Getting new products and services to market, at speed, is crucial as businesses look to remain competitive in an ever-growing digital ecosystem. Traditionally, any project requiring new technology, programming, and design can take time, as it sits in what seems an infinite loop of IT requests. No-code platforms have come into prominence in 2020 as they allow even the least technical of users to develop at pace.
A no-code platform is a visual environment, where users drag-and-drop elements on the screen to perform a process. Modules are pre-built, meaning companies can be agile without specialist resource, at a low-cost. Forrester predicts that the no-code development market will grow to $21.2 billion by 2022.
In this post, we look at five of the most powerful no-code platforms to accelerate business growth in 2020.
Zapier lets users connect disparate applications and systems without the need for code. With Zapier, you can piece together a chain of commands automatically to create a “Zap,” which is the completion of actions across multiple applications.
For example, imagine you are using Gmail for business, but whenever you receive an attachment, you want them to store in DropBox. A Zap can automate the process, saving time and cost of doing it manually.
Zapier provides templates for popular Zaps, which include ways to create email lists, track events, save attachments, and get notifications.
Zapier can connect over 2,000 apps to create intelligent workflows through the drag-and-drop dashboard.
Webflow users can design and deploy websites without the need for coding knowledge. The straightforward interface fills the gap in the market between basic website builders like Wix and full-service CMS platforms such as WordPress.
With Webflow, instead of writing code, you click buttons and move sliders, rather than editing lines of script. The Webflow CMS allows new blog posts and content to be added quickly, while all designs are responsive no matter what device they are viewed on.
Airtable is a cross between a spreadsheet and a database, giving trams a better way to organize their work. With Airtable, you can build calendars, spreadsheets, visual galleries, and kanbans efficiently. The intuitive, no-code platform helps manage data through different “bases” across multiple tables of information.
Airtable is a bit like a supped up version on Excel or Google Sheets. While these tools are excellent for calculations, Airtable adds organization, storage, grouping, and retrieval to the mix. Beyond that, Airtable is more aesthetically pleasing, better structured, and more flexible.
Airtable offers a webinar on switching from spreadsheets, which you can watch here.
Integromat brands itself as the “glue of the internet.” The platform offers features that allow users to create professional integrations, visualizing everything they do along the way.
Integromat works using APIs to connect apps into workflows. Users do not need to write the API themselves, but instead, use blocks that connect in a simple drag-and-drop interface. Once blocks are made into modules, Integromat can run them 24-7 in the background without any human intervention.
There are hundreds of pre-defined templates available to complete everyday tasks, but the power of Integromat comes from building custom triggers and granular workflows. Users can create complex scenarios by putting elements on a page and connecting them with rules.
Integromat bears many similarities to Zapier. We advise exploring the apps that each support before deciding on the one that is best for your business.
Naker lets users create product visuals without any photo shooting, video shooting, or coding, thanks to 3D. You can add interactive content to your website using templates, in a similar way that Canva has done with static images.
Naker aims to help increase visitor engagement on your website through 3D content. The platform works with just about every framework and CMS.
Designs created with Naker do not compromise loading times like other 3D images, making it a great way to improve conversion without damaging SEO.