Browse our list of tools and resources to get you on the fast track to building your income from mobile apps, and leaving the 9-5 grind behind.
First, a quick list of tools I reference in our Mobile App Building 101 page:
Build Your Platform:
- Use Bluehost to to host your own app promo page. Why Bluehost?
Apple iOS Resources:
- Test your iOS App: TestFlight
- Apple App Distribution Guide (PDF)
- iOS Developer Program
- iTunes Connect
- Swift Overview
- Stanford University: Developing iOS 8 Apps with Swift (iTunes)
- Learn to Code iOS Apps with Swift Tutorial 1: Welcome to Programming
Below are some additional tools that can come in very handy, depending on where you are in your app publishing process.
|Hybrid App Platforms|
|MIT App Inventor
The MIT Center for Mobile Learning supports this tool after Google decided to drop it from Google Labs at the end of 2011. This might be the best tool to prove out an idea for an app before taking it to the next level.
Note: We love the fact that MIT is really using this App Inventor platform to foster creativity among non-technical users, and empower communities that would not otherwise have the ability to create mobile apps. Bravo!
This free platform lets people of all skill levels create Android apps. The app can be based on several different forms of content, including web, video channels, and radio programs. This is strictly to create Android apps. They provide an API for more advanced users.
|Conduit Mobile App Maker
The folks at Conduit provide a very simple tool that lets you create simple mobile apps with no coding required. Their Create -> Manage -> Publish approach simplifies the process and even allows you to easily integrate mobile services such as click-to-call, location-aware maps, and social networking. We have no relationship with Conduit, but we’ve seen their service in action and it’s intriguing enough to include here. We’d love to hear your feedback.
|Find Mobile App Developers|
|Affordable Development (NEW!)
A newer yet trusted mobile development company with an impressive portfolio of published apps, Affordable Dev is a great option when you need a development team, not just a developer. The benefit of using a firm rather than an individual app developer is that you don’t have to worry about that one person getting sick or delaying things for some reason. While I have not used Affordable Dev myself (yet), I added them to this page after hearing very positive feedback on them from multiple people.
AppBooker is specifically designed to help you find individual mobile app developers and mobile development agencies. You can search for candidates by mobile platform (iOS, Android, Windows, Blackberry, Symbian, or even Palm), geographic location, and budget. I hope this site does well because of the way it caters more specifically to the mobile app industry.
If you want to outsource your mobile app development, ODesk is a very popular site to use. You can find all sorts of developers from around the world, often at a very affordable rate. My suggestion is to post your project first, with strict requirements to weed out those who are not qualified.
eLance is another outsourcing site that provides profiles of developers, designers, writers, virtual assistants, and several other categories of talent. Again, be sure to set a high bar for applicants to your job, and definitely review their portfolio of apps from their profile.
|Make Websites Mobile Friendly|
|Drupal Themes for Mobile
If you are using Drupal, this resource lists some excellent, mobile-friendly Drupal themes, many of which are based on HTML5. Specifically, we have seen great results with the Zen, AdaptiveTheme, and CorkedScrewer themes.
|DudaMobile Mobile Website Builder|
DudaMobile is one of the most intuitive and effective tools I’ve seen to turn your existing website into a very nice looking mobile site. You can also create a mobile website quickly using one of their templates. It is a paid service, and it’s easy to see why. Before you buy, check it out first by using their free preview tool. Let us know what you think!
|Mobile Themes for WordPress.com Blogs
If you have a blog hosted on WordPress.com, this page explains what your visitors will see when viewing your site from a mobile device, and what WordPress.com themes you should use to change that mobile view.
W3layouts provides a wide offering of free website templates, including a slick collection of mobile friendly templates. At the time of this writing, they have 258 mobile friendly website templates. W3layouts is an initiative of Agile Information Technologies, and also offers paid services (let us know if you try them!).
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