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Convert a website to a mobile app: All you need to know (Part – I)

Navigating the digital world and the advancements which take place in it at a breakneck speed is not an easy task. The speed of innovation in the tech world means that by the time a technology becomes mainstream, unless it evolves, it is already on its way to becoming obsolete. If you’ve just gotten used and comfortable with managing your website by yourself, here’s a harsh truth: unless you get an app for your website, you risk becoming obsolete. Here’s everything you need to know about converting your website into a mobile app:

Why do I need a mobile app for my website?

There has been an unmistakable rise in the importance of mobiles in the last decade. It is believed that as smartphones become cheaper and the internet becomes more accessible, more individuals will be using the mobile to do the activities they have been so far doing on their desktop/laptop: shop online, consume news, engage with multimedia content, and use social media. E-commerce, the biggest thing of the last decade, is making way for m-commerce, and having a mobile app for your website is only the first step to be future-ready.

What are the different ways to convert a website to mobile app?

There are broadly three ways to convert a website to a mobile app. One, you hire a team, or at the very least two, experts in app designing and app development. You give them information regarding your website, and they bring your app to life. This is the most time-consuming, laborious, and expensive method. Two, simply look for a free DIY app builder online, and build your own app from scratch using drag and drop tools. This will give you absolute control but rob you of the opportunity to build a feature-rich, engaging, and dynamic app. As they say, there’s nothing called a free lunch! Three, you avail the services of an expert app builder, like AppMySite, and get experts to design and deliver your app within a week for a nominal fee.

How do I decide which option to go for?

Your decision will be based on three factors: your budget, the complexity of the app desired, and how quickly you need the app. As you might expect, free DIY app builders that are available by the dozen offer limit functionalities and your app will lack the sophistication and expertise it needs to become popular. If time limitations and budget constraints aren’t holding you back, hire a team of app designers and developers and get them to build your app. They will take months, and create an app just the way you like it. However, if you want your app to be delivered within a week, and still have the same level of sophistication and expertise in your app, at a fraction of the price – get in touch with AppMySite.

What types of apps are there?

From a user-perspective, you need different versions of the same app for iOS, Android, and other operating systems. Depending on who your audience is, building iOS and Android apps should be more than enough. Even starting out with one of these is good enough. From a technical-perspective, there are three kinds of apps, broadly speaking. First, native apps are built from the grounds-up. The apps made for specific operating systems, mentioned above, are native apps. They are the most complex, but the also the most responsive, dynamic, and offer the most functionalities. Second, hybrid apps, which work with all operating systems are built using common platforms. Last, there are web apps, which are simply responsive versions of websites.

Another perspective is to classify apps according to the purpose they serve, but that’s akin to types of businesses or websites.

That’s not all! Check out the Part- II of the convert website to mobile app: All you need to know series.

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