Planning to develop your own Mobile App? You will absolutely love the fact you found this guide. Whether you do it all on your own or hire an app development company, app deployment can be an absolute pain. Especially if you don’t plan ahead from the start for a deployment strategy, things ought to be really tricky later on. Things are needed in place before the users can install/use your app, the umbrella term for it is app deployment, we will tell you all about it below.
So, what is app deployment?
App deployment is in simple terms the installation of an app in an operating environment that the user is going to use it on. Do not confuse it with releasing an app, as that is simply making it available on a platform, to be downloaded. Deployment means when you have the package customized to be installed on a system of your choice. App developers must take care of all packages within the app and integrate them for a smooth deployment.
The approaches towards app deployment.
So, there are a lot of things to take care of while deploying the app. Mostly, there are two separate ways and approaches to app deployment. One is the automated approach which takes care of quite a lot of things on its own, and the manual approach where you have to take care of things manually. Since app deployment requires you to integrate a lot of packages, doing things manually may be a stretch, but the automated options aren’t all that great for truly custom-built apps.
Now that we know the approaches and what app deployment is, we can now focus on best practices for app deployment.
1. Keep a check that operations and development teams are on the same page.
Since app deployment takes a heavy toll on all components of the app, that too integrated together, things may start to get out of hands really quick. Ensure that the operations team and development team are particularly clear about the app components. Managing a project is a difficult task, and may seem so even more prominent, as soon as you start the deployment.
Things need to be perfect, because post-release, things will get dirty if a lot of updates are needed. A working build is a must for you to grasp any market, and a synchronized team or an app development company will help to achieve it much more easily.
2. Versioning and patching.
It is completely natural to have a few errors or mixed functionalities after the initial release. But have too many, and you are going to be in big trouble. Even the automated deployment system will have trouble if you patch too many things in a single update. Companies like Facebook release updates to their apps every 2 weeks, and so do other top mobile app development companies.
Plan ahead to ensure too many errors don’t happen, or you will have to go through the trouble of deploying the app again and managing a lot of errors. If this happens, patch the most important things first, and do the insignificant ones later in the stream of versions planned for the coming months.
3. Deployment tracking.
Errors go hand in hand with app development, and complex errors occur when an app is deployed with simple errors. Deployment tracking enables you to keep a copy of the version you released and maintains a log to ensure you will find it in order. There are a lot of advantages to this, the most important obviously being able to place checkpoints.
Work points 2 and 3 hand in hand, and you will never be wasting resources whatsoever, greatly reducing the app deployment time. Minimizing patches and recording the deployments will help you a lot if you ever hit a wall, in which case you can just go back at any build you want.
4. Key performance indicators
This isn’t directly related to the deployment part, but like its name, KPIs are a key point for your app. Without the KPI, you wouldn’t have any data on app usage and user patterns. They are a lot specific to the type of apps, but all of them are essential to you as the developer. One thing to take care of while deploying your app after an update is comparing the KPI to the previous version.
This is essential as you want the KPIs indicating a better performance if it is dropped after a release and deployment, you need to redeploy or check factors which could have affected them. You will save a lot of time while deploying your app if you take care of them from the start.
App deployment revolves around a lot of things, many factors actually. These 4 steps are the ones you should take care of on top priority. They are going to save you a lot of time in the long run, ensuring all your future releases pose minimum deployment time. Hybrid app development is something that requires an intricate eye to details, make sure not to skip that, to carry forward the advantage while deploying your app.
Ensuring these steps being taken care of, you will always be relived of what you deployed, why you deployed, and when you deployed. This will give you an advantage over just deploying your app without looking back, and these steps aren’t going to consume a lot of time.
This approach is also followed by most of the top mobile app development companies including ours, it ensures the total time of market entry remains the same or even lesser in many cases. Follow these steps and deploying your app will be flawless, we wish you luck for all future endeavors.