This concept has been around for a while, in many forms under names like No-Code, No Code, NoCode, or no code.
Many might have their own versions of answers to What is No Code. People have called it an alternative to code, a quick hack, "a new online thing" or a movement.
Does it help you make products? Yes.
Can you make money with it? Yes.
Does it let you build audiences? Yes, if you do certain things consistently.
But that's not it. No Code as an ability, mindset and movement is evolving. Which is where there's not one single answer to What is No Code.
HelloMeets has been bringing No Code experts and makers to share knowledge over live meetups, and we got in touch with them again to get the latest answers and insights on this.
Here's a guide to understanding what is NoCode, and how you can use it.
What is No Code?
No Code is an approach to building websites, web apps, mobile apps, MVPs, platforms and more, using visual interfaces – with drag and drop methods, without writing any code.
No Code development platforms make this happen, by giving you online environments – a visual canvas layer on top of code. The code writes itself as you drag and drop elements, add functions, design and experiences.
This lets you focus on the logic, user experience, concept and utility of whatever you're building.
Experts on What is No Code:
Michael Novotny, Founder & NoCode Maker, The Lean Side Project. Michael's product recommends no code tech stacks to makers based on their specific use cases, check it out here -> Side Project Stack
"No-code democratizes software creation. Before you had to know how to read and write code to make any type of web application. Today you can make complex web applications through visual drag and drop building. This means anyone who can read and write, now can become a software developer. This is a game changer.
To get more in-depth understanding, you can also check out Michael's newsletter. Where he gives no code teardowns, tools and uses and more:
Kavir Kaycee, Founder & No Code Builder, The Mind Health App
Kavir specializes in making apps using No Code. He's built The Mind Health App and has recently launched Showw.work to help you maintain updates portfolios.
No-code allows anyone to visually create websites/apps/features that would normally require technical skills. It democratizes the creation of software. It's nothing but an abstracted and simplified view of logical reasoning (code), data storage (databases), and connections (APIs)
If you are a product manager, and want business-related understanding with No Code, check out Kavir's newsletter on No Code, Product Management, and more - The Discourse
Why No Code?
Anyone can develop products with No Code
Using code to build web apps or mobile apps needs high investment of time, money, skilled manpower. – all available to a very few people.
Let's say you have an idea or a solution to a problem around you. However, if you're not a trained coder, or have the resources to hire coders, it's almost impossible to solve that problem or execute your ideas.
No Code removes all these barriers. It needs very little investment of resources.
No Code as a movement, method and mindset, is giving people the ability to solve their problems, create products to help communities around them, and more.
No Code is fast, low on investment, fluid
Code is rigid, takes time to edit, and needs precision to create a viable product. Even large organizations have trouble changing things when they want to. There is an added maintenance weight, and IT overhead costs, time wastage involved in the process.
No Code only needs your idea, logic and user experience to make a product. Small teams can build, test and ship a ton of product ideas independently and rapidly.
Experts on Why No Code:
According to Vlad, CEO of Webflow, 'only 0.3% of the world's population can read and write code today'. 200 years ago only 12% of the world was literate, today 86% of the world can read and write. What is going to happen when the world becomes literate in reading and writing software? No-code is going to be the catalyst for a renaissance of creation, because anyone can become a software developer or a product maker. - Michael
Imagine if hundreds of creators (design, product, business, sales, media people) with limited technical skills could create apps from scratch. I personally know a doctor and a sportsperson who are both building their apps in No-code. Now, customer-focused people can quickly build something, get feedback, and iterate on it. The value that No-code can unlock for society is immense. - Kavir
Even you can build and monetize your idea with no code, check out how:
Will No Code Replace Developers?
No. Developers will need to build better interfaces and platforms to cater to the demand of No Code.
No Code will always have limitations. Some of them can be huge. And products made with code will continue to remain stable and better. The future involves a bridge between No Code and Code – Low Code. That is, building most of the product without code, and adding some amount of code in it for functions which No Code platform can't perform. Mostly, you can do that in the platform itself, without needing a developer environment.
No Code is the ability to interact with code visually. It is not a replacement. It is a visual graphic base, so you don't have to type code. No code will augment the code's logic and the backend, with an added visual layer of interaction. - Sarkis Buniatyan, Builder of the largest No Code project using Webflow – Civilization VI Rebuild
No Code Use Cases
The use cases are endless. However, with the current state of the No Code space, you can make any kind of product with these functionalities:
- E-Commerce Stores - You can build websites and a mobile apps with No Code, where users can come and buy your products you list.
A live e-commerce store made with No Code ->
- Meeka E-Commerce Shop
Here's a tutorial on how to make an e-commerce store:
- Website Building - You can make interactive websites for your startup.
Here's a tutorial on building a website with No Code:
- MVP and Prototyping - If you're going to make a product with code, and probably raise funding, you'd need to visualize your product and validate it. No Code can let you create quick MVPs and prototypes with core functions, so you can test them out and see if your idea is worth investing in.
Here's tutorial on how to validate your idea using No Code:
- Create Subscription Services - If you want to build an audience whom you want to consistently sell to, you can create subscription flows over a website using No Code.
Some subscription service websites using No Code:
The uses of No Code are not limited to the above. Creators from all around the world are making products that are expanding the No Code space. To explore more check out these communities the are empowering No Code makers and learners:
- 100 Days of No Code by Max Haining
- On Deck No-Code Fellowship
- Launch MBA by Kieran Ball
- Buildcamp.io by Gregory John
- No Code Jump Start by Madhuri M
The experts we mentioned have been a massive support, and they've given live meetups on No Code at HelloMeets! And more are joining us in 2021!
Check out the next of our No Code meetups here: HelloMeets Live
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