7 Best No Code App Builders For 2022 – Web & Mobile Tools
“As a start up studio, we run a portfolio of no code applications. In this post, we’ll round up the 7 best no cool app builders and tools we like to use to build our in-house platforms. We’ve not only built web and mobile apps using these tools, but we’ve also monetized them.”
What are the Best No Code Web & Mobile App Builders Out there (2022)
In Today’s tutorial we’re going to look at 7 of the best no-code app builders for the 2022 / 2023 app building season.
Over the years, we’ve tested and used many no-code tools to build and launch our own portfolio of noc0de startups, which today is valued at over a million dollars.
So if you want to learn how to build no-code SaaS applications, from some of the best no-coe builders, simply head over to Kibi.one to learn more about our no-code SaaS incubator program where we teach non-technical startup founders how to build technical things.
So let’s jump in and talk about the best no-code app builders.
First, on the list we have bubble. Bubble, is one of the most powerful no-code app builders online. In my opinion, bubble does the best job of allowing non-technical people to build almost anything they want without having to write a line of code. We use it extensively to help us build our web applications. The learning curve can be a bit steep, but bubble is well worth the time investment to learn.
Many other no-code app builders make building apps fast and easy by limiting what you can do and giving you less choice. While this speeds up the learning process which can help make your time-to-launch quicker, it dramatically limits what you can build. Bubble on the other hand, doesn’t “dumb down” the experience.
Essentially, they give you a blank canvas that you can do pretty much anything on top of.
Best of all, they also include everything you need to build an application including your front-end user facing interface (under the design tab here), they also house your data and act as your database, which you can see under the “data tab” here, and they also act as your apps logic by giving you access to this “workflow” section here.
Here, when events happen within your app (for example, when a user clicks on a button) you can program, without code of course, the workflow that is triggered when that event takes place. For example, if this button is clicked, then create, or change or delete a database entry.
They also have a section for “backend workflows” which allows you to offload some of the server side, repetitive heavy lifting over to your backend. For example, you could do something like schedule an email to go out 24 hours after a new user signs up.
Next, on the list we have wappler. Now, I love wappler. There are two major reasons why people love wappler over many other no-code tools.
The first is that they don’t entirely abstract the code away from you. Even though they are a no-code builder, and I can simply drag and drop elements onto my page here, at anypoint I can get access to my applications code by clicking on this tab here. So Wappler is a great tool for application developers who want to take a bit more of a low-code, rather than an entirely no-code approach. There might be times when no-code tools can get you so far, but then, at a certain point, you want to take hold of the steering wheel and custom code something from scratch. Without Wappler, you can do that without a problem.
And this leads me to my second point. Many no-code tools abstract the code of your application away from you, so that you can’t actually see your code, which is fine for most people, especially if you never have any plans to write any code yourself.
But for those who want to be able to “own their code” so to speak, Wappler makes that possible.
In fact, Wappler is not even hosting your application. Wappler just allows you to design an application, without code, or with minimal code, and then you can deploy that application on a server of your choice. Many other no-code app builders don’t allow you to do that. You are forced to use their hosting, which can be limiting in some cases. But with wappler, you have full access to your code and you can host it wherever you want.
The next tool on the list is Xano. Now Xano is a no-code tool that is dedicated exclusively to the building of backends. Remember, that your app’s data need to “live” somewhere. For example, remember, when working with wappler, wappler does not store your application’s data. So your application needs somewhere to store information as well as somewhere to pull information from.
Xano, in my opinion, is one o the best and easiest to use no-code backend tools that can integrate with most no-code front-end tools. For example, even within BUbble, if you just wanted to use Bubble for its customer facing front-end and workflows but then use xano as your database, you could easily do that.
The thing that I love most about Xano is how they easily expose the data within the database through an easy to use no-code API interface. Not only that, but they allow you to manipulate the data before the data is sent as an output and you can run these manipulations without writing a line of code. So if I click on “related API endpoints” in my database here, I’ll be brought to my API section. Here I can click on “edit” under this “get request”.
Now notice here, before the “response” which is my final output, I have a function stack there where I can do pretty much anything I can think of. So I can just click on “add a function” and then “data manipulation” and then I could click on “Math” which would allow me to run a database entry through any type of calculation I can dream up. And it’s just clicking buttons, I don’t have to write any code.
So whenever you have an app idea that requires a powerful backend, Xano is really your best bet.
Next, we have AppGyver. This no-code tool allows you to build both web as well as mobile apps using an easy to use no-code drag and drop interface.
One of the big sellings points of Appgyver is that it’s pro plan is free for life as long as you have under 10 million / year in revenue or funding. So it’s great to get started in a low cost way.
However, they don’t give you any type of backend to work with. They are strictly a front-end design and logic tool. This means you need to link your app to some backend. So even though AppGyver is free, you’ll still probably end up paying for a backend.
Now, you could link AppGyver to Xano and Xano has a free tier to help you get started, but at some point, when you need more power, you’ll likely have to upgrade these solutions. Also, by default, you have to link front-end to a backend, so you have to keep in mind that you’re going to be building using more than just one tool and this can require a little more technical patience because you’ll have the learning curve of a minimum of two systems.
Nocode platforms like bubble on the other hand, require only the learning of one single platform to do everything. It’s not necessarily a good or bad thing. There are pros and cons to both approaches, it’s just something that should be considered early on.
In a nutshell AppGyver is an incredibly powerful no-code app builder designed for people who want a lot of manual control over their app and don’t mind the don’t the learning curve that comes along with having access to such power.
Next up we have adalo which is also a great tool for building mobile apps. Now, Adalo is a little bit like AppGyver but it’s a bit easier to use. Here, you can see I have a drag and drop interface and it’s very easy and intuitive to learn. Adaldo comes with a lot of functionality out of the box and it gives you access to quite a large library of design and logic templates to get started with. So the learning curve is much more gentle with adalo, but that comes at the expense of a bit of control.
Also, Adalo handles hosting for you, so you can get up and running without having to learn a second platform as your backend. Essentially, adalo is both your front-end and your backend. Here you can see, I have my components, which are my designs. For example, here I can add a button. Here, I have my database, which stores any information I want. For example, here I have a users database, and lastly I have “actions” which are like “workflows” in bubble. They are the underlying logic of your app. So for example, when a user clicks this button, what do I want to happen and I can program that all within this “action” section.
So Adalo is great when you want to build mobile apps quickly.
Next, up we have bildr, and bildr is really interesting because builder was actually built with buildr. Bildr is great for builders who need a lot of power, desire a lot of manual control and who don’t want to feel limited, but who don’t mind the steeper learning curve that comes along with such a powerful no-code tool. Now, bildr is quite intuitive to use once you get used to it. Like most no-code builders, the app is made up of page elements, which you can design. Here for example, you see the style tab. You can also run “events” which is simply the logic and you can also house your data within bildr as well.
One of the nice things about bildr, is that they have a free tier, but also, they take a hybrid approach to code abstraction. On their cheaper plans, they don’t allow you to export your code, but on their pro plan, which is still very reasonably priced, they allow you to export your HTML and CSS.
Lastly, I want to talk about WordPress because WordPress is valuable for many different use cases. IT’s primarily used as a website builder, but its capabilities go far beyond that, and with a bit of creativity and a little bit of code you can easily transform WordPress into a web app.
We use wordPress extensively for many different reasons. In fact, we use WordPress as our marketing and sales facing front-end most of the time. This is because over the years we’ve had great success ranking our applications high in organic search. From a marketing and SEO standpoint, it’s just really well equipped to handle the job. Secondly, you have full control over the code since it’s open source and you can host a WordPress installation where you want for really low prices.
Many no-code builders which host for you, can get quite expensive if they do a lot of your hosting heavy lifting for you. We would rather pay for those no-code SaaS builders to handle displaying our actual product and allowing our users to interact with it, but I don’t really see a big benefit in a no-code builder for our marketing bandwidth as well.
So for example, when we build with bubble, we can come in here and map our application to our primary domain, but the actual marketing website is a wordPress site. Then on that site, the login button simply redirects to our bubble application but because the marketing site and the application use the same design, the experience is seamless for the end user.
Best No Code App Builder: Conclusion
So that’s all I have for you today. If you’re a non-technical founder but you wnat to learn how to build technical things, consider enrolling in our no-code SaaS development incubator program where we’ll teach you how not only to build, but how to monetize the applications that you build as well.
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