When you need to build a website, the number one thing that comes to mind is a lot of coding, hardcore programming skills, and geeks/tech geniuses working behind the scenes to bring the website to life. But today, that isn’t the case. You can now build a website or web app without knowing a single line of code. And how is that possible? No-code solutions. No-code solutions allow users to build websites and apps using easy drag and drop tools.
Building a website with these tools is so easy to do for anyone. You decide how you want your website to look, the features you want it to have, and you head to the no-code platform to build what you want. No-code platforms like Wix, WordPress, Bubble.io, Weebly, and several others can help you build no-code applications of your choice.
The number one advantage of a no-code platform is that anyone can build a website with them regardless of their programming skills. You could be a complete amateur or a professional, yet you can build a good website and web app with these tools. These platforms’ drag and drop features make them easy for anyone to use. You can add web elements, images, text, and videos easily. You don’t need to run through lines of codes or complicated-looking terminals and command windows.
No-code platforms come with ready-to-use templates that you can easily use, modify and tweak to design a website or web app of your choice. They often come with hundreds and thousands of templates that you can use to build what you want.
But if you use a no-code solution, you can easily build the website of your choice as fast as possible with minimal issues. There is no coding involved, and you will find readily available templates that you can manipulate to create a website of your choice. No-code platforms streamline stages in the software development lifecycle. Experts estimate that no-code solutions fast-track product development ten times or more.
No-code websites save a lot of effort that would have been spent coding and designing a website from the ground up. It will save you and your web developers a lot of sleepless nights and caffeine-induced efforts.
No-code platforms have readily available payment acceptance solutions that you can implement on any website built with them. They have plugins, APIs, and SDKs that you can implement on your built website or app to build websites.
No-code websites are often free of bugs and well-optimized. The platforms have spent years tweaking, bettering, and improving their processes. So, you are less likely to run into bugs as opposed to conventional builds.
No-code websites are easy to maintain and scale up, unlike their counterparts that are built from the ground up. It’s easy to add more components and features, unlike other websites where the web developers might have to dismantle the website structure to implement some features.
No-code platforms often come with additional features like web hosting, domain name purchase, and more. Some even offer their users web tools for business branding, business finances, and more. You won’t get these when you build your website from the ground up.
No-code platforms often come with advanced security features that an app or website built from the ground up may not have. Your data and the privacy of your users are secured as no-code platforms use the best security practices at the frontend, backend, network, and application levels. Advanced security features like access control, admin tools, threat assessment, and more make no-code platforms secure and trusted for building all kinds of web apps.
With a no-code platform, implementation is fast, and there is minimal back and forth between the development team and the business team. Feedbacks and corrections are done fast as there is no complex code to modify or manipulate. Non-technical staff can even be present when the changes are made, and they can give feedback on the spot.
With a no-code platform, functionality is out of the box, so there is no need to build core modules from the ground up. No-code platforms like Bubble.io already have modules and plugins to implement features like customer data management, interactive customer experience, and more, so you can easily add these. These modules can be reused as needed for different solutions, websites, and apps. So, you have all that you need to build what you need very fast. You also get prebuilt integrations that make it easy to add features from other apps easily.
No-code platforms have fast and easy cross-platform accessibility. So, you can build just once for iOS and have the same build replicated quickly for other platforms like Android, PC, iPad, and macOS.
Using a no-code platform for your website will save you a lot of costs. You may not need to hire an expensive web developer when using these platforms. Many no-code platforms are free, and you only need to pay for hosting or use advanced features. The time that a no-code platform saves you will also bring you a lot of cost savings. The ease of maintenance and quick troubleshooting will also save you money.
The following are the steps that you can take to create a website without coding:
The first thing to do is to decide on the kind of website you want to build. It could be a basic website for an organization with the regular ‘home,’ ’services,’ ‘about us,’ and ‘contact us’ tabs. It could be a complex e-commerce website. It could be a blog, portfolio site, directory, news aggregation site, contact page, transport service website, etc. You will find a no-code platform to help you no matter what you want to build.
The next thing to do is to select an appropriate no-code platform that can build the website of your choice quickly and with no fuss. Some no-code platforms are better at one thing than others. Some are also priced more appropriately than others. You need to take your time when selecting a no-code platform to use for your website. You also need to check for the scalability of the platform.
Ensure that the no-code platform of choice is regularly updated with new features added and bugs removed regularly. You don’t want to get stuck with an archaic platform that doesn’t have the new features that you need to implement on your website. The consistency of their release history and blog posts can help tell if the platform is regularly updated or not.
You can also check if they have a forum or not. The presence of a forum shows that there are a lot of active users using the product, which means that the product is okay to use. Also, check the testimonials and sample user section of the website. If the platform is used by sample users who have built something similar to what you want, it is most likely a fit for you.
Now that you have selected a no-code website of choice, the next thing to do is to build the website. Start with the basic building blocks and flesh it out with more features and customizations as you go on. If you discover that the no-code platform you selected doesn’t have what you want, you can switch to another one after additional research.
Test the website thoroughly before launching it. Ensure that all the features work as they should.
No-code websites can accept payments through plugins, SDKs, and other means.
Before accepting payment through a website, you need to choose a payment gateway first. The payment gateway of your choice will then provide the specific tools that you’ll use to accept payment on your website.
For example, let us use Kenyan payment gateway IntaSend and their payment integration for the no-code platform for building apps without code, Bubble.io.
The first thing to do is build your application using Bubble.io and make it ready.
The next thing to do to receive payment on your no-code application is create an account on IntaSend’s dashboard. You will be asked to enter your email address and other important information when creating your account. You will also be asked to create and confirm a solid password.
The next step is to obtain your publishable API key, which will integrate your built no-code app to the IntaSend Payment Gateway for fast and easy acceptance of payment.
Here is a guide on how to add the IntaSend’s key to your Bubble.io app and start accepting payments.
The following are the advantages of implementing payment services on your no-code website.
Implementing payment acceptance through a payment gateway on your no-code website makes it easy to accept and process payments. So, visitors to the website can securely enter their details and make payments through debit cards, credit cards, M-Pesa, mobile money, etc. The diverse array of funding options available makes these platforms a favorite for entrepreneurs and business owners.
No-code websites have API or SDK keys that make it easy for websites built through these platforms to accept and receive payment. The use of API and SDK keys removes the need for complex programming and unsecured, flawed transactions. Everything is made easy and can be done by both technical and non-technical persons.
Almost any kind of business can accept payment through a website or app that has been built through a no-code website. So small businesses, freelancers, e-commerce sites, medium and large-scale businesses, and others can implement payment gateways on their no-code website or app and accept payment from their customers. All you need to do is to apply and pass the KYC session.
Most of them are free to use, but you pay money to unlock some premium features. Be sure to compare prices between platforms and go for what will work best for you.
With this guide, you should be able to create a no-code website and accept payment with it. Follow the instructions in this guide thoroughly, and you will end up with a great website that will serve you and your clients/customers perfectly.