I'm considering using one of the low / no-code app development platforms for an app idea that I have. (Goodbarber, Appypie, Buildfire, etc.) I do not have coding or design expertise. I'd like to understand until how far in the development cycle such tools are generally useful.
Do folks recommend only using such tools for prototyping, alpha and beta, or MVPs, but hiring a developer (either in-house or contract) later on? Or is it both possible and reasonable to consider using such a no-code/ low code platform longer term?
Do these platforms have enough customization and design tools to create beautiful, customized consumer apps with a good ux? If so (it may not be), is it possible to achieve these results without the help of a designer?
Would love to hear from folks who have experience using these tools.
These apps are as good as the overall functionality that you require. Goodbarber is probably the better choice overall amongst the two. Goodbarber has more options when it comes to making design changes and also has many different templates you can choose from. Appypie well sucks. The interface for making design changes is very basic so you can just take a basic designer course to learn to apply your ideas using the interface of goodbarber. As far as the backend is concerned there are quite a few options that you can browse through. Creating logins, integration with databases etc are pretty much taken care off. So if your goal is to develop good prototypes for your business idea for basic fitness apps etc. good barber should be fine. You can use good barber possibly for a longer life cycle if you could hire and outsource the work to developers in Eastern europe to add some additional basic functionalities to your app within the platform. At the end however, it will come to the idea and how you want it to be executed. I hope this answers your question. If you have any further let me know.
These tools are usually good for getting started if you don’t have the skills. As you gain traction you should look more into hiring a developer. If using one of the tools I’d make sure that it will be easy for someone that can code to jump in and make needed changes.