7 Epic No-Code Tools For Building Professional Websites.

7 Epic No-Code Tools for Building Your Business Website.

Building your first (or next!) business website is always exciting, and let’s face it somewhat stressful experience. But to avoid completely avoiding this stress you need to tick a couple of boxes. For example, creating a user-friendly website, landing page, email list, or social media pages.

And, thankfully, you found this blog post. This post would help you answer some of the questions you may have regarding creating a business website without being tech-savvy or writing codes. Also, everything is explained using easy-to-understand terms.

Such as, “Do I need a developer to build a website?”, “Can I build my own professional website?”, “what are no-code tools?”, and the like. Also, you will learn about seven no-code tools for building websites, and how to know which one would suit your needs.

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Leggo!

What is No-Code Software?

Source: Enrique Dans.

No-code is a software development technique that involves little to no programming skills to easily build an application. Simply put, you don’t need to know how to write codes to use these tools, and if you find a no-code tool that requires some coding, you can always make use of a template instead.

What does this mean for you as an entrepreneur? Well, this means you can focus more of your energy on ensuring your product or service satisfies your clients. Because now you can create a fully functional online presence (Website, Social media accounts, Google My Business, and Newsletter) in less than two weeks. Whoa.

How Does No-Code Work?

According to Target Tech, no-code is a misnomer, because it involves a lot of coding the only difference is that this happens behind the scene invisible to business users like you. The heavy lifting is done by the no-code tool providers that use data abstraction, and encapsulation to hide the difficulty level of what you do through simple maneuvers such as dragging and dropping application components to build an application.

Enough technical jargon…let’s go back to the easy stuff.

7 Best No-Code Tools for Building Your Business Website.

1. Notion.

Source: Twitter (a Web page created using Notion).

What is Notion?

Notion is a no-code tool and a workspace. You can use it to create “pages” which you can fill with; text, maps, create a to-do list, landing pages, portfolios, resumes, and the likes.

For an individual, the free version is quite efficient, but as you grow your business, you can use the pro version to manage your company’s activities in one app. This will also make it easy for you, and your team to work together.

Why Notion?

Notion removes the dependency of creators, business owners, or a company’s team on a web developer. It allows you to easily, and quickly start creating pages of rich content without having to wait for a developer to set up a Content Management System such as WordPress.

As a non-technical user, you can easily create pages, the hierarchy of pages, and the content in these pages. Users claim that Notion is simpler to use than any other system.

Also, elements in Notion editor are very similar to the elements used in website interfaces. Examples are Headers (H1, H2, H3…), embeds (videos, maps…), bold, italics, cards, and multi-column layouts to name a few.

Notion encourages website-like intra-workspace hyperlinks and allows users to easily add media like images. Basically, Notion stops you from spending too much time laying a foundation, and helps you to get on with building quickly!

Aside from website creation to avoid messing up important dates or things you should do by having a lot of To-Do apps, or note apps, you can do everything in Notion. Notion is available on all devices, and can be used anywhere!

Honestly, not a lot of free software offers such a range of functions.

Pros and Cons of Using Notion to Create a Professional Website.

Pros.

1. Easy to set up.

2. Lots of cool features.

3. Well organized.

4. Many template options.

5. The app is minimalist, modern, and fluid.

6. Allows non-technical users to focus on their main objective, which is content creation.

Cons.

1. Users can easily mess things up.

2. It isn’t mobile-view friendly.

3. Your website isn’t optimized.

4. Very limited styling (design) options.

In general, Notion is a very useful no-code tool because it provides a variety of templates for users (or get templates online). The fact that you can easily customize your Notion website within a short while makes it an amazing option! Just make sure you keep everything minimalistic and remember your goal is to get your business online!

Sam Dickie, a senior product manager at Softr, a no-code web application builder recreated his website using Notion, he also shared a free notion website template pack! Sam has this to say about Notion, “Personally, I’m pretty impressed at what you can pull off using Notion despite a few constraints. It took me roughly 4 hours from start to finish. However, the one substantial advantage was that I simply had to copy and paste all the contents from my website and also had all my assets to hand. The trickiest thing was positioning and the alignment of the blocks which still needs some work by Notion.

While Lade Tawak, a User Experience designer and writer said, “As a non-visual designer in tech, creating my website in Notion helped me remove the pressure of “doing too much. While searching for inspiration for my website, most of what I so was really visual-heavy. And as I am not a visual or UI designer it was a bit discouraging.”

You may find Lade’s blog post where she talked about her experience creating her blog in Notion, and shared useful related to analytics, hosting, and the like.

2. Wix.

Source: Website Builder Expert (a page created using Wix).

What is Wix?

Wix is a user-friendly, simple, and flexible website builder. It’s beginner-friendly, and like the other tools on this list, it lets you build a professional website or online store without writing codes.

Wix runs on its own server (“in the cloud”). This means you don’t need to worry about buying any hosting or installing software.

Why Wix?

Wix serves as a software as a service product, that gives you a do-it-yourself vibe. As a beginner, you can tap into the Wix developer network if you want a more advanced website. It also offers a range of free templates from its huge library of templates.

You can use the platform to create your own personal portfolio (small businesses, digital marketers, videographers…), eCommerce, blog, and the like. As a business or creator, this website gives you full control over the appearance of your website. One of its coolest features is the drag, and drop function.

Aside being very affordable. a Wix website isn’t time consuming too. This means your first website can be live within or less than a day. You can always improve it anytime.

Wix offers both free, and paid versions.

Pros and Cons of Using Wix to Build a Business Website.

Pros.

1. Massive collection of themes (which you can sort by category).

2. Trail periods on premium plans.

3. Adequate supply of scaling tools, for example, traffic boosters, and search engine optimization that help the website gain popularity.

4. Good site speed.

5. Cool drag and drop interface.

6. Wix app market which provides functional services such as social widgets (e.g. forums), and apps such as shopping carts by Shopify. Most of these apps are free but you can choose to get the premium versions for more options.

Cons.

1. Wix hosts your website, and this means you can’t go elsewhere.

2. It isn’t a good option for content-heavy sites.

3. You may get extra charges on your next renewal if you use additional apps and the free domain bonus.

4. Changing your website template is not possible.

5. Unlike systems like WordPress, Wix doesn’t allow users to export content and migrate to another platform easily.

Over the years, Wix has become the host of more than 160 million websites, and yours can be the next. To get a better understanding of how to create a website using Wix take a look at this post by Design Bombs.

3. Webflow.


Source Medium by Protypr (a Web page created using Webflow).

What is Webflow?

Another amazing no-code development tool is Webflow. It’s a website builder used for creating very responsive websites. It has become increasingly popular among creative professionals, entrepreneurs, and web designers as an alternative to content management systems such as Wix, or WordPress.

Why Webflow?

Webflow offers users a variety of products designed to help individuals quickly, and easily create attractive, and fully-customized web pages without consuming much of their time or forcing them to use pre-designed templates (those who want to use these templates can!).

Pros and Cons of Using Webflow to Create a Professional Website.

Pros.

1. Webflow gives you absolute design freedom

2. It allows you make edits on-page.

3. It has a drag and drop page builder for web design.

4. Diverse and amazing template collection. (very good for eCommerce!).

Cons.

1. Webflow has a somewhat steep learning curve (but once you’ve climbed to the top, you’ll unlock an advanced level of an understanding of visual interface to achieve professional results within a short time!).

2. Expensive plans compared to the rest, price ranges from $12 to $212 a month. (if you’re just starting out, you may be better if with a tool that gives you a free plan. At least to test the water.)

3. It’s relatively difficult to use.

“Think about it this way — If you’re a designer, Webflow is a step forward in your career. You’ll be able to take on stuff you design and make it live. Not with prototypes but actually live. And it’s really that simple. Of course, you’ll need to learn a few things but in general, this is the future. From the client’s idea — research — design — to an actual working project. All done by you — the designer.” This statement was made by Jan Losert, a Webflow/ No code enthusiast, a product designer, and a product maker.

According to Jan, Webflow was created to help designers, developers, and basically, anyone creates fully responsive websites. In his blog post, “The Easiest Guide to Webflow for Beginners“, he gave a step-by-step explanation of the intricacy of Webflow.

Also, Growfox is a list of tools to help you amazing sites on Webflow. According to their blog, for the design phase you can make use of Figma or Octopus.do, while for the building phase Finsweet, and Weblock.

4. Softr

Source: Product Hunt (a page created using Softr)

What is Softr?

According to CrunchBase, “Softr is the easiest no-code platform to build custom apps, and client portals, powered by your data (Airtable). With Softr any non-technical user can create customer portals, internal tools, dashboards, membership apps & resource directories within hours, with zero learning curve, powered by their data.

Also, all applications created with Softr are also automatically responsive and work great on mobile and tablet.” Simply put, Softr is a stress-free tool that converts your Airtable data into an attractive and professional website.

Why Softr?

Softr as built-in user authentication. There are premade blocks for signup and login. Want to work with others on various projects? Invite users, and give them specific roles, and permission. Also, you can transfer projects from one account to another.

Pros and Cons of Using Softr for a Business Website.

Pros.

1. You can finish building your website within minutes.

2. Even with the free version users can get a custom domain (which automatically makes the website appear professional).

3. It makes it for web designers to create a collection for their designs.

4. Softr gives users the option to change the SEO settings for each individual page, including social share data, and meta tags.

5. It has a free version which has a lot of options compared to some free versions of other tools.

Cons.

1. Not fully customizable, and it seems a bit outdated when it comes to the design.

2. You might find it impossible to build a card using Softr.

3. Softr has less functionality compared to some of the other tools.

Softr has a collection of video guides by different individuals showing users the step-by-step process of creating a blog, how to create paid member-only courses, and how to send data to Google sheet via Zapier to name a few! What would you like to build in minutes using Softr? Watch the video guide now!

5. Weebly.

Source: Weebly (a page created using Weebly).

What is Weebly?

It’s an excellent tool for creating amazing online stores, and best value websites. Its app Centre has a lot of widgets for enhancing and integrating your website with other services. If you own a store, the integration makes it possible for you to sell both digital products, and physical products/ services.

Why Weebly?

Weebly’s partnership with Square Online has advanced its eCommerce solutions, making it a very attractive option for those who want to sell online. According to Tom’s Guide, Weebly is among the top eCommerce website builder.

It’s free (forever!) plan allows you to properly test the builder before committing fully. It’s an amazing tool for small businesses, and marketing and advertising firms.

Pros and Cons of Using Weebly to Build a Business Website.

Pros.

1. It has an easy-to-learn, and user-friendly interface.

2. You can build your website within minutes.

3. The template is very flexible, it allows you to easily change templates with just a click of a button. Also, themes are mobile-friendly.

4. If you like a certain theme but would prefer a different layout, you can easily change the layout.

5. It has an autosave so your work doesn’t get lost.

Cons.

1. The blogging functionality needs some improvement.

2. Users have a limited collection of themes to select from.

3. Changing a theme can misplace or distort items.

4. It’s time-consuming to upload photos, and you’ll need to put any other activities on your website on hold if not your work won’t get saved.

According to website builder expert, Weebly powers over 50 million websites worldwide. Here’s their step-by-step tutorial on how to use Weebly.

6. Bubble.


Source: Bubble (a page created using Bubble).

What is Bubble?

Bubble is one of the most advanced tools that you can use to build fully functional and robust web apps. It allows you to design, develop, and deploy a web application all in one place, using its drag, and drop visual editor, and cloud-hosting service function.

Why Bubble?

It excels greatly in custom user workflow building. Which is very necessary when you’re building a creative, and robust app. As an entrepreneur, founder, or product manager with this tool you can easily start building, and testing without needing to explain your product to others, or sourcing a lot of capital.

Basically, you can turn your idea into a fully functional web app without writing codes, and within hours.

Pros and Cons of Using Bubble to Build a Business Website.

Pros.

1. It’s very secure because it uses advanced security capabilities. It’s built on the Amazon AWS cloud infrastructure (including S3 for images, and videos).

2. It has an easy-to-use drag, and drop interface.

3. It’s very efficient compared to traditional development because it’s cheaper, and faster.

Cons.

1. Once you launch, and have paid users, you may find iterating on your app with Bubble as time-consuming as coding.

2. If you’ve got a unique requirement that this tool doesn’t support, you can’t build a feature, or improve the app’s performance.

3. The app you’ll build using this tool work well on a mobile browser (as long as you focus on a responsive design), but you can’t build a mobile app that you can submit to the Android Play Store or iOS App Store.

This is superb for non-technical people interested in building no-code apps, or individuals who already have little experience coding. You can enroll for free for this Bubble for Beginners Course by Zeroqode.

7. Typedream.

Source: Product Hunt (a page by Typedream).

What is Typedream?

According to SaaSHub, it’s a powerful no-code website builder with the simplicity of Notion. As the name suggests, this tool is based on a simple vision, “type, and publish your dream site”.

Why Typedream?

This tool helps you create websites (also landing pages, marketing pages, resources, and guides…) that are highly attractive, and to get this done all you need to learn are the basics of building, editing, and publishing your website. Also, how to integrate third-party apps to your website, and add a custom domain to your site.

Those are all you need to do. It has both free and paid models.

Pros and Cons of Using Typedream to Create a Business Website.

Pros.

It helps you create the best value websites using a simple interface.

2. You can easily integrate third-party tools such as MailChimp, and Waitlist to name a few.

3. Users have more control over site designs, and layout compared with other tools.

Cons.

1. It’s still in its Beta version, so it has limited functionalities.

2. It lacks the structure, and support some of these other tools have, so it may not be best for creating eCommerce, and marketplace.

3. In the free version you can add unlimited pages but only publish one.

Basically, it’s a one-stop solution for all your website needs. And, in this video by Max Haining featuring Typedream’s Co-founder Kevin Chandra, and Helen Huang from Colab, you’ll learn a lot more about this tool, and how it can benefit you.

Wrapping Up…

Source: Facebook.

Aside saving costs no code tools is clearly the best choice for non tech savvy individuals who want to build a fully functional, and business website for their businesses because it’s very flexible, so users build on their own terms.

It reduces the production time, this means that an individual can create an amazing, and user-friendly website within a few hours, and get their first paid user immediately (depending on how well they market their products). It also makes it easy for you to collaborate with your team.

Basically, it solves the problem of a creator needing to hire or become a developer to produce a technical product. When creating products or services online always be aware of security, and make sure you always protect your personal or business data.

If you’ve physical products you want to sell online and would need an online platform that allows you to add photos, and descriptions of products, and integrates both a seamless delivery and payment system to your eCommerce store then you should give Flutterwave Store a try!

Ironically, this website is powered by WordPress (which involves coding!). But I plan on creating another website, and landing pages using one of these tools, can you guess which?

Would love to know, which of these tools you think would work well for you? or are you willing to try?

P.S: Stay safe. Be good. Live. Smile.