Complete lifecycle management to ship quality software

Apps go through various phases during the development lifecycle, and managing their states across the app lifecycle is essential for delivering software excellence. With Zoho Creator's lifecycle management features, you can seamlessly manage the development of your apps from conception to deployment.

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Complete lifecycle management to ship quality software
  • End-to-end lifecycle management
  • Validate changes before deployment
  • Test better

Apps that change form constantly

Lifecycle management is essential because of:

  • Changing requirements

    During the software development life cycle (SDLC), requirements can change constantly. These then necessitate changes to your apps and solutions.

  • Prototype iterations

    The development team will iterate upon the prototype throughout the SDLC. Developers add, modify, and delete features to ensure they can ship quality software.

  • Feedback-based modifications

    Stakeholders will continuously provide feedback on the deliverables. To smoothly incorporate these changes, the proper mechanisms need to be in place. Enter lifecycle management.

See how you can manage the lifecycle of your apps

Get a glimpse of the capabilities of Zoho Creator's lifecycle management features in this short video.

See how you can manage the lifecycle of your apps

Develop better, test better, deploy better

Zoho Creator offers the following phases of lifecycle management to ensure you can effectively manage changes to your apps.

  • Development

    Build your apps in this phase. Make modifications to them, add enhancements, and improve upon previous product iterations.

  • Stage

    Transition the changes made in the development phase to the staging phase. In this phase, you can approve/iterate changes made to your apps. Testers can also evaluate the changes made.

  • Production

    Deploy your tested, validated apps to your users.

Everything you need to monitor your apps from start to finish

The comprehensive lifecycle management features offered by Zoho Creator allow you to manage your apps from ideation to deployment. This feature allows you to implement continuous development and deployment, greatly assisting your developers.

Track changes and publish as versions

Track changes made to your apps as version numbers in two ways: major version numbers (for critical changes) and minor version numbers (for small changes). You can granularly select which version of your app you want to publish.

Track changes and publish as versions

Deploy apps with dependencies easily

You might have entities that reference and are dependent on other apps. While publishing, this feature allows you to select the dependent apps along with the related modifications automatically.

Deploy apps with dependencies easily

Schedule publishing

You can publish the changes to your apps immediately, or schedule them to deploy to production at a set time.

Schedule publishing

Validate before publishing

The validation status page warns you about data loss before publishing. Before deploying your changes, you can view possible data loss caused by forms and fields deleted during development.

Validate before publishing

View errors during publishing

The publish status on the environment page shows you details, in case of any errors, upon publishing.

View errors during publishing

Prevent data corruption

When publishing changes made to your apps, the live mode of those apps are locked. This is to prevent data corruption during publishing.

Prevent data corruption

Trace bugs

The version history feature allows you to trace bugs in your apps sequentially.

Trace bugs

Test user permissions efficiently

Using the Demo Users feature, you can test out the features and flows specific to the privileges of your users. This feature provides a drop-down which allows you to instantly switch between your organization's different types of users. You don't need to separately log in as each type of user to validate their access rights for the features and flows.

Test user permissions efficiently

Alert users about changes

Configure email alerts to notify users about changes made to your apps.

Alert users about changes

The definitive solution for managing your apps' lifecycle

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I control the notifications sent to stakeholders?

With Zoho Creator's lifecycle management features, you can granularly control how your developers receive notifications. Add/delete which users will receive notifications, or even disable notifications for all users.

Can I test user permissions without logging in as different users?

The Demo Users feature allows you to quickly switch users using a simple drop-down interface.

How does the Schedule Publish feature work?

Using the Schedule Publish feature, you configure deployment to happen at a time of your choosing. Your changes will be published to production at this stipulated time automatically.

What happens when one or more developers work on the same component simultaneously in the development environment? Will it be blocked?

No. The person who modified the component last will be treated as the change owner while publishing the changes from development to stage.

Can I publish the changes from development to production directly?

No. The changes always have to go through development, stage, and production.

Can I edit the stage/production app directly?

No. You can edit the app only in the development environment. Only then can you publish to stage, and then to production.