In today’s rapidly growing IT world, almost every programmer or coder claims to be an app developer. But when a company or an individual needs to hire one, the goal should be to hire experienced and reliable Mobile App Developers who can provide quality work promptly. The reason people look out for an app developer is that app development process involves a complex coding framework which cannot be executed by someone who doesn’t have any knowledge of programming.
Before you hire someone for your app development project, it will be good that you chalk out a set of questions for the developer. Make sure you check their previous projects and clientele before hiring them for your work. It’s obvious that you know what you want the product to do, so it will be good that you share your ideas with the app developer so that he can provide you with the right costs involved in the development process.
There are plenty of apps that have a pretty interface or a cool design, but that doesn’t mean the product will work fine or is stable. To make your app a huge success, make sure your app consists of quality codes which should be error-free. Besides this, the Mobile Application Development Company should also comply with the guidelines laid down by the various mobile operating systems. And make sure that the app works within these parameters.
Nowadays, almost all the companies are outsourcing their app development projects. It is a cost-effective method of getting a quality & fully-functional mobile application. Well, outsourcing these app designing projects has its benefits but in this post, you will read about some steps and questions you should be asking to the Mobile App Developer for hire.
Which framework is used by them for app development?
If the app developer says that they rely on an open-source quite heavily, then you should think twice before hiring that firm or designer. It’s not that using open-source will cause any issue, but it should be only used for certain purposes and if used then it should be removed from the coding framework later on.
When the whole app is designed on an open-source framework, it becomes both complicated and fragile. Xcode & Swift are the most commonly used open-source app design software for building iOS apps whereas Live Code 6.0 is used for the Android app development process. In case, you don’t have any knowledge about these then you can take help of someone who has good experience in coding mobile apps.
How long have they been developing apps?
This is one of the most commonly asked questions by the people who are looking for an app developer. It will be good that you hire the services of a professional and well-experienced app development company. The reason behind hiring experts is that they have a proper system of executing each and every step involved in app development process.
Make sure that you go through their portfolio and clientele before hiring them for your project. It will be good that you hire someone who is known for designing fully-functional, error-free, feature-rich and easy to use apps that not only fulfill your requirement but also fit into your budget too.
Ask for references
To determine whether the app developer is truthful about its previous projects it will be a good that you ask for the references of their previous clients or employers. To a get feel about the type of work they do you can contact their previous clients and inquire about the developer’s performance. It will give you a complete idea about the capabilities of the developer which you will be hiring for your project.
What about the API Capabilities?
You will also want to know if the app developer is familiar with and has used the Apple’s and the Android’s API. There are tonnes of ways by which a developer can use these API’s to enhance the functioning of an app. You can ask your developer if the app can be integrated with some of API’s. It will be good that you hire an experienced developer who possesses good knowledge about the API integration work.
What do they know about design guideline laid out by the Android and Apple?
Apple is known for their strict design guidelines, and they reject all those apps which don’t pass their design tests. The reason iOS apps are famous for their elegant design, and simple functions are because of the strict design guidelines laid out by the Apple. But in the case of the Android, they are a bit lenient in their design tests and they accept almost all types of apps.
Nothing could be worse than paying for the app development only to have the app rejected. Make sure the developer is aware of all the guidelines written by these two major app stores of the mobile industry.
How will they be testing the app?
Usually, the freelance developers opt for software like TestFlight to locate any bugs and errors in the app. Whereas, the development firms have software like GitHub which is a highly professional software used for app testing. Additionally, it will be totally worth it to opt for QA services before releasing the app on the app stores, so inquire whether your development team has the expertise in that too.
What all do they know about IDE Tools?
There are several IDE (Integrated Development Environment) tools that all the developers are familiar with and will be using too. The developer which you will hire should be able to explain the benefits of using these tools in the app development process. Be aware of the developers who are not using these tools, because without these tools, you cannot detect the security issues and bugs which will hinder the functionality of your application. Makes sure your developer is using these tools because finding vulnerabilities & bugs at the end of the process will elongate the entire app development process.
Do they have any idea about making money from the app?
If your goal is to make money with the app, then it is essential that you must hire someone who has real expertise in infusing money making features in the app. You can opt for pay-per-download revenue, or you can provide a free app that comes with an integration of subscription services, display ads, or in-app purchases. Be certain that the developer correctly explains to you how they will going to build these features into an app.
Will they add any special features in the app?
Apps that consist of unique features grab more attention and buzz. So before you begin with app development process, it will be good that you have a clear picture about the unique features which you will be going to add in your app. Things like social media sharing, GPS based check-ins, coupons or some 3D augmented reality features which will give a boost to the popularity of your app. Look out for the developers who have expertise in adding innovative features in the app.
How to deal with the ownership or contract?
If you are hiring someone for an app development, this means that you will be the rightful owner of the finished product, the app design, the source code and the entire content mentioned in the app. Be sure about the ownership matter. It will be good that you have a written agreement about the ownership details, deadline parameters and the cost penalties if the deadlines will not be met. You can also seek services of a lawyer while writing down the agreement.
So what will be the overall costs?
There are so many variables involved in the hiring of an app developer. If you are planning to outsource the app development project, then you can easily get this project done at affordable prices. And if you are hiring someone from the native land then this project may cost you a little over your budget. You can take help of internet in finding the affordable app developer for your project.
Article by Victoria Brinsley