How to build an E-commerce app
Mobile platforms provide tools for studying and gaining the through-and-through understanding of customer journey. Marketing specialists can finally grasp what influences the decisive moment of making a purchase. All this knowledge is a must for engineering a smooth user experience that wins hearts and minds of prospects while increasing brand's revenue.
Just the ability to access a business and its product through the medium carried in the right back pocket of Levis' is enough to choose it over any other thing present on the market.
Read on if you are still chewing over the need to get a mobile app and try to find out what e-commerce app development consists of.
Let's begin our journey into application creating with a little detour to the requirements for a development of an e-commerce app. Is it really that easy to dive into app making or there are some traps and pitfalls on the way?
Things to take care of:
How is a new application going to guarantee the safety of users' private data? And what mechanisms can be used to prevent it from falling into the hands of cybercriminals?
If you fail to assure users of the absolute safety of their personal info, it creates the risk that app will never get to the top.
Of course, creating a perfect product without any difficulties or bugs is hardly possible. It is necessary to carry out quality assurance tests, receive feedback from customers, regularly release fixed updates and continue to slowly improve the app step by step.
The scalable application can maintain or even improve its efficiency as load continues to increase. Meaning that an average response time, a number of requests proceeded per second and so on would continue to increase by demand proportionally.
It has to be visually attractive and intuitive in use. Remember, users are lazy and impatient. Anyone would get annoyed by a slow app that is hard to figure out.
Offer several payment methods
You wonder what a payment gateway is? In short, it's a connected service that allows charging your customers credit cards while they make purchases online. Usually, such payment gateway is provided either by a bank or a particular financial service provider. Payment gateway acts as a mechanism that connects your application to the acquiring bank by transferring the information back and forth.
What should one pay attention to when deciding on a payment gateway? Take a look at a couple of options you have here.
1. Integrate a gateway API
However, while it is the simplest way for a user, it is not the most safest. The information about credit cards, payment, secret passwords will be stored on your company's servers, so to omit data leakage and fraud you will have to take security precaution measures to comply with Payment Card Industry standards. As far as small or even middle-sized businesses are concerned, this is the least cost-effective solution.
2. Using the services of payment gateway providers like Stripe or Braintree
By integrating any of these payment gateways, the payment information of your customers will be transmitted directly to the payment systems' servers. The only thing on your hands is to fill in their questionnaires.
Brief summary of the e-commerce mobile app development
The perfect team for app creation consists of:
- Project Manager
- UI/UX Designer
- iOS Developer
- Android Developer
- Backend Developer
- Quality Assurance Tester
Key features that need to be implemented in the app on the stage of an MVP are:
- Feed 10 hours (can be more or less depending on the UI's complexity);
- Integrating payment system 40 hours;
- Customer support chat 16 hours;
IDAP provides proper planning for every project we deal with, no matter how big or small it is. Our project managers diligently study your business needs and offer tech solutions to meet them. Especially if you have strict money and time limits.