WWW… Wednesday! FlutterFlow
by Taylor Slattery | November 9, 2022
The rise of the no-code movement has led many in the design and development space to falsely believe that coding ability is no longer necessary. However, code still has utility, and tools like FlutterFlow offer a perfect marriage of the ease of a no-code builder and the undeniable utility of code. Flutterflow is a low-code web app builder. What this means is that while you don’t need to be a developer with years of experience to get started building web apps with FlutterFlow, if you do happen to have some experience with code, you’ll be able to utilize some of FlutterFlow’s more complex features. However, first and foremost, FlutterFlow is a visual tool. If you’ve ever used a no-code site builder, FlutterFlow provides a very similar user experience, with some additional development-oriented features.
Its drag-and-drop interface allows users to quickly bring their wireframes to life to get a feel for their app’s structure and begin the process of experimentation and revision. Once you’ve established your base, FlutterFlow makes it easy to adjust your app’s aesthetics. You can see the way changes made to things like type and color affect both specific elements and the app as a whole as you make them in real time. This makes the process of finding an aesthetic with the right balance of functionality and personality both easy and enjoyable. FlutterFlow also allows you to build themes consisting of styles and palettes for type and color, making it easy to maintain consistency as you work on the app’s various screens.
There are few things that make a tool more intuitive and approachable than drag-and-drop functionality, and for this reason, it’s something users have come to expect when it comes to tools aimed at any sort of digital product building. FlutterFlow utilizes drag and drop to great effect, not only to demystify the complicated process of building web apps, and to do so quickly, but doing so with visual feedback that helps first-time users navigate and gain confidence as they find their footing.
As mentioned before, FlutterFlow is a low-code tool. While those without any coding knowledge will still be able to take advantage of most of FlutterFlow’s features, advanced users with coding knowledge will have a leg up when it comes to stretching your app’s capabilities. Users can add custom functions and widgets to tailor their app to their exact needs.
FlutterFlow also features integration with third-party APIs which can be used to increase the functionality of your app and make it easy to collect data. This can be used to provide visitors with valuable information to help drive conversions, like adding reviews to the item page for a shop. Another great feature is integration with Google Translate, making it easier than ever to have a multi-language app and reach a wider audience. Once you’re finished building your app, FlutterFlow uses Codemagic to deploy directly to app stores.
FlutterFlow is free to try so you can start building your own web app today. You can learn more and try it out here.
Taylor is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Taylor is a graphic designer, illustrator, and Design Lead at Weirdsleep.