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What is Bubble.io? The best current No-code platform?

What is Bubble.io?
Written August 19, 2022

What is Bubble.io? The platform emerged amid the hype of the no-code movement. Let's find out with CitizenDev what Bubble.io is as well as its applications for businesses.

The no-code movement has gained popularity as a top solution for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) who want to save money and time when building web applications. Also in this period, Bubble.io has been slowly cemented its position as the most optimal solution and set the company at the forefront of the no-code movement.

More than 750,000 users have built their websites with the Bubble no-code platform for their businesses. Not only that, there have been many startups successfully raising capital when building apps with Bubble (Y Combinator is an example). Bubble.io has also been rated as the No. 1 No-Code Platform of 2020.

Let's find out with CitizenDev what Bubble.io is and how to build a website application on this no-code platform.

Before that, make sure you check out: What is No-code?


What is Bubble.io?

Bubble.io no-code platform is a Visual Programming Tool that allows you to build professional and simple web applications (not just websites). Bubble uses drag-and-drop operations to control pre-programmed function blocks.

Example of a drag-and-drop interaction on Bubble.io
Example of a drag-and-drop interaction on Bubble.io

From there, you can build your website step-by-step, whether it's a online shop or a social network. Instead of learning to code, Bubble.io's drag-and-drop feature makes web app building as simple to use as building Lego.

But these Legos also have Data Structure and Backend Logic...

In addition, it also provides a cloud hosting platform that allows users to build custom editing workflows, from simple to complex market, SaaS, …

Founded by Emmanuel Straschnov and Josh Haas in 2012 in New York, Bubble.io has been running for seven years. In 2019, they raised $6 million from SignalFire, Neo, Nas, Eric Ries and the founders of Warby Parker, Allbirds, Okta, Harry's.

Not only that, to mark its position as one of the leading platforms in the No-code field, on July 27, Bubble announced that Insight Partners had led a $100 million Series A funding round for the company.

Betaworks, as well as other notable Angel Investors including the founders of Hootsuite, Peloton and Datadog, also participated in the round, with increasingly active participation from existing investors including Signalfire and Neo.

Traffic to Bubble's websites grew at a compound growth rate of more than 50% from 2017 to 2021. Also in 2021, they were named one of the most innovative small and mighty companies by Fast Company.

In short, Bubble.io is an intuitive programming tool with drag-and-drop operations to empower people who don't know how to code with the ability to build their own web applications.


Outstanding features

Outstanding features of Bubble.io
Outstanding features of Bubble.io

1. Build Web apps

The bread and butter. Bubble allows you to create interactive, multi-user applications for both desktop and mobile devices. With the tools available, you can build a complete web application just like Facebook or Airbnb.

When we said "just like", we did mean just like. Bubble.io has a whole series of step-by-step tutorials on how to create clone versions of these web applications here.

UX design

Build logic and define how users navigate your app through simple clicks. Building chats, message boards, and other real-time interactions has never been so easy with Bubble's extensive library of design templates.

Data and account management

Design, search, and export structured data in a secure, extensible data warehouse. Set up a user account and enable login or any OAuth 2.0 provider (including Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google). Each Bubble app comes with a built-in user management system.

Easy integration

Extend the Bubble.io app with Javascript plugins, or connect to any API with the no-code API connector. Bubble helps with your business' plugin problems, even helping to create your own plugin for the no-code community.


2. Freedom to Design and Create

Dynamic content placed in a beautiful layout is an important stepping stone to help polish your product, increase credibility, and attract the attention of potential customers or investors.

Drag-and-drop interactions

Design mobile apps easily and quickly without knowing HTML or CSS. Insert images, icons, videos, maps, and more into your apps in swift pixel-perfect actions.

Dynamic content

Displays user-generated content, or data pulled from other sites like Stripe, Google, and Facebook. Change the font, color or visibility of anything on your page to your likings with Bubble's tools.

Multilingual apps

Translate text on the app and automatically display the appropriate language, currency, and format for the web page, without the need for traditional operations. Bubble.io currently supports over 80 international languages, and more can be easily added.


3. Data storage and Scaling

No longer do you have to worry about server maintenance, infrastructure and operations. Bubble.io will safely handle deployment and storage for you. There will be no limit on the number of users, traffic or data.

Scaling the application

Allocate more server resources as your user base grows and scale from a demo app to a web-scale enterprise without engineering changes. Bubble.io allows you to increase storage during your development, so you won't have to pay more than you're used to to get started.

Version control and backup

Safely test changes on a private version of your site, merge the changes, then deploy them directly to users in one click. Instantly revert your apps to any point in history instead if you need to.

Ensure privacy and security

Keep your collaborators and users safe with free, automatic SSL certificates for all Bubble sites, multi-factor authentication, and a secure infrastructure.


4. Business development and measurement

Maximize customer engagement with email and SEO features integrated with the tools at your disposal. Measure and track behaviors to make effective product development decisions.

Provide business support data

Track which parts of your app are being used the most, connect to popular analytics and customer management services like Mixpanel, Google Analytics, or Segment. Bubble.io allows you to check CPU usage, page views, real-time workflow of your application.

Build audience

Send personalized emails to users and integrate them with email list management services. Control SEO by setting meta tags, customizing URL and title text, and creating a site map.

Create payment processes

Integrate your app with Stripe and Braintree to support complex payment models including subscriptions, deferred payments, third-party transactions, and more. Build a checkout cart for your e-commerce site or create a crowdfunding platform with a single tool.


5. Workload sharing

Bubble.io is suitable for both individual and team activities.

Up to 40 collaborators: Allow 40 teammates to work on your app together, with custom permissions and access.

Work together in real time: See what your colleagues are revising live, and provide feedback with notes, tasks, and comments for the whole team to see.


What can you do with Bubble.io?

If you are looking to start a startup and want to build an MVP, Bubble.io is the most affordable choice. Here are a few practical examples of the most common types of apps you can create with Bubble. All are built using no-code technology.

1. Exchange/Online Market

No-code Exchange/Online Market
No-code Exchange/Online Market

Today, there are countless online marketplaces that allow you to buy and sell anything. But if you're trying to build something that stands out, is more personal, pre-made sites aren't an option.

That's when you need to step up with Bubble. Bubble's tools allow you to easily create your listing pages and marketplaces.

Check out: String Theory, Piershare

2. Social Media

No-code Social Media
No-code Social Media

The social media giants of today are under close scrutiny. If you're tired of the existing social media culture or are looking for new ways to connect with people, try building your own social network with Bubble.

Check out: Not Real Twitter

3. Booking app

No-code Booking app
No-code Booking app

Tour operators often look to Bubble to design their web apps, create ticketing and payment portals to manage payments directly.

Bubble also provides analytics and databases to help you better track your business performance and customer behavior.

Check out: OceanAir Travel, YardGuru

4. Personal finance tools

No-code Personal finance tools
No-code Personal finance tools

Budget and invoice management tools are increasingly popular. Bubble has been used to build a number of personal finance tools that help people with debt repayment, income management, expense tracking, and more. Bubble's tools save users money, leaving them free to develop their own technology ideas.

Check out: Dividend Finance

5. Internal management tools

No-code Internal management tools
No-code Internal management tools

There are many project management tools available out there, but your business may be in need of a more flexible system. Building your own project management tool is worth it, and Bubble helps break down the technology barrier for you to do just that.

Check out: Zoidii

In addition, there are countless Bubble applications to serve your needs: educational tools, food delivery websites, task boards, and more.


Service packages

Bubble.io Service packages
Bubble.io Service packages

Bubble is currently providing both free and paid services according to your needs.

The free plan lets you learn the core features and build your apps. Paid plans offer more advanced features, such as white-labeling, custom domains, access to the Bubble API, and dedicated server capacity. You can choose to pay monthly or annually.

For monthly plans:

  • Personal Package: $29/month
  • Professional Package: $129/month
  • Production Package 529$/month

For annual plans:

  • Personal Package: $25/month
  • Professional Package: 115$/month
  • Production Package $475/month

One point worth noting is that Bubble.io is very clear about their pricing. Everything is fully posted on the homepage with options to help customers compare different price ranges. Learn more about Bubble.io's service plans here!


Conclusion

In 2021, no-code/low-code is forecasted to be among the top 5 digital transformation technology trends in the world because it has "democratized" programming for the masses.

The Bubble.io no-code platform is a revolutionary platform, created to stimulate the birth of new initiatives. It doesn't matter what kind of business you own. What matters is how efficiently you can manage everything to maintain a safe and smooth workflow in your business.

We hope that through this article, you have understood what Bubble.io is, and feel confident to start building your ideas through this tool. Please continue to follow us to update other useful technology information!

If you need support in the process of self-learning and No-code application development, CitizenDev provides free consulting services as well as outsourcing with only 30% cost and time compared to traditional approaches. Contact now.


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Reference

No-code Bubble raises $100M to make technical co-founders obsolete - TechCrunch

The 10 most innovative small and mighty companies of 2021 - FastCompany

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