You’ve Probably Used No-Code Without Knowing

No-Code is getting more and more traction. In fact, you might have already used it or something like it.

You’ve Probably Used No-Code Without Knowing

One of the greatest things about No-Code is not only how easy or fast you can get to do stuff, but also how familiar it actually is. You might not know it, but you’ve been using No-Code or No-Code adjacent approaches for a while now. And it is a good thing that we get to realize this, because many times we avoid dipping our toes in new waters because we don’t want, can’t or prefer not to face a completely new set of rules and challenges. But guess what? Although there still is a learning curve to No-Code, most of the ground work will already be familiar to you. And ain’t that a relief?

The face of someone who doesn't know they've already used No-Code
Photo by Tim Gouw / Unsplash

First, let’s get into what is perhaps the most obvious route to No-Code. Platforms like Wordpress, Wix or Squarespace are extremely popular and extremely helpful for a lot of people. They helped hundreds of thousands of businesses and individuals get online without needing to develop a landing page traditionally and, well, that’s exactly what No-Code is about. However, these platforms are not usually grouped with other No-Code tools.

But know that from the concept, from the idea and from the literal visual development —with the use of drag and drop interfaces—, these brands share a lot of similarities with what are now household names in the No-Code community. So if by any chance you created a website on Wix, maybe you should try out a tool like Bubble or Webflow, and reach new heights.

But maybe you are familiar with No-Code through another path. Maybe you are a PowerPoint master, or you used to draw digitally on MS Paint, or are now a designer who uses software like Adobe Photoshop on a daily basis. That is also extremely close to how many No-Code tools work: you have one or more toolbars on the edges of the screen, and these usually frame a canvas in which you will get to see your process as you work. It really isn’t very far off of that, from a design perspective.

This way you can get to invest your efforts on parts you may not be that familiar with, like databases or workflows.

Finally, you might have had your first encounter with No-Code adjacent platforms in your childhood. Or perhaps your child is having it right now! I’ve talked about this before, but in a way, video games (especially those that allow level creation and editing) can get very close to visual development or No-Code. Remember creating your skate-park on Tony Hawk Pro-Skater? Well, you used drag-and-drop. Today, kids from a very young age might be experiencing the basics of programming through games like Game Builder Garage.

And this might sound like a given, but having a familiar interface with which to work can be a game changer. This is why we gravitate towards some stuff instead of others, because of familiarity, similarity, previous experience, and not going completely blind into something (which, let’s face it, sometimes is a fun adventure too!)

No-Code really is becoming ubiquitous, with tools like Zapier getting more used by the day, internal apps made out of spreadsheets like the one from Glide, and companies of every size and industry relying on different kinds of visual development platforms to increase their productivity without breaking the bank.

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