Appy Pie Review – It provides a simple, straightforward interface that makes app creation easy and fun

For many businesses, an app can serve as a great tool for winning customers and improving office productivity. But having an app custom created means paying a team of developers thousands of dollars with minimal control over the final product.

Appy Pie promises to make creating an app as “easy as pie,” allowing professionals to create apps using a drag-and-drop interface. This Appy Pie review looks at the options these mobile app development solution gives businesses in creating a great app.

Appy Pie Review – About the Company

Created in 2013, Appy Pie is a quickly-growing company that specializes in enabling users to create apps for iOS, Android, Blackberry, and Windows operating systems. Within its first month of release, more than 850 apps were created using Appy Pie and that number is growing every month. Not only is the app used to help businesses create their own apps, Appy Pie is seeing a growing number of apps created by businesses for businesses using its reseller program.

Main Functionality of Appy Pie

Appy Pie provides an affordable way for businesses to create apps. For a low monthly fee, users can create an app and submit it to either the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store (or both), with phone support available at each point in the process.

Tools are available for businesses in a variety of industries, including an appointment-scheduling app for salons and medical offices, a menu builder for restaurants, and a code tool to add in custom tools for businesses that have the ability to do so. With built-in app analytics, Appy Pie empowers users to not only develop great apps, but see how customers are reacting to them.

Benefits of Using Appy Pie

In addition to making app creation easy, Appy Pie also integrates with a variety of existing platforms. For restaurants, the tool’s ability to integrate with OpenTable and GrubHub is a huge bonus. Businesses can also integrate their social media sites and blogs.

Thanks to Appy Pie’s reseller program, businesses can make money by creating apps and reselling them to others. This program is especially popular with marketing and technology firms, who are regularly approached to help with app creation. For a fee, Appy Pie will provide its tools to app developers, along with customer support and Amazon Cloud hosting.

The Basics: What Does It Look Like?

The dashboard gives new users a variety of options. At this screen, users can manage existing apps and games, create new apps and games, access account management tools, and view messages.

Appy Pie Dashboard

Choosing “Create New App” takes the user to the app creation tool, where he’s given a variety of options for app types. Selecting one provides a preview in the smartphone screen on the right.

Windows to select the type of app to be created

Using the Restaurant App tool as an example, the user is asked to enter the name of the app and app type.

Creating a restaurant app

A business can upload its own logo and background image or choose from a selection of pre-loaded images.

Select your own images or choose from preloaded ones

Appy Pie then gives users a variety of pages that can be added to the app. About, Contact, Text Page, and Quote are included by default.

Dashboard with default app pages

If a restaurant chooses to create a menu, the app allows the user to add individual items, along with prices.

Interface to add additional pages

Once the app has been created, it’s time to publish it. In addition to the app store of choice, the app will also be submitted to the Appy Pie Marketplace.

Publish App window

Support Information

Support is available via chat, phone, and email, Monday-Friday 10am-8pm EST. Offline support is also available through a knowledgebase and by leaving a message that will receive a response during business hours.

Pricing Information

The free plan includes HTML app design and a free mobile website. For app submission to various app stores, a user will need to upgrade to a $7 per month plan. Reseller plans start at $100 per month for SMBs.

Appy Pie Review – The Bottom Line

For businesses interested in creating an app, Appy Pie provides a simple, straightforward interface that makes app creation easy and fun. With the reseller program, developers can get a headstart on app creation for their clients that can save time and help them earn revenue.

Ratings: ease of use 4/5, features 5/5, value 4/5