Hello again, NetMinds! One of the most common questions we get asked by both entrepreneurs and upcoming professionals is: who can use No-Code, and what can they do with it? This is a complicated question - the reality is that it changes every day, every hour. A lot of No-Code discourse focuses on the benefits it holds for the less experienced techies amongst us. However, it also works wonders for experienced developers. The beauty of No-Code tools is that they are what you make of them. We encountered a post from MakerPad (a great No-Code resource!), and were inspired to explore their 30 different No-Code ideas. We’ll focus on finding ways for different skill levels to make use of the tools. Let’s begin, shall we?
This one is for the non-techies amongst us who need to build with low tech tools. For our first example, we’ll reference Glide, a No-Code app builder. It’s really easy to use, lending itself to those without any prior knowledge of the inner workings of technology. In this case study, a woman used the platform to create an app containing all of the hiking trails surrounding where she lives for other keen walkers. Through three very easy steps, she created an app that can now be used by real-world consumers. These steps were: create the google sheets that power the app, learn how to use Glide’s drag and drop interface, and build a landing page for your No-Code app. Although these may sound easier said than done, this process took a very short amount of time, with the author citing that it took just a few minutes to build her landing page despite her lack of experience. The well-publicised ease of No-Code for tech novices is showcased here, one of the main benefits of the tools in general.
Now, we’ll take it a step further for those with moderate experience, or less tech savvy people wanting to build something custom. Let’s discuss this example of a job-board created using Webflow. On Webflow, the visuals are very sophisticated. It requires slightly more technological knowledge to use properly than platforms like Glide – for example, it might be useful to know the basics of how coding works, without actually knowing how to code. The origins of this story are a content writer who wanted to provide a place for other content writers to view upcoming jobs, make these jobs easy to submit and browse, and combine these both into one platform. The author praises the tools used for their speed, citing the prototype for the platform to have been completed in just three weekends. Explained by the blogs author, and for slightly more advanced No-Code users, Webflow boasts full control over design and CMS, supporting resources and tutorials, custom databases, and many other benefits. This scenario is a great example of the uses of No-Code for slightly more experienced techies who still want to grow their skills.
OK, now up to our final level. Here, you can get the full citizen developer experience as a non-tech. Or alternatively, build applications and logics as a developer, just as you do with code but in a fraction of the time. Our final scenario gets into the how and why of No-Code for experienced developers. Apart from anything else, these tools are easy to use, and immeasurably valuable when it comes to time and budget saving. This example is all about integration – multiple tools can be used for one task. One for database, one for customer experience…you get the gist. This case study showcases how a charity used No-Code to scale their business operations. This was done not because there was a lack of experienced developers (their CTO has years and years of experience as a developer and founder), but because it’s ‘easier, faster, and more cost-effective’ to use these tools. This charity used tools like Webflow, Typeform, Pipedrive, and Zapier, with their solution being about 90% No-Code and only 10% custom coded. Although platforms like Zapier are easy to use, fully experienced developers may find them useful to generate integrations between different tools. The No-Code world provides a complex array of apparatus that can adapt to build the perfect solution for the issue at hand, and can be made infinitely more useful by the involvement of those with coding experience.
As these examples show, No-Code tools are not just making technology more accessible, but more convenient for those who already have access to it. They have the capacity to benefit all, and can be adapted to multi-levelled experience. Experienced coders and developers can, and in our opinion should, get involved with the current leap towards low code solutions, as they hold unique benefits that can only be furthered by the input of those already aware of the ins and outs of tech. Have a deeper look into the great article in question for more of an insight into the numerous ways No-Code can be utilised throughout the corporate world at any level of expertise. Finally, remember to check out our How-To YouTube videos if you want to get started on your No-Code journey, where we look in depth at each step covered in this blog post, all the way from Glide to Zapier!
Have a great day!