Create web applications as a non-tech entrepreneur
How can you translate your unique business idea from paper to a working web application? This is the question that has kept me from pursuing many ideas I have had. And I am sure I am not the only one. Luckily, I found a more than interesting tool that solves this problem. Welcome to the future, welcome to the world of no-code.
The last few years no code has been an upcoming trend in the development landscape. Driven by the everlasting search for increased efficiency, cost reduction and a shortage of traditional developers. As of today, there are quite a few companies specialized in no code. The most striking example would be Mendix that has grown to a sizeable organization with known clients like ING, New Balance and War Child. Platforms like Mendix allow clients to create a MVP (Minimum Viable Product) of their product within a matter of days. Due to the simplicity of the development process in comparison with a more traditional way of development, it allows clients to reduce their development time and the associated costs.
No-code / low-code mostly results in easy to use interfaces with drag and drop features. For front-end development these kinds of websites have been around for quite some time now. However, with the rise of the new generation of no code platforms it now becomes a possibility to create fully working web applications. Being able to create the backend functionalities of a web application without needing the knowledge of programming is truly revolutionizing. However, most of the platforms are focused on enterprise solutions. There is one exception.
• There is an official support forum where everyone is helpful, and knowledge is shared.
• As of today, there are 642 plugins (both paid and free) created by the community, which helps extend the platform by adding specific functionalities (e.g. Amazon S3 integration).
• There is an increasing number of themes created by the community. Templates can be used as an easy way to start of your web application without having to worry about the base design.
The best of it all is that it is completely free to use. You will only have to pay a monthly fee for the hosting when you decide to go live. Furthermore, the platform is continually being developed by a dedicated team of developers. The limits of what you can achieve is therefore pushed further every update. If you are looking for a way to start building on your business idea but lack the skills of programming, the future of no-code seems very promising. With the rise of Bubble, it is safe to say that the future is partly already here.