How to create city and tourism apps ?
Written by Marie Pireddu on
On top of their pocket-format, a Travel app provide valuable information so that the user can plan his travel arrangements, places to visit, what to do in a particular place or situation, etc.
You may have already wondered about how to make an app, and thought it would be a hard process. However, with this guide you are just one step away from creating an app for the travel enthusiast, accessible across devices, using GoodBarber.
Just one information before we get started, being a free spirit, my City Muse for the day will be Portland.
But of course, you are free to apply all the tips you'll find here to any city, region or location.
1. Choose a Theme for your Tourism app
2. Build your Tourism app Home Screen
3.Build your Navigation Menu of your app
4. Add Content to your Tourism app
5 - Design your Launch Screen and App Icon
6. Test and publish your Tourism app
Your travel app is now ready! But before sharing it with the world, you need to carry out a series of tests to check if everything is running as you've planned. You’ll need to test all versions of the app that you’re planning to publish (native iOS, native Android, PWA, etc.), using different OS and different browsers as well.
GoodBarber provides a test app you can use to run preliminary checks on your app. The most optimal way to test your app, however, is through its AdHoc version, which is the actual file of the app that will be submitted to the stores that you can download onto and run on your device.
Other options are available: For native iOS apps, there is a specific tool provided by Apple: TestFlight. It allows testing your app before it goes online on the App Store. Android offers alternatives to Testflight.
Once you’re satisfied with the results of your tests, you can move on to the next step: publishing your app
Publishing an app can be a complex and slightly overwhelming process, starting with the mandatory step of registering as a developer on both Android and iOS platforms. The Apple developer account is $99/year. The Google Publisher account consists of a one-time fee of $25. Keep in mind that Apple requires the owner of the content in the app to match the owner of the developer account, so if you publish multiple iOS apps for different projects, each will need to have its own individual developer account.
The process of submitting an app to the App Store is slightly complex and requires thorough preparation. Apple reviews each app before approving them for release. Before you submit your app for review, you will need to provide a collection of information (Icon, app preview/ screenshots) and metadata (the name of your app, its category, a detailed description, and additional keywords for ASO). The review process can take a few days, Apple will notify you by email when your app is public.
Luckily, publishing a Progressive Web App is a lot simpler. Hosting is included with your GoodBarber subscription.