Mobile Apps

How expensive is it to convert a website into a mobile app?

Floyd Ngono PMP, ITIL, CSM

September 15th, 2016

I recently released a web version of my application. Two months of beta testing revealed that 90% of our clients use their mobile phones so we are now looking to develop a mobile version. Any idea how much it cost to develop a mobile version of a web application?

Sheeba Duleep Managing Partner

September 15th, 2016

Hi Floyd,

We need to see the website and the mobile requirements, before we can name the cost. If it is a simple application with no native mobile features to be used, we can do it using cross platform development tool Intel XDK, with just some changes to the html. It can then be published as android, iphone and windows app in the respective app stores.

Hope this helps.

Sheeba

K. Robbins Head Moose at Moose WorldWide Digital

September 16th, 2016

I believe what you are saying is that your analytics is reporting a large number of visitors are using mobile devices, but the experience on those devices is less than optimal.

You don't need a mobile application, you need a better web developer.

A proper website is "responsive/adaptive" to three "snap points".  What this means in plain English is that it has a layout for the desktop, the tablet, and a mobile phone.

The only reason to spend money for a mobile application is because you need some feature only an application can support.

HTH

Ken Vermeille Founder

September 15th, 2016

Hi Floyd, excellent question! The easy answer would be to say that it is probably determined by the complexity of your web version. However it is a bit more nuanced than that. How did you build the web application? Did you build an API and then connect that API to a frontend? Also which devices are you targeting? There are a couple of more questions that I'd like to ask to get more clarification about what you're trying to accomplish. If you'd like I can give you an hour of my time and I can answer any questions you may have specifically about your application.

Edward Burdeno National Sales Manager at Ryno Power Inc

September 15th, 2016

It may be a good idea to look into pushing your app through a mobile wrapper for the mean time ionic has a great platform and it is VERY cost effective. Crashlytics helps woth bugs. 

Joren Winge iOS Developer

September 15th, 2016

around 5 - 10k depending on complexity.

John II Entrepreneur - Technologist - Software Architect. The Code Wookie is focused on helping people get the most out of tech.

September 16th, 2016

I always recommend a two stage approach when developing a mobile application. The first phase is to use a cross-platform tool, such as Cordova (which has many forms, including the aforementioned Ionic) or React.js. These tools use web technologies instead of native code for app construction. However, they still give access to the mobile platform features, i.e. GPS, Camera, etc.. This phase will allows you to focus on UX, make adjustments and also develop your API.

Once you have a solid foundation, I recommend going to native apps. You can reduce the cost because your APIs and designs will already be in place so you have a much tighter scope.

Floyd Ngono PMP, ITIL, CSM

September 17th, 2016

Hi Ken. Feel free to reach out at support at calentic.com

Emily Lynch Web Design and Development, Internet Marketing, Entrepreneurial Ideas for startups

September 16th, 2016

The cost of building an app from the pre-existing features and functionality of your website depends on multiple factors like type of app, functionalities of web application,  design, business model you are going to deploy etc. Normal business apps would cost around $38k. If you want a detailed quote. you can chat with us.

Ken Vermeille Founder

September 15th, 2016

Actually Floyd, I did a bunch of research on Calentic, I'd love to talk to you about your product if you have the time. If not, that is completely understandable.