Popular no-code providers include Shopify, Squarespace, Webflow, BigCommerce, and Wix. These platforms provide templates and tools to create a professional-looking ecommerce website without any coding skills.
Many other tools have built-in no-code capabilities.
For example, almost every email marketing platform has some form of visual automation or workflow. Marketers drag or click to add triggers and actions. A business can automate almost everything required to sell products.
Visual automation or workflows in an email marketing platform are effectively no-code development tools. In the ConvertKit example below, a “subscriber” (i.e., a ConvertKit customer) can enter one of three workflows, depending on whether they’re asking about building an audience, monetizing a list, or going pro. Setting up the automation requires no programming knowledge.
Relatively complicated workflows and cross-functional integrations are possible with no-code app development.
Here are a few examples.
Zapier is a no-code development tool for automating tasks between applications and is one of the most recognizable brands in this category.
With Zapier, you can connect your favorite apps and create workflows (called “Zaps”) to get more done in less time.
For example, you could use Zapier to automatically send new leads from a Facebook campaign to an email marketing platform.
performance is a note taking and project management application. Thanks to templates and integrations, it’s an excellent no-code development tool.
Notion is popular because it offers flexibility and power while still being easy to use. Also, like Zapier and others, it integrates well with other applications, making it an excellent choice for companies looking to automate tasks across platforms.
There’s even microeconomics for Notion training and templates. Khe Hy, a productivity consultant, offers Notion training on his website, while YouTuber Thomas Frank creates and offers Notion templates.
bladder is a no-code development platform that allows you to build platforms without coding.
air table is a no-code database application that simplifies the creation and management of complex tables of data.
Together, Bubble and Airtable can create powerful no-code options for businesses.
As with Notion, there is a marketplace for bubble templates.
There are endless possibilities to build with no-code apps – from unique shopping experiences and order management systems to reporting and business administration.
AppSheet by Google is a no-code development platform for building web and mobile applications. To paraphrase the promotional video, you can use AppSheet to create the custom business tool you need to avoid wasting time and searching through out-of-the-box tools that don’t fit the bill.
Not always easy
In a way, no-code tools and platforms democratize development as they allow anyone to create custom apps.
Unfortunately, no-code isn’t always easy. It can be complex, as while it offers flexibility and power, it still requires some technical knowledge from the users, not to mention drag-and-drop skills.
In order to build custom apps or workflows, no-code users need to be comfortable with how the apps they use work together—which requires some trial and error and a bit of a learning curve.
Also, no-code platforms aren’t always perfect. They can be buggy and tend to have fewer integrations than their code-based counterparts.
When no code
Still, no-code app development platforms show promise. They are becoming more and more user-friendly and are likely to become even more powerful and feature-rich.
No-code providers offer a way to build apps for less time and money. The emphasis should be on “less” since no-code is not free. Still, the no-code process can be faster and less expensive initially.