Creating your own mobile app can be a daunting endeavor. Mobile code is highly complex and differs greatly from the more commonly known web based styles of programming. This leads many companies and people to seek out freelancers or app design shops for help when creating an app, but they are commonly met with lengthy schedules and high price tags.
So is there any way to create mobile apps for yourself or your clients without knowing any mobile code and won’t cost an arm and a leg? And how about a quick turnaround time with complete creative control of the apps?
There is a way to achieve all of this, and the solution is Lume Apps. Using an advanced yet simple software interface, Lume Apps enables its users to quickly and easily creative native mobile apps for both Apple and Android devices.
Let’s walk through how easy it is to create a mobile app using Lume Apps:
Create an Account with Lume Apps
To get started, you will first need to create your account. You simply visit http://lumeapps.com/build-your-app and fill out the following information of your name and email, then select your password and retype your password to verify. Check off to agree to the Lume Apps Terms of Service then hit “SIGN UP” to create your account.
Create and Name Your First App
After creating your account you will be directed to the main Dashboard area, which is where you will create, build and manage your apps. To start your first app, you simply need to click on either the “Add new app” button in the middle of the page or the “Start a new App” button located on the left toolbar (see picture below).
After clicking through with either of these buttons you will be prompted to name your new app. No need to worry if you don’t have the perfect app name just yet, you can always change it later. Once you’ve entered the name click on “Create App” to move on.
Adding Content & Building Pages
You have now entered the App Editor, this is where you will be able to start adding pages and content to your app along with setting up the design and layout for the look of the app.
Start adding some new pages to your app. Simply click on the large “+” symbol that reads “New Page…” at the top of the Editor or hover your mouse over one of the 15 icons in the center of the page under either “Social Engagement”, “Surveys and Contact” or “Miscellaneous” to see a preview layout of the page on the phone on the right hand side.
You will now select the type of app page(s) you would like to add. Your choices include:
- Loyalty Card – create a custom loyalty card feature to gain repeat customers
- Events – share upcoming events and schedules
- Catalog – showcase your products or services using a catalog
- Facebook Feed – add feeds from your Facebook account
- Twitter Feed – add feeds from your Twitter account
- Coupons – create custom coupons and deals for your mobile users
- Photos – add photos from your Facebook, Instagram or Flickr accounts
- Form – create forms to gather contact information, new leads, reservations and more
- About Us – add an About Us section to include phone numbers, contact emails, addresses, website information and more
- Countdown – add a countdown timer for an upcoming special event
- Custom (Blank Page) – create custom pages with tools for adding images, headings, text, videos, lists and quotes
- Blogging Feed – add a feed to your blog
- PDF – upload a PDF file for a menu, flier, form or anything you need
Here are what a few of those options look like when configuring and adding them to your app:
Which pages you add to the app and how you configure them is completely up to you. Use your personal or company-specific details for account information and URL’s. Customize the pages to meet your needs and build something you are proud of, even the app page icons can be changed and selected to fit your style. Add pages and content that make your app valuable to your users and will include features that will make people want to download it.
Now that you have some pages and content in the app, you can change your focus over to the design elements by clicking on the “Design” option on the left hand tool bar. This will take you to the Design panel of the Lume Apps Dashboard. This section will allow you to edit and manage the three main elements of your app appearance: app name, color scheme, and app identity (icon and loading screen images).
All of these elements can be edited in just a few clicks (see picture below):
Preview Your App
Once you have saved your changes to the content and design of your app you can now see a live preview. If you click on the “Preview” option of the left hand toolbar you will be taken to the following page:
The way the Lume Apps previewer works is quite simple:
- Download the Previewer app to the mobile device(s) you would like to see the preview on (iOS or Android)
- Use the Previewer app to either log in to your Lume Apps account or scan the QR code seen in your App Editor
- See a fully functional preview of your app on your mobile device
Build & Publish Your App
Once you approve of your app and have made all of your final adjustments you are ready for the build and submission of your app to the Apple and Google App stores so it can be published live.
Start by clicking on the “Build & Publish” option on the left hand toolbar. Since this will be your first app you will be prompted to sign up for your plan with Lume Apps.
After clicking on the “SIGN UP FOR A PLAN!” button you will be shown the Pricing Plans available for you to choose. The main differences between the plans relates to the amount of apps you can create (a single app or unlimited amount), whether or not you can send push notifications and if they app(s) will be white labeled or branded with “Powered by LumeApps”. Select the plan that best suits your needs:
After selecting a plan you will need to enter your payment information to complete the transaction and move forward to the next step of the process.
After submitting payment you can now access the Build & Publish page. On this page you will have the option to request to use our Full Service Build and Submit or to Build and Submit Yourself one at a time to either Apple or Google. Your first app submissions is FREE with the Full Service Build and Submit solution so simply select that option by clicking on the blue “Request Submission” button and we’ll handle the difficult submission process for you while you sit back and relax.
Click the “Request Submission” button and confirm your request. You will now be taken to a confirmation page stating that our team has received your request.
Your work is now complete; all that is left is the submission steps to be followed by our team and the wait for approval either from the Apple or Google app stores. Once your app has been approved, your users can start to download and install the app and you can start to take advantage of the app’s features to send messages through push notifications, create a new loyalty card program or start accepting reservations and leads through a contact form.
Here at Lume Apps, we have worked to streamline and simplify this process and make it as easy for the user as possible throughout the build process. This frees up your time as the app creator to focus on the branding, design and functionality of your app. These are the areas that allow you to create apps that people will love.
If you have any questions about building your first app with Lume Apps, feel free to give us a call at 1-703-914-0770 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, let’s get started: