Mobile apps are ruling the world and their development seems to be a simple process. But once your app is launched, no matter what, your job is to deliver a seamless experience to the users on multiple platforms and devices.
You have to be very cautious before kick-starting your next project with seasoned application development companies. In order to make it a bit easier, let’s take a look at the five crucial tips that can help you in successful development, deployment, and scaling of your app to the masses.
1. Not Considering The Need To Connect With Global Audience In The Initial Stages Of App Development
You need to build your app by keeping the need for connecting with the global audience in your mind. The first stage is the app prototyping. Once you’ve created the prototype, you will then have a more robust app at your hand. Your app must be powerful enough to support heavy global traffic. For this, you need to keep the following two factors in mind:
a). Make the app fast and reliable enough to cater to as many concurrent users as possible.
b). Make the app equally reliable and fast for users all across the globe.
In order to make your app scalable, you need global coverage and global redundancy. Global coverage provides every user with the ability to get automatically connected to the closest data center irrespective of their location. On the other hand, global redundancy confirms that all the users have access to the latest and most relevant app updates.
2. Keeping Security On The Sideline
Mobile apps deal with a vast amount of confidential data of the users. This makes it essential for you to consider security issues right at the beginning of your app development project.
In order to protect data in transit such as a push notification, a chat message, a financial stock price, or an IoT reading, it’s inevitable for you to encrypt every message with end-to-end AES/SSL/TLS encryption. Also, you should keep a track of people who can read and write data in your app. This provides you with an opportunity to prevent any unauthorized access to the mobile application.
3. Making App Engagement An Afterthought
Your task isn’t done once your app is successfully launched with all its specific functionality and features. After making users download your app, the next job is to make those users keep using the app in the long-run. Add all your users to your sales CRM and then follow up with them as they go down the sales pipeline.
Majority of the users never revisit an app after they download it. The reason behind this retention is that the users are provided with abundant app choices. In such a scenario, any small performance issue can either make or break the future of your app.
In order to address such an issue, you can take the help of real-time alerts and notifications to stay directly connected with the users. When users aren’t using your app, even then you can use several tools to grab their attention and keep them informed about your app. Some of these tools are emails, push notifications, desktop alerts, SMS, etc. Remember, engaging messages are a great tool to retain users’ interest in your app.
4. Not Paying Enough Attention To Battery & Bandwidth Consumption
Users don’t appreciate apps that drain the battery very fast or eat a maximum of their bandwidth. In such cases, they look for alternatives and hence it’s extremely important for you to consider battery and bandwidth consumption before resuming app development.
For making apps that are light on consuming battery, it’s important for you to eliminate some of the most common battery drainers such as location-heavy apps, inefficient refreshing, and unnecessary background activity.
In addition, it’s significant to understand where and how your app is consuming energy. Also, choose an appropriate infrastructure or platform to power your app and keep battery consumption in mind when making the final call.
Always cross-check what features your service provider is offering to optimize the consumption of the battery. Ask the following questions:
I. Does the platform include message caching?
II. Does the platform make use of efficient data transfer protocols?
III. How well your app will perform depends on the way in which you service provider architects their product. Inquire about the same.
IV. Does the platform give you the freedom to use a microservices-oriented architecture?
By finding answers to the above-mentioned questions, you can make better-informed infrastructure and design pattern decisions. Also, it ensures that your app will be successfully developed, deployed, and scaled.
5. Giving Priority To Monolithic Architecture Over Decoupled
Before digging deeper on this, let’s understand what’s monolithic and decoupled architecture?
Monolithic architecture can be defined as a tightly-coupled, self-contained approach where all the app components are dependent on each other. It’s a fact that this approach was the prime driving force of the technology revolution.
But if we look at the other end of the horizon, decoupled architecture facilitates the development of apps that comprises microservices and programs that are independent. Also, these apps are modular and loosely coupled.
When it comes to mobile app development, it’s advisable to follow decoupled architecture. It’s because with this approach in mind you can develop highly scalable and extensible apps quickly.
One of the greatest advantages of such apps is that they are made up of independent microservices. In this scenario, the failure of a service does not have any impact on others. For example, when the push notifications service of your app is experiencing an outage the rest of app components and programs will keep functioning properly.
In addition, these microservices have the potential to seamlessly integrate with third-party services. This is beneficial as when building an app you can’t afford to develop every feature right from scratch. The solution to this is that you go for integrating best-in-class services on which you can rely.
Microservices is integral for quickly deploying complex features such as Artificial Intelligence. Also, it allows you to strengthen your app security with developer tools to build highly safe and feature-rich mobile apps.
These are some of the major app development pitfalls along with tips to avoid them smartly and prevent your project from being wrecked. You can follow these tips and manage an app that has the potential to deliver a seamless experience to a massive number of users on multiple platforms.
Anubhuti Shrivastava is a content crafter at Arkenea and Benchpoint. She is passionate about writing articles on topics related to design and the software development industry.