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Should You Use Code or No-Code?

August 30, 2022
August 31, 2022
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Welcome back to the HTML All The Things Podcast your web development, web design, and small business headquarters. This week, Matt and Mike discussed the difficult decision on whether you should use a no-code platform or code up a custom solution. The duo go over the differences between custom code and no-code, comparing project types and where they'd create these projects.


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Choosing whether or not you should code up a completely custom code solution for a project versus using a no-code tool to quickly spin it up can be a major roadblock for project managers and freelancers alike. This week we discussed the difference between code and no-code solutions and how those differences lend themselves to different types of projects.

To Code or No-Code: Analysis Paralysis

  • Introduction: code versus no-code | 00:01:41
    - Custom code can be used to create virtually anything you want - limited mostly by skill, budget, and time
    - Coding is hard to learn and can take a long time to get even a basic project off the ground
    - No-code solutions are typically more expensive than coding up a project yourself due to hosting/usage fees
    - No-code solutions offer a way for non-coders to quickly spin-up "basic projects" like blogs, marketing sites, and landing pages

When To Use Code

  • Common scenarios that require a custom coded solution | 00:07:45
    - When making something completely unique, like a cutting-edge web app that has never been made before (ie very advanced photo editor)
    - Performance heavy applications may require the use of custom coded solutions to manage their heavy compute load on hosting servers and/or client machines
    - If you need an extreme amount of control over your app, custom code is the only way to control almost every facet of what you're building
    - Sometimes you need to manage the budget down to the dollar, self-hosted solutions are often cheaper than the hosted solutions that many no-code platforms offer
    - Security conscious projects may require self-hosted options (ie intranet site)
    - When you need to really dial-in your project on all sides (scaling features & hosting, developing only features you need & cutting what you don't, manage technical debt)
  • Is there a technical debt crisis? | 00:25:48
    - Dialing-in your project responsibly can help you save your developer's time on maintenance and refactoring
    - Hashnode article: A Technical Debt Crisis Is Brewing in the Land of Software – And Here’s Why (

When To Use No-Code

  • Common scenarios that are ripe for a no-code solution | 00:44:48
    - Projects that need to be spun up fast, beyond all else
    - Standard websites (ie blog, landing pages, marketing sites)
    - Projects that need maintenance, but the budget doesn't allow for it
    - Testing if an idea is viable before diving in on a massive custom solution
    - Projects that will not scale out of a no-code tier that you have the budget for (ie a local event website will primarily get traffic from local sources)