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If you’ve got a start-up, you’ll need a website. Find out about the pros and cons of using a no-code website when you start your own business in 2021.

How No-Code Websites Are Helping Startups In 2021

Nowadays if you’ve got a business, you’ve got to have an online presence and ideally this should extend beyond a website to include your social media presence by way of Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter. The same is true for startups. If you’re a start-up, then you’re going to need a digital presence; it doesn’t just open the door to more profitable possibilities, it also tells the consumer that you’re professional and serious about what you do.  2020 created a hybrid lifestyle for many people – go to work, work from from home – and thus also laid the foundation for side hustles and startups. The problem is that not everyone has the time nor the skill-set to code a website – that’s the “domain” of the developer – high-paid programmers who practically communicate in gibberish to produce websites and apps.  The good news is that you don’t need to be a developer,  nor do you need that vocation’s complicated skill-set.  Instead, nowadays those looking to take their businesses online can benefit from a slew of no-code website applications.

The pros of a no-code website

No-code websites are advantageous for a number of reasons. Not only can going this route prove to be a cost-effective exercise, it can also be one of self-empowerment. In addition, the benefits of owning your own little piece of online real estate can all contribute to the bottom line. With a no-code website, you’ll bypass the complexities of coding and instead use a GUI (Graphical User Interface) to construct your own website to suite the aims, goals and aspirations of your start-up. If you’ve ever looked at the source code of any website,  you’ll soon realise why a no-code option could be just what you’re looking for – coding is time consuming affair – and you’ve got a business to run. By opting to use a no-code program to create your start-up website, you’ll save a lot of time and you’ll be able to implement changes as you see fit. Traditional coding would require that you contact a developer who in turn would need to go into the code, most likely HTML,  and to then implement the changes. With a no-code website application you’ll simply drag and drop the necessary changes and then make them live.

The cons against a no code-website

Of course there will be detractors of the no-code website way of life and thus it is important to also examine the cons of using such website applications. Just as there exists various online trading platforms providing CFDs as an investment option for startups, each no-code app has its own set of various rules, parameters and design features etc.  So, if you’re going to use a no-code, it’s important to know exactly what it is you’d like to achieve with your website. Even if you know what you want to do, there’s always the chance that your business needs might evolve and/or change, thus there will always be a possibility that the no-code software might not be able to accommodate your needs.  The rigidity of a no-code app also means that what you envision might not be what you eventually end up with as you’re working within a specific software framework. This can also result in the incurring of additional costs as you might then have to work around certain stumbling blocks and even pay for professional assistance.  Finally, should the company providing your no-code software suddenly close up shop for whatever reason, what support structures will still be in place?

To sum up

At the end of the day, more and more people are taking their startups online and this means that the popularity of no-code apps is only going to increase. As it already stands, there exists numerous no-code apps that one can use, catering to most if not all business requirements. You can build something simple, intermediary or complex.  The tools are there, all you have to do is exercise your talent.

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