Low-code platforms are unique in their features, this uniqueness can either be a strength or a weakness if you don’t know how to harness the features. This is why it is not safe to assume that all platforms are the same and jump on any platform to build your project.
While it is true that low-code platforms make development easier, you can also face serious challenges if you choose the wrong platform for your project. It is also important to ask certain questions that will meet the demands of your project before choosing a low-code platform for it.
Some of these questions are general questions to ask before choosing any low-code platform.
Questions to ask before choosing any low-code platform
Is it on Cloud?
Cloud services ensure safety, you don’t have to worry about losing your work if your device gets lost or damaged. If the low-code platform you want to use insists on a server to download, that’s already a red flag. Choosing it means you can’t access your project anywhere or at any time. You will have to depend on setting up servers before you can continue working on your project. So, ask the question, is this platform on the cloud?
Is it a Complete Platform?
A complete platform allows you to create both the front-end and back-end of the applications. Although, this might not be necessary if you are looking at building only the front-end with the platform.
However, if you want to build a complete app from scratch, it is important to consider if the platform allows you to build both the front-end and back-end. If not, you might have more to deal with on your hands, especially if you are not a traditional developer, because you might need to resort to traditional coding to make up for what is lacking on the platform which will be more stressful and also slow the production process of the product.
Does it Support the kind of App you want to Build?
Low-code platforms are not the same, some tend to be friendly with business apps, and some are friendly with educational apps. You must know what you want to build and check what is available on the platform.
There are platforms that are also more pro-mobile than others, they have tools that make creating mobile apps easier, and you might want to consider them over others. That is why it’s important to first identify the requirements of what you want to build and check the low-code platform that can meet your needs.
Does it have a free trial?
This might not look like a technical necessity, but it is equally important. A free trial saves you from buying what you don’t need. With a free trial, you get to test the tools on the platform first, before making a purchase, you can test if the tools are easy to use and check to see if it actually delivers the promises made on the platform.
If you have to pay on a platform before you even test the tools then you must be prepared for whatever outcome you have except if you are not a first-timer to the platform.
Is it Scalable?
You have to be sure the platform supports your growth. It should not be a problem scaling your app to meet your present growth requirements. For example, if you start with 200 users and need to move up to 20000 users, you should be able to do so with few clicks provided the platform is scalable.
A non-scalable platform is rigid and will affect the performance of your product negatively if you try to scale it. Thus, it is not enough that the platform has nice UI features, and simplistic drag and drop components. You have to think about the future, can it serve you when you grow?
Low-code platforms are all unique in what they offer. It is not enough that you can use low-code to create products. You must also understand how the platform works. This and many more are what you will learn if you sign up for the GoCreate USA Bootcamp. Sign up today and learn the skill of the future!