No-code platforms have brought the revolution in the fields of app development and design because they allow non-technical people to execute different software without using a single code. What makes all these platforms recognizable is most often drag-and-drop capabilities, as well as a user-friendly interface.
They are simple, fun, and provide the same results as we get with coding. No-code platforms are also the no1 choice of countless people worldwide because they save money, time, and energy.
A no-code framework uses a visual development interface where different software components are provided. Building an app requires choosing different software components, and then dragging and dropping them to one place to create a certain web application.
Benefits of no-code platforms and no-code app creation:
1. The ability to focus on what's important for the business. Teams and individuals who already use no-code platforms for creating different web apps claim that they were able to focus on the core of the application, which means that they had more time to learn about certain wishes and needs of the client. The result was always improved customer experience. With no-code platforms, there's no need to start from scratch with UI/UX.
2. Costs are reduced by 80%. Unbelievably, building an app with a no-code platform can reduce anyone's costs by 80%. It's clear that everyone knows how much conventional DevOps approaches cost.
3. No need to think about underlying systems. When someone is creating a new web app, they have to think about numerous things. Luckily, with no-code platforms, there is no need to think about and worry when it comes to databases, security, and even cases. Yes, you may be in need to hire front-end and back-end developers to maximize the potential of a certain app, yet the entire process will be done a lot faster than usual. Statistics claim that building an app with a no-code platform is 70% faster than doing it in a conventional way.
Disadvantages of using a no-code platform:
1. Restricted customization. When creating an app with the no-code platform, there may be a need to adapt the company's procedures to reach the needed and wanted capabilities of a no-code network.
2. Security risks. With no-code platforms, there's no full authority when it comes to dealing with the code, which means that some security risks may exist.
What are some of the main features of every no-code platform?
We have mentioned some features that make no-code platforms recognizable at the beginning of this blog post, but let's take a closer look at what makes a platform no-code:
1. Drag-and-drop interface. This is the first and most recognizable feature when we talk about no-code platforms. Dragging and dropping software components and then making them work as one web app is definitely the central function of every no-code platform. This makes it fun and simple to use, but it also offers numerous ways to combine different features, and therefore - get different and improved results.
2. Data connections. No-code platforms come preconfigured or already have at least a basic user interface. Connecting to a needed, or better said preferred database is easy.
3. Assembling pre-configured components. Most of the no-code platforms also offer to assemble pre-configured components, which means that they provide a user interface designer. Building a blog or software is much easier this way because modules just have to be dragged and dropped in a logical way. Of course, no scripting is needed as well.
There are 3 simple steps everyone can follow and create a no-code web app:
1. Appearance. Structure the theme of your new application with a purpose to get the most of it and to fit within the needs of a certain marketplace.
2. Preconfigured content. The next thing we need is content, and it's good to know that it's preconfigured. Customize it to fit the business needs.
3. Launching. The third step is launching the app, and it's done when all the features are connected and combined in a wanted and needed way. The app is ready to find its users!
Is a no-code platform capable to replace developers, or will it be able to do that in the future? Despite being very user-friendly, simple, and powerful, the truth is that no-code platforms will never have the true ability to completely replace the developers. When it comes to programmers, it's certain that there is much more they can offer than writing codes. The experience one successful software engineer has cannot be replaced with any no-code platform. Scripting is important as well, and it also can't be completed with a tool.
Overall, no-code platforms definitely minimize the costs, energy, and time that needs to be spent on creating a certain application. They absolutely reduce redundant tasks, which provides more time and energy for the team to focus on bigger and more important ideas and features of the application. All this results in an improved customer experience.