By XanoSeptember 30, 2021
The so-called no code revolution is a popular topic these days, and not just in the tech sphere. More and more companies are recognizing the power of no code solutions to streamline their company processes ( a topic we've covered previously). However, the very fact no code has become so ubiquitous makes it difficult to find the right solution for your company.
There have simply never been more options in terms of no code solutions – and more are coming out each day! It's easy to feel overwhelmed, especially if you're coming from a non-tech perspective. Rest assured, you don't have to be in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) to choose the right no code solution. Below, we will break down some basic parameters to consider when browsing solutions.
No code development platforms are designed for people with little to no coding experience, but that doesn't mean they're all created equal in terms of ease of use. When browsing solutions, ask yourself some questions. Is the user interface intuitive? Does the company provide customer support and tutorials? Do any reviews mention a difficult learning curve?
All this is especially important if you're hoping for individuals with zero coding experience to be creating applications. Some no code platforms even provide free tutorials or trials or video content walking you through the basics. These might help you get a sense of whether the platform is intuitive enough for most people to easily pick up.
While browsing no code solutions, you'll likely come across low code varieties. While these can be great for more complex applications, keep in mind that such platforms are designed for those with coding experience and likely won't work if, say, your HR department is designing an application.
Third party integration is vital for any no code solution and adds a lot more value to an application, product, or service. Frankly, zero potential for third party integrations should be a dealbreaker as it will grossly limit what you can do on a given platform.
In terms of using no code for business purposes especially, third party integrations are absolutely vital. A quality no code provider will ensure you can connect with as many third party APIs as possible to make your application both more secure and simpler to use. Whether it's using reCAPTCHA authentication to prevent fraud and spam or allowing users to login via Gmail, accessing third party API endpoints should be a priority for any no code service provider.
Limited to no third party integrations is severely restricting, so make sure you ask about this when evaluating solutions.
If a no code platform does not provide a scalable server that can accommodate your traffic and resource needs, this is another potential dealbreaker. However, it's not always as simple as just providing the right server. A lot of no code platforms have payment plans that can get expensive as your needs grow.
Pay-per-users versus unlimited users can make a big difference for your budget, with the former adding up quickly if you plan to scale. Read pricing agreements very carefullywhen ensuring a platform is scalable to make sure it's within your budget (we'll talk more about pricing below).
One of the biggest drawbacks to no code platforms is the inherent security risk. You do not control your technology stack or implementation when working with no code platforms, meaning you're placing a lot of trust in providers.
First and foremost, a no code provider should be transparent about their commitment to security. Little or no mention about precautions is a red flag.
When reviewing a platform's security policy, some important security features to look for include:
Budgeting isn't fun, but it's a necessity when choosing a no code platform. The majority of no code platforms do save you money in both the short-term and long-term. However, as with any other service, no two no code solutions are the same and many have hidden costs.
As with security, transparency about pricing policies is always a good sign. Allowing you to build your initial MVP for free is a perk many platforms offer, as is a discount for signing up annually.
One vital feature is free live chat and office support. If a platform is charging you money to ask questions in the event of a mishap, it's likely not worth your investment. Even with the best no code providers, technology can have hiccups. You need to be able to call tech support without worrying about breaking your budget.
When working with the right provider, no code solutions can be a great way to streamline processes and save money. While putting in the research takes effort, it'll be well worth it in the long run.
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