10 DIY, coding-free app makers startups and SMBs can use to grow their business

By Oscar Waterworth

According to the data from the Pew Research Center; almost 70 per cent of adults in the United States own a smartphone, up more than 35 per cent from five years ago; in addition, 45 per cent of adults own a tablet.

If you ever wanted to build an app for your small business, but the heavy investment of both money and time put you off, there are many platforms that enable you to build an app on a budget in a short amount of time (with absolutely no coding necessary). Check out some of them:


AppMakr is a free platform for building native apps for both the iOS and Android, as well as robust HTML5 web applications. With AppMakr, businesses of all sizes have an opportunity to build as many apps as they want, with unlimited free updates.

Salesforce1 Platform

This platform enables companies to build tailor-made applications for partners, customers, and employees, among other users. Nevertheless, what makes S1P really stand out is the fact that besides basic apps, it gives flexibility and boundless customisation. It allows this by syncing data from the system you use, easily integrating back-office tools and offering API services.


If by any chance you own a retail store, then MobiCart is the best solution for you as it allows you to bring your store to mobile devices. You can automatically create a storefront right on the app, and it also allows you to take advantage on e-commerce and mobile payment services so your customers can shop straight from their iPhones and Android devices.


EachScape allows even the beginners to design high-quality Android, iOS and HTML5 apps, with its intuitive, drag-and-drop interface. And since it doesn’t rely on templates, it even allows you to build customisable native apps, with features such as push notifications, location-based services and a wide range of social network integrations.


With this particular platform, you can create a professional-looking application in a matter of minutes. The user-friendly interface simplifies the building process, which means that you don’t have to know anything about coding in order to create your app. What’s more, it comes with a ton of customisable options, so you don’t have to worry about getting stuck with a generic-looking app.


This is an app builder that offers you complete content management, excellent user engagement tools, and monetisation options coupled with a perfect publishing process, to provide a robust solution for all of your requirements. Each you build can be easily integrated with existing content sources, such as Facebook, SoundCloud, WordPress, etc. You can instantly create a revenue stream for your app using the multiple monetisation options.

Como DIY

Como’s biggest distinction is that it makes it easy to build professional apps using a collection of layers, themes, icons, colours, styles, and backgrounds. There are also several features that can help you run your company. It allows you to accept in-app payments via MyCheck, enables customers to place orders with Online Ordering and track deliveries with Bringg.

Appy Pie

This is another drag-and-drop app maker for Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Android and iOS. It comes with a complete set of features that allow you to stay connected with your clients, including photo galleries, social media and blog integration and sharing capabilities. There are also several business aids available, such as restaurant tools, an appointment schedule, and one-touch calling.

Bizness Apps

Bizness Apps not only provide a simple building process, it also provides a wealth of features, including a shopping cart, dynamic content, loyalty programs, third party integrations, and more. It allows you to customise everything, using either pre-build designs, or your own, and there are also real-time previews to check your progress as you design your app. You can always update your app online, and modify everything without having to send your app for a lengthy update with Google or Apple.

Zoho Creator

Zoho was created with primarily ease-of-use in mind, so it employs tools like automated workflows to simplify the app-making process. But what makes this platform stand out from the crowd is that it offers other functions and features that make it functional not just for your clients, but also for your business. For example, you can add CRM capabilities into your app, such as auto-alerts for sales reps when customers send an inquiry over the application.

While the concept of DIY app makers is not particularly old, it has grown rapidly in the last couple of years.  Drag-and-drop toolset based builders have become the norm for creating engaging, interactive, and most importantly, feature-rich apps. Different platforms offer different styles but all attempt to solve the problem of making apps without coding with speed and ease.

This article entitled “10 DIY, coding-free app makers startups and SMBs can use to grow their business” originally appeared on e27.

Oscar Waterworth is a writer passionate about cutting edge tech, martech, business, marketing and a whole lot of other things in the world of business and IT.

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