First, we'd like to thank Bubble for what they are doing in the no-code space. It's a wonderful tool, with an incredible community of makers who were able to create web applications for the first time thanks to Bubble. That said, if you're here searching for Bubble alternatives, we bet it's because you hit a ceiling with this tool.
As long as you're comfortable hosting your database in Bubble, it's great to build powerful web apps with a basic user interface.
If you need to design a beautiful interface on top of an external database without worrying about record limits, WeWeb may be a better fit for you.
Long story short: if you're a maker, an agency, or a business looking to create state-of-the-art frontends for your web applications, we think it makes sense to use us.
When reading Bubble reviews, a common theme emerges: it's really hard to design responsive user interfaces. The responsive engine released in 2021 improved the experience greatly but some UX issues remain.
With a no-code editor similar to what Webflow does for websites, WeWeb gives you full the freedom to visually design your frontend. Design systems are the building blocks of our editor. You can design parts of your web application like buttons, forms, navigation bar, save them, and re-use them as your UI kit.
You can even code your own React or Vue.js components, upload them in WeWeb's design system from GitHub and drag & drop them on your pages, visually. And if you're used to CSS classes, use them! You can add animations on hover or clicks or when the user performs a specific set of actions in your application.
With Bubble, your frontend and backend are tied together. You can find workarounds to connect to an external database but this often causes performance issues.
With WeWeb, you can build your frontend on top of your preferred data sources. For example, Airtable, REST APIs or your in-house database.
Why would you need to connect to third-party data sources? Why not have everything in one place?
Well, we've done extensive user research, and although there are pros and cons for each solution, we’ve found there are two reasons why experienced makers prefer to build their frontend separately:
Decoupling the frontend from the backend is the modern way to build web applications. It’s a best practice because it is more scalable and reversible. Bring your own backend, and use it in WeWeb.
As an alternative to Bubble, most people resort to custom coding their web app when they have to scale its performances. With WeWeb, that’s a thing of the past.
First, by decoupling your backend and frontend, you can scale them independently. Let's be honest, 90% of the time, the backend is the reason for your web app's bad performance.
Second, WeWeb uses the latest web technologies to build a real web application in the user's browser. This ensures you lightning fast loading times and performances. Don't think in terms of no-code for small projects vs custom code for big ones.
Design a best-in-class frontend that loads fast for your users, no matter how big or complex your database. WeWeb generates a standard Vue.js app that you can export and self-host on premises if you need to.
Bubble is a powerful tool, with a steep learning curve.
WeWeb takes the best of all no-code tools to help you feel at home, regardless of your background.
All of this without coding. You won't need to worry about learning specifics.