Glide vs Softr: Choosing the right platform for your idea

A subjective Glide vs Softr comparison based on the kind of application you want to build that will make it easy for you to decide.

Introduction

Glide Apps and Softr are two platforms that are popular among beginners in the Nocode space.

But which platform is right for you?

In this blog post, we’ll do a side-by-side Glide vs Softr comparison.

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Glide Apps vs Softr
Glide Apps vs Softr

But, before we move ahead, here’s a quick introduction to Glide and Softr.

What is Glide Apps?

Glide is a web-based app builder that allows non-programmers to quickly create powerful and beautiful apps by combining prebuilt components with a familiar spreadsheet model.

Glide Apps on Y-combinator
What is Glide Apps

Glide Apps is a no-code platform that allows you to create internal business apps without any coding experience. It offers a visual interface that makes it easy to create apps for a variety of purposes.

A platform like Glide Apps saves you time and money on internal business app development.

Here are multiple examples of apps that can be built with Glide Apps.

It is also a great place to get started with Nocode app development for anybody who doesn’t have prior coding experience.

What is Softr?

Softr is a no-code platform that allows you to create custom apps without any coding experience. It’s a great tool for businesses of all sizes, as it can be used to create a variety of apps, from marketing websites and listings/directory websites to simple internal tools.

What is Softr

Glide vs Softr: a fair comparison

There is little to compare between Glide Apps and Softr, purely because of the distinct and diverse applications that could be built with each of these platforms.

I say this as a Certified Expert in both Glide Apps and Softr (apart from being a Certified Expert in Stacker and Noloco too, and in Zapier).

So it is better to approach this from the point of view of the type of application you’re trying to build.

Application: Directory/Listing Website

Directory/Listing Website in Softr

The only overlap I see between applications of Glide Apps and Softr is when you’re trying to build a directory or a listing website.

And because you would want a directory website to rank in Google Search, Softr wins here.

That’s because pages built in Softr are SEO-friendly, while anything built in Glide Apps is not.

You can still build a directory or listings website in Glide, provided you don’t rely on search engine results to drive traffic to your app.

Simple directory website in Glide

Application: Websites

Again, since Softr allows you to build SEO-friendly websites, Softr wins here too.

AmitSarda.xyz

In fact, the earlier version of my own website was built using Softr. I moved to WordPress because a very dear friend offered to do the heavy lifting of managing the technical aspects of the website.

Glide does not allow you to build SEO-friendly websites. So don’t even think about building a website using Glide Apps.

The only exception is if you’re generating traffic to the website from other initiatives like social media marketing and paid marketing. Even in these cases, the website performance wouldn’t be as great as it is with Softr or WordPress.

Application: Simple Web Apps

The only situation where I would suggest building a simple web app is where you have decided you want to stick to Softr and not learn any other Nocode platform.

That could be because you’re already a paid customer perhaps?

If that is not a constraint, and if you’re looking to spend on another platform, I would recommend building even the simplest web apps with Glide Apps.

That’s simply because Softr doesn’t have a lot of layout design options for the detail pages of a web app.

Dynamic Shopping Cart app in Glide Apps

Application: Complex Web Apps

You know where this is going.

I just tried to convince you to take a leap of faith with a platform like Glide Apps to build even the simplest web apps. So the choice of the platform for building complex web apps too is Glide Apps.

The SEO-friendly aspect of Softr is not of much use here since the content in web apps is usually behind a login screen or a paywall and you wouldn’t want it indexed on search engines anyway.

Client Portal in Glide Apps

Summary of comparison between Glide Apps and Softr by application types

In essence, the choice of the platform should solely be based on the kind of application you’re trying to build.

You can check out the kind of applications that can be built with Glide Apps and Softr.

Here’s a quick summary of the comparison between Glide Apps and Softr based on the kind of applications you can build with these platforms:

ApplicationGlide AppsSoftr
Client Portal✔️
Customer Portal✔️
Employee Portal✔️✔️✔️
Events Management✔️
Project Management✔️
Order Management✔️
Private Directories✔️✔️✔️
Public Directories✔️✔️✔️
Websites✔️✔️✔️
Comparison between Glide Apps and Softr by application types

Other comparisons between Glide Apps and Softr

If you’re still looking for an objective comparison between Glide Apps and Softr, this article compares Glide Apps, Stacker, Noloco, and Softr.

Conclusion

None of the other comparison points matter much if you focus solely on choosing the right platform for the application you’re trying to build.

And that should be your only concern.