• Amit Sarda

NoCode - a Guide to Getting Started

Updated: Mar 7

So you’ve heard of this new thing called NoCode and you’re still not sure what you can do with it?

You’re wondering if it’s for real or a joke.

At first, you didn’t take it seriously.

Then you thought: “What a cool idea. I can see why this is getting so much attention. I should probably learn more about NoCode.”

But ....

How can one get started with NoCode?

I can probably break this guide down into a few high-level things you need to do:

Picking the right platform

There are many NoCode platforms available today, but there are two broad categories of NoCode platforms that you should know:

Website builders (static websites, blogs, eCommerce, landing pages)

  • Carrd - static, single-page websites and landing pages

  • Dorik - when you want to build static websites and landing pages

  • Softr - ideal for super-fast websites, landing pages, directory/listings style apps

  • Versoly - when you also need a blog with your website

  • Umso - like Versoly, but cheaper

  • Brizy.Cloud - like Versoly and Umso, but extremely cheaper

  • Webflow - the most versatile NoCode website builder, but also one with a learning curve

Application builders (both mobile and web applications)

  • Glide Apps - the easiest to get started with, to build PWAs from Google Sheets

  • Adalo - a drag-and-drop web and mobile app builder

  • Thunkable - like Adalo, but with account-level billing

  • Bravo Studio - build mobile apps from your Figma designs

  • Budibase - clean web apps builder, ideal for internal tools

  • Bubble - the most powerful app builder in the NoCode space

If you wanted to build a website, I would suggest starting with Softr.

If you wanted to build an app, I would suggest starting with Glide Apps.

Resources to Get Acquainted

Even before you start building your product, it would be a great idea to go through a few videos that show you around the platform.

Platform’s YouTube Channel: Usually, each NoCode platform has their own YouTube channel where they have curated playlists to get you acquainted with a new thing you wish to learn. Webflow’s YouTube channel is a great example of curated playlists covering an overview of the platform, building a product for a problem statement, How To videos, etc.

Experts’ YouTube Channel: There are also NoCode platform experts that run active YouTube channels where they spill the beans about how they do certain things on the platform. Webflow, Bubble, Glide Apps - each have such experts giving away valuable information on YouTube.

Reverse Engineer Templates

Once you have acquainted yourself with the platform, pick up the free templates from the NoCode platform’s Template library.

  • Copy it to your account.

  • Look under the hood.

  • Get familiar with where the controls are.

  • Change little things and see how the output changes.

  • See how each building block is configured.

  • Check each screen’s hierarchy.

Ideas to Build

Once you have selected a platform, the next step is to find ideas to build.

If you chose to build a website, pick up any website, landing page, etc. on the internet and try to build it with the platform you chose.

If you chose to build an app, the following are a few great ideas to cover a wide range of functionalities.

  • Listings/Directory - an app that shows a list of things (places, wish list, people, books)

  • Personal CRM - an app to build better personal relationships

  • To Do List - an app to keep track of things on your To Do list

  • Link Tree/About.Me - an app to show links in one place

  • Calculator - a simple calculator like home loan, investment portfolio tracker

Finding Help

Each NoCode platform has a thriving community where the platform experts and the platform team are helping anybody with questions. It’s a great place to learn and get inspiration from others too. Besides, the founders of each platform are listening closely to the conversations on their platform community.

If you’re still stuck, each platform has an Experts directory who you can get in touch with.

Parting Thoughts

NoCode is an exciting space. Amidst the chatter, I hope this guide helps you find your own way in this jungle of information and options. It worked for me, and it may or may not work for you.

And hey!

When you build something, don’t hesitate to to show it to the world.

And, if you need more motivation to get started, read how you can monetize your expertise in NoCode and build a valuable income stream.

PS: I used Copy.ai to generate the introduction of this blog post. Try it out if you liked it. And follow Paul to learn how to ‘build in public’ - a topic that warrants a post of its own.

PS: This post contains a number of affiliate links. If you sign up for a service listed in this post, the service provider may choose to share a part of the revenue with me, at no additional cost to you.

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