5 Free No Code Tools to Help Your Startup Move Fast

May 3, 2021, 11:04 a.m.
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5 Free No Code Tools to Help Your Startup Move Fast
Last Modified: May 10, 2021, 10:16 a.m.

Here are 5 free no-code tools to help get your startup running as fast as possible for as little as possible. 

Don’t get bogged down in the small, iterable details of your startup. Details like the logo, social media images, email management, and landing pages are important but should not consume the majority of your time.

Automate tasks and build your website quickly using these no-code solutions.


What is a no-code tool?

The term no-code is somewhat misleading.

No-code solutions and tools are platforms that allow non-programs and programmers alike to create applications using a graphical user interface (GUI).

Rather than using a command line, no code solutions let users interact with the platform using symbols and other visual elements.

Lines of code and programming logic are often required to complete the no-code configurations. However, the time saved using these no-code tools grows exponentially once familiarized with the platform.


1. Bubble

Bubble Homepage

Bubble is a no-code platform designed for entrepreneurs looking to build web apps without having to code. 

Create an account for free.

Enjoy the free lessons available to get you started. Learn how to save and send data, connect to APIs in addition to user authentication and registration. 

Bubble Academy

I highly recommend taking the lessons offered on the welcome page. The platform's app editor is arranged logically, but it can be intimidating if you just started using the platform. 

Visual elements such as form inputs and buttons are pre-built on the design page. Drag and drop the elements you want on the screen.

Bubble editor

Then create a custom workflow event for any element, adding as many pre-built actions needed to complete the flow. 

Preview your page once you're done.

Pros of Bubble:

  • Free plan
  • Bubble Academy
  • API integrations
  • Free templates
  • Easily customize components
  • Add plugins
  • Deploy on a subdomain of bubble.io


2. Webflow

Webflow homepage

Webflow is another no-code platform for web app development. 

The Webflow Designer tool looks similar to Adobe programs. It has a minimal, darkened interface with icons that expand the side navigation on click. 

As with Bubble, I recommend taking the free lessons and courses offered on Webflow University to familiarize yourself with the platform and features.

Webflow university

Predesigned layouts and elements are available for selection in the editor tool for quick development. 

Webflow designer tool

Every element can be dragged and dropped around the designer tool, editing the style as you see fit.


Pros of Webflow:

  • Free plan
  • Webflow University
  • API integrations
  • Free templates
  • Easily customize components
  • Deploy on a subdomain of webflow.io


3. Canva

Canva Homepage

Another graphical user interface platform is Canva, a free graphic design website specializing in logos, business cards, infographics, and more. 

Canva offers a great selection of marketing and social media templates so you can get your YouTube videos, Facebook posts, and LinkedIn banners designed within a few hours. 

Start with a blank page or a free template. Then upload your logo and photos. Add more elements such as SVGs and GIFs to further customize your Instagram post, banner ad, or blog post cover.

Canva editor

Pre-designed text and images are available so you don't have to design everything from the ground up. 


Pros of Canva:

  • Free templates
  • Drag and drop editor
  • Customize any pre-made template
  • Add video, audio, text, images to any template
  • Multiple file formats for download


4. Airtable

Airtable homepage

Airtable is a platform to create and manage relational databases. Similar to Google Sheets and Excel, Airtable gives you the ability to track your startup's progress in a spreadsheet.

However, Airtable is a database with a spreadsheet interface, meaning it can function as a spreadsheet but can also render data in different views and segment users based on access level tiers. 


There may be a learners curve with Airtables given their platform-specific terminology. But Airtable's blog and guides can help you get started using their platform. 


Pros of Airtable:

  • Free tier
  • Full database
  • Free templates
  • Customizable views
  • Air tables guides


5. Zapier

Zapier homepage

Zapier helps automate repetitive tasks by connecting two or mode apps without using heavy amounts of code. It's meant to free up time by completing the mindless, but necessary, tasks that take up a good part of the workday.

Popular zaps include automatically posting the same content on two social media platforms and sharing Google forms responses via Slack.


Zapier dashboard

Zapier provides templates for hundreds of apps, all you need to do is search for apps you use and find a workflow.

You may need to add some lines of code to connect to your website depending on the zap you're creating, but rather than that, the process is very straightforward and low code. 

Pros of Zapier:

  • Free tier (100 tasks a month)
  • Free 14 day trial
  • Easy to integrate and automate
  • 3,000+ apps to connect

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