Non-technical people are just as capable of building apps without code or programming experience as I am. This guide is meant to be a primer for folks who have an idea for an app or startup but they don’t know where to start. Before we get into it, though, I want to be clear about a few things:
First, the term “Apps” can refer to both mobile apps or web apps. A web app is essentially a mobile-friendly website that you can interact with in some way. PayPal, Slack, Gmail, and SurveyMonkey are all examples of web apps. Mobile apps should be self-explanatory.. right?.
Second, while these tools will allow you to build your app, there are limitations. There are always cases where you simply will not be able to find a specific function or feature. Or you may find as your app gains traction you may have issues with scalability. Keep this in mind when choosing the tools for your project.
Third, if you are just looking to build a website, this is probably not the guide you are looking for. Check out my article about WordPress for Business for resources to get you online quickly and without any code.
Lastly, while almost all of the tools in this guide offer some sort of free version, you are going to have a hard time launching your app without spending a little money. And the pricing usually scales based on the number of uses so make sure your revenue model takes this into consideration (i.e. do not assume your costs will be the same if you have 10 users or 10,000 users).
Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s get right into it…
Bubble – the code-free programming language
Bubble is a platform for building apps without code using a super simple drag-and-drop interface. If you’ve ever created a PowerPoint presentation, you’re already qualified to use Bubble.
For simple web applications, Bubble is an all-in-one solution, but for a more complicated app you are going to need to communicate with other services. And that’s where our next service comes in…
Zapier – web-based app integration
When it comes to connecting multiple online services, Zapier is the industry standard. Their platform currently connect over 1,500 apps and counting.
Need a form that automatically creates an event in your calendar, adds the user to your newsletter distribution, and sends you an email notification? Zapier has you covered.
Now some of you probably came here looking for a tool for building mobile apps and I don’t want you to be disappointed so let’s get right to it…
BuildFire – the mobile app builder
One of my favorite tools for rapid app development is BuildFire, an easy-to-use platform for creating beautiful mobile apps without code. They provide a simple interface for designing and editing your mobile app for both Android and iPhone. No need to build it twice.
BuildFire also handles deployment of your app to the Apple iOS App Store and the Google Play Store (which, speaking from experience, is a massive headache).
There are of course limitations to what BuildFire can do, but they offer dozens of plugins to extend your app’s functionality to include things like making purchases, chatting with other users, or managing loyalty rewards points. And if you’re looking for a feature that isn’t available, they can tell you what it would cost to create it using their in-house developers.
Still not sure how to get started? No sweat, I saved the best for last…
Zeroqode Lab – the one-stop shop for building apps without code
Whether you need step-by-step instructions, or someone to walk you through the process, or even someone to develop it for you, Zeroqode Lab has you covered from concept to launch.
Zeroqode Lab, originally known as Code-Free Startup, was founded on the premise that you don’t need to be a programmer to launch a startup. They offer hundreds of plugins and templates for building advanced apps on Bubble. And when you’re ready to turn your project into a mobile app, Zeroqode Lab has a solution for that, too.