Gone are the days when you needed to know how to code to build exceptional websites. The rise of no-code/low-code tools can help to make the digital web or mobile app delivery process faster and bring the equivalent of application development power across businesses without having to write code.
How do these No-code and Low-code tools work?
Users with minimal to no knowledge of these tools or website development can use these no-code/low-code platforms with easy drag-and-drop features. These platforms also empower and further increase efficiency of experienced developers.
Since most of the tools come with different features, we have a list of some great no-code/low-code website builders for your next project.
Webflow is a hardcore website builder which lets users build and helps launch responsive websites without coding. If you are someone who prioritizes customization and wants to build a website from scratch, Webflow is a powerful tool that gives users the ability to manage micro-interactions.
Webflow is our favorite tool among the lot, and easily one of the best website builders.
Pros of using Webflow:
Extremely flexible for developers to create websites
Highly customizable templates
Good CMS support for managing images and text
Supports building an eCommerce store
Free resources for learning
Widely adopted in the industry and growing very fast
Cons of using Webflow:
Not a non-coder-friendly tool
Requires basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, JS and how programming best practices need to be implemented
Difficult to create animations specifically if a user doesn't have a basic understanding of elements
Ease of use of Webflow:
A good tool to use if you have a basic understanding of HTML, and CSS. Additionally, a lot of support documentation is required if someone is new to HTML, and CSS. It's pretty powerful, but is development driven, and doesn't beat the 'zero code policy' though follows better web standards and best practices.
Visit our blog to learn more about the no-code/low-code automation apps for Webflow.
Bubble is a powerful no-code visual programming and programming platform for creating digital experiences and products. It helps build an application with a drag-and-drop feature and also serves as the platform that hosts the application.
Pros of using Bubble:
Drag-and-drop interface improves the development speed
Free resources for learning
Can build a fully-functional web app without any coding
Cons of using Bubble:
Less control over code and data
More optimized to build web apps than design-heavy websites
Better to build complex apps like social networks through traditional means
Ease of use of Bubble:
While Bubble is geared towards both coders and non-coders, because of it’s ease-in-use, it appeals more to non-coders who have no/minimal knowledge of web development.
Squarespace is an easy and streamlined web development platform with around 60 templates and 50 content blocks. Although this platform doesn’t require any knowledge of coding, custom development may be required to add certain functionalities.
Pros of using Squarespace:
Around 50 Content Blocks are available
Extensive SEO and analytics tools are available
Around 60 great looking templates available with customization options
Cons of using Squarespace:
No autosave (have to manually save all changes while editing)
Access to site code is only available on the Business Plan
No white label resources
The tools and options are hidden from the initial view and require starting with a template
Ease of use of Squarespace:
Squarespace is a very user-friendly platform that provides a drag-and-drop feature and templates ready for immediate use. It is the easiest one on this list to get started with.
Ever heard of Wix? Editor X is part of Wix.com Ltd. It is a low-code website builder which is geared toward advanced and professional developers and designers. It provides functionality to conceptualize and build fully functional, comprehensive, and responsive websites.
Pros of using Editor X:
Possibility of customization
Allows adding CSS
Can integrate third-party plugins
Cons of using Editor X:
Might be difficult to use for new users
Available only in English
Ease of use of Editor X:
Editor X is simpler than Webflow, so it’s better for beginners who don't have time to learn complicated features. But if you're looking for more customizations and options, Webflow is the better option - it has more design capabilities and the editor is easier to use.
WordPress is an open-source low-code website development and content management platform. Open source means the code is free to use, modify and host. It powers both the backend and frontend of the website. Starting as a platform to create blogs, WordPress now powers around 40% of the total websites used today.Being open-source, it allows more flexibility and extensibility, is highly configurable and supported by a huge base of plugins.
Pros of using Wordpress:
Most widely used and popular CMS software
Strong SEO support
Less expensive than platforms like Wix / Squarespace
Availability of Multi-site plugin
Cons of using Wordpress:
Development knowledge needed to create custom templates
Not as user-friendly for non-coders
There could be security issues with some third-party plugins
Ease of use of Wordpress:
WordPress can become a bit overwhelming for first-time users and non-coders at first. However, its resource site can help you find your way around.
Many website builders are section based, have limited capabilities, and don’t provide complete freedom of movement. These tools and platforms might help with website development but working with an expert team of digital product developers can help you execute it faster and efficiently.
If you are someone who needs help with building unique and complex web applications, we invite you to explore our services.