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Zapier is a gamechanger for no-code Makers. It is the glue to connect between all the different disparate apps a simple no-code app may use. It’s also referred to as the plumbing to an app or workflow. In this guide it is referred to as a “back end” tool because its often logic and transferring of data that is invisible to the user like an API works for a standard application.

It is an essential tool that has a very low on boarding ramp to learn.

Although expensive it gives Makers the ability to create in an efficient way that would not be possible.

If you’re just starting out there is no better tool than Zapier. Why? IMO Zapier sets the bar for ease of use. There is no documentation needed for your basic workflows, even something complex like this integration with Twilio was an absolute breeze (I don’t say this lightly. In fact Zapier gets my highest grade for ease of use). 

You’re not going to believe this but using Zapier allowed me to send text messages with zero code required. And I did it all with Zapier plumbing with Twilio. I launched a beta version of Save for Dream Vacay using Zapier as my plumbing and logic for handling different responses by users. It’s a perfect tool to start with. 

I will vouch for it because I’ve used it as part of my back end fueling a product that was a #1 on Product Hunt. The Get Stackd Tool. Check out below my key pros and cons as well as insight as to how I used Zapier to power an actual no code web application.

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

michael novotny and no code to make and launch a side project

Forward by Maker: Michael Novotny

Pros and Cons of Zapier

Positives

  • Rates 10/10 for ease of use and adoptability
  • Very good documentation and work instructions with how to’s
  • Tons of example workflows or automations available to use for yourself or get inspired.
  • Zapier is the standard for no-code usability and friendliness to learn and use. Masterful at empowering Makers to do high powered technical things with no need for technical know-how.

Negatives

  • Pricey - in order to really achieve some key workflows you will easily dip into the $65 per month category. Although Zapier did make some really key changes to increasing their pull times this is a key feature. You can check out more at the bottom of update #1 if you’d like to learn more.

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Zapier No-Code Templates

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Get brand mentions on Google sent to Slack/SMS/Email/Google Sheets etc

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Create custom Twitter Alerts for your brand

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Find and change multiple criteria in a google sheet to automate your business

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Send an auto replay message like out of hours reply to customers

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Makers and Their Products Using Zapier

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kp maker of cuppa

Web App

What advantage will this stack give you? Using Table2site is turnkey. Airtable syncs nicely and allows for the page to be dynamically updated when users add content.

Side Project Stack

austin yang nocode

Web App

What advantage will this stack give you? Conversational interface allows for less friction and reduces the overwhelming feeling of ordering. Payment is also easily integrated into the buying experience.

Side Project Stack

connor

Job Board

What advantage will this stack give you? This stack allows you to quickly put together a job board and still have customization in design. 

Side Project Stack

no code maker noah brinker

eCommerce

What advantage will this stack give you? Automate when users add new product to your site and have more freedom to do a custom design. 

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.

Side Project Stack

no code maker naz

Web App 

What advantage will this stack give you? A complex stack that integrates with Twitter. This stack is unique. Connect with this Maker on twitter to get insights on building with Twitter.

Side Project Stack

no code maker whit

Web App 

What advantage will this stack give you? Recommended stack to quickly build an eCommerce solution that may be unique to a standard online store.

Side Project Stack

ben tossell No code maker

Membership Site

What advantage will this stack give you? This stack enables you to have the flexibility to build a customized membership site with any design needed on the front end and ability to provide customized content.

Side Project Stack

michael novotny and no code to make and launch a side project

Automated Text Messaging App

What advantage will this stack give you? Automate sending text messages easily with this side project stack. 

Side Project Stack

hey marketers a no-code job board

Job Board

What advantage will this stack give you? This stack enables you to have the flexibility to build a customized web page through Webflow but also a dynamic filtering job board within the page. 

Side Project Stack

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"In Their Words" No Code Maker Commentary and Reviews

Use this list of Makers to find project inspiration and see what they used to make something without using code.

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 Zapier

Zapier is the glue that brings together this project. 

Why this tool helped

1. The easiest Workflow builder I have come across. Their new “Actions by Zapier” are a gem to execute custom codes or make API calls.

2. I was not storing user credentials to get maximum people to generate enough content for the app without the friction of sign up and generate some Word of Mouth. Therefore, I had no retention plan in place. Recently, I changed the app to email-based signup after I ran the referral experiment. The plan is to send a weekly email to the people who sign up with the number of profiles added that week and the worst and the best tweet from a celebrity/influencer added to the platform. Gossip sells (why Big Brother is a hit)

What was challenging

  • I wish they decreased the polling time on the free plan from 15 minutes to at least 5 minutes. (Check out at the bottom of update #1 in this update to see what positive changes Zapier made to their polling times.)

Zapier Email

-Deliverability is an issue as with all Email clients. Maybe Zapier should do a spam testing check for any “Email by Zapier” action’s content to warn users if they are sending something that might get marked as spam.

Whit of random pizza 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?

Create a customized eCommerce and web app experience using a stack of tools that have lower learning curve.

Project link: Random Pizza

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Stack Notes Using Zapier

Why this tool helped

  1. Zapier was my automation hack. When people signed up on Gumroad a “Zap” occurred that would send an introductory email saying them and linking them to the final step, set your preferences. //Whit used a link to a Typeform form to set the user preferences.

 2. It is dead simple to use. I am still on the free version but it gets pricey. Not a power user but made everything pretty automated.

What was challenging

-I wish there was a maker tier that allowed a certain number of zaps. (Cheaper)

hey marketers a no-code job board

Web App

Side Project Stack

jetboost and no code to make and launch a project

Best place to find this Maker:

Twitter  

What can you do with this?

Create a customized job board using dynamic filters so that your users can easily sort for jobs by customizing their search experience in real time.

Project link: Hey Marketers

Read Corey’s Full Interview

Stack Notes Using Zapier

Why this tool helped

  1. Corey used Zapier to power a key connection to enable a fully automated application. Corey has Typeform send to Google Sheets (Typeform does have some API integrations like this) and then using Zapier to send from Google Sheets to Webflow CMS which acts as a backend database. (Notes are translated from interview.)

2. Zapier is the glue on the back end that ties this all together to make a fully functioning no-code application. (Notes are translated from interview.)

What was challenging