Productivity Tools

NoCode
August 15, 2022

Tools to enhance and improve your Productivity at work

Which No-Code Platform is the Best? / What No-Code tool is the best?

When considering a no-code tool, we always recommend taking 4 key factors into account:

Ease of Use - How easy is it for a non-technical person with no coding skills to use this tool to make apps? Is there a big learning curve? Can someone who has a basic grasp of Microsoft Office also get a grasp of this tool? Or does it require a lot of up-front training? This is perhaps the most important factor to consider.

Flexibility - How much flexibility does this tool have in terms of what you can build? Can it handle complex decision-making behind the scenes and allow you to bring any app idea to life without any coding at all?

We award extra points here for tools which allow you to integrate with other tools for extra functionality, or let you add your own custom code. Consider whether or not all of your desired functionality is supported by a tool before you use it!

Design-Freedom:  Does the tool give you full freedom to bring a design to life? Not all No-Code tools have complete flexibility. Remember, this can be a double-edged sword! If you're not confident in your design abilities, you may wish to pick a tool with less design freedom, as often these tools will set beautiful defaults for you.

Glide is a great example of this, you can customise the branding colours and the order of components, but Glide ensures your design stays looking like a proper app appropriate for either the iOS or Android platform.

Cost-Effectiveness: Simply, how affordable is this tool? Remember, this can get complex - Some tools will start with a trial while you build, but charge you to publish your app live. Other tools have specific limits, such as a certain number of records in your database or not being able to integrate other tools into your app without paying extra. As long as you can afford the lower tier plans and have a solid monetisation for your app, don't worry too much about "scaling" or long term costs as often you'll have income in future to supplement these.

Remember - A low score in any one category does not mean the "tool" is bad - For example, a tool with high ease of use, but low flexibility and design-freedom could simply indicate that this tool is incredible easy to use and perfect for a beginner who doesn't have mountains of decision-making into their app. It could also mean the tool is focused on being the best tool on the market for a very specific type of app, like a portal or marketplace.

Make sure you check out our individual reviews for more information on why we decided on these tools

Stacker

Stacker

This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Customer Portals and Internal Tools powered by your Data

Our Verdict

Stacker is incredibly slick, quick and easy to set up on top of your existing data sources and lets you quickly build customer or colleague portals. Great choice for getting started quickly, especially if non-technical and not fussed about customising everything to a granular degree. Working in a large company? THIS is the tool for you!

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Ease of Use

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

Cost - Effectiveness

1 = Prohibitively expensive or unscalable pricing plan. 5 = Free or incredibly high value for money with a low price of entry. Note this score is decided relative to peer tools in the category

Flexibility

1 = Few or no features, unable to make anything custom, little-to-no integrations with other tools or platforms. 5 = Completely customisable, lots of integrations with 3rd-party tools, easy to add your own features, logic and even code, if needed

Design-Freedom

1 = Choose from pre-designed templates only, little-to-no design customisations available. 5 = Complete, pixel-by-pixel customisable design - usually very easy to completely replicate a design from Figma, Photoshop or Sketch
Macro

Macro

This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Supercharge your team's workflows

Our Verdict

I quietly love this tool. It's like an automation platform for your real colleagues. You can create checklists, manage workflows and integrate tools like Gmail or your favourite CRM. Highly recommend trying it out!

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Ease of Use

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

Cost - Effectiveness

1 = Prohibitively expensive or unscalable pricing plan. 5 = Free or incredibly high value for money with a low price of entry. Note this score is decided relative to peer tools in the category

Flexibility

1 = Few or no features, unable to make anything custom, little-to-no integrations with other tools or platforms. 5 = Completely customisable, lots of integrations with 3rd-party tools, easy to add your own features, logic and even code, if needed

Design-Freedom

1 = Choose from pre-designed templates only, little-to-no design customisations available. 5 = Complete, pixel-by-pixel customisable design - usually very easy to completely replicate a design from Figma, Photoshop or Sketch
Basecamp Personal

Basecamp Personal

This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Get it together and manage projects the right way.

Our Verdict

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Ease of Use

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

Cost - Effectiveness

1 = Prohibitively expensive or unscalable pricing plan. 5 = Free or incredibly high value for money with a low price of entry. Note this score is decided relative to peer tools in the category

Flexibility

1 = Few or no features, unable to make anything custom, little-to-no integrations with other tools or platforms. 5 = Completely customisable, lots of integrations with 3rd-party tools, easy to add your own features, logic and even code, if needed

Design-Freedom

1 = Choose from pre-designed templates only, little-to-no design customisations available. 5 = Complete, pixel-by-pixel customisable design - usually very easy to completely replicate a design from Figma, Photoshop or Sketch

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Notion

Notion

This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

The Only App You Need for Work-Life Productivity.

Our Verdict

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Ease of Use

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

Cost - Effectiveness

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

Flexibility

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

Design-Freedom

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls
Trello

Trello

This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Trello lets you work more collaboratively and get more done.

Our Verdict

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Ease of Use

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

Cost - Effectiveness

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

Flexibility

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

Design-Freedom

1 = Lots of training or experience required, 5 = Can get up and going immediately with no prior knowledge or computer skulls

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About the Author

I'm Nile Frater - The Founder and Managing Director of NoCode.Tech, as well as the Lead Instructor on our NoCode University education platform

I have over 8 years of experience in the No-Code industry and have tried, tested and reviewed over 250+ NoCode, LowCode and Zero-Code platforms. With a history of teaching No-Code in organisations big and small and running this website for over 3 years, I've helped thousands of people choose the right No-Code tool for them or their project.

Previous to running NoCode.Tech, I've held positions in startups and large organisations, including Lloyds Banking Group. I've also delivered countless workshops and podcast interviews on the NoCode ecosystem and consult regularly for teams building the next generation of No-Code Platforms. Let me know if I can help you too!

Nile

Nile Frater

Lead Instructor