If you've always wanted to create a mobile app but didn't know where to start, Launch This Year can help you get started. The website is like an interactive workbook and toolkit that takes you from idea to launching your app in the iTunes App Store or on Google Play.
Each week, Launch This Year will add new steps to help you plan your app and stay on track to launching it in 2013. Right now the first steps are identifying what problem your app is going to solve, creating a description and basic app details, and setting up a landing page for your app. Future steps and instructions include making an app icon and sketching screenshots.
While the site doesn't promise to teach you how to code an iOS or Android app, it does offer skill-building tools and lots of helpful information for learning things like how to come up with a great mobile app idea, designing your app's icon, marketing your app and more. You can also use Launch This Year to quickly create and host your app's landing page, which you can easily theme and add photos and other basics to.
Created by app discovery platform ooomf, Launch This Year is backed by Startup Weekend, Tech Stars and the Application Developers Alliance. Exclusive paid features are also coming, but the site is free to join and start using.
Launch This Year is in invite-only right now, but the first 3000 Lifehacker readers can get a jump start by entering the code lifehacker at the site linked below. If one of your resolutions for 2013 is to launch an app, there's no time like the present to get started!
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