How to Build a Web App Without Knowing Coding

by Andy Jones ,
November 15, 2022
Web Application Development

Most people think you need to be a programmer if you want to build your own web app. All of the main web apps out there, whether they are email platforms, games, or productivity tools, are underpinned by a vast amount of code that serves as their building blocks. But what if you have a great idea for an application? Does the fact that you don’t know coding prevent you from bringing your vision to life?

This article will take a look at the options available for developing your own web app, and determine whether or not it is possible to create one without a thorough understanding of coding.

What is a web application?

A web application is a form of software accessed using a web browser, such as Google or Bing. It differs from a website in that it does not display static content in the form of web pages, but rather it consists of dynamic content which users can access in real time in order to complete tasks. There’s a good chance that you use web apps in your everyday life, such as Netflix, Google Docs, PayPal, or Gmail. These apps are all built using coding, but may use a variety of different programming languages, such as Python, JavaScript, or Java.

But not everyone knows how to code. Your knowledge of programming languages might be cursory or even nonexistent. So what are options available to you, if you have a great idea for a new web application?

Use a no-code web app builder

The days of programming being a niche skill set are in the past, and it’s an area that is becoming more and more accessible to the layperson. There are now so many tools out there which allow users to build and develop apps without relying on code. Rather than having to use programming language to bring an app to life, these tools have simple and intuitive interfaces that anyone can use. With drag-and-drop modules, pre-built custom code blocks, and step-by-step instructions, you can create your web application with ease.

There are a huge array of no-code or low-code development tools to choose from, including AirTable, Notion, Sofftr, and Bubble.

But are they as effective as learning to code a web app from scratch? In truth, they have their limitations. They are great entry-level tools for beginners, or as a means of providing proof of concept before full development, but they can only get you so far. If you really want to benefit from full functionality and extensibility, you will need some code.

Hire a web developer

Another option, if you have the budget for it, is to hire a web app developer to bring your app idea to life. This is the best option, as you will be able to make use of a coding expert to create your application according to your exact specifications. They may also be able to identify potential tweaks and improvements.

Need help building a web application? Get in touch with us at Make IT Simple to discuss your options.

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