At COG Digital we take the development of applications serious. With all in-house experts, we carefully plan our app development from start to finish.
Step 1: Pre-Development
Firstly before beginning the app development process, it is important to have:
- An understanding of your target market,
- Early stage wireframes that demonstrate the visual architecture of your app, and
- A dedicated project budget.
Step 2: Project Scoping
It’s always important to conduct several consultations with the development team in order to properly scope the project and outline expectations. COG Digital work collaborative with you to help determine whether the project should be charged on a time-based model or for a flat fee.
Step 3: Wireframing
A quick definition of Wireframing, “Wireframing refers to the visual architecture of the app; what will go on each page and how it all links together.” Wireframing is essentially the app’s blueprint, which allows the app development team to understand and interpret exactly what you’re after. Wireframing is crucial for visualising and outlining the app and its functionality.
Step 4: Design
When the wireframing is complete, we look at the design. COG Digital work collaboratively with COG Design. Our Design team are fully equipped to help design your app in-house. Designing the user interface is crucial for engaging and navigating app users. At COG Digital we get our designers to create interactive app mockups. These help to demonstrate what the app will look like and how it will function.
This step is where important design elements such as logos, colours, styling and fonts will be implemented and expanded upon. By the end of this step, your app should be aesthetically pleasing and functional. Both our teams in COG Design and COG Digital will actively seek feedback during this stage on the app’s appearance and usability. This is to ensure that there are no misunderstandings before app development commences.
Step 5: App Development
In this step, COG Digital’s app development team sets up the back-end of the app. We keep you well notified of any progress during this stage. As expert app developers, we understand that any iterations made can increase project costs, so regular communication is essential to manage this.
Step 6: Beta Testing
After our app development team believe they’re close to the projects completion, beta testing (or user testing) can commence. This is when our app developers test the app for functionality, performance and optimisation. Obviously, this is a crucial step in the app development process.
During this stage of development, the app is examined under various conditions to ensure it is bug-free and that users are comfortable with the interface. COG Digital are experts in both Android and iOS app development.
Step 7: App Launch
The app is finally finished, tested and ready to launch! At COG Digital we stress the importance of understanding that publishing an app to the marketplace is a process that may take a couple of weeks. In order to publish and sell the app, developer accounts will need to be created for the respective app marketplace(s). These accounts can be registered as an individual or company and are charged as a yearly fee.
Step 8: Post-Launch
After launching the app, COG Digital work collaborative with you to analyse user feedback. This helps guide us on what updates the app may require as well as ensuring the apps functionality.