The rapid development of NoCode tools means community members do not have time to master each tool. Documentation and accompanying materials need to catch up. As a result, the world of NoCode technology elicits mixed reactions, ranging from inspiration to frustration, and the environment can seem overly chaotic and unstable.
In such an environment, building connections within the community is more effective than delving into individual tools. NoCode principles aim to make technology accessible to a wide range of people. However, the primary audience of NoCode projects is interested developers who are the first to master new tools and know the general techniques of working with them better than other users. Unlike traditional programming, in the world of NoCode, the community plays a crucial role in solving technical issues.
Interaction with the community not only helps to develop specific projects but also shapes the future of technology. Here, you can find fresh ideas and requests to create new tools, establish connections with like-minded people, and expand your professional network of acquaintances: find business partners or a team to implement projects.
At the same time, the NoCode community is diverse and includes various subgroups and organizations. Some focus on training and providing educational content for beginners, while others bring together experienced developers to collaborate on projects.
There are communities with open membership and those where you must apply. Some groups offer members access to valuable tools and credits on popular NoCode platforms. Below, we will take a closer look at a few examples of such communities, categorizing them into subgroups:
- informational communities are built around a group of people interested in a variety of information related to NoCode,
- product communities bring together users of a particular product or multiple products,
- educational communities form educational products about NoCode technologies for other members of the group,
- HR platforms where NoCode developers and projects find each other.
Informational NoCode Communities
NoCode communities, in the broader sense, do not have a single platform for exchanging ideas. Discussions are often organized in Twitter and Slack channels, and communities rarely have a single discussion channel. The results of news summarization can be received through newsletters.
NoCodeDevs is an open community with more than 10 thousand members. It sends out weekly news about NoCode tools, it also has some tutorials, merch, a community forum and a blog. The platform also offers $99 educational courses, each focusing on solving a different case study from scratch to product creation.
NoCodeOps is a community of over a thousand NoCode developers offering workshops and joint sessions. To join the community, you need to apply by filling out an application form. The community also has an Operator tool based on Airtable and Zapier for NoCode automation management, documentation, monitoring, and debugging. This is a great case study for a stable community development around an idea.
Makerpad Community is a community of software and automation developers, now based out of the Zapier facilities. The site features a board with various materials organized into groups: tutorials on using NoCode tools, website links, and job postings. The project used to have a forum, but that was shut down in 2022. Courses that used to be based on Makerpad have been moved to Zapier Learn.
Product NoCode Communities
Communities that focus on the use of specific products – primarily industry-specific solutions, such as a platform that integrates various NoCode and LowCode tools or a product that solves a large problem on its own – are essential.
Almost all popular products have their own communities with active forums: the NoCode integration platform Make, the tabular tool Airtable (59K members), the web builder Bubble, the mobile application builder Adalo, and others. And interaction with Notion's extensive community is, of course, structured through Notion itself.
A prime example of a strong product community is the Webflow Community. In particular, the product has a public backlog Webflow Wishlist – a platform where users can request and vote for new features. This allows the product team to better prioritize further development, and community members to contribute their ideas and evaluations.
In addition, some communities support using a specific group of tools. For example, NCF (No Code Founders) is excellent for those who actively use various NoCode tools and would like to save money on them. There is almost nothing of value in the basic free plan: you can create a profile and describe your startup. But in the Full Membership plan, for a membership fee of $99, you get not only access to the community's Slack channel but also $30k credits for the most popular NoCode tools: $500 Airtable credits, $500 Bubble credits for three months for new users, six months of free Plus plan from Notion, etc. There's also a $199 All Access option that gives you access to community courses.
Educational NoCode Communities
Almost all NoCode communities have educational features: tutorials, FAQs, and courses on various NoCode tools. However, some are specialized and built around an educational platform.
No Code MBA is a resource where you can learn the basics of a particular tool, such as Webflow, Figma, Bubble, Glide, Airtable, Zapier, or Google Sheets, in a few hours. In addition, the site contains interviews, podcasts, and tool picks, as well as complete guides to various no-code tools, making it a comprehensive resource for learning and development in the no-code field. NoCode MBA also provides hands-on project ideas and assignments, such as building chatbots, image generators, and content management systems.
100 Days Of No-Code is positioned as a campus for "creators, career switchers, and professionals" who are starting to use NoCode technology to launch products. It's easy for those who like to understand the issue by taking a course. There are both free, pre-prepared courses and paid courses with limited enrollment.
Nocode HQ offers step-by-step tutorials, NoCode templates, and expert sessions. A paid subscription gives access to all tutorials and four templates per month. Judging by the free version, the main focus is mobile apps and landings. The forum is closed.
WeAreNoCode is an online institute for product creators without a technical background, offering a virtual community and weekly group coaching sessions.
HR NoCode communities
Codemap is a meeting place for freelancers, agencies, and clients looking to hire NoCode experts. The site makes it easy to hire experts for software development, process automation, and consulting, which is ideal for projects that require rapid implementation and diversity in skills and technology.
The platform offers a large pool of experts skilled in various technologies. The search process starts with filling out a form, and then Codemap guarantees that it will find the right expert and that the project will begin within 48 hours.
WeLoveNoCode also provides services for recruiting and hiring proven NoCode experts for projects of varying complexity, from mobile app development to automation and MVP creation. WeLoveNoCode's specialty is using machine learning algorithms to select the right candidates.
Entrepreneurial communities with NoCode subsections
While specialized NoCode communities are a great source of knowledge, it's important to remember that such tools are only part of the bigger picture of developing and scaling startups. Looking at entrepreneurship, we will discover many valuable insights beyond the narrow NoCode niche.
For example, Indie Hackers is a community and platform for individual product developers, entrepreneurs, and startups to share ideas, strategies, and experiences in creating and developing online businesses. Approaches with and without no-code tools are discussed here. Participants share stories of successes and failures, discuss monetization, customer acquisition, and product optimization. It's a place to develop entrepreneurial savvy, find inspiration, practical advice, support the community, and learn about technology trends.
Product Hunt is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the latest trends in the world of technology and provides a platform to share ideas, get feedback, networking with professionals. Some users present new technology products, including apps, tools, and hardware, while others evaluate these solutions. The platform often hosts interviews with startup founders, discussions, and AMAs (Ask Me Anything sessions) with well-known entrepreneurs and technology experts.
If you use Twitter, subscribe to NoCode Influencers:
- @rrrhoover – Ryan Hoover, founder of Product Hunt
- @levelsio is an entrepreneur who has founded 5 successful NoCode startups (there is also a Telegram forum @levelsio)
- @sarahdoody – Sarah Doody is a renowned UX expert who has a lot of ideas for effective user experience for your product
- @bentossell – Ben Tossell, founder of Makerpad, who now focuses on AI tools
- @karenxcheng – Karen X. Cheng, known for applying NoCode and AI solutions to creative challenges
- @TaraReed_ – Tara Reed, a former Microsoft employee known for the Apps Without Code project, helps noobs build apps and launch businesses
The NoCode community is unusual in that technical issues are often resolved faster through collective intelligence and sharing of experience among developers than through documentation. Thanks to close ties, participants promptly share tooling tips and tricks. At the same time, the community's openness leads to the rapid spread of innovations within the industry – any developments are instantly available to all participants.
In addition, NoCode demonstrates an interesting "bottom-up" model of technology development – developers independently formulate requests for new solutions based on the needs of specific projects. This makes it possible to create tools that are really in demand.
Thus, integration with the NoCode community is not just a helpful bonus for a developer or entrepreneur but also a key to the success of a project based on NoCode or LowCode technologies. Unlike traditional development, where processes are closed (except for Open Source solutions), the NoCode community is generally more open and extroverted. This leads to a high feedback rate, product improvement, and, ultimately, faster time-to-market of innovative solutions. This synergistic effect of an open community is a unique competitive advantage of the NoCode approach.