WWW… Wednesday! Softr

by Taylor Slattery | October 18, 2022

WWW… Wednesday! Softr

Spreadsheets have changed very little since inception and for good reason. As anyone who’s ever done a deep dive into Excel can attest to, spreadsheets are a deceptively simple tool with an incredible degree of flexibility that can be adapted to fit nearly any application. This endless depth and utility are why the general format looks more or less the same as it did over 20 years ago, and why it’s won so many die-hard fans.

Recently, however, the spreadsheet has managed to somehow become even more powerful. Thanks to clever integrations, spreadsheets are being used to both power and create all sorts of web-based apps and tools, with Softr being one of the most exciting entries to this category.

Softr allows users to use either Airtable or Google Sheets to develop powerful web apps and tools for both internal use amongst the team and client and customer-facing tools to streamline things like self-service or selling goods and services. Its intuitive interface makes creating custom solutions as easy as adding and organizing feature-specific blocks to meet the specific needs of your project. The process is incredibly straightforward and approachable even for those without any prior site-building experience.

Softr can be used to create any kind of site or tool you can imagine. Whether you’re designing a portal for clients to check a project’s status and provide feedback or approval, or you’re designing a subscription-based platform to deliver content to your online community, Softr has you covered. For those with a vision already in mind, its powerful selection of feature-focused blocks makes building out a bespoke web experience a breeze. For those new to the world of site-building, Softr has a large selection of templates designed for common use cases you can use as a launchpad to get started.

Also in support of the goal of making things as simple as possible, platform-agnostic mobile apps are generated without any extra effort, so your users can access the same great experience regardless of whether they carry an Apple or Android device. First-time users and veterans alike will also be happy to know that Softr has powerful security, keeping customer’s accounts and payment information safe. In addition to a free custom domain, all of the pages you build with Softr are automatically indexed so your site’s content can be easily found via search engines.

For anyone looking to give Softr a try, it’s free to get started. You can learn more and sign up here.

 

Taylor is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Taylor is a graphic designer, illustrator, and Design Lead at Weirdsleep.

 

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