No-code tools: platforms that help you build full web and mobile apps without writing a single line of code (or low-code options).
Think drag-and-drop approaches where you can place content blocks and buttons to design pages as you please.
Now, you might think, ah yeah but no serious startup actually uses that stuff…
…but in terms of venture capital funding, Dividend raised $365M, Petal raised $300M, Lattice raised $49M, Comet raised $13M.
And all of them did so with either a product or website built on a no-code platform.
Some of the most popular tools I’ve seen in this space are:
Bubble: No-code tool that lets you build SaaS platforms, marketplaces and CRMs without code
Webflow: Build professional, custom websites in a completely visual canvas.
Notion: Customisable workspace tool combining team wikis, tasks, project management, notes & docs.
Zapier: Automated workflow tool that allows you to connect apps to share info between them.
Carrd: Simple, free, fully responsive one-page sites for pretty much anything.
Heck, even the Earlywork website I just whipped up one evening on Google Sites for free without any code.
Cenario has a dope article which covers 21 different no-code tools you can use for just about anything (except maybe finding the inherent meaning of life), but if you’ve seen any other cool no-code tools, chuck us a cheeky comment below:
A caveat: no-code platforms ultimately rely on a finite set of templates & building blocks and do not offer the same degree of customisability as building something from scratch.
Depending upon the technical complexity / desired customisability of your product, you may find that down the line, it makes more sense to code something instead.
Still, no-code tools are a fantastic way to get started and test out your ideas in the market (and they’re continuing to get better and better).
Now, knowing what no-code tools are out there is one thing, but using them comes with its own learning curve.