Feb 13, 2023
Today, we all understand how important apps are for connecting businesses with their customers, increasing automation and innovation, and allowing organizations to expand. Nevertheless, I hear feedback that the main problem people face when starting their businesses is that they do not understand what platform or tool they need to choose. The main focus is on low-code and no-code technologies that help you increase development spending by X10 and test as many hypothesis as you want. The most popular platforms in that field in recent years have been FlutterFlow and Bubble.
Bubble.io is a visual programming environment that enables people to construct and host web apps without the help of engineers using a code-free programming language. This tool is a great option to create a quick web application and even scalable system to test hypos and start business smarter.
People can interact with web development on the visual grid using drag-and-drop functionality. Even people without technical backgrounds can maintain and update these applications. With Bubble, you don't have to worry about server capacity, because you can simply upgrade your plan to get better performance.
If you want to move applications to the next level, you have to start over from scratch because the system is locked in and the code cannot be downloaded. The application gives you an additional level of security, but it requires additional time and money in the future to scale.
Marketplace full of integrations with Stripe, Google, Facebook. There are more than 800 plugins in total.
Import and export database using CSV or Excel files or connect with external database ( SQL database or RESTful API)
It is easy to add images, icons, buttons, maps, movies, calendars, and other items.
Create user accounts using passwords or OAuth 2.0 providers, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, or Google
AWS hosted data storage with a customizable backend in Bubble scalable, code-free interface
Connect to your own SQL database or RESTful API if you want to use Bubble as a Front-End only
Restore previous versions of app in case data is lost or changed
Translate your app's content automatically and display it in the proper language, currency, and format
Automatic SSL certificates
Large community of users
Build full-stack web applications with out-of-the-box functionality
Large community of users to ask questions and share information
Visual programming and drag-and-drop functionality help you to develop app faster
Difficulties with creating responsible apps
You can’t export the code from platform and use it
If you want to master Bubble, it may take a while, which won’t be as different as learning Custom code tools
Bubble apps doesn’t work Offline and can’t make Native mobile apps
Performance issues in case you have lots of users, data load or API calls
In case you need to scale the application, the plans became more expensive than other platforms ($500/mo+)
I have already written a few articles on this topic, so in general, Flutterflow allows you to develop mobile and web applications using Dart.
Without writing any code, it is possible to simultaneously create apps for iOS and Android.
You can use lots of pre-built widgets, screen designs and third-party integrations
To connect Firebase, Google, and Facebook logins, all you have to do is drag a button.
You can integrate GitHub into your project to link it to a GitHub repository and publish code there anytime you choose.
You can easily build up data infrastructure and connect to real-time data using Firebase.
Comfortable UI and visual interface
Beautiful native apps with all native capabilities are possible to create.
Easy to submit app to the stores
You can import your code and export clear code using FlutterFlow without using bulk or obfuscation
Although FlutterFlow apps use Firebase, they run significantly more quickly. Many services are easily interoperable using Firebase extensions and FlutterFlow.
Apps are not updated with the platform out-of-the box like Bubble. Usually you need to do few more actions manually.
Some user implies that Web interface may have some performance issues
Customizing application logic has a challenging learning curve.
It is necessary to connect to a separate back end. Firebase integration is available in FlutterFlow, but that is it. You must write extra Firebase code if you want back-end logic.
Bubble Vs Flutterflow
The choice between platform depends on what you want to accomplish. Bubble may be a great option for you if you want to test your MVP idea and make a web-application within two weeks.
If you are looking to create a complex application with mobile functionality - Flutterflow may be a great tool. It will make sense to even wrap up some web functionality on Flutterflow and later move to Flutter if you want to get really complex features on the web.
Our customers usually prefer to work with Bubble because of few main advantages:
Better adaptability than Bubble
Native mobile apps
Option to download the code for Flutter
Better performance and pricing policy
For now, I would suggest choosing a platform based on your focus. Work with Flutterflow if you want to focus on mobile apps. Use Bubble or React.js if you are focusing on web apps.
There are some things that may differ from case to case with web applications, so if you have any questions, visit Bleakers.co and contact us directly
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