Make your own app with these DIY services

These three make-your-own-app services will help your business go mobile in no time.

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I’m a big fan of its last real step, which lets you design your sections. Each page has a few different layouts you can choose from, so you’re not stuck with a generic Twitter feed or a list of articles. In Appy Pie and Como, the page layouts are fairly rigid, which means that some pages will inevitably end up looking very cookie-cutter. The last two steps after section design in GoodBarber just involve editing your splash screen and app icon.

You can try out GoodBarber’s service for free for 30 days before you’re required to upgrade to a paid plan. GoodBarber offers three tiers: Standard, Full, and Advanced. The Standard plan, which starts at $16 per month, is extremely limited—this plan doesn’t let you add any original content, which means you can’t have an about page, contact forms, or basically anything that you’ve created. What you can have is an RSS feed, a website, and social media accounts—so your app will essentially be a hub for users to find your content elsewhere on the web.

The Full plan, which starts at $32 per month, gets you everything you need, including original content. You have access to all of GoodBarber’s functionality: Android and iOS support, unlimited push notifications, advanced analytics, and the ability to add internal or third-party ad networks to your app. The Advanced plan, which starts at $48 per month, gets you just a few extras on top of the Full plan—namely, tablet support (adaptive design) and API access. You can purchase API access on the Standard and Full plans for an extra $4 per month.

goodbarber dashboard with app preview

And, of course, you can preview what your GoodBarber-based app will look like as you build it. 

If you’re willing to pay a little more per month, GoodBarber’s apps can really step up your game. You will spend more time creating your app with this service, but you’ll also have more tools—including a robust library of fonts and stock photos, as well as a built-in CMS—at your fingertips with which to do so.

Go forth, and be mobile

If you’re still on the fence about which service to try, you can try all of them—and more. Most DIY app building services offer a free trial or a limited free account. While you won’t be able to submit your app to the App Store for free (though you should still be able to test it out on your own device), you will be able to get an idea of what your app will look like before you commit to a monthly hosting fee.

Oh, and one other note—these monthly fees do not include the cost of an Apple Developer account, which will set you back $99 per year. While AppyPie, Como, and GoodBarber will submit your apps to both the App Store and Google Play for “free,” they’ll only do so if you provide them with your developer information (a Google Play developer account is $25, one-time).

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