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7 Drawbacks of Using No Code for Your Product

by Linas Kiguolis | 2021-08-19

As we are marching towards a digital revolution, the power is shifting from developers to innovative thinkers. No Code platforms were developed to make software development easy for non-coders. People have started experimenting with the development of complex technology like AI with No Code[1]. Some people think it can completely put developers out of work. That’s incorrect.

7 Drawbacks of Using No Code for Your Product

We can understand this with a metaphor. Let’s say you order suits from a website that takes your measurement through an AR camera. The process might result in an awesome suit, but this website will never replace a tailor that makes a perfect fit for you.

Today, we are going to tell you about some of the cons of using a purely No Code approach for your software.

Below are 7 reasons why the No Code approach may actually not be a good idea.

Limiting Templates

Most No Code platforms are marketed based on the available range of templates. They come equipped with various drag-and-drop templates for every feature you might need in your software. However, the problem with these templates is that they are not customizable. You have to stay within the limits of the template.

If you are looking for specific logic and can’t find it in one of the templates, you don’t have much of a choice. But it’s not a completely dark tunnel. There are a few No Code platforms like Bubble, which have the ability to customize these templates according to your needs.[2]

Learning Curve

Since it has been advertised that the learning curve of No Code is easy, people are living in a delusion that anyone can easily create genius software within a few days. That’s a bit of a stretch. Although it is easy to start developing with a No Code platform, making a good app requires some understanding of the technical side of product development: User Interfaces, Heatmaps, User Experience, and Information Architecture.

If you are ready to learn these, you will no longer stay attached to No Code platforms. It will become almost tempting to shift to a Low Code development platform.

Security Issues

There is little to no control over the code in your app. Even though these platforms have great base security guidelines, you are only as secure as your platform is. This leads to greater risks of security for the software or website developed with No Code platforms.

Security and privacy are the top priorities of software developers and users. This is one of the biggest disadvantages of using a No Code platform. In case there is a data breach in the company where you developed your software, all of your user data is at risk.

Limited Room for Creativity

As mentioned earlier, since everything is templatized in presets, you lack room for creativity. You are tied with the features provided by the platform. Now, you must be thinking “what if I want to create additional complex features?” Well, guess what? You will have to find a way to work with the limitations to fulfil your requirements.

If you are still not convinced and adamant about adding a feature your way, you have to manually add the code, which is only generally possible with Low Code platforms.

Vendor Lock-in, Lack of Code Ownership

No Code platforms are great to provide you with a head start in product development. But once you have developed the product, you might run into vendor lock-in problems.

Vendor lock-in happens when you are stuck with one vendor regardless of the quality of their services. Your dependency on this No Code platform will rise. This results in you having no ownership of the code at all.

There are exceptions to this limitation though. You can use tools like ycode.com [3] that will allow you to export your code at a later date.

At the initial level of your startup, this might not sound like a big deal, but as you grow, code ownership becomes a vital part of the business model.

Cost

“No Code platforms are cost-effective” is something we hear a lot of. However, people who say that are comparing the charges of hiring a developer to do the coding vs the subscription fees of the platform.

This comparison does not look at the output quality, nor does it take into consideration your time spent learning the platform.

Let’s say you start developing your project with the No Code approach and halfway to the finish you realize that you might want to add custom code to sustain your application.

Due to your lack of knowledge in coding, you hire a developer. This would end up being more expensive than hiring developers in the first place.

Scalability

Every successful organization gets to a point where they need scalability in their application. Most of these fast or “cost-effective” No Code platforms are not easily scalable. And if they are, it comes with an extra charge.

Companies might refrain from paying an extra amount since they lack code ownership as well. That’s one of the reasons why companies shift to either Low Code or traditional software development after achieving a milestone of, for example, 100,000 users.

Still not sure about which approach to use, code or No Code? Take our 3-minute quiz and find out.

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