When you design an App from scratch, the better you plan the work to be done the easier the task will be. This will also lead to less rectifications that you will have to do.
It all starts with a good plan. Before you start developing your App, you should know the following things:
- Parts of the App or number of pages
- Content and functionality of each page
- Basic design aspect in which you will wrap the whole App
- Devices it will be used on
- Users you are targeting
Starting by defining these facts will allow you to avoid working in an unorganized way, whether that be development in the wrong environment, inappropriate design, incorrect display or malfunction, possibly leading to unhappy users...
So, once you know what you want to build, how you want to build it and for who you are building it, you can start working.
A good way to start is defining a site map. A site map is basically a scheme which describes the content of, in this case, an App. It also describes the navigability in between each section:
The next step would be to define the content and functionality of each page/section of your App. Before you start putting it all together it's highly recommended that you know which text goes where, if a page needs certain images, backgrounds or not:
Now you know what you are creating and what data you need to put everything together. To make your life easier, prepare a folder to administrate all the content you will be needing for your App, this will save you time along the process: