i need to convert a website to an app

I have a web site that I want to convert to an app.  www.etraxc.com and www.my-etraxc.com  How do I go about finding someone who would do that for a reasonable amount and what is the typical cost structure for something like this?
Bob SchneiderCo-OwnerAsked:
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
You're looking for someone to steal someone else's intellectual property and make an app of it?  

This web site says it's free, why not just use that?
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Bob SchneiderCo-OwnerAuthor Commented:
Its my intellectual property.  I created the web service and I want an associated app but that is outside of my skill set.
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
"Its my intellectual property."
Fair enough.  I've never used a contracted software development company for a phone application, but this list purports to be both current and rate several.  There are "minimum project costs" as low as $1,000.
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
There are 2 routes to this
1. You get an iOS app which is basically a browser and loads your current website inside the app.  This might cost $500-$1000 and it will depend on how well your current website is truly mobile & iOS friendly.  For a cursory glance at www.my-etraxc.com it is not particularly mobile friendly or responsive and looks very dated.  While you can build an iOS app for probably less than €1000 including the App Store developer license .. you should probably spend a few thousand making the website itself more optimised for mobile devices.  The good news is if you do that with a decent web development company you could build an Android version for only a few hundred $$ also.

2. To develop a NATIVE or HYBRID app which is properly coded for iOS and which is fully stand-alone and interacts with your back-end database via API.  This will easily cost $10,000+++

If you want the app to work when there is no Internet connection you'll have to move towards a NATIVE or HYBRID app .. there are some permutations of Hybrid app which might cost less that a fully coded app but you'll not be looking at much less than $10000.

Some developers in Asia, Eastern Europe will be more competitive in terms of rates than US or European developers but bear in mind communication and I'd only recommend going that route if you are willing to invest time in a very detailed specification and closely project manage the work.
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Bob SchneiderCo-OwnerAuthor Commented:
Thanks to you both.  I will look into these solutions.  Quite honestly I would like to keep the development in the US.  You are correct that the sites are dated...I haven't done much with them in a couple of years but I'mm just not ready to let them go yet.  I don't want to continue to develop the sites unless there is an upside down the road in terms of greater use.  Can you please tell me more about option #1?  I would convert it to bootstrap if that is what it took to pursue this option.

Finally, is there anyone that would invest in a project like this?
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
Bob

Yes bootstrap would be great to make the overall UI very mobile friendly and much more easily app-ified.
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Bob SchneiderCo-OwnerAuthor Commented:
It is my sense that, while a truly mobile site has many of the advantages of an app, from a perception standpoint, there is a chasm between the two.  Thoughts?
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Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
What you gain from an app is a UI look and feel that's consistent with the other apps on the device.  And maybe a unique icon.  As noted, you can also get local storage, if that's important to your application.
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Eoin OSullivanConsultantCommented:
There are loads of hybrid and web apps that look and function very similarly to native. It’s all down to your requirements. I’d not rule anything out until you have a much more detailed specification and list of requirements for such an app.
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