A custom app costs somewhere between 10,000 and 200,000 euros. Every choice you make affects the price. If you want to get a realistic picture of the costs, you need to know exactly what you are going to build. Some functionalities cost thousands of euros, which makes a difference.
In order to make a fair assessment, it is very important to have insight into all matters related to development and maintenance. These are often the costs that are not immediately discussed.
10 things that can have a big impact on the budget:
1. The platforms.
Do you want an app for Apple iOS, Google Android, Windows, web or a combination thereof? Is your app for mobile or also for tablets? Each platform requires specific knowledge and has its own peculiarities. One-to-one copying doesn’t work with native apps. The more platforms and special devices, the more development time is needed. Is an app halfway ready and you want to make a change? Then it has to be done separately on each platform. You can save time and money if you start with one platform (for example iOS) and the other only starts after the first one is completely ready, which can then be developed properly in one go.
2. Apps Design Digital marketing company
Google and Apple have developed the functional design guidelines . Design is a matter of taste. Functional design is a matter of ease of use. The best and most used apps are designed for function and use many standard elements. Do you have your own idea about what the app should look like? Then keep in mind that a custom design instead of a more functional design is more complicated to build. In fact, you don’t have to adjust elements of the functional design for every screen size. You often have to adjust design elements manually for each device. Read more about mobile apps’ design here .
3. Server part.
Do you want to send messages or push notifications to the app users? Do you want to have an overview of who uses your app? Do you want a personalized login for your users? Then you need a server part – also called a backend . This means that you can take certain actions from the app, view certain data and that the data of your users is stored on the server. In order to manage it all easily, you also need a certain interface . Unless, of course, you only want to see zeros and ones.
4. User Profiles.
Do you want your customers to have a different profile than suppliers? And that your employees can do more in the app than your customers? Then you need different user profiles for certain types of users . Each user profile means a new workflow Each user profile may have slightly different functionalities and minor adjustments or additions. In addition, the more user profiles you have, the more time it takes to test whether all flows are working properly.
5. Complexity of Business Logic .
The basis of any app is a clear logic. If you want to optimize complex processes with an app, you have several scenarios in the app that you have to take into account. You have to process every exception, addition or adjustment in the flow. Technology knows no exceptions, we have to record and program everything. That is why it is important to take enough time in the preliminary phase to properly work out the app blueprint. That will save you development time later.
6. Number of functionalities and its complexity .
Fewer functionalities are easier to develop. It’s not quite true ! What you as a user find simple can be very difficult to program. The trick is always to make complex functionality very easy for the user. Take a chat function as an example. For most users, it seems to be very simple! But when you start to dive into that with the programmers, you realize that it consists of dozens of options . Nothing is obvious! Other examples of this are push notifications, display of personalized content or payments.
7. Integration with other software .
Does the app need to be integrated with other software? For example, with an existing database or CRM system? It is certainly possible! However, to perform a good integration, an extra layer of software has to be programmed. It is often not possible to apply the “plug – socket” principle. Hence, extra programming work has to be done to ensure that the two systems communicate well with each other.
8. Hardware Links .
You have a smart device and you want the data to be retrieved from the device with an app. An app must be able to connect to the device and retrieve the data. Again, you have to build (and test) so that it works in various circumstances. For example, is the device located in the area with poor or no coverage? Then it is an extra task to ensure that the app also works properly in these circumstances.