NoCode.Tech investigates 3 different options for building a visual interface on top of your favourite database
You don’t have to go far back in time to remember how hard it used to be to create apps or other digital tools. Developers had to be brought in, with timelines being twisty roads that often stretched into months. For companies, especially start-ups, these delays could seriously impact the bottom line. They required a faster path from ideation to launch, but at the time there were no other alternatives.
Some examples of what no-code makes possible include:
Customer relationship management platforms
Data automations and workflows
Embedded surveys or forms
Customer communication channels
No-code removes the barriers to success
No-code tools like Stacker make it simple to set up customized applications to keep track of and work with data.
No-code empowers companies to build what they need fast. They are no longer encumbered by the requirements of engineering know-how, enabling anyone with a bit of technical savvy and the willingness to learn a way to build digital products or resources in-house. No-code offers a fast track for businesses in creating the technologies they need to grow and better connect with their customers.
No-code apps make for more efficient development
UX Planet reports that 46% of those who use low-code tools found a decrease in mobile and web development projects in their queue, ranking 12 whole percentage points higher than those still utilizing traditional development tools. They also report that 64% of those going with low-code can churn out mobile apps in four months or less, which is a whopping 49% more than those who don’t. No-code and low-code give a huge boost in productivity.
Development costs decrease
Backendless found that 90% of development can be avoided by using no-code options. With timelines shortened, and billable hours to developers cut out, the costs incurred become much less. Start-ups and other newer companies often have limited budgets to work with, and no-code helps them stay within their means.
Why use no-code apps in building on the front-end
When a web app’s front-end is lacking, it’s something we notice almost immediately upon landing. A disordered layout, wonky navigation, and a dull user experience stop us dead in our tracks. You may have a great product to sell, but if the front-end looks bad, people are going to be turned off. First impressions matter.
It’s also worth noting that when your web app is designed to look and feel like a native application, conversion rates can be 36% higher. Putting time and effort into a front-end can make whatever your building pay off with better engagement.
Many no-code apps make it possible to build something more than a minimum viable product; something which functions and looks the way that you want it to, and offers your visitors a smooth user experience.
The front-end provides a secure entryway
Front-end design connects the data on the back-end to a user interface and visual experience. It should give visitors a simple way to interact with a website, giving them access to the functionality and information you want them to have, while the back-end keeps all of the data safe and secure.
Back-end security is crucial with several safeguards in place that involve:
No-code apps have come so far in what they can do with data. We’re going to take a look at three different no-code tools, including Stacker, Glide, and Airtable’s Interface Designer, discussing what they are, what you can build with them, and how they work.
Stacker offers a suite of easy-to-use tools which connect to Airtable. Directly syncing with Airtable’s API, provides a quick and simple way to put your data into action. Featuring a straightforward drag-and-drop interface, even non-developers can build out customer portals, dashboards, internal tools, data automation, CRMs, and other software applications.
Stacker makes it simple to put together great-looking front-ends, allowing a lot of creative freedom. It’s no problem to customize the interface and come up with a look that reflects your branding.
One of Stacker’s greatest strengths is in designing and launching customer portals. Along with being able to craft visually appealing designs and personalized dashboards, Stacker gives you a lot of control over who and what data visitors can access as well as making sure that it stays in sync.
Stacker offers a powerful tool for creating customer portals featuring:
Customization of layouts and visuals
Permissions and controls over who can see, edit, or update data both internally and externally
Secure file sharing
Direct data storage or integration with 150+ data sources including Airtable, Google Sheets, and Salesforce
Internal workflow app
Stacker’s internal workflow app is also another key feature. It’s a robust tool that provides a centralized space for team members to stay connected. Communication is more immediate, and the likelihood that team members will miss out on any important messages is diminished.
Stacker’s internal workflow app functionality fosters better collaboration in several ways:
Assign and track the status of tasks
Generate comments and in-app notifications that keep everyone up-to-date
Pick and choose the features through drag-and-drop elements
Stacker also comes through with a powerful CRM. It works by providing an ongoing archive of data, that can be synced from several major data sources. Another benefit is Stacker’s action buttons that can be utilized to expedite ongoing tasks.
Stacker’s no-code CRM gives you the power to:
Create customized dashboards that display specific fields
Integrate with existing data in Google Sheets, Salesforce, Airtable, and more
Glide is another worthy no-code platform that really shines through with what you can do with it in creating mobile applications.
To begin, all you need is an Excel spreadsheet, Google spreadsheet, or Airtable, and Glide will transform this data into an app or website. Glide comes packed with templates, including those for inventory trackers, property manager dashboards, and landing pages. They offer an entire section of classic mobile app templates for things like task tracking, conference schedules, and even ecommerce.
One of Glide’s greatest strengths is creating mobile apps. Glide’s apps can sync data, initiate and trigger actions between an app and other platforms, as well as provide data gathering capabilities like being able to snap photographs, add location tagging, and collect other important information.
Glide is also notable for generating responsive app designs, meaning that no matter what device an app is displayed on it will adapt to different screen sizes and offer a consistent user experience.
Glide Pages take data and can spin it into interfaces and dashboards as well as shuttling it to other apps or platforms. Customer portals, directories, and other specialized apps can all be generated in a few simple steps.
Glide Pages offers several helpful features including:
Data display options that cover tables, cards, and grids
A speedy design interface, with plenty of customization options like changing the UI, graphics, and colors
Triggering multiple actions
Glide Data Editor
Glide Data Editor provides a seamless way of connecting and working with data sources like Google Sheets, Excel, Airtable, as well as Glide Tables. With an intuitive column-based data editor, it provides a straightforward platform, and a direct sync to the data sources you may be drawing from.
Among the many benefits Glide Tables features:
Math and formula functionality
Computed columns which replace traditional formulas
Inclusion of data like text, metadata, photos, and documents
Airtable Interface Designer
Complementing their popular cloud-based, spreadsheet-lookalike database, Airtable also offers Airtable Interface Designer. If you’re already using Airtable, this is a no-frills app for designing front-ends for working with your data. Airtable Interfaces is more stripped-down than the other options we’ve selected but has enough functionality to cover almost anything you may require.
Airtable Interfaces provides practical features for working with Airtables including:
A drag-and-drop editor
Elements like timelines, grids, comments, and other building blocks
No-code opens up what you can do with data
Data doesn’t have to remain static, only to be manipulated and utilized through lengthy manual processes. You don’t need to hire a developer to create the tools or apps you’d like to build from it. No-code empowers you to take this data and build internal apps, deploy customer portals, and create whatever you need in helping your business and its customers.
Whatever you’re after, there’s likely already a no-code platform out there. If not, we’re sure that it’s soon to come. No-code has come so far, and there’s so much out there it can likely do.
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