What Everyone Ought to Know About Mobile App Development & Maintenance Costs

Once mobile app development is completed, you must take care of the app’s maintenance. You must be thinking; why do you need continuous costs for mobile app maintenance after your app is published.

What’s the Cost of Mobile App Maintenance?

Being an app development agency, MessageMuse is often asked this question about app maintenance costs. Hence, we thought it would be a good idea to elaborate on this topic.

Publishing is not the end of the story. In fact, it is where an app’s journey begins. Once the app is published, developers have to plan for numerous improvements, updates, and fixes.

After the completion of mobile app development cycle, you need to find out the answers to the following question:

  1. What does the app’s maintenance include?
  2. What’s the process of mobile application maintenance?
  3. Who can carry out the maintenance in an efficient manner?

Types of Mobile App Maintenance:

We classify our maintenance services into 3 broad categories:

  • Updates and enhancements
  • Monitoring services
  • Client support and integration services

Besides mobile app development costs, there are the following additions to the overall operating and maintenance expenses:

(i) Hosting – Different hosting services charge differently. For instance, HostGator charges 2.75 dollars per month for providing shared hosting and $5.95 /month for WordPress.

(ii) License Renewal – This is an optional expense. If you have subscribed to paid integrations like video streaming or email service, then you will have to pay for them.

(iii) Marketing – Mobile app marketing is just as important as mobile app development. On average businesses spend nearly $2,500 per year for the app’s marketing.

(iv) Monitoring & Client Support – At this point, you will have to hire a support team.

App Updates & Enhancements:

Now it’s time to discuss bigger maintenance costs.

Most active apps need updates from one to four times a month.

These updates convert the following:

  • New functions
  • Updated content
  • UX/UI customization
  • Design improvements
  • Reviewing and making changes according to the client’s feedback
  • Necessary updates to keep supporting new iOS and Android version
  • Updates for third-party APIs and frameworks

(i) App Monitoring Services:

Maintenance expenses are largely based on the complexity of mobile app development as well as the size and nature of your app. If you have a heavily loaded app, it will need more checks and updates to stay tuned to the complex challenges – some of them are new user requirements and library updates.

  • Hosting
  • Third-party payments
  • Server monitoring
  • App crash monitoring
  • Refactoring or constant code improvements
  • Correcting defects and errors
  • Security reviews for the corporate apps

(ii) Analytics:

  • Feedback monitoring
  • App usage analytics
  • App store management
  • Knowledge management
  • User guide updates

App Support & Integration

Just as you need a team of experts for mobile app development, in the same way you would require a team for most of the support work like integration into corporate infrastructure in the delivery stage. Further, this stage includes the following steps:

  1. Answering user queries
  2. Training programs for the support staff

How to Choose a Team for Maintenance?

If you’re going to hire a team, a good practice is to take the services of the same team who developed the app.

MessageMuse – Mobile App Development& Maintenance Services

This article is brought to you by a digital agency MessageMuse. Offering you not only full-cycle mobile app development services but also after-sale support and maintenance through the help of expert developers and skilled QA engineers.

Why Choose MessageMuse?

  • Quality service
  • On-time support
  • Professional QA engineers
  • Cost-effective app development & maintenance

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