As I’ve wandered further into the depths of no-code, I’ve found it helpful (and fun) to categorize the tools and map the landscape. Makerpad taught us this through the lens of the no-code stack, with tools bucketed under “website”, “automation”, “forms”, “databases”, etc.
I tried naming the categories that feel natural to my brain (and hopefully other brains that operate similarly to mine). To do so, I built a directory of my no-code projects
in Airtable, including a directory of tools
, each of which I tagged with a functionality
like “Website/CMS”, “Community”, “Memberships”, “Email/Newsletters”, etc.
There was overlap between my approach and theirs, and differences, too.
From the community-builder’s perspective, it may be a valuable exercise to tag tools according to characteristics other than their functionality, when trying to choose the right tool for the job. For example, one reason I chose to use Circle.so as a community tool, is that their messaging communicated to me that they view me (and my use case) as a member of a segment of customers that they care about. and will support.