The most popular side of no-code is the “democratization of code”. This democratization of code empowers people without any technical training or knowledge to build digital experiences themselves, all while avoiding the need to bring in a team of experts.
This is incredibly useful for small business owners, first-time entrepreneurs, or intrapreneurs who want to speed up their go-to-market and launch something quickly and efficiently that does the job, to an extent.
On the other side of no-code is the “visual development” angle. This is where no-code empowers large brands and agencies to move faster and still deliver at the highest industry standards. It’s a tool for professional teams to build more efficiently, allowing them to deliver better experiences by reducing development cycles and pain points.
“No-code will forever be a misnomer. Its name implies a removal of technical limitations, but in reality, the promise has always been about what could be done if those barriers to entry were replaced with bridges.” - Max Lind, Senior Marketing Manager at Webflow
No-code is not a movement, a hot new thing, or a boy band from the 90s. At its core, no-code is just a cool name for what’s been happening in the tech world since its very beginning: the continuous evolution of code environments to create better experiences - faster.
Let me break that down for you:
No-code is not an overnight technology; it’s not even a new practice! For years, engineers have been using frameworks, components, and even AI to reduce the amount of code that needs to be written. There have been multiple solutions that would today fit the term “No-code”, that at that time, were just unlabelled, cool, tricks.
What changed is that really cool tools (like Webflow, Bubble, Voiceflow, Retool, and more) are speeding up that evolution by delivering visual development environments. With these, building experiences that output great code standards and follow the best development practices is a commodity.
Yes, you read it right. No-code tools are coding environments. I know! They lied to you all this time! When you build using no-code, you are still building with code, you’re just doing it – mostly – visually.
Instead of thinking of no-code tools as literally containing no code, think of them instead as hidden-code tools. You’re still building with code, you’re just not directly exposed to it. You don’t see the code, but it’s there. And most importantly, you are responsible for its quality.
So, if you’re going to use no-code tools like Webflow as a professional, you must know how code works. It’s not optional or a nice-to-have — it’s a must.