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Appzio App Designer Platform

Apps. Where would phones be without them? From news to games, weather to currency or size conversion charts, are an intrinsic part of or life these days. They're as important to a business now as setting up a website was in the early 2000s.

But, according to , some apps can cost thousands of dollars to develop. Plus the process takes months, and professional coders' time is not cheap. That puts apps beyond the reach of many entrepreneurs as well as those novice who just want to experiment and see what happens with an idea they have.

The answer lies in the same solution that revolutionized the web. Blogging and web design packages like Blogger and WordPress helped anyone and everyone become a webmaster of their own domain and brought costs down to affordable levels. In the world of app development, Appzio hopes to achieve the same aim, allowing development of a native app in hours or days rather than months. The platform does not use coding so it should be open to anyone who wants to design an app.

Yes, it's true. It looks like bedroom-based games designers are back! Only this time, instead of writing games for the Spectrum or C64, they are using platforms like Appzio to build effective native apps on many different subjects for Android and iOS.

Google's new algorithm change penalizes websites which do not run well on mobiles. One way around this might be for an affected company to build an app, if their product suits it. After all, I've seen apps for car hire, travel booking, taxi cabs, freelance work, activity groups, yoga and meditation over the last year since getting my first Android phone. The chances are that there are apps for most things these days, because the market is far wider than back in the 80s.

A platform like Appzio is ideal for someone who is just starting out with coding, or who is a bit of a techy and fancies putting a simple game or useful app out there. Apps have to be constantly updated to keep up with technological tweaks, and with a platform there is no hunting around through lines of code to make a small change. Many apps these days are free, so if making bug fixes is quick and easy, that will help the user friendliness of the app as well as saving the developer time and trouble too.

Apps built on platforms are the way to go these days. If you want to break into development, can you afford to be left behind?

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melody23 wrote on April 30, 2015, 2:01 PM

Its a really good idea, the same way blogging platforms are. I am quite technically minded when it comes to actually working a computer/phone/tablet or whatever but I have no idea how to do code or anything like that, if I had a business this would probably be the route I would need to go down as I would have no idea how to do it myself.

WordChazer wrote on April 30, 2015, 2:04 PM

My husband certainly thinks he's going to give it a try as he's not much cop at coding but is g33k + pr0ud; ... I'll just stick to writing about other people's good ideas, I think. That said, even Blogger can be a right time sink on occasions!

MegL wrote on April 30, 2015, 3:35 PM

I would love to have a go at this but no time at the present. Maybe in a few months' time.

cmoneyspinner wrote on April 30, 2015, 3:43 PM

All I know is if there wasn't something in apps, Mark Zuckerberg would not have purchased WhatsApp. Good post! :)

WordChazer wrote on April 30, 2015, 5:39 PM

Let me know if you do - my husband will be interested to hear, for sure.