One of the most pivotal decisions in the development process of your Software as a Service (SaaS) product is choosing the right technology stack. Your project scalability, performance and long-term success are significantly dependent on this decision alone. In this post, we'll explore the factors to consider when deciding between no-code and coding options for your SaaS development.
No-Code Tools vs. Coding
When starting a SaaS development journey, one of the biggest decisions to make is whether to go the no-code or coding path. Some noticeable no-code platforms are Bubble, Adalo and OutSystems and all of them allow you to create applications without writing code. If you have a more limited technical experience, this tools will offer you a more accessible entry point for developing your software. They are usually great for quick prototyping of ideas and MVPs, however there can be serious limitations when it comes to customization and complex functionalities.
On the other side we have the option of coding your SaaS application from scratch, using tech stacks like MERN (MongoDB, Express, React, Node.js) or MEAN (MongoDB, Express, Angular, Node.js) will offer you great flexibility, maneuverability and scalability. For customization, only the sky is the limit, but this comes at a price, because you need a higher level of technical expertise and longer development time.
Scaling Opportunities and Switching from No-Code to Coding Stack
As you platform is growing, scalability becomes a critical consideration. No-code solutions might me great starting point, but they can sometimes limit your ability to scale. Transitioning from no-code to a coding stack can be challenging and can often require a substantial rewrite of your application.
Coding stacks are designed with scalability in mind. It's always possible to scale your application to allow high traffic and add new custom features to expand your system. This is one of the reasons that a lot of startups are choosing coding stacks, as it will save time and resources in the long run.
There is no single answer to the question which way is the best to choose, it will always depend on your project specifics, your team, and long term goals. No-code solutions are ideal for prototyping, but switching from no-code to coding solutions can be really challenging later on.