It’s the end of the world as we know it and all that remains are no code platforms. I’m kidding, of course. But with so many different options out there, it can be overwhelming to know which software is the best fit for your business. In 2018, you may have heard the world no code pop up again and again when talking about website builders. What does this mean? Well, in a nutshell, these software programs enable users to build websites without having to write a single line of code. So if you’ve been thinking about building an e-commerce site or blog but aren’t a coding wizard like Shiri from Black Panther, then read on for our rundown of some of the most popular no code platforms available today.
Shopify: For built-in eCommerce at your fingertips
No code platforms are ideal for the first-time website builder, but what if you want to sell your goods online? There are plenty of no code eCommerce options out there, but for my money, Shopify is the best no code eCommerce platform on the market.
Shopify is a cloud-based SaaS (software as a service) provider that allows users to set up and run an online store with just a few clicks. Shopify’s drag-and-drop interface, built-in payment processing, and reliable hosting make it an easy choice for beginners looking to get their first online store up and running. On top of that, Shopify boasts an impressive and robust library of app integrations and add-ons, like SEO tools, logistical services, and inventory management systems. For anyone looking to set up an online store with little to no tech experience, Shopify is the no code eCommerce platform to beat.
Showit + WordPress: For bloggers (and the DIY crowd)
If you’re looking to create a blog, you don’t necessarily have to jump straight into a content management system (or CMS) like WordPress. There are a plethora of no code platforms out there that allow you to create a blog and customize the design, like Showit. This drag-and-drop website builder allows users to create beautiful sites that are mobile-ready and can be hosted from their site.
If you want to add some bells and whistles to your site like eCommerce, you can use a third-party app. With Showit, you can select from a number of designs and layouts that don’t require any code. You can also customize your site with added features and apps, including SEO, ads, and analytics. If you’re not a developer but still want to have some control over your site, Showit is one of the best no code platforms out there.
Squarespace: For quick and easy branding, without a developer
Some businesses, even those that don’t sell a concrete product, need a website to survive. Squarespace is another no code platform that allows you to create beautiful, fully featured websites without writing a line of code. With Squarespace, you can create a website with a robust selection of pre-made templates that can be customized (for the most part) to your liking. But if you don’t find the perfect design, you can create your own from scratch.
There’s no need to hire a developer, because Squarespace will handle the hosting and technical elements of the website. You just need to select a plan, create a website, and go live. Squarespace also offers email tools and integrations, allowing you to manage your subscriber list and send emails to them straight from the platform.
Webflow: If you don’t want to code, but still can
Webflow is a no code platform that allows you to build websites with a drag-and-drop interface. Webflow’s design tool lets you publish websites for any device and any browser, including mobile and desktop. On top of that, Webflow’s visual builder allows you to customize your site’s design without touching any code. With Webflow’s intuitive interface, you can build your website from start to finish without little to no knowledge of code.
Webflow is truly becoming a fan favorite because of how fast the website load, and their growing online community.
WordPress + Elementor: for the lovers of WordPress who hates templates
WordPress is the most popular CMS on the market for a reason. With robust settings, an extensive plugin library, and an easy-to-use interface, it’s easy to see why. If you love WordPress but can’t stand the default templates, you can use a no code platform to change them. Elementor is a no code app that allows you to build your website on top of WordPress.
With Elementor, you can create custom layouts, use pre-made templates, or create your own designs from scratch. You can also import images, text, and other data straight from Excel and Google Sheets. On top of that, Elementor’s drag-and-drop interface makes it easy for designers and non-technical folk to build their own website.
I’ve been using Elementor for some years now and continue to be impressed with the new features and everything they’re doing to improve the product.
If you’ve been thinking about creating a website but don’t know where to start, using one of these platforms takes the guesswork out of the equation. There are also benefits to building a site on one of these platforms, such as not having to worry about cost-prohibitive hosting or getting hacked. While these platforms are easy to use and make it possible for people who aren’t tech savvy to build their own website, it’s still important to be mindful of the limitations. These platforms are best for people who are mainly looking to host content or sell products online.