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12 No Code Tools For Beginners To Try Today

Start here if you're a beginner to no-code

If you're new to no-code, it can be overwhelming when deciding how to get started.

While there are hundreds of tools to choose from based on the type of project you want to build, here are 12 no-code tools that are perfect to try out if you're a beginner.

1. Glide

No-code mobile app builder


Pricing

  • Free basic plan with the glideapp.io domain, Glide branding, public sign in, and limited data storage
  • $32/month - $40/month (+$2/private user) for custom domains, up to 25,000 data rows, no Glide branding, lower transaction fees, private apps, and more features

Benefits of Glide

  • Simple/magical app building experience
  • Build using a Google Sheet, so it’s easy to pick up
  • Constantly improving the product
  • Active community
  • Can build just about any type of app
  • Strong security features

Drawbacks

  • Progressive web app only (can’t be downloaded in app store)
  • Can’t offer in-app purchases
  • Somewhat limited in design
  • Users can use your app in desktop mode, but Glide app's user interface works better on mobile than desktop currently
  • No push notifications (can get around this with Zapier for email/texts)

What you can build with Glide

  • MVP versions of mobile apps like Tinder and Zillow
  • Apps with user accounts and complex logic

What you can't build with Glide

  • Desktop web apps (check out Bubble)
  • Publish your app to the app store (check out Adalo)
  • Apps that require connection to an API
Learn more about Glide

2. Webflow

No-code website builder

Pricing

  • Free to build with a Webflow domain and limited CMS functionality
  • $12/month - $36/month for custom domains and additional monthly visits and data storage, and additional features like e-commerce

Benefits of Webflow

  • Complete control over all aspects of web design
  • Can build professional-level websites
  • Can export code (CSS/HTML) to host website on your own
  • Great integrations with other no-code tools like Jetboost (advanced search, filtering and more of Webflow site data) and Memberstack (create memberships and hide premium content).
  • The Webflow CMS lets you dynamically create pages or insert content stored in a database of content. A CMS is like a database that holds information about content for your website. Still a bit confused? Learn more about what a CMS is here.
  • Fantastic community
  • Best designer / responsive builder
  • Lots of templates

Drawbacks

  • Slightly higher learning curve
  • Slightly higher cost

What you can build with Webflow

  • Business websites with dynamically created pages via the Webflow CMS
  • Landing pages
  • Membership apps with accounts (a site like No Code MBA)
  • Content sites (like Startup Stash)
  • Custom blogs
  • E-commerce sites
  • Marketplaces where you charge a subscription to access all content

What you can't build with Webflow

  • Web apps with complex logic (check out Glide or Bubble)
  • Marketplaces like Fiverr (check out ShareTribe)
  • Mobile apps (check out Glide or Adalo)
Learn more about Webflow

3. Carrd

No-code website builder


Pricing

  • Free basic plan with the carrd.co domain and up to 3 sites
  • $9/year - $49/year for custom domains and no branding, additional published sites, more data storage and features

Benefits of Carrd

  • Simple to use
  • Great for one page websites
  • Can integrate with Stripe for payments (limited e-commerce functionality)
  • Integrates with platforms like Mailchimp to collect emails
  • Responsive
  • Most affordable website builder (as low as $9/year)

Drawbacks

  • Can’t export code
  • Not as customizable as Webflow
  • No CMS - have to hard code in content or embed an Airtable CMS

What you can build with Carrd

  • Simple websites with full control over design
  • Landing pages
  • Simple e-commerce sites

What you can't build with Carrd

  • Websites with a CMS that dynamically creates pages (check out Webflow)
  • Multi-page websites (check out Webflow or Squarespace)
  • Web apps with complex logic (check out Glide or Bubble)
Learn more about Carrd

4. Squarespace

No-code website builder

Pricing

  • Free trial, but no free version
  • $12/month - $40/month for custom domains and additional features such as e-commerce and subscriptions

Benefits of Squarespace

  • Easy to create beautiful designs
  • Can build multi-page websites
  • Responsive design
  • E-commerce functionality, but more limited than Shopify or Webflow
  • Lots of templates

Drawbacks

  • Don’t have full control over design
  • No CMS, can’t automatically create pages or dynamically insert content the way that Webflow does.

What you can build with Squarespace

  • Business websites
  • Landing pages
  • Custom blogs
  • E-commerce sites

What you can't build with Squarespace

  • Websites with a CMS that dynamically creates pages (check out Webflow)
  • Websites with full control over the design (check out Webflow)
  • Web apps with complex logic (check out Glide or Bubble)
Learn more about Squarespace

5. Canva

No-code designer

Pricing

  • Free to design and collaborate
  • $119.99/year to get premium photos, elements, videos, and templates. Plus get additional features like background remover and magic resize.

Benefits of Canva

  • Super easy-to-use browser based designer
  • Can create marketing materials and web graphics
  • Create presentations
  • Create animations
  • Collaborate with your team while designing

Drawbacks

  • Files are stored in the cloud, so if the website is down you won't be able to access files until the site is live
  • Need to pay for premium features

What you can build with Canva

  • Presentations
  • Advertisements
  • Logos
  • Graphics

What you can't build with Canva

  • Websites
  • Apps
  • Automations
Learn more about Canva

6. Softr

No-code website and web app builder

Pricing

  • Free basic plan with unlimited apps, 1 custom domain, Softr branding, and limited data (200 records from Airtable)
  • $24/month for marketing websites or directory websites with no branding
  • $65/month - $165/month for applications with logins, no branding, more custom domains, memberships, and additional data storage

Benefits of Softr

  • Can build websites and basic web apps (job boards or membership sites) using Airtable as the backend to store your data
  • Easy to use: use responsive building blocks
  • Accept payments
  • Collect data with forms
  • Add your own custom code if needed
  • Integrate with other no-code tools like Zapier and Integromat
  • Many templates

Drawbacks

  • Limited to building blocks (can't customize everything about your site)
  • Can't build more complex logic into web apps (check out Bubble or Glide for more complex logic

What you can build with Softr

  • Static websites
  • Job boards
  • Membership sites with payment
  • Booking platforms (coming soon)

What you can't build with Softr

    More complex web apps
Learn more about Softr

7. Airtable

No-code database and automations


Pricing

  • Free plan with limited data storage
  • $10/month - $20/month per seat for more data storage, automatic table syncing, editing permissions, and more features

Benefits of Airtable

  • Similar to a spreadsheet, but more user-friendly and structured as a relational database
  • Includes add-on apps and automations
  • Templates
  • Many view options (grid, calendar, etc)
  • Collaborative
  • Integrates well with Zapier
  • Great community

Drawbacks

  • Takes time to set up your database
  • Some formulas can be tricky compared to Google Sheets

What you can build with Airtable

  • Internal apps like a CRM or project management tool
  • A database that connects to Webflow
  • Basic automations like posting to Twitter from Airtable

What you can't build with Airtable

    Customer facing apps or websites (check out Glide or Bubble)
Learn more about Airtable

8. Zapier

No-code automations

Pricing

  • Free plan with 100 tasks/month and 5 zaps
  • $19.99/month for 750 tasks/month and 20 zaps, plus multi-step zaps
  • $49/month - $299/month for unlimited zaps and additional advanced features

Benefits of Zapier

  • Easily build automations with thousands of apps
  • Easier to use than Integromat
  • More integrations than Integromat
  • Run automations on triggers

Drawbacks

  • More expensive than Integromat
  • More limited in complexity versus Integromat

What you can build with Zapier

    Automations that connect different apps together

What you can't build with Zapier

    May not be able to connect to the tool you need (though Zapier has more connections than Integromat)
Learn more about Zapier

9. Adalo

No-code app builder

Pricing

  • Free plan with unlimited apps, an Adalo domain and Adalo branding, with up to 50 rows of data
  • $50/month - $200/month for custom domains, publishing to Apple and Google Stores, connecting to external data collections, custom actions, and additional data storage

Benefits of Adalo

  • Can build native apps that can be downloaded in app store
  • Can also build desktop apps
  • In-app purchases
  • Can build just about any app experience
  • Can connect to APIs

Drawbacks

  • Higher learning curve
  • Seems to be going through some growing pains. I’ve noticed published apps run a bit slower than I’d like.

What you can build with Adalo

  • MVP versions of mobile apps like Tinder and Zillow
  • Desktop apps
  • Apps with user accounts and complex logic
  • Complex apps that require API connections
  • Publish apps to the app store
Learn more about Adalo

10. Gumroad

No-code e-commerce

Pricing

  • Free plan to list unlimited products has a 5% transaction fee with Gumroad branding
  • $10/month - $250/month based on number of customers ($10 plan includes up to 1,000 customers) to remove Gumroad branding, add your own CSS, use your own domain, HD streaming, and a lower fee (3.5% + 30 cents per transaction).

Benefits of Gumroad

  • Extremely easy to get started and use
  • Low fees
  • Active community

Drawbacks

    Less features and complexity than Shopify offers for e-commerce

What you can build with Gumroad

  • A simple landing page to collect emails
  • Sell digital products online, with lots of customization in how you can sell
  • Sell a membership
  • Sell physical products

What you can't build with Gumroad

  • A marketplace (check out ShareTribe)
  • A custom web app (check out Glide or Bubble)
Learn more about Gumroad

11. Shopify

No-code e-commerce

Pricing

  • Free 14 day trial, but no free plan
  • $29/month - $299/month for all basic e-commerce features, site hosting, custom domain, and no branding. More expensive plans have lower processing fees, more reporting, and more staff accounts

Benefits of Shopify

  • Market leader for e-commerce
  • Easy to use
  • Shopify app store has thousands of apps for just about any use-case
  • Conversion-optimized checkout
  • Very active community

Drawbacks

    A bit limited for custom design without development work

What you can build with Shopify

  • Robust e-commerce site with custom design
  • Dropship to sell without holding inventory

What you can't build with Shopify

  • A marketplace (check out ShareTribe)
  • A custom web app (check out Glide or Bubble)
Learn more about Shopify

12. Bubble

No-code app builder

Pricing

  • Free basic plan with the bubble.io domain, Bubble branding, limited data storage
  • $25/month - $115/month for custom domains and no branding, scheduled workflows, dev versions, and additional data storage

Benefits of Bubble

  • Powerful web app builder
  • Can build just about any type of web app
  • Can integrate APIs
  • Lots of templates
  • Active community

Drawbacks

  • The designer isn’t great for actual design. Especially responsive design. I’ve heard this is going to be updated soon, which is going to make a big difference
  • Published apps can be slightly slow
Learn more about Bubble

Pricing

  • Free plan with 100 tasks/month and 5 zaps
  • $19.99/month for 750 tasks/month and 20 zaps, plus multi-step zaps
  • $49/month - $299/month for unlimited zaps and additional advanced features

Benefits of Zapier

  • Easily build automations with thousands of apps
  • Easier to use than Integromat
  • More integrations than Integromat
  • Run automations on triggers

Drawbacks

  • More expensive than Integromat
  • More limited in complexity versus Integromat

What you can build with Zapier

    Automations that connect different apps together

What you can't build with Zapier

    May not be able to connect to the tool you need (though Zapier has more connections than Integromat)
Learn more about Zapier

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