Some Critical Questions to Ask When Going To Hire Mobile Developer

Handheld devices like smartphones and tablets are getting momentum with the increased inputs of technological innovations. Therefore, businesses are going to acquire their mobile presence through custom mobile app development for various purposes including access their products, rate and review it, get incentives like coupon, etc.

Thus, we all businesses have to find out suitable mobile developer according to our needs and the more intricate our needs, tougher the job of sort out suitable mobile application programmer. Today I would like to discuss some helping tips in order to get right mobile app developer in form of some critical questions that need to ask when we are going to hire mobile application developer for our bespoken needs.

Question #1:

Do you have previous experiences in this niche? If yes, show concrete examples.

We should ask this question at first instant because when we hire mobile app developer without prior experiences in our business niche or mobile app category we would have bad experiences and unwanted consequences at the end of the day.

Each niche or mobile app category needs solid understanding of businesses belong to those niches and complete ideas of practical coding that can lead to a successful and viable product output. If their app is available on respective mobile market place that directly indicates their success of uploading product and gives you clue that, what much downloading they have acquired. Therefore, always ask about the live links of their app examples on market places like Apple store for iOS developers and Google Play for Android programmers.

Question #2:

Where are your testimonials or list of past clients with contacts to access them for their opinions?

It is true that simply have an app uploaded on app store is not guarantee of the most fit candidate for you. Therefore, you have to dig them further by asking references and cross checking them would give you complete insights of the behaviour of your hire mobile app programmer with their patrons in past and present.

  • You can ask about their reliability, responsiveness to the queries of their clienteles and reporting responses.
  • You can get clue that how your hire mobile application developer would proved cost-effective for your custom mobile app development project.
  • You also can get clue about their coding standards and supports during guarantee period as well as in future maintenance or updates of app in marketplaces.
  • If you are going to hire mobile developers as a team, you should ask about the nature of collaboration they are forming, as well as what sort of collaborative environment they would have in order to bring creativity.
  • You should ask about their work ethics and punctuality in time line keep in particular so you can get your product in the market, on time, and within budget.

Question #3:

What sort of infrastructure available to your hire mobile app developer or a team of mobile developers for your mobile development project?

Unlike web development mobile app programming and designing needs especial equipments, team approaches, and unique working environment to create a successful product. For instance,

  • iOS developers needs Mac, latest versions of iPhone and iPad to test your app
  • Android developers needs tons of various devices with different version of Android OS or should have collaboration with testing labs virtually so you can beat fragmentation issues upfront
  • Good development process and working standards prefer latest project management software and active participation of clients with team. Therefore, your hire mobile app developer or their company should have one PMS and development server to share screens can code with their clients as well as with other developers and designers.
  • Finally, your hire mobile programmers or company should have latest communication facilities to give direct access to your developers and provide all sorts of supports at anytime and from anywhere bases.


Test for Engagement in Mobile Programming—Not Just Usability

Today we are extremely focusing on the user experiences and usability in all sorts of mobile application development or programming projects as developers or as the app owner. If you see the statistics of a web and mobile app development company you will find very few mobile app, which are created from the entire unique and innovative concept, but we have most of apps telling the porting stories behind them.

We Inherit Porting Mentality in Mobile Development

When we are talking about website experiences on the mobile devices, we hardly found entire mobile devoted experiences in our responsive as well as mobile specific websites. Reasons for these are obvious because:

  • We don’t think about the exclusive mobile experiences in sense of its tiny size of screens
  • limited CPU power
  • connectivity problems
  •  low bandwidth connections
  • different sets of hardware components
  • power shortage and limitations, etc. upfront

What we do is mere porting of big desktop website to small or responsive mobile website with lots of pinching, zooming, and scrolling efforts at the end of the end users. We simply remove rigid layouts, Flash like hazardous components, mouse like pointing devices.

Use Cases of Mobile Web and App

What we lack in our thinking is the use cases of mobile at first hand as mobile is used altogether different places, time, and contexts in our life. Against the big sister devices, mobile are enjoying more frequent usage and in hard to imagine situations while on the go. Therefore, pushing the boundaries of our imagination for mobile application or web site usage is must while we are going to design and programming for mobiles.

We Banking of Usability, Not User Engagement

We most of the time thinking to add exceptional features and functionality in our mobile application or website during mobile development process and never try to understand how to keep our visitors or users to engage with our application. In due course, we missing some important facts at our end like:

  • We don’t have enough understanding of the problems of our users so we can’t attract them by offering highly useful products or services through our mobile app/web
  • We bring complexities and slow interactions by adding too many unwanted and less often used features or functionality since the beginning instead, bringing them gradually on the table by periodic updates so users can get familiarity and we can get good feedback of our already added features at initial stage
  • We don’t carry user experience research in-depth during mobile programming or guerrilla research in true manner so we don’t know, which design components, or which content are irrelevant and useless in different contexts. Thus, we spoil the long-term user engagement possibilities through attractive design, useful content, and easy usage of the app or website
  • We don’t have enough knowledge and skills to add latest developments arising in the market in our mobile app development or mobile website programming like high connectivity capability through hardware and software. Security measures prevailing most in the market with a desire success rate. Mobile hardware and third-party attachment/sensors to aid your users with low investment. Offering personal experiences by empowering our users through modern designing and coding technologies like real-time updates using cloud services, GPS services, and much more

Balance between Mobile and Web

Yes, many times we don’t know how to balance between mobile and web app user experiences. We should have enough research that where our mobile application will work and where not so we can create alternate web application to mitigate the gaps and encourage our users to use our services wherever and whenever they are available through any possible device.


Heading towards Device Agnosticism by Responsive Web Designing Part 2

As we have absorbed some ideas and some insights about responsive web designing in Part 1, now we are going to think about the device agnosticism for responsive designing.

Time to Think Beyond Desktop-Laptop Traffic

Generally, we web designers when say our clients to think of mobile traffic we immediately pull up data from the Google Analytics and tell them that how our and our other clients’ websites are showing an increase in mobile traffic. Furthermore, we put some statistical reports extracted from recent magazines or news on the table that showing how the web/internet access is increasing through mobile devices and number of users steadily increase who use mobile devices solely to access the web.

Problem #1: Less Mobile Traffic

Usually, this trick is working in majority of cases and clients become ready to have mobile first approach in their website designing. However, actual problems start when we have client who has desktop only website and wish to redesign it, but her Google Analytics showing only 3% mobile traffic so how will you convince them to go for mobile first approach.

Problem #2: Cost-Effectiveness

Another problem we face in mobile first approach is the costing of creating mobile specific website. Suppose we are going to create website dedicated to smartphones or tablets we have to create content, layout, and support for various platform separately for them than the desktop or laptop website. This increases the overall costing as well as increased time and resources for it. This ultimately leads to compare the return over the investment on mobile first approach.

Suppose we think of responsive website designing at this stage we have solutions of many costing and other problems at first hand, but time and resources consumption are remain intact there. Beside these, there are other problems with responsive web designing, but we will discuss them later on.

Problem #3: Fragmentation

On mobile first approach, we have biggest challenge is the fragmentation on the hardware as well as software sides. For instance, our graphics designers have to think of smartphones specific images, their resolutions and their sizes upfront because they are altogether different from the tablet display as well as laptop or large desktop screens.

At other hand, our coders have to pull their hairs to give support to the different browsers and operating system technically. Moreover, Android is bad famous for its device as well as OS version fragmentation. The same is true for iOS platform at some extent since Apple is releasing iPhone and iPad version different in many aspects each year and iOS version support in bonus. Thus, we have to face a very fragmented ecosystem in order to get support from different hardware components through trading off various code and scripts in our responsive website programming.


Heading towards Device Agnosticism by Responsive Web Designing Part 1

In years of 2012 and 2013, we were talking about the handheld devices like smartphone and tablet, but year 2014 is coming with some more awesome innovations in sense of electronic gadgets and communication devices in particular. For instance, Google glasses and Apple watches are coming trends with their own operating systems and bespoken software.

Think Beyond Desktop

Most of these innovations are web enable and have greater chances to display your web presence on them. Therefore, thinking about the mere desktop or laptop devices during initiating a website or web application project for personal or professional uses is thinking backwardness. In fact, we are heading towards multiple size screens and somewhat devices agnostic era where our websites wouldn’t only face the screen size fragmentation, but also hardware and even operating system fragmentation in particular.

In due course, we have limited options if we stick to the fix width or size website designing layouts or only mobile website designing considering some particular mobile devices. We are in fact heading toward device agnosticism where responsive web design is only viable and feasible solution. Let me explain it bit further.

Why We Should Be Responsive Designing Evangelists

Before few years, we had 800X600 screen resolutions on most of the desktops and our websites were performing well with table frame layouts with fixed size and minimum flexibility granted by percentage formulas in coding for height and width. Now, in present days tablelesss web design are ruling the web and CSS3 is the choice for majority of web developers. HTML mark up also becoming advance in many terms and offering awesome tags to access various hardware of different types of devices and integration of multimedia.

Device Preferences Changing

At other hand, the mood and taste of people also changing with pace of time and smartphones and tablets are now in-things and people have great addictions of such mobile devices. Therefore, recent PC market growth is stagnant and mobile devices market is doubling every year. People like to access web at any time and from anywhere even while on the go.

Therefore, addressing our customers or audiences through mobile devices is mandatory for our success. Be it on online or for brick-and-mortar businesses. This is  because our tech-savvy new generation first find out product and shop on their mobile web, and then burn pint of fuel only to reach at shop for final purchase, or order the home delivery without wasting their time further.

Responsive Design Only the Solution

In such, awful scenario missing the mobile presence is a sin at marketing point of view and responsive designing posing cost-effective solutions for all sorts of businesses including e-commerce storefronts. In next part, we will see how, and why, responsive designing solve or present problems and offer better promises for our bright future on the web with device agnosticism.


Helping Hand to Newbie WordPress Developers Part 4

In last part 3, we have seen how we accomplish data transfer using phpMyAdmin with the help of cPanel. Now today we will finish this transferring process of WordPress website from development server/local server to live server on the web and finally publish it.

In last part 3, we explored the ways to create new database on live server so now we will see that how we import the database from the local server to live server. Again, this time we will use cPanel in our WordPress web development project on the live server.

Importing Database on Live Server

In cPanel you will find the database section on the dashboard so you simply need to scroll it down and click on phpMyAdmin button/section so you will immediately reach at phpMyAdmin UI interface.

Here you need to click on the database you have created earlier and click on the Import tab located in the top menu. Since database is empty, you won’t find any table in new database. Now, you will on the import page of database and need to select the file button. There you can browse your gipped database file you have securely saved in previous steps.

Once selection of database finished press Go button at bottom portion of the import page of phpMyAdmin. This action will trigger importing process for your WordPress database during your WordPress programming process.

Fix the WordPress Website URL

You may have notice that the website URL during WordPress development process on local server was beginning with IP address of your PC or local server you have setup during the installation process of WordPress source at initial stage.

Since we are going to live, we need to remove those additional numbers and characters from the URL and make it standard URL on the web so anyone can access it and remember it. Therefore, you have to look up your phpMyAdmin where wp_options table is located in database.

If we change our database prefix from default ‘wp’ to ‘custom text’ we can setup standard URL easily. In order to accomplish this step you have to click on ‘Browse’ button located adjoining to the wp_options table. Now under the field ‘options_name check where is ‘siteurl’ button is located and click the ‘Edit’ field icon situated at the far left of the begging of the row.

This action allows you to edit field through pop up a new window where you have to put input value for ‘option_value’ field. Since you have already have local URL begins with localhost name you have to carefully enter the new site URL you have obtained from the web or your hosting provider.

Publishing Website on Live Server

Before publishing website on live server you have to fix the miscellaneous errors prompting while checking the site such as:

  • You have to fix establishing database connection errors
  • Fix the missing images warnings
  • Fix the broken links  using the Velvet Blue WordPress plugin or alike something. Instead of that you can use SQL query to solve above problems.

You can updating path and broken links through phpMyAdmin where SQL button is located on the top menu where you can write your queries and should not forget to correct the URL from local to live.