Rated among the top restaurant booking apps, Eatigo serves in five Asian nations, including Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and India. The app has reached 1+ million downloads on the Android market and has become a renowned platform for restaurant reservations.
The Eatigo app is also proving beneficial in managing the business in the Pandemic. Restaurant owners find it helpful to manage the influx of diners as per the social distance and other safety norms of the CORONAvirus.
Our dedicated developers’ team at PixelCrayons– the top mobile app development company in India, had the privilege of creating the fantastic restaurant booking app. As many restaurant owners are trying a hands-on dining app, we think it is essential to guide you with the journey of this successful restaurant booking app.
After all, it is insightful to have a hands-on case study of a dining app everyone loves and cherishes. Without any hither and thither, let us begin the journey of the Eatigo app.
What was the Client Looking for?
The owner wanted to create a one-stop solution for those who love to dine outside. In simple as ABC, I can tell you that the owner was looking for an uber model of restaurant booking.
Just like we book a taxi from the comforts of scrolls and clicks, the enterprise owner wanted to create a restaurant booking app. The vision was to allow booking tables at the local restaurants without having to wait in a queue. The dining app was to enthrall the users in no time with the added discount value and offers.
It might appear simple but creating a high-functioning app that does not take much memory and performs successfully on an uber was a big challenge.
The owner was targeting the developing Asian nations. Citizens in these countries have limited space for installing mobile apps. Thus, the idea was to create an app that functions well without consuming much device space. However, that was not the only issue with this dining app.
Here are the Significant Challenges Faced While Creating the B2C Dining App
There are more than 70 lakhs restaurants in India alone (considering the organized sector only). Imagine the massive amount of data that needs integration over the app combined with four more hotspot tourist destinations (Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and Hongkong).
The work does not stop at uploading the data. It was the start for the passionate developer’s team. The programming team also optimized the database with the local keywords to help users find suitable dining options.
Another significant issue with the restaurant app was creating an advanced booking system compatible with social media connections. The team resolved the problem by integrating the restaurant module into the app.
We also integrated a widget system that allows diners to book restaurants from other websites to enhance the app’s reach. A significant aspect of this app was to ensure a high level of scalability.
We decided to go with PHP along with MySQL for the job. PHP has a market share of 26.2%, as per Statista. The app demand resonated with the PHP features. Its combination with MySQL proved beneficial for uploading and managing an ever-growing database for the enterprise.
Have a Look at Why We Chose PHP & MySQL for the Eatigo Restaurant App
An on-demand booking platform is dynamic inherently. It needs to consistently update the users with the available seats and the booking timings. Any issues or errors with the correct display of data lead to the complete failure of the project.
PHP is a proven excellent choice for creating dynamic apps. However, PHP lacks data storage capabilities for the creation of the app. MySQL is the ultimate solution as it offers secured storage of data.
The automated data retrieving features of MySQL helped us achieve a fast-speed performance for the Eatigo app. Both PHP & My SQL are open-source, leading to a significant level of customization for the restaurant booking app.
The combined choice offered a collaborative environment to the development of the Eatigo app. Hire mobile app developers from PixelCrayons to experience the phenomenal success of your business.
Features We Created for the Eatigo Restaurant Booking App
Sign up & Guest log-in: The mobile app opens up with a polite request asking you to either sign up or skip the process to browse the local restaurants. When you opt for a guest log-in, the app requests you to sign-up while booking a reservation.
Advance search bar: The search bar is at the top of the home screen and lets you find restaurants nearby and search the brand’s name.
Filters for booking the restaurant: Restaurant gets categorized in multiple ways over the Eatigo app. You can find restaurants by brands, locations, themes, cuisines, etc. It is to help diners find compatible choices within three clicks.
Note: When a user requires more than three clicks to find the product and services, the app’s user experience reduces significantly.
Calendar: The booking app has been integrated with a simple calendar to avoid confusion regarding the date and timings of dining. While looking for a date, the app also lets you fill in the number of guests.
Global Positioning System: The app asks for permission to access the location of the user. It helps the user to connect with the restaurants available in the nearby area.
Social Media Sharing: As most of the plans nowadays are discussed over social platforms, including WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, the developer’s team created the social media sharing option of the restaurants for the users.
Favorite Section: This section of the app is to help users stay updated with their favorite restaurant in no time. Users can tap on the heart icon to mark one’s favorite dining place and access it.
Reviews and Ratings: The app allows the users to offer feedback to the restaurants. The feedback section is crucial for any on-demand booking app. We integrated it to enhance the user engagement for the Eatigo app.
Admin Module: The Admin module of the app facilitates handling the integration of new restaurants over the app efficiently.
Achievements of the Eatigo App
The app has attained considerable success in the dining market and is among Asia’s top restaurant reservation apps. You can observe the success of the Eatigo app under the following facts:
- 1Million+ downloads from the Android app store.
- 24K reviews earned over the Android app market.
- 3+ rating out of 5 over the Android market.
- 3K reviews over the iOS store.
Things We Learned from this App Development Project
Creating a high functional app with limited memory space was a challenging experience for us. The combination of PHP & My SQL is a reliable choice for creating such dynamic apps.
As a trusted app development company in India, we felt great delivering this stunning project on time.