Before Tapha Ngum got in contact with me around a month ago, I had no idea what app templates were or that they even existed. However, after emailing back and forth with him I learned how they can be effectively used for certain types of apps to help make your development easier and cheaper. So instead of me telling you about it, I wanted to do a quick interview with Tapha to help you learn more about app templates and how they might be able to help you!
Tell me a bit about yourself. Where are you from?
I’m a 22 year old entrepreneur from London, England. I was born and raised here and pretty much have been here all my life. When I was teen I moved to Africa (Senegal and Kenya) for four years and after that I spent a year in Canada (Hamilton, Ontario) to speed up my studies. They were both great experiences and I personally love traveling so getting to live in those countries was a great thing.
Are you an app developer yourself?
When I was about 19, I decided I had had enough of paying developers to make my apps and learned to program myself. A lot has happened between then and now (I’m 22) but I still wouldn’t really consider myself an app developer, even though I did succeed in becoming a programmer and even got a job from it. I spend too much time running other aspects of my business that outsourcing development is the only real way to go.
Why did you decide to start MyAppTemplates?
I started MyAppTemplates after being frustrated with my lack of design skills and and my lack of cash preventing me from releasing an iPhone app. I looked at the WordPress themes market and thought that there was no reason why something similar couldn’t exist for mobile apps.
For those of us new to the idea of “app templates”, can you tell us a little about what they are?
The iPhone app templates are basically two things: The PSDS (the design files of the template) and The Xcode Project. Which is a fully functional app with code, that you can click, use and even submit to the app store. We try hard to make it very easy to use and it is. All you have to do is open up the file and you’re ready to go.
Right now you are currently offering two different app templates on your site. Can you tell me a bit about each template and what type of app each one is for?
Sure, the first template and the one we feature on the homepage is called, ‘Money Social’. It’s a template geared towards the business/social based app category as the name indicates. You could make an app for your local business for example or even one for your website. Those are the kinds of things that it would work for.
The second template is ‘Talking’, this is a pure social, twitter like template. This can be used for a simple social app or even a twitter based API app, like TweetBot.
In my opinion, these apps can have any application that the user sees fit. The ease to which they can be modified makes their applications almost limitless.
Do people have to be able to know how to code iPhone apps to be able to use your templates?
Not at all. All of our templates come with a full working Xcode project that you just pop into Xcode and get started.
But if you cannot code then you can simply use our PSD files and send the xcode project over to a developer who can finish it off. It will be an order of magnitude cheaper to get done than it would be if you were not using a pre-designed template.
Are there any disadvantages to using app templates?
The only disadvantage I can think of with using an iPhone app template is that it may not be exactly what you need for your app. Especially if you’ve got an idea thats very niche. This is easily solved though because our templates are very easily modifiable. The templates are designed to be very modular and allow for painless and unlimited modification.
Are there any apps available that are examples of how your template can be used?
We’ve just launched so not too many of our customers have managed to release their apps yet. We will definitely be putting up a showcase once we get a significant number of them though, so watch this space!
Where do you see your app templates business going in the next few years? Do you ever think you will offer a development service to go along with these templates?
I think that the iPhone app templates business is almost identical to the WordPress themes business, in almost every way. And I think that they will only grow to resemble each other as time goes by. Right now, what you have is a lot of people offering free alternatives to paid offerings in the market, and I think that trend will continue. The only difference is, with the iPhone app template business, the people offering free alternatives are actually really good. This may cause the price of templates to drop and make the business less viable in the long run. But I think that that will only be an opportunity to rethink the business model. I mean, if you look at WooThemes now, what they try to do is offer you many themes for the price of one, then eventually get you to subscribe for access to all of their themes. I think that we’ll see a lot more of that in this market, in future.
I am definitely going to look into making an app using an app template and maybe even do a case study here on the blog about it too. I don’t think that every app idea can be executed with an app template, however there are a lot of templates out there and depending on what your idea is, using a template may save you some money and time in the long run.
To check out some of Tapha’s app templates for sale, make sure to visit MyAppTemplates.com!