Karl Hughes

Karl Hughes

10 Web Application Builders for Non-Technical Startup Founders

10 Web Application Builders for Non-Technical Startup Founders

In the days of Web 1.0, entrepreneurs had to learn code or hire web developers to create a website. Now, two decades later, startup founders are able to build web applications without needing to know a single line of code.

There are numerous non-technical tools you can use to build web applications. I’m going to talk about ten of them, starting with Wordpress.

1. Wordpress.org

Wordpress is a no-code-required powerhouse; as a matter of fact, the content management platform is responsible for powering 32% of the web. Wordpress.org boasts a massive library of over 45,000 plugins which allows for the customization of a website.

2. Bubble

Note: I wrote a detailed overview of using the Bubble app builder for your startup here.

Bubble features a drag and drop interface allowing for a web application to be molded like a sculpture. This web application builder is packed with connectivity integrations. For example, you’re able to connect your own SQL database to the application build. Bubble has an active community online (forums) and in person (local meetups).

3. Shopify

If your startup is focused on selling products, Shopify is the perfect solution for you. This web application builder integrates your existing product information with Facebook Ads. Shopify is a great option for newer startup founders because the platform includes free, live coaching via the Shopify Academy.

4. Knack

Knack Web App Builder

Startups need to keep track of their records. Knack—an online database service—exists to meet this demand. Startup founders can build a member database, event manager, product database, inventory manager, and more. The web application builder features over 100,000 apps.

5. Sheet2Site

Google Sheets is an easy, powerful, and free online spreadsheet application. What if you could use the data in a Google Sheet to create a website? That’s what Sheet2Site does. Here’s the best part: It’s free. There’s also a premium option ($10/month) which includes a custom domain, chat, Google Analytics, and more.

6. Zoho Creator

Zoho Creator helps you organize tasks, processes, and people. This drag and drop web application builder features pre-built apps such as “Time Tracker”, “Project Tracker”, “Appointment Management”, “Contacts”, and more. Zoho Creator integrates with G Suite, QuickBooks, and PayPal, among other popular applications.

7. Kintone

Kintone Web Application Builder

Your startup might already have employees. If you do, Kintone wants to help manage their daily workflow. With this web application builder, you’re able to create tasks, point them to the right person, and track their progress.

8. Betty Blocks

Betty Blocks allows startup founders to build complex web apps without knowing how to code. It’s the “only ISO 27001 certified no-code platform in the market”; therefore, if data security is crucial to your startup, Betty Blocks is your solution.

9. GoodBarber

Some startups are focused on building mobile, native apps. GoodBarber allows startups to do just this. Once the no-code mobile app is built, it can be submitted via GoodBarber to Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

10. Shoutem

Shoutem is a mobile app builder which allows you to import existing content from a website. This user-friendly platform features a drag and drop interface and analytics.


These web app builders are great options for startup founders who have limited or no coding knowledge. I listed ten here; however, there are a lot more in the wild. Do you have a favorite that’s not listed? If so, tell me about it on Twitter. I love hearing about new tools for low and no-code development.

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