3 Top App Makers to Create Your Own Mobile App

3 Top App Makers to Create Your Own Mobile App

3 Top App Makers to Create Your Own Mobile App

App doesn’t equal App

Most of the app makers that we’ve tested offer two kinds of apps:

HTML5 app is a mobile friendly version of your existing website. It will serve as an addition to your website exclusively for users on Smartphones and Tablet devices.

What most people will be keen on though, is a Native App that users can download on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store (and maybe, just maybe on the Window Phone Store).
A native app will also allow you to send those handy little push messages that hardly anybody knows how to deactivate.

While you can create your own HTML5 app for around $10-20 per month, creating a native app is not gonna be wallet friendly. Most providers will require you to fork out around $40-100 per month to have it listed in the Apple and Android ecosystems.

What we discovered here is an exciting market in its early stages; we expect a lot more to come in the future. For now, these 3 top mobile app makers are our favorites:

GoodBarber – Eye Candy

The app builder with the most interesting name comes from the French island of Corsica and impresses with beautiful themes. What’s more is that they offer some of the most advanced features such as social networking, chat, Geofencing and iBeacons. Get a native Android app from $32 per month. Add a native iOS app to that and it will cost you $96 per month, always including an impressive progressive web app. They show an extensive showcase of apps that have been created with their system.

What we liked: their templates are beautiful and their pricing for native apps is pretty competitive. It also offers a lot of flexibility and cutting-edge features.

Where they should improve: doesn’t have its own online store but you can integrate Amazon, Etsy and Shopify.

Free Trial: www.goodbarber.com


Shoutem – The Apple of App Builders

Founded in 2011, Shoutem offers a very polished product. They have completely updated their platform in the new V5 and it’s a pleasure to use. Their templates are sleek and offer loads of customisation options, so you can get very good looking apps. The features are good too, making them a great choice for Event apps or communities thanks to their Social Wall, where users can share comment and photos.

While it’s not the most expensive provider, it’s not cheap either: pricing starts at $49 (Basic) per month. In order to be able to publish to Apple, you’ll have to at least pick their $79.00 Advanced plan.

They are also opening their code to developers and hope that people will build more extensions and features for them. A few of them are missing at the moment.

What we liked: designs, user experience and templates

What they should improve: hopefully you’ll get a lot more features in the future

Free Trial: www.shoutem.com


Siberian CMS – Open Source App Building

Another app maker made in France, Siberian has two unique features: they give you the full source code of the app, but you must install their platform on your own domain. It’s a small price to pay, because you can create an app completely free!

Of course, they also sell you loads of extra modules, and you can even pay them to install the platform for you (59€). Most of the fees are one-offs, which still makes them very cheap compared to monthly subscription plans. There is also a Multi App Edition that lets you create unlimited apps for 399€ and resellers can pay €799 for a white label offer.

The designs aren’t the most exciting to begin with, but you get tons of customisation options and layouts. And the features are really impressive, including unlimited push notifications, m-commerce and more. This all comes at the price of technical effort, but if you understand basic web hosting, you’ll have no problem getting started with Siberian.

What we liked: you can go rather far with their free version and create a very professional app.

What they should improve: the editor is a bit clunky at times.


Free trial: www.siberiancms.com

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