A Beginner’s Guide to Nocode in 2023

This is a short Beginner’s guide to Nocode for learners who are looking to bring their ideas to life by building products faster.

Here’s a quick guide to help anybody who is keen on getting started with Nocode in 2023 and is looking for a Beginner’s Guide to Nocode.

Beginner's Guide to Nocode

What is the big deal about Nocode?

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.”

Beginner's Guide to Nocode: Nocode App Example to showcase the power of Nocode to Beginners

But ….

Here’s a Beginner’s Guide to Nocode

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)

  • Framer – the newest kid on the block
  • Webflow – the most versatile NoCode website builder, but also one with a learning curve
  • Carrd – static, single-page websites and landing pages
  • Versoly – when you also need a blog with your website
  • Typedream – build websites like you create Notion pages
  • Softr – ideal for super-fast websites, landing pages, directory/listings style apps

If you want to build a website, I would suggest starting with Softr or Framer.

Application builders (both mobile and web applications)

  • Glide Apps – the easiest to get started with, to build PWAs from Google Sheets
  • Stacker – internal apps builder, using Google Sheets and Airtable
  • Noloco – Instantly create customer portals, partner apps & internal tools from your Airtable or Google Sheets
  • FlutterFlow – the most versatile app builder
  • Adalo – a drag-and-drop web and mobile app builder
  • Bravo Studio – build mobile apps from your Figma designs
  • Thunkable – like Adalo, but with account-level billing
  • Budibase – clean web apps builder, ideal for internal tools
  • Bubble – the most powerful app builder in the NoCode space

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

Here’s a comparison between platforms that allow you to build on top of Google Sheets or Airtable.

More specifically, here’s a comparison between Glide and Softr.

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 its 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, and Glide Apps – each has such experts giving away valuable information on YouTube.

Reverse Engineer Templates

Once familiar with the platform, pick up the free templates from the NoCode platform’s Template library. 

  1. Copy it to your account.
  2. Look under the hood.
  3. Get familiar with where the controls are.
  4. Change little things and see how the output changes.
  5. See how each building block is configured.
  6. 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
  • Link Tree/About.Me – an app to show links in one place
  • Calculator – a simple calculator like a home loan, investment portfolio tracker

Here’s a list 15+ Custom software ideas to build with Nocode Platforms.

Here’s a list of apps that I have built for my clients using Glide Apps.

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 on getting started in Nocode

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 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.

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