Are you wondering about how much does it take to develop a mobile application?
Typically, a traditional mobile app costs a fortune to develop. To develop and deploy an app, the cost starts $10000 and could go up to 1,00,000 or even more. But luckily there are some affordable app developers who will help you to develop & launch your mobile apps at considerably lower prices.
Other than the development cost of a mobile app, there are few other costs that may spring up during the development. However, many people tend to fix their mind on the cost of app development only and are thus caught unawares whenever any hidden cost arises.
In this article, I will explain you some of the common hidden costs during mobile app development. If you are aware of these cots, you can easily set the budget for your mobile apps cost.
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These hidden costs have been divided into 3 major categories.
#1 Functional Services
Under the category of functional services, your apps development cost may increase due to the integration of push notifications, SMS service, administration services or content management services. Let’s talk about these items one by one:
A. Push Notifications
Almost every app out there needs a push notification service. This is because it increases the engagement of users and encourages them to make the desired purchase.
A point to be noted here is that most of the mobile app developers won’t include push notification services in the original quotation of your app development. And when you realise the necessity of these services at a later stage, they may charge you additional money to incorporate push notifications.
So, do make sure that push notification services do not spring up as a hidden cost for you, while its an integral part for the success of any mobile application.
B. SMS Services
Although, it seems quite normal and obvious to incorporate SMS sending features with your mobile application, do make a note that these services require additional cost.
The cost of SMS services may depend on the package that you subscribe with.
C. Admin Services
Administrative service thrives on an accessible, user-friendly and intuitive administrative dashboard.
An intuitive admin section enables you to access your data or update contents without needing to consult the IT department.
Though the cost of this service differs based on different apps, it is usually hard to anticipate. However, they pay off at the end of the day.
Most of the mobile app developers don’t include admin section in their app development proposal. It is therefore essential that you request them to include this amount in your overall app development cost.
D. Content Management Services
Changing & editing the contents on your app is quite essential, which you may need to do frequently. And this can be easily achieved with the help of CMS (content management system) that allows you to manage the content of your app easily.
Again, your app developer may charge you additionally for including CMS services on the backend of your application, if it wasn’t decided initially. So, in order to avoid these extra costs to build your mobile app, you must ensure to include the CMS services in your mobile app design proposal.
#2 Infrastructure Services
Infrastructure services of an app includes its hosting, data storage, and content delivery. Let’s talk about the components of infrastructure services in detail.
A server is the virtual space where an app is hosted. The cost to host an app on both iTunes & Play Store may cost you between $100 to $200 per annum.
B. Data Storage
Other than the app hosting, you also need a server to store all of the data and web services. For this purpose, you may need to signup with a web hosting provider. This could be an additional charges that may cost you between $200 to $2000 per annum.
C. Content Delivery Network (CDN)
A CDN helps to spread contents to apps based on the origin of the server content, the content delivery server and the location of the users. Companies like Akamai, Dyn and Cloudfront, provide CDN services. The CDN charges will depend on your data and the location of your server.
#3 Support Services
Developing a mobile app is not sufficient alone. You will also need to hire a mobile app developer to provide you support and maintain your app and server regularly. These services include but are not limited to app updates, bug fixing and maintenance.
A. App Updates (iOS & Android)
Every now and then, iTunes & Play Store get upgraded or updated due to which your app may also require an update. The cost to update your apps depend on the complexity of the work involved. A professional mobile app developer may charge you somewhere $50 per hour.
B. Bug Fixing
Your users may report some bugs or errors on your application when they start using it. So you will have to hire an app developer to fix those bugs for which they may charge you $50 per hour.
Most of the app development companies and developers provide a 6 months warranty. So if the bugs and errors have arouse within the warranty period, you don’t need to pay anything for fixing those bugs.
C. Maintenance Cost
Be it a website or an mobile app, you need to maintain it regularly. In the maintenance package of your mobile app, you may get services like app version upgradations, bug fixing, implementing add-ons & making iterations.
Usually, when you hire a mobile app developer for your app maintenance, you don’t need to pay them additionally for bug fixing and updating your apps for iTunes & Play Store, as I mentioned above.
However the cost to maintain your app may start from $10,000 a month and could go higher depending upon the complexity of your application.
Before you enter into a contract with your app developer to build your application, you must check all of the above points so that you can have mention everything in black & white before you proceed to develop your app. These small but significant checks will avoid future surprises that may spring up as hidden charges.