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Bubble is a heavy weight no-code tool that lets you build complex web applications. It’s much heavier to use and larger ramp up to learn. I haven’t launched an app with Bubble nor done more than experiment with the app builder. But it reminds me of something like Webflow and Photoshop as far as technical feasibility and power. However, after numerous Maker interviews, a common trend is preference to use Bubble because it’s flexibility to do anything. Below are some key insights from Maker’s who have already made and launched with bubble.

If you are already past the experimenting stage and have great user feedback, you may want to consider sinking your time into a solution like this. If you’re still trying to figure out what it is your concept is and if users even want it, I would try to build it with a tool that requires less of a learning curve.  Because that means faster making and launching. Which will allow you to validate your concept.

When you are making new things, the key is to make something quickly and low fidelity to get feedback as fast as possible so you know if you are headed in the right direction or not.

The fact is Bubble can be used for making a working application, and can be a great investment for the future of making long term making professional grade apps or complex ones.

Below are some of the best no-code actual applications created by some insanely talented Makers who launched using Bubble as part of the side project stack.

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Forward by Maker: Michael Novotny

Pros and Cons of Bubble

Positives

  • You can do much more heavy lifting with a tool like this.
  • Makers using this tool in their stack feedback is the learning curve to be proficient with this tool is less than Webflow​
  • More customizable than any other no-code tool and on par with Webflow
  • Bubble has some of the best available templates and courses to take to make something complex to reduce the time to shipping your idea. Explore below.
  • Better plugins than Webflow, more flexibility to make things like marketplaces because of Bubble plugins

Negatives

  • Much more complex to use and adopt like photoshop or Webflow.
  • Not easily responsive for mobile/tablet breakpoints
  • Not easy to design UI and if you are not a designer this is an aspect that you will have to navigate​
  • Mobile responsiveness - this is the big knock on Bubble - I have had numerous Makers discuss the difficulty and added build time because it is not easy to make mobile responsiv. Bubble has said they are addressing this
  • If you are looking for to use a template and simple member application, Webflow could be your best bet because it may take less time to create. Webflow has good out of the box solutions.

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Bubble Courses and Tutorials

What is a great way to learn a new no-code tool? To start building with it. Get started below with some Bubble Courses from Zeroqode.

The following courses and templates may contain affiliate links (see more about why). These come at no additional cost to you and support me as an independent maker. I do not have any affiliate links for any no-code tools listed on Side Project Stack.

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Marketplace Web App like Airbnb

How to build a marketplace. Code-free Marketplace. Build a marketplace app like Airbnb with Blockspring, Bubble, Stripe or Zapier. Features: search, geographic functionality, payments, messaging, and review systems.

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OnDemand Mobile App like Uber Course

Code-free OnDemand. Learn how to build an on-demand mobile app like Uber or Postmates using Webflow and Bubble.

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Smart Calendar Booking System Course

Code-Free Booking. Learn how to build or integrate a smart appointment booking system.

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Data Uploading Pages, Display & Search feature Course

Learn how to build data uploading pages, display the uploaded data & enable search function in Repeating Groups.

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Bubble for Beginners Course

Step-by-step Bubble guide and feature introduction. Learn how to build no-code apps fast and easy.

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Jobly Template Tutorial

This tutorial is a detailed overview of the Jobly No-Code template. Learn how to configure and customize our No-Code template, how to work with Jobly Dashboard data, how navigation workflows work like.

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Bubble Templates

What is a great way to learn a new no-code tool? To start building with it. Get started below with some Bubble Courses from Zeroqode.

The following courses and templates may contain affiliate links (see more about why). These come at no additional cost to you and support me as an independent maker. I do not have any affiliate links for any no-code tools listed on Side Project Stack.

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Makers and Their Products Using Bubble

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jaime-jen

Web App 

What advantage will this stack give you? “Bubble has enabled us to implement our ideas in a fast-changing landscape.” Speed to market is a game changer using no-code tools like Bubble. Once you are proficient in the tool, you can ship much faster than standard code.

Side Project Stack

no code maker sharath

Web App 

What advantage will this stack give you? A web app with Bubble that enables user log in, real time voting style selection and ability to submit suggestions in an embedable form.

Side Project Stack

Michael Gill how to no code

Newsletter 

What advantage will this stack give you? Automate sending a daily newsletter with no-code tools to save time in your process. Bubble is used here as a landing page.

Side Project Stack

kp maker of cuppa

Web App 

What advantage will this stack give you?  In a matter of weeks KP and Michael Gill integrated Bubble with Zoom, Google Calendar and Twitter sign up. Bubble is your go to tool because of how powerful it is to connect to any other API and build fully customizable apps.

Side Project Stack

tony price nocode

Web App 

What advantage will this stack give you? The app built here has a sign up, and stores user information. Tony created this in 1 week build time. If you are a first time Bubble builder, expect more time than that.

Side Project Stack

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Web App 

What advantage will this stack give you? “Of all the no-code solutions I have seen over the years, Bubble is the most customizable and streamlined in terms of getting a website at a custom domain up and running quickly. Other no-code tools’ sites can look fairly similar, especially since many users build from the same templates. Bubble, on the other hand, allows you complete flexibility and freedom while still offering the functionality of a custom-built website.”

Side Project Stack

kp maker of cuppa

Web App 

What advantage will this stack give you?  Webflow as a landing page, connecting to Bubble for sign in and a working app that allows the user to save information like journals as well as favorite information or save to a profile all built within Bubble.

Side Project Stack

qoins app

Web App 

What advantage will this stack give you? What is Qoins today started with a Bubble App. Both Makers used this to produce their first version. 

Side Project Stack

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Mohammad Naz of argumeter uses no code to make and launch a project

Web App

Side Project Stack

Best place to find this Maker:

Twitter  

What can you do with this?

Use Twitter as a service to provide an easier search experience. This is a prototype done with Twitter.

Twitter Argumeter is a tool that lets you find out how much Twitter users like to argue and creates a Argumetere profile.  

Project link: Twitter ArguMeter

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Stack Notes Using Bubble

Why this tool helped

1. The most robust and customizable no-code app maker I have ever come across. You can implement HTML, JS and CSS on any element and whenever you want.

2. The extensive amount of plugins is insane and building a plugin is also a breeze.

3. You can build your own API calls to extract data or implement an action on Bubble.

4.  There is a very strong and helpful community on the forum.

What was challenging

1. Performance is the worst among all tools. Database calls are super slow and API calls cannot be made synchronous often leading to API errors as it is dependent on a database item which is still in the creation process. Increasing processing units doesn’t help a lot unless you increase by a lot which makes it not economical.

2. Making a good UI is a hassle and needs a good designer to support you. Making the pages responsive sometimes takes as much time as building the frontend and its workflows.

3. There is no For loop support but you can still implement it using a JavaScript plugin.