It used to be the case that without 10k to hire a developer or the ability to code yourself-- and code well-- conceiving and developing an app was a pipe dream for those in the non-tech world.
We know now that with a bit of preparation and guidance, building an app is less like trying to scale Everest in flip flops, and more like that scene in Rocky when he runs up the stairs: not easy, but far from impossible with training and persistence.
It almost feels like a magic solution, right? Boom! Drag and drop! Pow! Now we’ve got a landing page! Although modern no code platforms are comprehensive, they do have limitations.
At AWC we believe in transparency and having the right expectations, so here’s what you should keep in mind before choosing a platform to build your application!
What Can’t I do with No Code?
This is a loaded question because what you can and can’t do is constantly changing. As technology evolves, limits are pushed.
At the moment, virtual reality and augmented reality are tricky, although Facebook has launched Spark AR, a tool for augmented reality.
What are the limitations of Glide App?
Keep in mind, with almost every limitation comes a workaround!
Fact: having an experienced coach or mentor can mean the difference between your app being an unfinished hobby, and a polished product ready for the market.
What Can’t Glide Apps do?
There is a learning curve with No Code platforms, but more than anything there are complications when you, as a developer, don’t know what you want or lack the right words to communicate what you need.
Here’s our advice: save the fancy tech terms, and use normal language when building your application. If you get to the root of what you need the app to do, it’s simple.
Here’s an example:
An AWC alumna created an app to help companies tweak their mission statements.
She wanted “text analysis”. She wanted her app to look for keywords to convey a certain emotion or tone, and to shift the text to make the mission statement cohesive.
What she thought she wanted: text analysis.
What she actually needed: Mad Libs!
How did she find a solution?
She set up 3 questions for her users to answer about their company, created a drop-down menu of the emotions / tones to choose from, and let the formula do the rest.
A fill-in-the-gap approach versus her original proposal of analysing a text.
Who is the audience you serve?
What do you help them with?
What’s your annual budget?
Then choose a sentiment: silly, serious, youthful etc.
Enter: Mad Libs
Now, let the formula work its magic!
She didn’t actually require text analysis, she needed to break down to the barest of bones what she needed to achieve from this feature of her app.
All that to say, before you write off a platform as being limited, make sure you’re using the right words, decide what you’re optimizing, and when in doubt, consult with some who knows!