No-Code Apps Are Everywhere – Convenient E-Commerce

No-code apps allow users to create and customize apps without having to write HTML, JavaScript, or any other programming language. No-code “development” uses visual drag-and-drop tools.

Popular no-code vendors include Shopify, Squarespace, Webflow, BigCommerce, and Wix. These platforms provide templates and tools to create a professional-looking e-commerce website without coding knowledge.

Many other tools have built-in no-code capabilities.

For example, almost all email marketing platforms have some form of visual or workflow automation. Marketers swipe or click to add triggers and actions. A business can automate almost anything it needs to sell products.

Visual automation or workflows in an email marketing platform are actually 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 are requesting to build an audience, monetize a list or to turn pro. Setting up automation requires no programming skills.

ConvertKit customers who have questions about building an audience, monetizing a list, or pro, would trigger different workflows.

No-code development

Relatively complicated workflows and cross-functional integrations are possible using no-code application development.

Here are some examples.

Zapier is a no-code development tool for automating tasks between applications and is among the most recognizable brands in the category.

With Zapier, you can connect your favorite apps and create workflows (called “zaps”) to get more done in less time.

For example, you can use Zapier to automatically send new leads from a Facebook campaign to an email marketing platform.

This simple zap sends lead data from Facebook to an email marketing platform.

Notion is a note taking and project management app. Thanks to templates and integrations, it’s a great no-code development tool.

Notion is popular because it offers flexibility and power while being easy to use. Plus, like Zapier and others, it integrates well with other apps, making it a great choice for businesses looking to automate tasks across multiple platforms.

There is even a micro-economy for Notion training and models. Productivity consultant Khe Hy offers Notion training on his website, while YouTuber Thomas Frank creates and offers Notion templates.

Screenshot of a page from Thomas Frank's website

Thomas Frank, who has a large following on YouTube, offers Notion models on his site.

Bubble is a no-code development platform that lets you build platforms without coding.

air table is a no-code database application that makes it easy to create and manage complex data tables.

Used together, Bubble and Airtable can create powerful no-code options for businesses.

Like Notion, there is a market for Bubble templates.

Bubble has a marketplace of templates, plugins, and agencies that can help you build apps without code.

There are endless creative possibilities with no-code apps – from unique shopping experiences and order management systems to reporting and business management.

Application sheet from Google is a no-code development platform for building web and mobile apps. To paraphrase its promotional video, AppSheet lets you create the custom business remedy you need to avoid wasting time sifting through ready-made tools that don’t fit the bill.

Google’s AppSheet is a no-code development platform aimed at helping businesses.

Not always easy

In a sense, no-code tools and platforms democratize development because they allow anyone to build custom apps.

Unfortunately, no-code isn’t always easy. It can be complex because while it offers flexibility and power, it still requires users to have technical knowledge, not to mention drag and drop skills.

To create custom apps or workflows, no-code users need to get familiar 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 not to use a code

Still, no-code app development platforms hold a lot of promise. They are becoming more user-friendly and will likely become even more powerful and feature-rich.

No-code vendors offer a way to build apps for less time and money. Emphasis should be on “less” since no-code is not free. Still, the no-code process can be faster and less expensive upfront.

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