Our digital agency was tasked with developing a mobile application for a small business client that provided online shopping services through their WordPress website. The client wanted the mobile application to be available on both iOS and Android platforms, and they had a limited budget for the project. We had to come up with a solution that would fit within the client’s budget while also providing a seamless user experience.
After researching and exploring various options, we decided to use Flutter to develop the mobile application. Flutter is a framework developed by Google that allows developers to create cross-platform applications for both iOS and Android using a single codebase.
Using Flutter allowed us to save time and development costs since we didn’t have to develop separate codebases for iOS and Android. Additionally, Flutter provides a fast development cycle and high-quality user interfaces, which helped to speed up the development process and deliver the project within the client’s timeline.
One of the main challenges we faced was how to integrate the mobile application with the client’s existing WordPress website. The client had a large database of products, and they wanted the mobile application to sync seamlessly with their website’s data. We decided to use the WordPress API to integrate the mobile application with the website.
Using the WordPress API, we were able to retrieve product information and other data from the website’s database and display it within the mobile application. This integration not only saved the client a lot of development costs but also made it easier for them to manage their products and content since they only had to update their website, and the mobile application would automatically sync with the changes.
Another challenge we faced was how to provide a seamless user experience for both iOS and Android users. Since both platforms have their design patterns and guidelines, we had to ensure that the mobile application’s design was consistent and intuitive across both platforms. To solve this problem, we developed a custom design system that adhered to both iOS and Android design guidelines. This allowed us to create a design system that provided a seamless user experience for both platforms while still maintaining consistency and brand identity.
In conclusion, we successfully developed a mobile application for our client using Flutter and integrated it with their WordPress website using the WordPress API. This integration not only saved the client a lot of development costs, but it also made it easier for them to manage their products and content across both platforms. The use of a custom design system also provided a seamless user experience for both iOS and Android users, which helped to increase user engagement and retention. By using the Flutter framework and integrating the mobile application with the WordPress website, we were able to deliver a high-quality product within the client’s budget and timeline.