3 Mistakes First Time Bubble App Developers Make
As more no-code builders emerge to pave the way for just about anybody to build their own software, there too is a rise in the number of apps being built – not all of which can be considered gems.
What makes no-code tools great is their ability to allow non-professional software developers to create an app for their business or personal use. However, it’s also become why there are a lot of poorly built ones mixed in with the high-value apps in the market.
A lot of the apps you find have low ratings and a rave of angry users complaining about loading time taking forever, endless errors, and poorly thought functionalities, among countless other critical feedback.
To be fair, there are no strict templates for the perfect app since its evaluation is heavily weighed depending on what the app is set out to do and how useful it is to its users. So, it all comes down to some key details.
Fortunately, we can learn from the many mistakes of those who came before us. So here we list down the three mistakes newbies with the Bubble app you can avoid on your first build!
Because Bubble offers app-building on a silver platter, it’s tempting to jump right into it and wing the whole process. But, there’s more to creating a high-value app than dragging and dropping any and every feature you can get your hands on. Piling up your features high doesn’t make your app better.
So to avoid getting sucked into the black hole of creating your app, it’s best to anchor yourself to a purpose.
- What do you want your app to do for your users?
- What is the key feature that’ll make your app stand out from the ones already out in the market?
- What do you plan your app to offer at present? In the future?
These are some examples of questions you can ask yourself before even dragging features into your build.
Having a sturdy perception of what you want is a crucial point to start from to avoid the non-essentials and focus on achieving your goal for your app.
Part of planning is to also plot key elements in your Bubble-powered apps such as an architecture of solutions, a site map, a table or diagram of your workflows and their functions, a database of the tables and fields you applied, and an agile board for all the phases, versions and tasks of your build.
All of these put together can be an invaluable asset in your end product to make it cohesive, focused, and best of all — useful.
Overloading with Features
As I mentioned previously, Bubble supports many features, functions, and plugins. Naturally, most newbie developers get enchanted by these cool functionalities and might want to stuff it all in their app.
The key to a great app, though, isn’t measured by how many features you can cram into one project. A well-thought design that can do all it promised to do — and do it well, is what matters the most.
Picking premium features or multi-tasking ones is the first step. Since every feature comes with added weight to your build/app, having one too many can drop your loading speed to a crawl — and no one waits for a slow page to open. One of the reasons that users uninstall apps is how slow it takes to get the job done. So the goal is to find a balance between function and speed.
Your edge is finding one or two key functions to be the cornerstone of your service that you can do VERY well and deliver better than the competition and you’re set to go!
Closing your ears to feedback
Because you think you have a better understanding of your own brand and your app goals, you might think you’re the ultimate expert in deciding what your app should and shouldn’t have.
To bring value to your consumers with your app, the first thing to consider is usability. It has to be user-friendly so that even first-time users can navigate without needing help. Having an intuitive and simple interface can increase screen time and traffic.
A great user experience is your make or break in app building. And who best to tell you what works and what doesn’t but the users themselves.
Sometimes, even with meticulous planning things just don’t go as you expect them to go. Therefore, listening to your users can tell you a great deal about what makes your app valuable and what can be stripped out.
The world that no-code app builders like have opened for average Joes and Janes have made creating your own apps easy enough without needing prior coding experience or know-how. Which makes it great for kickstarting companies, small business owners, and aspiring app developers to get into the digital market without breaking the bank.
What’s more is that as a growing community, experienced Bubble app developers can always lend a helping hand to neophytes who’ve only just started exploring the endless possibilities. Moreover, trustworthy no-code building agencies are always at arm’s length for those who need a holistic service that includes planning, creating, and maintaining a high-performing app.
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