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Last updated April 4, 2024

The Ultimate No-Code Tool Guide in 2024

Choosing the right no-code tools is overwhelming. In this guide, we break down each tool's benefits, drawbacks, and give our ultimate recommendation on the best tool for what you want to build.
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This guide covers the following areas in the no code space:
Websites
Building websites is a fantastic use-case for no-code. In almost all cases, building basic websites with no-code is a better solution than using code.
Webflow
Most powerful, best for complex websites that have many pages, a CMS (content management system), and design interactions.
Squarespace
A nice balance between easy to use and customizable, but less powerful than Webflow.
Carrd
Best for simple landing pages and websites you can customize. Most affordable website builder.
Umso
Best for building well-designed websites without customization.
Webflow
Used for creating websites.
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Pricing of Webflow
Free to build with a Webflow domain and limited CMS functionality
$14/month - $39/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 of Webflow
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)
Recommendation / Alternatives
Webflow is a versatile tool, which makes it a great option for many types of projects.

For general websites, it's my top pick because it can be fully customized and has a built-in CMS to dynamically create pages (for example, you could create a page for every project in your portfolio automatically). Squarespace is the most similar for general websites - it's easier to use but less powerful.

For basic landing pages, tools like Umso and Carrd are easier to use but also less customizable.

For web apps, Webflow integrates with Memberstack to build paid membership apps. This is great for sites with premium hidden content such as No Code MBA.

For marketplaces, Webflow is great if you charge a subscription to access all content. If you need to handle payments directly to vendors, I'd suggest ShareTribe.

For e-commerce stores, Webflow is a great option if you want to prioritize design over more complex e-commerce functionality. In almost all other cases I'd suggest Shopify as it's easier to use and has a larger app ecosystem and community for e-commerce.

For web apps with more complex logic, I'd recommend Glide or Bubble.
Squarespace
Used for creating websites.
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Pricing of Squarespace
Free trial, but no free version
$16/month - $52/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 of Squarespace
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)
Recommendation / Alternatives
Squarespace is a good option for simple business websites (imagine a 5 page website for a doctor's office). It's a nice sweet spot between easy to use and functional website.

For higher quality websites with more customization and a CMS, I'd go for Webflow. The benefit of Squarespace over Webflow is Squarespace is easier to use.

For simpler websites and landing pages I'd go with Umso or Carrd because they are even easier to use.
Carrd
Used for creating websites.
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Pricing of Carrd
Free 7 day trial - no credit card required
$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 of Carrd
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)
Recommendation / Alternatives
Carrd is best for simple one-page websites. It combines an easy learning curve with high customization. It's perfect for testing out an idea.

Another great option for this use-case is Umso.

You can also use tools like Webflow and Squarespace, but for simple sites those tools may be overkill.
Umso
Used for creating websites.
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Pricing of Umso
Free basic plan for 1 site with an Umso domain
$7/month - $20/month for custom domains and no branding, additional published sites, custom code, stripe checkout, and additional features
Benefits of Umso
Simple to use
Great for one page websites
Lots of templates, so your site looks great with little effort
Drawbacks of Umso
Design isn't very customizable
What you CAN build with Umso
Simple, beautiful websites without full control over design
Landing pages
What you CAN’T build with Umso
A simple website with full control over design (check out 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)
Recommendation / Alternatives
Umso is great for building a good-looking site quickly, even if you have no design sense. It's perfect for creating a landing page or simple website for your business.

Another great options for this use-case is Carrd, but Carrd has a higher learning curve and requires more design talent to make your site look good.

Tools like Webflow and Squarespace can also be used, but I wouldn't recommend them for very simple sites in most cases.
Apps
Using no-code is a great way to build your app's MVP. You'll save $20k+ in developer costs, iterate more quickly, and build in days, not months.
Glide
Simple but powerful. Use a google sheet to build apps. Best for building MVPs and internal apps.
Adalo
Most powerful mobile app builder, but higher learning curve. Use if you need to publish to an app store.
Bubble
Most powerful general app builder, best for desktop web apps.
ShareTribe
Best for building marketplaces.
Softr
Best for building simple web apps with less customization.
Webflow
Combine with Memberstack and Airtable to create simple web apps.
Glide
Used for creating mobile apps
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Pricing of Glide
Free basic plan for personal use with limited features
$49/month for personal use with custom domains, unlimited persona users, 2 editors.
$99 - $1000/month for business use for internal apps.
Benefits of Glide
Simple/magical app building experience
Easy to make good looking apps
Build using external data sources such as Google Sheet or Airtable (or use Glide Tables)
Constantly improving the product
Active community
Can build just about any type of app (mobile or web app)
Strong security features
Drawbacks of Glide
Progressive web app only (can’t be downloaded in app store)
Can’t offer in-app purchases
Best for internal business apps, not consumer
Somewhat limited in design customization
What you CAN build with Glide
MVP versions of mobile apps like Tinder and Zillow
Apps with user accounts and complex logic for internal business use-cases
What you CAN’T build with Glide
Publish your app to the app store (check out Adalo)
Apps that require connection to an API
Recommendation / Alternatives
Glide is best for building internal apps.

You can create user accounts, store and display data from a database, and build complex logic.

For more apps that need to be in an app store or connect with APIs I'd use FluterFlow.

If you want to build a web app with more customizable design and API access, I'd recommend Bubble.

In all other cases, I love Glide and think it's a great option for your no-code app.
FlutterFlow
Used for creating mobile apps
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Pricing of Adalo
Free plan with web publishing to test your app
$30/month - $70/month for custom domains, publishing to Apple and Google Stores, connecting to external data collections, custom actions, and additional data storage
Benefits of FlutterFlow
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 export code
Can connect to APIs
Drawbacks of FlutterFlow
Higher learning curve
What you CAN build with FlutterFlow
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
Recommendation / Alternatives
FlutterFlow is best for building mobile apps that require one of the following: being published in an app store, in-app purchases, or connection with APIs.
Softr
Used for creating websites and mobile apps.
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Pricing of Softr
Free basic plan with unlimited apps, 1 custom domain, Softr branding, and limited data (200 records from Airtable)
$49/month - $269/month for more advanced use-cases, custom login, charts, collaborators, remove Softr branding
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 Make
Many templates
Drawbacks of Softr
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
What you CAN’T build with Softr
More complex web apps
Recommendation / Alternatives
Softr is best for building simple membership sites and websites that work well out-of-the box. You don't want to customize everything about how your site works, but you want it to work right away.

If you want more control over the design and more complexity, I'd recommend Webflow connected to Memberstack for a membership site, but that also comes with a higher learning curve.

If you're looking to build a web app with more complex logic I'd recommend checking out Bubble, FlutterFlow or Glide.
Bubble
Used for creating web apps
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Pricing of Bubble
Free basic plan with the bubble.io domain, Bubble branding, limited data storage
$29/month - $349/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 of Bubble
Can't currently easily publish in the app store (though this is being built)
Can't export code
Recommendation / Alternatives
Bubble is best for more complex web app MVPs and for building scalable web apps.

It's a really powerful tool that can build just about any web app, but also comes with a higher learning curve.

I’d use Bubble in cases where your use-case is too complex for Glide or Webflow. If you ned to publish toan app store, I'd use FlutterFlow.
ShareTribe
Used for creating marketplace apps
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Pricing of ShareTribe
Free 14 day trial, but no free plan
$29/month to build in dev mode
$99/month - $299/month for a live marketplace, more users, no ShareTribe branding, and a custom domain
Benefits of ShareTribe
Great out-of-the-box marketplace software
Includes much of what you want in a marketplace (payments, reviews, listings, etc)
Drawbacks of ShareTribe
ShareTribe is a bit limited in design flexibility and checkout options
A bit expensive
What you CAN build with ShareTribe
Marketplaces like Airbnb and Fiverr with profiles, listings, payment, search, filtering, and reviews
What you CAN’T build with ShareTribe
Any type of app that isn't a marketplace
Recommendation / Alternatives
If ShareTribe fits your use-case, it’s the absolute best way to get your marketplace off the ground.

For marketplaces where you have more complex needs, I'd suggest building a custom marketplace in FlutterFlow or Bubble.
E-Commerce
Like building a basic website, for e-commerce I'd always recommend using a no-code tool. Shopify is the gold standard here, used by small entrepreneurs as well as large brands like GymShark, Heinz, and Lady Gaga.
Shopify
Most powerful and easy to use, would recommend in almost all e-commerce cases
Webflow
Would use over Shopify only if design is a main focus for your site, because Shopify has more e-commerce tools
Carrd
Can use for very simple use cases by integrating Stripe
Gumroad
Best for selling digital products
Shopify
Used for creating e-commerce stores
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Pricing of Shopify
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 of Shopify
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)
Recommendation / Alternatives
Shopify is the absolute best option for e-commerce stores.

Gumroad, Squarespace and Webflow also have e-commerce functionality, but it’s more limited than Shopify. In almost all cases I'd recommend Shopify.
Gumroad
Used for creating e-commerce stores
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Pricing of Gumroad
10% flat pricing
Benefits of Gumroad
Extremely easy to get started and use
Active community
Drawbacks of Gumroad
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)
Recommendation / Alternatives
Gumroad is the best option for selling digital products online.

For selling physical products, Gumroad is a great simple option, but if you want a scalable e-commerce solution for physical products I'd recommend Shopify.

Squarespace and Webflow also have e-commerce functionality, but it’s more limited than Shopify.
Automations
Using no-code for automations is a superpower. You can create internal apps, connect data from different apps together, and much more.
Airtable
Useful for many internal automations. Better than a Google Sheet for internal productivity apps. Integrates well with other no-code tools like Webflow by using Make or Zapier. Some automations can be done directly in Airtable without another tool.
Make
More powerful and less expensive than Zapier, but higher learning curve.
Zapier
More expensive and less powerful than Make, but easier to use.
Retool
Best for building internal apps that connect to a live database.
Coda
Best for replacing Google docs and Google Sheets with collaborative and interactive web pages. Can build lightweight automations between integrated apps.
Airtable
Used for storing data
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Pricing of Airtable
Free plan with limited data storage
$20/month - $45/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 of Airtable
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)
Recommendation / Alternatives
Airtable is similar to using Google Sheets, but more structured and includes lots of features to help with productivity.

Some examples of use-cases areas a CRM for leads, a content planning tool, and a project management tool.

Another great use is as a database for a complex Webflow site. You can use Airtable as the database for your site, and use Zapier or PowerImporter to sync your Airtable database to your Webflow database.
Make
Used for automations (formerly Integromat)
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Pricing of Make
Free plan with up to 1,000 operations per month
$9/month for 10,000 operations per month
$29/month - $299/month for additional operations and data transfer limits
Benefits of Make
Run automations to connect thousands of apps
Can easily run apps on a trigger or as one-time workflows
Visual editor
Can create very complex workflows
Can make API calls
Build error handling into workflows
More affordable than Zapier
Drawbacks of Make
Higher learning curve than Zapier
Less app integrations than Zapier
What you CAN build with Make
Automations that connect different apps together
Complex workflows with API calls and error handling
What you CAN’T build with Make
May not be able to connect to the tool you need (Zapier has more connections)
Recommendation / Alternatives
Make's biggest competitor is Zapier, and vice-versa. Both are great tools, and I use both depending on the use-case.

I find Zapier easier to use, so for simple automations I tend to use Zapier.

Zapier also has more integrations, so I'll use Zapier if the app I'm looking for isn't integrated with Make.

In general, Make is more powerful and less expensive, so I recommend people start with Zapier, and move over to Make when they are ready for something more powerful but with a higher learning curve.
Zapier
Used for automations
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Pricing of Zapier
Free plan with 100 tasks/month
$29.99/month for 750 tasks/month, plus webhooks and AI power-ups
Pricing scales up as you need more tasks/month
Benefits of Zapier
Easily build automations with thousands of apps
Easier to use than Make
More integrations than Make
More AI functionality than Make
Drawbacks of Zapier
More expensive than Make
More limited in complexity versus Make
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 Make)
Recommendation / Alternatives
Since Zapier and Make are so similar, all the recommendations from Make's section apply here!

In general, Zapier is easier to use and has more integrations, but is more expensive.

Make is more powerful, has less integrations and is less expensive.

I recommend people start with Zapier, and move over to Make when they are ready for something more powerful but with a higher learning curve.
Retool
Used for automations and internal dashboards
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Pricing of Retool
Free plan with editor mode only
$10/month - $50/month per user enables user mode (people can use your app without the ability to edit your set up), version history, more modules, and more advanced features
Benefits of Retool
Build internal apps connected to your company's data
Supports data from just about every database and data source
Lots of templates and components
Display, filter, and edit your company's data directly from retool
Allows businesses to create custom dashboards without developer resources
Drawbacks of Retool
Somewhat high learning curve
What you CAN build with Retool
Internal dashboards
Internal apps for your business such as a refund management system, data visualization, inventory management, content scheduler, promo code manager and more
What you CAN’T build with Retool
Customer-facing apps (Retool apps are meant to be used internally)
Recommendation / Alternatives
Retool is a fantastic tool for building internal apps at your business.

Where Retool really shines is allowing non-technical people to build apps that interact with a live database without needing to use developers.

Retool is the best tool for this use-case.
Coda
Used for team documentation, consolidating data that’s scattered across docs and spreadsheets, and creating/automating customized workflows
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Pricing of Coda
Free plan with limited integrations
Pro - $10/month per doc maker, free editors/viewers. Adds more integrations
Team - $30/month per doc maker, free editors/viewers. Adds more integrations.
Enterprise – Details on request
Benefits of Coda
Bring structured and unstructured data together in one web page.
Lots of templates
Bring in data from popular apps like Gmail, Github, Slack, etc
Build automations between apps (for example, send a Slack message when you receive an email)
Can replace both simple Google docs as well as more complex internal processes
Drawbacks of Coda
Can't publish as a website or app without Coda branding
What you CAN build with Coda
App-like, published webpages with varying levels of interactivity and a sleek interface
Customized workflows for everything from a design sprint to a CRM
A database or wiki to house team knowledge, pulling information from other docs or other tools (e.g. Jira)
Automations like sharing team notes to Gmail or sending time-based Slack reminders to teammate
What you CAN’T build with Coda
A standalone app that can be published to an app store
A published app or website without Coda branding
Recommendation / Alternatives
Coda is a great tool for working collaboratively with your team, as well as for building automations for internal processes.

It has a much easier learning curve than something like Retool, but is less powerful and connects to less data sources.

It also has somewhat similar functionality to Airtable, but is less optimized for large data sets (10K+ rows).

Where I'd recommend Coda is to replace Google Sheets and Google Docs as much as possible, and build lightweight automation for internal processes.