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Reacting to 'I wouldn't Use Bubble To Build a No Code Saas'

We delve into the debate about whether Bubble.io is the right platform for building a no-code web app, especially for SaaS ideas. Join us as we explore the pros and cons of using Bubble.io for your next project.

Is Bubble the Right Platform for Your SaaS Idea?

There's a question that I get asked a lot as a bubble coach, and that is, is bubble the right platform, the right no code web app builder for my SaaS idea or whatever web app you might want to be creating. So I thought I'd just take some time and respond to a video like this because these sort of videos get loads of traction based on the title. I wouldn't use Bubble to build a no code SaaS. Here's why. So I'm just going to highlight a few bits of this video and basically respond to them.

Bubble as a Product

Okay, so first thing I'll say is we're all content creators here, or at least I am and so is this guy. But I think that's just an over generalization, a theme that I'm probably going to return to having just watched this video and thought of. What my key points are going to be is that no one's pretending that bubble is perfect for every situation. But I wouldn't phrase it as only a few cases. I would say that the ideas that you can come up with and then spend an afternoon building that app in bubble and get a working mvp, at least for yourself, it takes longer to add in billing and deploying it to live and marketing and your product development cycle.

Bubble as an Iconic Brand

All of which, by the way, if you want to find out more, head over to our website, planetnoco.com, because we are running a program called Mastery where I bring in the other co founders, which you may not have seen on camera, but they are experts in marketing and product development. And so if you want to be part of that, we basically run an intense mentorship program where we teach product marketing and building apps with Bubble. So yeah, let's just be aware of how. I don't want to just necessarily accuse this guy of clickbait, but we write titles and we pick a turn of phrase that is going to engage users and it can be a little bit sensationalist. Like I said, the Bubble app builder and ecosystem is good product, but bubble as a brand has become iconic.

Bubble's Advantages and Disadvantages

Bubble was founded in 2012. Today it's still a leading platform, but when you consider its advantages versus its disadvantages, I think bubble controls a large portion of the no code market just because the brand has become so okay. There are certainly other no code development tools that have just come out in the last few years alone, and they are really worth paying attention to. The thing that I think sets bubble apart is that it does fill and dominate a space between overly simplistic or something really quick.

Vendor Lock-in

So my thoughts on Bubble are that bubble fills in a space where a visual builder offers so much capacity for what you can build, and I'm not aware of one that is quite like that. Now, like I said, there are other visual, no code app builders, but I would put some of them slightly close to the traditional coding, which means that you do need that heightened level of technical knowledge and also the time it takes to learn so big that's never good for end users. And from there are two reasons why I wouldn't be comfortable with using bubble. Primary reason, vendor lock in. When you build an app on bubble, you don't own the code base, Bubble does.

Consider Other Alternatives

My issue is that bubble wants you to stay with them, even on this site. You see it in their wordings, marketings and how articles about seven figure SaaS using bubble. It's great for bubble if your SaaS is super active, you use more bubble resources and pay them more. And to be fair, bold and flexible. But they cannot deny they are depending a whole lot on bubble.

There are alternatives to Bubble that let you build complex and comprehensive apps. For example, Sharetripe, Flutterflow, just to name a few. Great examples of alternatives that you should consider before plowing hours and hours of your time, money and energy into bubble. But yeah, weigh them up, have a play. You give yourself a couple of hours on each platform and then decide which one is going to be easiest to build. Your idea.

Consider the Limitations of No Code

No code is a great way for non-tech founders to build MVPs. It's arguably the most time and cost-effective way, but it's an MVP when your SaaS or even website needs to grow and scale your no code app builder might be enough. It might not. Probably not, actually. Now, again, he's coming down on one side so that he's making a clear point, but there is so much more nuance here. It is going to depend on the app, it's going to depend on what you're doing on bubble, whether that app can scale from ten users to 10,000 users. It's also going to depend on your pricing model.

Bubble's Pricing and Value

Now, wouldn't it be nice to have the option to stay on your local platform or take your app and find a new home? The flexibility to make decisions without being limited by the tools you use. To me, that's not even nice. It's non-negotiable. And bubble is just not built to offer that level of flexibility. Which is fine, I guess, as long as it's good enough. But for every better, yeah, we all experience vendor lock in. I have been in the Apple ecosystem for over a decade.

My issue is that bubble wants you to stay with them, even on this site. You see it in their wordings, marketings and how articles about seven figure SaaS using bubble. It's great for bubble if your SaaS is super active, you use more bubble resources and pay them more. And to be fair, bold and flexible. But they cannot deny they are depending a whole lot on bubble.

There are alternatives to Bubble that let you build complex and comprehensive apps. For example, Sharetripe, Flutterflow, just to name a few. Great examples of alternatives that you should consider before plowing hours and hours of your time, money and energy into bubble. But yeah, weigh them up, have a play. You give yourself a couple of hours on each platform and then decide which one is going to be easiest to build. Your idea.

Consider the Limitations of No Code

No code is a great way for non-tech founders to build MVPs. It's arguably the most time and cost-effective way, but it's an MVP when your SaaS or even website needs to grow and scale your no code app builder might be enough. It might not. Probably not, actually. Now, again, he's coming down on one side so that he's making a clear point, but there is so much more nuance here. It is going to depend on the app, it's going to depend on what you're doing on bubble, whether that app can scale from ten users to 10,000 users. It's also going to depend on your pricing model.

Bubble's Pricing and Value

Now, wouldn't it be nice to have the option to stay on your local platform or take your app and find a new home? The flexibility to make decisions without being limited by the tools you use. To me, that's not even nice. It's non-negotiable. And bubble is just not built to offer that level of flexibility. Which is fine, I guess, as long as it's good enough. But for every better, yeah, we all experience vendor lock in. I have been in the Apple ecosystem for over a decade.

But it's still no code at the end of the day, so be prepared to re. I think we've got to acknowledge that the limitations on no code are going to diminish. We're going to get a coming together of what you could build with no code and what you couldn't is a gap that is getting smaller and smaller over time. I mean, we can imagine a future where drag and drop is gone because AI generates all the content for you based on what you say to your device.

Conclusion

So, yeah, I just want to thank this creator for putting together a really interesting video. But as someone who works with bubble app creators every day and I have that amazing privilege of seeing their apps come to life, hearing just their excitement.

I'm not really into this bubble bashing or trying to oversimplify it, because it comes down to you doing the research and evaluating the tool that are out there and available and then coming to your own conclusion. So, yeah, I want to thank this creator for his video, and hopefully I've contributed something into this space, because it's really important that we evaluate what's available out there and that we do pick the right tool before we sink a lot of time and a lot of money into it.

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