Community-building with No-code - Issue #2

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Tim Falls
Tim Falls
Hey friends 👋
We’re back for our second dose of no-code inspiration for people building communities.
Since last week’s issue, our community of subscribers has doubled - woohoo! 🥳
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The no-code tool folks are sleepin' on 😴
One of my favorite up-and-coming no-code tools for community-building is Lu.ma. They got a lot of traction at the beginning of the pandemic, because their initial product was essentially a portal to Zoom events.
Luma’s team (a very small one) have built out a ton of new features and functionality, like newsletters, memberships (recurring payments), and donations (one-time payments). I especially love their simple, pretty profile pages (and the fact that I snagged the “tf” username 😛).
For anyone building an event-centric community, Lu.ma is a no-code tool to look at.
Examples of Communities using Luma:
Climate Changemakers Hours of Action
Makerpad's Build Club
The new no-code kid on the block 🧱
Geneva is a newcomer to the collection of community-oriented no-code tools. I’ve been kicking the tires a bit with a clone of the Climate Friends community (official instance is built with Circle.so). If you’d like to poke around a semi-setup community in Geneva, join my test community and take a tour!
My sense is that Geneva would be a great option for a sub-community – maybe for community ambassadors, as their marketing suggests? One friend in the no-code community told me she’s using it for her book club.
If you’re using Geneva and have thoughts about the experience that you’d like to share with others, please reply to add to the conversation!
Or, check them out on Product Hunt and explore from there:
Stripe Payment Links 💳
No no-code newsletter worth a $3 membership fee would go without mentioning the big no-code news of the last week: Stripe’s new Payment Links! 🎉
I saw these in action before public availability, and I didn’t even know it until the no-coder (who was testing it as beta customer) pointed out the fact that it was behind the transaction I’d completed.
The beauty of Payment Links is the immense amount of complexity that they’ve packed behind and abstracted with an uncannily simple user experience.
Just think: Stripe was founded in 2009. They’ve been at this for 12+ years! It took that long to release this. And we’re all glad they did.
Of course, from a community perspective, the use cases for this are virtually endless, so let your imagination run wild and envision what you could do with this in the context of your community.
More on Payment Links ⬇️
Tim Falls 💧
.@stripe’s new payment links area lovely addition to the #NoCode 🧰

💳 💨 Accept payments in a flash! https://t.co/oq58iTSryA
No-Code's not-so-tiny Universe 🌌
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.
Learning to *build* with Makerpad. 💥🔨
I’ll let the tweet thread below from Ben (Makerpad’s founder and course instructor) tell the story, but I’ll add that my appreciation is 💯 genuine, for this educational experience and the community that I’ve found with Makerpad and their no-code fundamentals course.
Already sold? → skip straight to enrollment → 👩‍🎓
Ben Tossell
The fear of launching left Tim stuck with just an idea.

A few weeks later, not one, but two of his ideas are live.

Here's how he stopped procrastinating and built them, without writing code.

👇👇👇 https://t.co/WN8xj0ZNey
No-code Poll 🗳️
Is there a particular no-code tool or no-code-powered project that you’re particularly stoked about right now?
If so, I’d love to hear about it and why you love it. Maybe I’ll share it with others in our newsletter community in the next issue! 🤷‍♂️ Feel free to hit reply ⤺❗
/end issue #2
Until next time, keep on community'ing with no-code. 🏗️
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Tim Falls
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