Saturday, June 27, 2020

Best Practices for Designing Web Application Without Coding

You want to start designing a web application without coding but may not know where to start. Well, lucky for you, today we will be talking about the best practices when starting this journey and how you can design your next app with the tools of a low code or no-code app builder. Let’s first look at a high level of the advantages of a no-code SaaS platform. The best way to describe a no-code app builder platform is it doesn’t require ANY coding to actually build an app. Yep, that’s right. Absolutely no coding required. This means anyone in your organization with access to the internet and a computer is able to empower their inner citizen developer and build an app without any development skills! Now let’s look at some of the best practices when starting this journey. 

Alignment with the IT Department

One of the wonderful benefits of codeless programming or little to no code required is the idea IT is no longer in complete control of your app development and the business can be more agile. However, it doesn’t mean IT is completely out of the picture. It’s important to have your IT department in on the decision of which app builder to go with so they can look over security protocol and compliance. If you are looking at a web application builder with little to no coding (meaning it could be low code) you may need a developer on the project to help with customization and certain integrations. 

Know Your Requirements Before Choosing an App Builder

The good ole project scope. It is important to know what use case you will want to use with an app builder and what types of integrations, speed, user logins, etc. will be needed prior to paying for the SaaS platform. Some platforms will say you can build a web app without coding but also may imply there is no room for customization or change to any part of the app. You’ll also want to make sure you understand how the platform scales as your use case changes or your audience fluctuates. Understanding the scalability of a platform is crucial because it is the backbone of software that allows the system to grow with your business.

Little to No Code Still May Mean a Little Coding

We’ve already touched on this a little above but it’s important enough to call out on its own. Low code means you may need to code if there are integrations or customizations you want specifically that are not already built into the platform! This might sound a bit scary compared to no code but it’s actually a bit of a blessing working because you can have your own developer further extend the platform’s capabilities. You don’t have to just take the platform as it is – you can make it your own. When looking at low code platforms it’s important to figure out what coding language they allow you to use for customizations. There are some low code platforms that make you use a specific language and it’s crucial to know if you have someone who knows how to code in that language. Luckily, you can also find low code platforms like Lumavate, that allow you to build an app with no code required but also allow you to make updates and customizations with low code using ANY coding language your developer or IT team wants to use. This allows a lot more flexibility in who can customize using code. 

Starting the no-code journey will be amazing for your competitive advantage and agility as you want to make decisions quicker! Just make sure you get all your questions answered by the app platform before you begin building. Enjoy the no-code or low-code journey – you won’t ever want to turn back!