17 no-code apps and tools to help build your next startup

Discover popular no-code apps that enable people without coding skills to build, automate, and innovate — all without writing a single line of code.

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We’ve all heard success stories about those startups that began in someone’s garage and went on to become large businesses.

We love hearing about underdogs rising up and winning. Today’s no-code tools allow businesses to be the underdogs — enabling them to build and launch without the need to write code.

17 no-code development platforms for businesses

From launching websites, building workflow automations, and developing apps, no-code platforms can help startups quickly build and launch.

Here are 17 no-code solutions to help startups, freelancers, and small businesses create without having to write code. 

What is no-code?

No-code apps and tools enable people without coding skills to create software using graphical user interfaces in place of writing code. Before no-code solutions, website and app development relied on programmers. Removing that barrier has opened the door to many more people, enabling them to build beautiful, functional websites and apps without writing code. 

Below, we’ll share some of the top no-code solutions that empower non-programmers to build chatbots, ecommerce stores, workflows, websites, apps, and more. 

1. Webflow

Okay, we’re going to start this list with us. It’s our blog, right? But seriously, we are passionate about empowering everyone with the development tools to build professional websites. Webflow grants you the ability to create whatever website you’d like without knowing a single line of code — from SaaS websites to ecommerce stores, and even fully functional (and cloneable!) job boards, like this one by Chris Spags.

Screenshot of Jetboost cloneable job board. Background photo is an overhead shot of 5 people working at a table with laptops.

With a variety of templates to get you started, and an intuitive drag-and-drop user interface, you’ll be able to bring your website from idea to launch quickly. Whether you want to start with a responsive template or build from scratch, Webflow allows full customization. And if you happen to have some coding skills, you can always take a peek at the code behind the design. Many Webflow creators like to use Webflow as a low-code platform to really explore the possibilities. Regardless of your experience, visual coding and development lets anyone take what's in their imagination and turn it into a working product.

Most startups don’t have a huge budget to spend on a website. Webflow gives you an affordable entry, letting you put up a high-quality website without spending a huge amount of time or money. SIDE, for example, used Webflow alongside several other tools such as Airtable and Jetboost to build Dovetail — a directory of Tech for Good agencies:

Dovetail homepahe. Peach-beige background Right side, line illustrations of two people, one with a blue color accent and the other with a pink accent. Left side, black text "Tech for Good agencies"

2. Bravo

Bravo is one of the most popular no code app builders amongst designers because it allows you to convert Figma or Adobe XD designs into native apps for iOS and Android. 

Bravo app homepage with headline "Powerful, design-first apps" with a preview of app types that you can build with their platform

Bravo calls itself a “bring your own design and backend” app builder. Once you create your design in Figma or Adobe XD, you connect to one or more databases or APIs of your choosing. Bravo’s visual design interface simplifies the process of turning a design into a functional app. Not only can you test the app directly within the tool, you can also share test access with colleagues. And once you’re ready to launch, you can publish to the Apple and Google Play app stores directly from Bravo’s no code app builder interface. 

3. Mailchimp

Building a small business means growing and understanding your audience. Mailchimp’s platform includes all you need to collect customer information, analyze who they are, and get in touch with them.

Mailchimp homepage. Headline: Turn Emails into Revenue. and yellow button "sign up"

You can conduct surveys, launch social media campaigns, and categorize your customer databases from Mailchimp’s all-in-one marketing platform. They also offer a number of no-code integrations with software like Square and LiveChat, making it versatile and simple to automate whatever you need.

Growing your customer base and communicating with them is important, especially at the beginning stages of a startup. Mailchimp’s web app makes this a faster and smarter process.

4. Parabola

Integrating data into automations and connecting apps can be a pain. Parabola makes all of this manageable. Whether it's an API, external database, or the intricacies of ecommerce, Parabola streamlines the process of connecting and automating data-related tasks in a visually driven user experience.

Parabola homepage. Blue background. Left side: headline "There's a better way to operate." Right side: Demo video.

With Parabola’s drag-and-drop tools you can automate a process or create a workflow. Whether your data is in Salesforce, Mailchimp, Shopify, or one of the other multitudes of platforms they support, Parabola is an indispensable data management tool for your business.

5. Voiceflow

As recently as a few years ago, it was hard to imagine how far voice-activated technology would come. Not too long ago, Siri and Alexa were just names. Now, they are go-to voice-activated assistants. 

Voiceflow homepage. Headline: The collaborative platform to build AI agents

Chat and voice apps shouldn’t just be limited to people who know how to program. Voiceflow makes AI voice app development possible for everyone without entering even a single line of code. 

Creating a voice app involves arranging drag-and-drop blocks, which builds the logic and structure for rapid application development. It’s a user-friendly visual interface that removes all of the complexity behind creating voice apps for Google, Alexa, in-car assistants, chatbots, and more. 

If you’re an aspiring app creator who has always wanted to build a voice assistant, Voiceflow’s no-code application development platform lets you do just that.

6. Bubble

No-code also removes the obstacles to software development. Bubble lets you build your own no-code app without having to know any programming languages.

An image of the Bubble website.

Bubble’s no-code app builder gives aspiring app developers a visual set of components to assemble and launch fully functioning end products. The abundance of options for functional customization makes Bubble a powerful tool for software development and building apps, dashboards, CRMs, social networks, and more.

Bubble allows anyone who has an idea to build, prototype, and launch it into the world. No-code opens the gateway for creatives to make their dreams happen, no matter what their skill sets may be.

7. Makerpad

You may know a little bit about what no-code can do but want to learn more. Maybe you’d like to create something, but don’t even know if anything out there can help you. Makerpad has tutorials, tools, case studies, new apps, and other resources to help anyone find a solution for what they want to do.

Makerpad homepage. White background, black text headline: Build [blank] without writing code next to video labeled "New here? Try our beginner course"

Along with these resources, Makerpad has paid services that offer education, implementation, and support to startups and entrepreneurs with no-code solutions.

If you’re looking for an extensive collection of all things no-code, Makerpad has so much to offer.

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8. Stage

If you want to create an app but don’t have any design or coding skills, Stage is the tool for you.

Stage website showing the no code app builder in action with a mobile phone screen within a visual designer.

This no code app builder uses a visual interface that lets you select from a variety of templates and a library of mobile patterns so you don't have to start from scratch. Once you have your foundation, you can customize typography, colors, and more. Stage is also a collaborative tool that allows you to create live prototypes and work with teammates in real-time.

9. Airtable

What if you could have all of the functionality of Excel or Google Sheets and combine that with the data wrangling powers of sophisticated databases, all without having to enter in a single formula? Airtable brings spreadsheets and databases together in one program. 

An image of the Airtable website.

Airtable stands out from other business applications by offering a versatile and customizable product that can be used for so many different things.

Whether you need to organize a calendar of project deliverables, compile a customer list, or organize any other type of information, Airtable makes it easy to create and collaborate. Their modular system of building customized tables lets you go beyond basic spreadsheets so you can build exactly what you need. 

10. Coda

Coda wants to bring unity to your workflow. Instead of an unconnected web of spreadsheets, apps, and databases, Coda brings these all together in one central place: a Coda doc.

Coda homepage. Beige background. Left side: "Meet the evolution of docs" Right side: demo image of Coda doc. Center: 3D image of chameleon using tail as umbrella.

Docs can be connected through Coda Packs. You can link other platforms like Slack, Google Calendar, and Jira without having to worry. Coda’s building block system streamlines the process of creating Coda docs (with fun graphic embellishments!) and simplifies cross-team communication. 

11. Gumroad

When we talk about startups, most of us think about the big glamorous world of tech. But those with entrepreneurial aspirations aren't limited to the digital realm. Plenty of people would like to make a living off of their own creativity.

An image of the Gumroad website.

If you have a podcast, do illustrations, make beats, or even want to do something like launch your own online course, Gumroad could be the no-code application for you. This tool offers an ecommerce solution to get your creativity out there, letting artists become their own business owners. 

12. Landbot

When done well, chatbots can be a useful tool for businesses and a helpful resource for customers. Chatbots can greet site visitors, help them find the information they’re looking for, and gather solid leads that a person can follow up on. But out-of-the-box chatbot responses won’t wow your customers — customized chatbots are a must. 

Landbot homepage. Lavender background with navy headline "The Most Powerful No-Code Chatbot Builder" next to an image of a sample Landbot chatbot

Landbot lets you assemble your own chatbots and create conversation prompts that will guide your users. With an easy-to-follow workflow, you’ll be able to tie in all of the different parts of a conversation together. And with the WhatsApp integration, you can reach fans of your brand where they’re already having conversations.

13. Zapier

Do you have multiple applications, all generating important data that you’d like to tie together into an automated process? Zapier lets you connect different app platforms together — automating and expediting your workflow.

Zapier homepage with the headline "Easier automation, bigger impact"

 Zapier's automations extend to many of the familiar tools that companies use. Twitter, Slack, Dropbox, and Shopify are but a few that you can implement into an automated workflow. Zapier helps you manage business needs through simple but powerful workflow automation, making it a fan favorite no-code app for everyone from solo freelancers to large Saas companies.

14. Polyflow

Polyflow is a native solution built for Webflow sites created by Webflow’s Enterprise partner, Minimum.run.

Polyflow homepage. Gray background with black text and green buttons. Main text, "Translate your webflow site into multiple languages"

This no-code tool syncs all your static and dynamic content, attributes, components, and images — and allows you to translate into more than 120 languages. Once you sync your Webflow project, Polyflow allows you to add language alternatives for every page and CMS content with custom URLs and subdirectories, following best practices to tell Google about localized versions of your page.

15. Thunkable

If you’re looking for another option for building mobile applications, Thunkable offers a no-code app development platform for helping you build and launch your digital creations.

Thunkable homepage with the headline "No code mobile app development made easy"

With drag-and-drop functionality, Thunkable lets you connect a variety of functional components to construct different user flows for your own app building. Your final mobile app creation will work on both iOS and Android without having to make any modifications on your own. Thunkable’s no code app builder offers a variety of open source projects for free, so you can create native apps for the Apple and Google Play stores without starting from scratch. 

16. Typeform

If you’re looking to build submission forms, surveys, or find ways to generate leads, Typeform is a great no-code solution. Typeform makes data collection easy and offers a great user experience that can be fully customized to fit your brand.

Screenshot of Typeform homepage with headline that says "Forms that break the norm"

Typeforms are super easy to make, and we have plenty of tutorials on Webflow University that show you how to integrate them into your no-code stack. Thanks to the variety of form types — quizzes, polls, tests, and more — Typeform has many use cases like gathering feedback, performing research, and generating leads. 

With Typeform Professional, you can create personalized question paths and logic jumps where needed. Building personalized experiences for different personas and customers is now more important than ever, and Typeform allows you to do just that.

17. Glide

If you have basic spreadsheet skills, you can use Glide’s no-code app builder. 

Glide homepage with headline "Build business software you actually want"

This no-code platform pulls from data sources like Excel files or Google Sheets and then prompts you to add visual components via a drag-and-drop interface. Thanks to the variety of templates and pre-built components, it’s very accessible to people with zero coding experience. And Glide does more than just make your spreadsheet easier to look at — it turns them into powerful progressive web applications. 

Glide is a great way to create mobile apps for specific internal business processes. For example, apps for managing inventory, monitoring your sales pipeline, or  maintaining an employee directory.  

No-code development lets anyone be a creator

No-code doesn't mean anti-code. There will always be a place for developers and their expertise. But not knowing how to code shouldn't stop you from being able to launch your ideas, build businesses, and follow your entrepreneurial aspirations. It's exciting to see so many no code development platforms out there opening up the gateways for non-programmers to create.


June 8, 2023

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