7 Best No-Code App Builders 2021
We’ve curated a list of the 7 best no-code app builders in 2021. We’ve included a wide range of options that allow you to build software products without having to know how to code.
The 7 Best No-Code App Builders For Developing Apps Without Code
At Kibi.One We own a portfolio of 12 micro startups that are currently valued at over 1 million dollars. We have built the majority of these projects using no-code tools. In today’s tutorial I’m going to round up the 7 best no-code app builders on the market.
Let’s jump in and explore our favorite no-code development tools.
Many of our projects, including no-code SaaS projects like the one you see below, run on WordPress.
WordPress is a fantastic platform because it can handle virtually every part of your application from user management, login systems and security. It also integrates with virtually every third party platform out there. Similarly, because it’s open source, you can build custom applications or build custom integrations allowing you to build the exact app you want.
In another tutorial on our blog, I mention how we scaled a platform at its peak to around $16,000 / month. That was all done through WordPress. We just needed to integrate with third party data visualization tools and people could sign up to access our data.
Or, take for instance this application in the image above. This application was built by using WordPress and then embedding a Google Data Studio document into the website to show our users their personal performance dashboards.
I think the biggest drawback from using WordPress is that for any SaaS applications that require separate dashboards with unique user specific data, WordPress is not always the best choice. It’s best if you’re allowing users to access an application where everyone gets access to the same data. I have another article over on our blog where I talk about the limitations of WordPress as a SaaS application builder, so check that out if you want to learn more.
Bubble is a great tool that allows you to build desktop and mobile apps. On their website they say that they allow you to build applications like Facebook and AirBnB. And that’s true. But you can also build applications like that using open source software like WordPress.
Now, the reason why you might want to choose WordPress to build an application like that, is because with WordPress you can self host. With Bubble, you have to host your app with them. Therefore, with Bubble you have less control. But that also comes with an upside, which is that you have less hosting hassle.
Now the main reason why I love Bubble over WordPress is that with Bubble you have much better user management (or at least it’s better for some use-cases).
I mentioned previously that in some cases with WordPress it’s challenging to link user defined data sets with specific users. There are of course work arounds, but these work arounds can be less than ideal.
With Bubble, I like their user management system more in some respects because their platform more easily allows you to link dynamic data sets to specific users.
Another reason why I really like Bubble is because bubble gives you both front-end and backend development tools. So you can really do everything within one application.
Next on the list we have Adalo. I really like this no-code app builder because it’s quite versatile in its abilities. You can build basic content applications, ecommerce apps, chat apps, eLearning applications, collaboration apps and even to-do list apps.
Like most of the app builders on this list, Adalo gives you access to drag and drop components that you simply add into your application and then users can interact with those components. Adalo will then store dynamic interactions into an easy to use database.
One of the features I love about Adalo, is their chart component. Essentially you can create dynamic dashboards linked to user inputs.
Another feature I really like is the ability to create custom formulas. This feature allows you to slice and dice information in unique ways and output data in a way that can give your users unique insights.
Next on the list we have Appy Pie. Appy Pie is a no code app builder and website builder that allows you to build a wide assortment of apps.
Appy Pie’s app builder for Android and IOS is one of the easier app builders to use within this list. Where applications like Bubble and Adalo have a bit of a steeper learning Curve, Appy Pie tries to streamline the onboarding process by making native app development as easy as possible.
Once you login you just choose your app name, select your color scheme, select the features you want to add and then publish your app to Google Play or iTunes.
It doesn’t get much easier than that.
BuildFire is a robust no-code application builder that allows you to build apps in real time. Like the other nocode app builders on this list, BuildFire uses easy to use drag and drop technology allowing you to quickly integrate the app components you need.
One of the features I love about BuildFire is that you can actually see the app you’re building in real time with their app emulator.
Another feature that I really love about BuildFire is the ability to extend the functionality of your app through their plugin marketplace. And if what you need isn’t located within their plugin marketplace, you can build your own plugin and customize your app using the BuildFire SDK. So it’s a great option for those who want to break free of some of the limitations of no-code and enter into the world of low-code.
Essentially, BuildFire handles all of the boring stuff so you so you can just focus on your idea. They handle the entire infrastructure around your app. Everything from login, security, firewalls, load balancers, analytics, push notifications and more.
All you have to do is build your app.
There are a lot of things you can build with AppSheet. Build apps like inventory management systems, to-do lists, delivery tracking systems, kanban project trackers and much more.
With AppSheet you can do many things including allow users to take pictures within the app, log locations, scan barcodes, build dashboards, send notifications, work-offline and accept signatures to name only a few examples.
A lot of the applications I see being built using AppSheet are service company applications where you need some type of logistic management system to keep your company organized.
I personally think this no-code app builder is perfectly designed for that need.
AppGyver uses a visual builder called “composer pro” to help you build apps. Like the other no code tools on this list, composer pro uses an easy to use drag and drop interface where you can simply add the app components you want by dragging them into your workspace.
Once you add a component, you can then edit that component’s properties over on the right side of the screen.
What I like about AppGyver, is you can build quite complex apps that have fully customizable UI.
But what I love most about AppGyver is how they handle data and application logic.
AppGyver Let’s you create really complex logic using their “app logic interface”. Again, just like composer pro, app logic is a visual editor that allows you to construct application logic visually without having to write a line of code.
Essentially you can connect nodes to create dynamic and real time experiences. So for instance, whenever the underlying data you’re monitoring changes, the application interface will change in real time as well.
No-Code App Builder Conclusion
So that’s the list I have for you today. I hope you’ve found this list helpful and it points you in the right direction when it comes to picking the best no-code app builder for your idea.
Lastly, if you want to take your no-code development skills to the next level, considering enrolling in our no-code SaaS incubator program. Our incubator program guarantees a positive ROI. In fact, the platform we help you build in our incubator program does not produce a positive ROI, we’ll buy your platform from you.
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