The Best No-code Tools for Beginners

Most people have had an idea for an app. The good news is that now anyone can actually turn that idea into reality.

No-code tools are going through a breakout period in 2020 and there are incredible tools available whether you’re trying to build a mobile app, web app or workflow.

Now not all no-code tools are created equal, some are easier to pick up and start using than others.

So, here are a few tools to get started with if you are just beginning your no-code journey.

Carrd

Now if you have ever wanted to create a website but found Wordpress or Squarespace too tricky then you’re going to love Carrd.

Carrd makes creating a fully responsive website as simple as dragging and dropping and with the prebuilt templates you can have one built and live in less than 5 minutes.

If you want to take it one step further then Carrd also lets you add other functionality like buttons, forms, video, audio, widgets and embeds.



Building your first website with some additional functionality? Start with Carrd.

Airtable

Moving away from the ‘front end’ now, Airtable is part spreadsheet, part database and is a no-code makers go to tool with templates for most use cases covering marketing, product and project management.

Where Airtable really shines is its intuitive, powerful functionality and the ability to create multiple views, Grid, Kanban, Calendar and Form views.



With these views people from multiple teams can quickly find and see the information they need and share it easily from right within Airtable.

There are some great video tutorials on how to best use Airtable on their site ranging from beginner to more advanced here.

Combining Airtable with Webflow to create powerful web applications and marketplaces like Unicorn Factory.

To find out more about how Connor Finlayson built and runs Unicorn Factory on his own in 2-3 hours per week check out his presentation from NoCodeConf here.


Zapier

Now this is where things get really interesting. 

Building things with no-code tools often requires connecting two applications together that don’t usually communicate with each other. Zapier enables us to do that through Zaps.


Put simply a Zap helps move info between two applications using triggers and actions. If something happens in App A, do something else in App B.


Head to zapier.com and check out the integrations to see if the apps you use everyday can be connected together. 

Glideapps

If mobile apps are the top of your list of things to build, then building one without code is now an option with Glideapps.

Making a no-code mobile app with Glide now takes 5 minutes and a base level knowledge of Google Sheets to get one built.

Lacking inspiration for your first one, there are plenty of templates to choose from here.



Of all the no-code application builders available today, Glideapps are one of the easiest to pick up and use and the team ship new features every week so you’re apps keep getting better over time!

AdaloHQ

One of my favourite new no-code development tools of recent times, Adalo makes it simple to build full scale web applications and mobile applications.

Like Glide, Adalo also has some great mobile templates to get you started and their builder is very intuitive if you want to build yours from scratch.

Now if you are slightly more technically minded then Adalo gives you the ability to not only power your no-code applications using the data you input into the database collections yourself, but also to connect to external APIs at the same time. 

This allows for extremely powerful applications previously reserved for developers.



The Adalo team like all other teams listed above are very responsive to questions via social so make sure you reach out to them if you get stuck.

Moving onto the intermediate skill level tools.

If you want to take your web building skills a step further, then a dive into Webflow will be next.

Webflow

This is a small step up in learning curve but is still beginner friendly as you don't have to worry about hosting, SEO etc.

Webflow is the number one website builder favoured amongst no-code website makers due the easy to use user interface and in-built Content Management System or CMS. While Webflow may seem daunting, there are some incredible templates which you can grab and customise really easily.

Through the Webflow CMS you are able to dynamically create pages based off of a collection item. By creating a template page for each collection, blog posts, company directory etc you do not have to manually create each page like you have to do in other web builders.

Here is a good video explaining Dynamic Content, the magic behind Webflow.

To get started with Webflow, the no-code makers favourite website builder then take some time and check out the ‘Webflow 101 Crash Course’ here


That is pretty much it for this one, using the tools listed above you can no create your very own no-code application. Without having to learn how to code or spend thousands of pounds.

If you have any questions about the applications above get in contact on twitter @tomosman.