Appy Pie is the next best thing if you do not have a developer to make you an app
Are you an entrepreneur who has an awesome idea for an app but do not know how to build one? Or do you not have the funds yet to hire a developer to build your app? These problems are very common, so I looked around to see if there was a solution to these problems, and what I found was a platform for you to develop and design an app for a monthly fee. The platform is called Appy Pie. Appy Pie claims that it is ‘the leader in the mobile app bandwagon that allows everyone to transform their app ideas into reality, without any technical knowledge. You can simply drag and drop the features and create an advanced Windows, Android, or iOS application for mobiles and smartphones, as easy as pie.’ I have yet to use this service, but it seems like a great way to start if you have an idea for an app but do not have a developer team or do not have the money to pay a developer or UI designer. I did some research to find out more about it and this is what I found out.
The Appy Pie pricing seems reasonable. You can try Appy Pie for free for 14 days without providing payment information. Once the 14 days are up, you can decide if you want to use it and start paying for one of the plans. The website claims that you can use Appy Pie’s App Builder on the free plan to develop and test your application for your personal, non-commercial use. Whether you are working on the next big app or a breakthrough solution for your business, Appy Pie says that it will give you all the tools you need to succeed.
Here is a breakdown of the plans offered for Small Business Owners.
Basic – $36 per month
With the Basic plan you get an ad-free experience with the Windows and Android platform support, unlimited bandwidth and hosting, 5000 push notifications a month, Google Play store distribution for your app, you can go live under your developer account, have access to app analytics and Google Analytics, earn money through advertising, and have a customer support email for your app.
Gold – $72 per month
With the Gold plan you get an ad-free experience and support for Windows, Android and iOS platforms, unlimited bandwidth and hosting, 10,000 push notifications a month, both Google Play and Apple store distribution for your app, you can go live under your developer account, have access to app analytics and Google Analytics, earn money through advertising, and have a customer support email and chat for your app.
Platinum – $120 per month
With the Platinum plan you get an ad-free experience and support for Windows, Android, and iOS platforms, unlimited bandwidth and hosting, 25,000 push notifications a month, both Google Play and Apple store distribution for your app, you can go live under your developer account, have access to app analytics and Google Analytics, earn money through advertising, and have a customer support email and chat for your app. The biggest difference with this plan is that you get to remove the Appy Pie branding, so you have your own white label app.
I looked at the reviews on Trustpilot and found out that the most significant two issues for users when using Appy Pie is sometimes there are bugs (meaning when you want to get something done, sometimes there might be something making it harder to accomplish due to their backend coding and design) and the designs can be a bit outdated, but otherwise customers have been overall pleased with it. In fact, Appy Pie received a score of 9.7 out of 10 with a total of 1859 reviews on Trustpilot.
If you choose to use Appy Pie or a similar platform to build your app, I recommend at least working with a UX Designer, so they can test your app with real users to see if it is working well enough to meet the potential user needs. User experience is a big thing these days. Most companies, big or small, have a UX Designer on their team or work with a consultant or agency to help them in this area for app development. This is because of all the many apps people download, there are usually only up to five apps people actually use on a daily basis. Another reason for this is that if your users cannot use the app easily, they will just stop using it and find something easier to use. Also, keep in mind that the Apple App Store charges a $99 annual developer fee and Google Play charges a one-time fee of $25.
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Disclaimer: I am an affiliate of Appy Pie, but all of my opinions are true without bias in the above article. If you use any of the links and do purchase a plan, I will earn 15% of the payment plan you choose. Thank you in advance.