5 No-Code Tools to Super-Charge Your Output
by Taylor Slattery | October 3, 2020
Now is the best time to be starting a business. With the barrier for entry at an all-time low, there has never been a better time to undertake a new entrepreneurship endeavor. Design tools have been democratized to a point where even without any specialized technical knowledge, just about anyone can have a professional-looking website up and running in an afternoon. You no longer need to be proficient in HTML or have years of coding experience to build great websites or apps. Whether you’re looking to build a website for your small business, publish a podcast, or build the next world-changing app, there are a plethora of tools at your disposal to make that happen.
Here’s a list of some of the best no-code tools that anyone can use.
Looking to build an app, but don’t know where to start? Apparat is a great option for those who have a vision but don’t have the know-how to make it a reality. It’s a drag and drop app builder with a host of great templates to help you get professional-looking results quickly. The templates consist of modular components, which can be further customized to your liking. You can build an app to your specifications, and publish it to both the Apple and Android marketplaces with the push of a button. Any future changes made within the builder are applied to the apps automatically, so maintenance is hassle-free. You can learn more and try a 30-day free trial here.
Podcasts are quickly becoming a go-to option for news and entertainment. Due to their longer runtimes, and often informal formats, they present listeners with a more honest feeling form of content when compared with the overproduced media found on TV. An increasing number of people are finding ways to make a living by hosting podcasts, and with the framework for success established, now is a great time to start a podcast of your own. Anchor helps you to do exactly that. From within a single app, you can record, edit, and distribute your podcast. You can publish your work to the major platforms, like Spotify, Google, and Apple, and record ads so you can start earning right away. Check out their page here to learn more and try it out for yourself.
As perhaps the most popular site builder in existence, it really needs no introduction, but this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning WordPress. If you operate in the creative sphere or have a business, a professional website is a must. Your site is the first point of contact for prospective clients and employers. It’s even more important than a resume. Whether you’re building an online store, a portfolio for your work, or even just a personal blog, WordPress has the tools to make it the best it can be. You can learn more here.
A huge part of the app marketplace on both Apple and Android platforms consists of games. With their addictive nature and the possibility for micro-transactions, their earning potential is near limitless. But developing a game is traditionally a massive undertaking. From designing the appearance and story to creating the code, the process usually involves a team of people, and even then it can still take years to complete. However, new tools like Buildbox have changed the way games are made. Its drag and drop editor has made it possible for anyone to try their hand at developing a game. You can learn more and try it out for yourself here.
If you run a small online business, you’ve likely learned to wear a number of different hats. In addition to the actual good or service you offer, there’s marketing, data analysis, finance, the list goes on and on. You’ve also likely heard the importance of building an email list. Having a direct line of communication with people who are interested in your work is invaluable. Convertkit allows you to take that resource to the next level. It allows you to organize your subscribers with tags so you can deliver more personalized content and implement a more narrow sales funnel. This leads to happier customers and more conversions. You can learn more here.
No matter what it is you’re looking to do, chances are, there’s a tool out there to help you do it. Wherever you’re going, hopefully, these five tools can be of help to you along the way.
Taylor is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Taylor is a graphic designer, illustrator, and Design Lead at Weirdsleep.