience) can make or break your brand.

When we talk about design, we aren’t necessarily talking only about the artistic elements like animation or image, but we also, sometimes subconsciously, take into account the overall experience. The minimalistic design of Medium, a publishing platform, is well-received by writer’s community. There are no fancy animations or graphics. Medium boasts of a simple yet intriguing design. It is easy to get started with (through a social media sign-in) and producing content is delightful. So, when a user compliments or complaints about design, they might be referring to their experience rather than the design itself.

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Is Developing A Windows App a Sensible Decision?

Windows Store seems like a work in progress, always. The app gap (a commonly used term to refer to the difference of applications between any two mobile OSs) is huge. Having replaced BB from its position a few years back, the OS now comes third, after Android and iOS, in terms of mobile OS’s market share, but it is a distant third indeed. Microsoft has always been vocal about its plan to woo developers to build apps for the Windows platform, but such claims seem vacuous if one sees the number and quality of applications in its store.

Having said that, I cannot assume that the future of Windows Mobile is bleak. At least, the Redmond company has taken its hardware department seriously and its flagship model, Lumia 950, is promising.
Is Windows a viable store to park your application?

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Why WordPress is Right for E-commerce?

WordPress comes across more as a CMS (Content Management System), and you might be at loss seeing it as a viable option for E-commerce. We won’t blame you. It is really difficult to justify a free and open-source software as a serious contender for a large-scale and hugely profitable (this is what you must be aiming at) website.

Launched as a blogging platform (WordPress.com), it has come a long way. Now, this publishing platform is powering websites of some of the well-known companies such as Walt Disney, Sony Music, Best Buy etc. But, how viable a platform like WordPress is for a full-blown E-commerce website? If I need to answer this question in one line, I will say, “It is not only a viable but a perfect and fully functional alternative. Period.”

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Android Apps’ Trends To Look Forward to in 2016

The world’s largest app store has come a long way since its launch. Android fanboys (the name Android loyalists normally referred to as) may have seen the transformations unfolding before their eyes.

During the initial phase, most of the applications (even Facebook’s mobile app) on Google play store were hybrid (natively-installed and cross-platform apps written in web language). They were seriously lacking in the performance front and were definitely not known for delivering a good user-experience.

Source: Mobile App Survey Report
Source: Mobile App Survey Report

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