How to Build Anything with No-Code 🪄
An updated round-up of my favourite tools, with plenty of case studies and insights.
Last week I wrote a piece covering the role of a CTO in early stage startups. At some point in the article, I recommended using no-code / low-code tools to build your product faster and reduce its cost of ownership.
When I talk with startup founders, this is among the top 3 most frequent advice that I give. Likewise, the most frequent answer I receive is: our product can’t be built with no-code.
A good 90% of the times, this is false.
No-code has come a long way to cement itself as a legitimate solution for building things, but most developers and tech leaders still don’t know how to build a lot of basic stuff with it.
About one year ago I wrote an article which listed some of my favourite tools — this is a bigger and better version of it, updated for 2022, in which you will find:
More tools — in the original categories, plus new, relevant ones.
Case studies — either real companies built with no-code, or how you can build familiar products with it.
Overall, you will find about 30 recommended tools, and more than 50 links. I am not affiliated to any of those — these are all recommendations based on my personal taste and usage.
Here is what we will cover:
📃 Marketing Pages — how to build landing pages, blogs, and the likes.
🔒 SaaS — how to run memberships, recurring payments, gating content, and more.
🛒 Ecommerce — how to sell digital or physical products.
🤝 Marketplaces — how to create p2p marketplaces, like Airbnb or Fiverr.
📱 Mobile — how to create fully-functional mobile apps.
🔌 Automation — how to connect parts together and remove manual work.
🗄 Backend — how to model your data, store it, and expose APIs.
🧑💻 Internal Tools — how to build dashboards, workflows and tools for your operations.
💼 Agencies — what are the best partners that can help you create no-code products that are cheap and easy to maintain.
📚 Resources — what are the best resources and communities to learn more and find experts.
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