If a tool comes out that claims to be no-code but it doesn’t feel like LEGO bricks, I don’t consider it no-code. A tool that only gives me the option to change colors, text, and move components around is like giving me a plain toy car with a box of paints and different wheel choices and then telling me it’s LEGO.
Let me explain how no-code should feel like LEGO.
Much like LEGO, the spirit of no-code is to empower builders. Here are characteristics of both LEGO and no-code tools:
The possibilities feel endless
The building blocks come in small pieces that don’t mean much in isolation
Templates or instructions are resources, not requirements
You don’t manufacture the blocks themselves (no coding necessary)
It’s helpful to be able to distinguish no-code tools from everything else so that you know where to spend your time learning. I want to input my time into tools that provide the most potential output. Tools that aren’t no-code have limited output.
Coding | No-code—————————Other tools
Flexible output——————————Specific Output
I like to sit as close as possible to the pipe to the right of coding.
If you aren’t trying to increase the range of things you can build, no-code may not be for you. If you are just looking for things you can use, there are plenty of tools out there. HubSpot, for instance, has a huge set of tools. Each tool has a specific output that you can use.
I hope you are better equipped to identify no-code tools and decide which tools to invest your time into. It’s always best to ask if a tool is worth exploring from members in the no-code community.
Ask us over in Slack if you have a question about a no-code tool.
P.S. For those of you following along from my last post, I ended up deciding to take time off from work completely. I know, not one of the options in the vote between Bubble and the app. Worth it. I built a planter box instead. Because you know, building.