After months toying with the idea to create a directory for non tech’s I’ve finally started it. This is my story so far.
So, I'm currently in the process of creating my latest project NoCode.Tech, a curated (tried and tested) list of tools and resources for all non-techies out there who want to create an online presents without the need to get a developer or designer involved. This could be for a hobby, a business that you have always wanted to start, blog, portfolio, university project or bringing your current small business online, the list is endless.
I personally feel not enough people know about the plethora of resources and tools out there that don’t require any prior knowledge of design or coding.
I want to show people the tools that can lower the barriers to entrepreneurship and help them build amazing websites and businesses without a gigantic budget or years of technical expertise. I believe website creation should be for the many, not just the few.
I've personally been using drag and drop websites (and a whole host of free online resources) for the last 5 years creating my own personal online businesses and websites for other small businesses. My background and university degree couldn't be further from a computer science degree but, with various new tools and software launching everyday aimed at people with no background in code or design, I’ve rarely come to a point where I have required these skills.
DISCLAIMER: I'm not saying by any means web designers and developers are redundant, that couldn't be further for the truth. However, for the vast majority of people looking to create an online presents this is certainly the case.
The idea was born!
Just recently I created Design[io] a personal one to one website tuition service based in London. I wanted to personally show people in London how easy it is to create a fantastic modern looking responsive website in a matter of hours. Through this teaching I have struggled to keep track of the multitude of resources and tools I have recommended that I personally use to create my websites. I typically kept all my resources and tools as bookmarks on Safari or Evernote and would email my clients links. However, recently I decided in an effort to share my hacks, tips and resources with others I’ve decided to create an online directory.
I'm a huge user of Product Hunt. For all those who haven’t heard of Product Hunt (PH), it’s a website curating all the best new websites, mobile apps and technology the world has to offer. However, what makes PH unique is its incredible community of like minded designers, developers, creators ect discussing and helping early stage entrepreneurs, offering them tips and advice through the comments sections of the website.
Anyway, PH is how I discovered website stacks. These curated lists of tools and resources, range from dedicated marketing, growth hacking, newsletters, web design, widgets - you name it. An inspiring story regarding website stacks I closely followed is Bram Kanstein’s Startup Stash, who nailed it on PH and is still today the most voted product on PH of all time. I would encourage everyone who is looking to launch something on PH to check out his post on Medium, I intend to use his strategy for my launch.
Another incredibly inspiring story I instantly related to was written by Ben Tossell who also comes from a non-tech background and wrote about how he landed a job at Product Hunt. This story propelled me to not use my lack of coding or design skills as an excuse. Ben went on to launch a Marketing Stack which again smashed it on Product Hunt receiving over 1200 votes that day.
Iv’e started various small business and tested ideas usually launching my MVP somewhat prematurely as I cant wait to share it with everyone, but this time im going to attempt do it properly and launch a slightly polished product in the next two months (starting from now).
I set myself a few initial objectives for NoCode to achieve:
Over the last two weeks I have come up with a name, bought a domain and designed the logo. The twitter page is up and running and I have a landing page chucked together with an email grabber whilst I continue building the site.
Currently I’m working on each of my categories and gathering all the information about each featured tool or resource. This is taking much longer than I anticipated but as previously mentioned I don't want to rush the launch and effect the quality of the website.
A month before I anticipate the launch of the site I will initiate Bram’s marketing strategy as it seemed to work very well for him, providing some crucial feedback from my early subscribers. I have been contacting some twitter contacts and people in various PH Slack channels to get some early testers on-board.
If you are interested in helping me out and providing some feedback pre-launch please get in touch I would love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or tweet me @thisdickie. Make sure to follow @nocodetech on twitter for launch updates.
This is the first post in a planned series documenting everything currently out there for non-techs, to create incredible looking websites, and trust me when i say there is a tonne of resources out there. My goal is to be as open as possible and share everything along the way.
It is crazy how many people don’t have a website for their small businesses. I have met various individuals with small businesses who haven’t considered creating a website either because they think they don’t know how or they consider them to be expensive.
It’s a myth! Anyone can create a website!
So if you don’t know where to start — start here! Start by having an online presence and establishing your own branding. Whether you want to start an online business or you are just looking to create a blog site to attract a like-minded audience, having a visually appealing and user-friendly website is crucial if you want any chance of success.
There are huge variety of website builders out there which are currently exploding in popularity precisely because they enable users to create websites without knowing any coding or experience of design. In fact, Website Builders do not require any technical knowledge at all. I promise you this, as i don’t have any myself and created the majority of this website in one weekend.
Although each website builder comes in different sizes and flavors, they typically include WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) builders that let you create your website by dragging and dropping website elements into the content area. Super easy!
Thus, these awesome website builders make it almost impossible for people to have an excuse for not setting up their blogs, stores, portfolios to name a few of the possibilities. Check out one of my personal e-commerce website, fiilo. This was up and running in two weeks and now basically runs itself! More to come on that later.
Now this is not to say professional website designers/developers are now redundant, not at all. Im simply stating for a simple responsive website with minimal functionality they are not required. For a host of custom-built features you are still going to require a professional designer.
The sheer amount of options out there is overwhelming and daunting but fortunately for you, i’m here to start getting more people online and will continue to provide you with resources, tips and hints through these forthcoming posts. So keep checking back! And if you like this post please click that green heart below!
Over the next few posts i aim to cover the following topics:
Website Builders| Stock Images | Mockups | Logos | Domains | Inspiration