Aspiring NoCoders have too much choice in tools

Wouldn't it be nice if anyone thinking of developing an app or site without using code could take their web idea and find all the NoCode and LowCode tools out there that could do it?

We would need some sort of app/site type list and then have the toolmakers themselves fill out what their tool can and can't do for each type.

What do you think?
Could that be possible as a cooperative effort in this NoCode/LowCode tool landscape?

Do you think it is even needed? I would really like some perspective on this.

When I talk to clients and other people, there is a LOT of interest in building something themselves. They know they don't have coding skills, but they think the NoCode tools are very capable. But they have trouble with a few things. Enough so that 90% of those I chatted with won't even start.

Here are the main worries:

  1. They don't know which tool to pick. Many seem good but they're not sure which to try as they won't try more than one.
  2. They don't know exactly how to get started once they choose a tool (though this varies depending upon the tool)
  3. They are worried that they will get so far only to find out that the tool can't go the final steps (there will no way to get expert help, paid or not) and they have wasted their time.

So what is the solution?

In my mind, we need a lookup site such as I generally described above where toolmakers themselves document for us what their tools can and cannot do in terms of general internet business types (membership sites, e-Product sites, training sites, course sites, tutorial sites, newsletter sites, etc.). People need to know they can pick a tool that can completely build their special app.

Then, I think we have to lower the perceived complexity of getting started and one of the ways of doing that is to look at existing commercial sites and show how these can be broken down into component parts (like user registration, checkout, payment processing, etc). Further, we could show that though the business as a whole is unique, its comprising components can be stitched together and separately built using NoCode tools.

Lastly, I think we need to show them exactly how some existing business sites could be reconstructed, but using NoCode/LowCode tools.

This, in my mind, is a way to get fence-sitters to jump to the NoCode space with excitement.

(If you are interested in this sort of thing, I tweet about it all the time. DM me and we can discuss if you don't want to chime in here)

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    It’s not a bad idea. I must say that I started reading this post with “this already exists” voice in the back of my head.

    But then again, Rico, so do plenty of pizza places. Yet new ones always pop up and you visit them with interest.
    /Rico’s inner voice

    I think Makerpad, noCode founders, or one of these aggregators have such listings.

    However, there is an opening for a highly focussed one like you describe. I do like the idea of breaking down apps to show how they are build.

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      I was thinking of something semi-formal rather than anecdotal. But a bunch of anecdotes could be useful too, as the user gets a sense of what people with no experience can do.

      Yes, there are a lot of articles on this and a lot of courses (including a club I formed) but the problem remains: the vast majority I have interacted with find the choices and the process to get started with NoCode overwhelming. I'm not sure there is a solution. Only approaches to it with their various biases including the ones from the vendors of NoCode tools.

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