Amanual is a guide that directs users on the usage of a product. A manual is meant to make the process of installation and usage much easier. Gadgets like phones and other electrical appliances are said to need manuals for smooth operation. How about cars? Do you think that your ability to drive is enough liberty for you to drive any car? Cars come with their specialty, however their similarities. It becomes only normal to state that the importance of manuals cannot be over emphasized. However, with the need for the manual for our everyday appliances, is there any need for a mobile app manual? That is before we talk about the length of the manual itself.
A mobile app may not be thought of to be a device which needs any form of explanation. It is assumed to be self-explanatory. Mobile apps such as Facebook, Snapchat, Uber, Twitter and the likes are commonly used. Who would ever think that you need instruction on how to work with them. It may sound absurd, but that is what this piece is all about. Apart from discussing whether an app needs a manual or not, we would also look into the length that an app manual should be.
When using an app, an individual is expected to use his intuition. Apps are not supposed to be complex. But when they become complicated, you are expected to look for alternatives.
In a seminar I attended, one customer representative informed me about an app manual by her organization. It was expected that the app manual was supposed to make the app more functional. It was meant to direct users and make it more app friendly. It was a 12-page handbook. The manual which came in a PDF format was supposed to douse the anxiety of the users, but it ended up complicating it. The manual was not of much help to its customers. Therefore, it had to be abandoned. This brings into the discussion of the essence of a manual and how lengthy an app manual should be. With the instance stated above, it only becomes reasonable that the length of an app manual should be zero. In other words, an app does not need a manual. It should simply be operated with the way it was structured. There shouldn’t be any form of complexity while using an app because it is expected that an app should be self-explanatory. With its complexities, its purpose becomes defeated. Like what that customer said after her company had discovered that the manual for their mobile app was not living up to expectations, it was abandoned.
Have you ever tried using an Atlas app? This app does not require any manual of any sort. With the appropriate security check on the app, users are expected to navigate through it and get information that they desire without any manual. Also, Atlas app makes workload to be reduced for the organization. Instead of your organization to spend time and resources attending to complaints, this app serves as a relief as it attends to their various needs.
Let this next line always be a point to note. Atlas does not require any manual or guide for its usage. Simply download it, install and use.
The essential steps for mobile app development
When developing a mobile app, it involves different steps. There are 14 vital steps to mobile app development although one step can extend into another. We will briefly discuss these steps as we move forward.
Here are the 14 necessary steps to help you with mobile app development;
1. Mobile app proposal
It is expected that before proposing your app idea, you should have done enough research on it. Know the market trends, risks, business, etc. and this requires exposure, experience, and expertise, to predict how successful the app would be.
2. Draft your idea
As a step to documenting your app development process, make rough drawings of your design. This selection would include your all the features you want in the final development of the app.
3. Develop a tactic
This is the central part of the development process; if the tactic or strategy is not well-planned, everything can go wrong. During this step, the focus, business model, and approach are decided.
4. Making the prototype
You can use tools for wireframing like, Visio and Balsamic to create prototypes that would be an imitation of the final app, to see users’ interaction using different exhibition.
5. Identify the Back-end
This step is used to define or identify the back-end services that would maintain the app by connecting them to a lot of features on the app. Like the back end application API’s and the cloud storage.
6. Prototype trial
After you have successfully created a prototype, you meet experts, family, colleagues, friends or practically anybody interested. They should test the app and give sincere feedbacks as well as ideas for enhancement.
It is vital to start preliminary marketing before the final release of an app. To create a space for your app when you finally launch it to the public. You can start advertising early on social media pages, video promotions, blogs, etc. It builds up suspense and nothing sells better than suspense.
8. Setting up your Back-end
This step of app development includes; organizing database, user accounts, developing push notifications, etc. which is known as the back-end of the app.
9. App designs
This part of your app development gives flesh to the app. It involves different visual designs like fonts, layouts, color scheme, style, etc. For this section of the app to come out perfect, you need to hire an excellent graphic designer.
10. The UX testing
For the success of your app, it is important that your users are happy and engaged. Because after acquiring a lot of users, if they are not satisfied, you would lose them quickly. So you have to test the UX because neglecting the UX design leads to app failure.
11. App coding
This step involves the testing of quality and avoiding crashes as well as removing any bugs. The testing is done to make sure everything is working well.
12. Beta testing
In this stage, the app is released to select individuals to test. The test generates the feedback that would be utilized for the last revision of the app before it is officially released.
13. Final release
After the beta testing the app is finally released to the public. You can launch it on the digital app store you desire.
14. App maintenance
Asides from marketing an app, it is important to update and optimize the app using the feedback and reviews from users.