3 Ingredients of Creating a Great App

Ah.. we’re in 2016. Creating an app has never been quicker + easier than now!

If you have about US$5k and access to a good app developer, you can create an app.

At the same time, creating just an app does not matter much: In 2008, just creating an app was enough but today it would be half-witted to expect that.

Now, people have enough experiences to differentiate between an ordinary app and a great app.

People have good options to get their things done. More than one option in most cases.

When people did not have options, creating an ordinary app worked well. Not anymore.

Imagine that you’re traveling in a desert and you’re extremely thirsty:

You are halfway and you do not have a drop of water in your water bottle. You have been 
searching for a water source but you haven't found one yet.

A group of villege-men passes by and you ask them if they can offer you a glass of water.

They want to charge $500 for a glass of non-purified water which has sand particles.

You pay them and drink water.

What if you're in your hometown with abundance of purifie water at your disposal?

You ignore villege-men's offer, don't you?

In the App World, users have an abundance of purified water :). They’ll ignore you if you offer them dirty water. An ordinary app is like dirty water; a great app is like purified!

Here are the 3 Ingredients of Creating a Great App

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I reiterate – the below 3 are the ingredients of creating a great app:

  1. Attention to UX: Attention to UX will make the app more relevant to the user.
  2. Continuous testing: Continuous testing will instill the right habits for your app success.
  3. Measuring the right metrics: Measuring the right metrics will tell you how you’re doing against your app success goals.

A great app is made with users in mind, tested continuously and measured against the right goals.

A great app also means that the life of people associated with creating or consuming the app will be great. Users want it so their needs are fulfilled. Since users use it more, founders make more $$$, and since startup and its founders make more money, the programmers get to spend a lot of time on the hacktivities that make them happy :).

Great App = Great Life: for Founders; for Programmers; for Users! #startups #ux Click To Tweet

If you learn to make an app great, you learn to better your life. This is no exaggeration!

How to Create a Great App

The process of making an app great is the process of making anything great: may it be a strategy, customer service, organization management, personal leadership, writing skill, or a relationship!

The reason it is so difficult to focus on these 3 important ingredients is that it requires you to acknowledge that your original execution was imperfect.

#Startup world is looking for ppl who continuously work(hard or smart or whatever)to make it work! Click To Tweet

Is unconditional commitment to continuous improvement a part of your startup vision?

If not, it is going to be more difficult. If yes, you have an edge. Leverage it!

Is Your Website Mobile Friendly?

Mobile Friendly website…? Is there an option NOT to have a mobile friendly website these days?

Non-mobile-friendly website means drop in organic search traffic.

You cannot afford it, can you?

When you search Google from your cell-phone, Google will show you a markup that says if the site is Mobile Friendly or not.

From a mobile device, search for your own site and if you’re not seeing the tag called ‘Mobile Friendly’ around your site’s listing, it means your website developers have some work to do.

Here’s how to quickly find out if your site is Mobile Friendly or not:

  1. Open your mobile phone’s web browser
  2. Go to google.com and search site:yourdomain.com
  3. Check if the Mobile Friendly tag is displayed around the web pages that are returned in the search result

Google also offers a utility as a part of webmaster tools which you can use to find out if Google considers your site mobile friendly. It would be good to run it against all the pages of your website.

“Responsive Website Design is the answer,” you will say. But that’s not enough.

Have your site responsive for sure but check its performance for usability also. If your site uses Videos then ensure that they are embedded using a mobile-friendly way.

Best mobile friendly website is not just responsive but offers best usability and user experience.

Hubspot’s website grader is a great tool that will help you find out lot of improvement possibilities about your website. If you haven’t checked it yet, it’s worth your time.

Another tool to determine speed of page loading is Google’s PageSpeed tool. It can be accessed by following this link.

Force Google Chrome to Remember Input Fields No Matter What

When you use Google Chrome to browse the web and log into a website or a blog, your life becomes easier.

When you visit the site for the first time, Google Chrome prompts to remember input fields such as username and password and upon acceptance, Google Chrome saves the input field values internally.

Next time onwards whenever you log into the site, it will automatically fill the username and password fields for you.

You don’t have to remember the usernames and passwords for 100 different sites that you visit. You get to what matters to you in no time.

It’s a huge timesaver.

However, some websites such as Payment Gateway sites through which you perform financial transactions, restrict Google Chrome to remember the username and password fields.

For example, when I use PayPal to pay my bills, I don’t get my Chrome to remember its field values.

Same is the case with some bank’s website and other payment gateways such as Stripe.

Good security, ah?

Well, this is my personal laptop, which is locked with login password which only I know. I don’t need this level of security to pay a just $100 bill. All I need is that I should be able to quickly fill the form, pay my bills and move on to next important task.

Google Chrome Remember Password Extension

Enter Remember Password, an interesting Chrome Extension which forces the Chrome browser to remember passwords even if the site has disabled the feature.

The extension is from CtrlQ and was released in April 2014.

Some people have reported that it didn’t work with their needs but still, I’d say it is a good concept and I hope to see it evolve further.

Worth checking out!