Why build with WeWeb vs Stacker?

WeWeb vs Stacker comparison matrix

Two different mindsets

First off, we extend our gratitude to Stacker for their contributions to the no-code space. They've created a wonderful tool that empowers a thriving community of creators to build web apps swiftly. However, if you're in search of Stacker alternatives, it's likely because you've encountered limitations with their platform.

Stacker is great for some specific use-cases, when WeWeb is a broader tool with unlimited design possibilities

Stacker excels in specific scenarios, whereas WeWeb offers a more extensive toolset with unlimited design possibilities. Per Stacker's website, they focus heavily on four particular use-cases:

  1. Customer portals
  2. Workflow tools
  3. Custom CRMs
  4. Partner dashboards

These are indeed niche requirements. Stacker is built around pre-configured blocks that offer little to no design flexibility and are not ideal for SEO, as they're dynamically generated in the user's browser. This configuration enables the rapid launch of a minimum viable product (MVP) but struggles to scale. Adding features beyond the initial scope of the predefined blocks is challenging.

In contrast, WeWeb champions complete design freedom coupled with a strong focus on SEO. With WeWeb, you can craft user-facing applications such as marketplaces or SaaS platforms, as well as internal tools akin to those made with Stacker—thanks to components like our data grid element, which facilitates inline editing.

When your MVP is ready, WeWeb continues to support your growth. You can fine-tune everything, from design to workflows, ensuring that the application evolves in line with your business needs.

Both Stacker and WeWeb need external backends to work, but WeWeb supports more options

Both Stacker and WeWeb are frontend-focused tools, requiring backends to function fully. Stacker can integrate with a handful of platforms:

  • Airtable
  • Google Sheets
  • Stripe
  • Intercom

WeWeb, on the other hand, not only connects to these tools natively or through our REST API plugin but also supports a broader range of backends, including:

  • Xano
  • Supabase
  • SQL databases
  • GraphQL APIs
  • Strapi
  • Algolia
  • Ghost
  • and many others…

This versatility indicates that while Glide facilitates connections with popular tools, those are not always suitable for secure backend needs. WeWeb's ability to integrate with robust backend systems like Xano or Supabase is a significant advantage.

For data synchronization and integrity, Stacker uses "Stacker Tables", which may not always reflect the most current data due to periodic updates. This can lead to discrepancies. WeWeb, however, maintains a direct connection to your backend, ensuring real-time data accuracy.

Stacker uses its own authentication system, when WeWeb has best-in-class authentication solutions

While Stacker has its own authentication system, WeWeb provides "WeWeb auth" for basic app authentication and also supports third-party systems like:

  • Auth0
  • Xano
  • Supabase
  • Token-based authentication

WeWeb seamlessly integrates with existing company authentication frameworks, complete with predefined roles and permissions, or connects to advanced authentication technologies. This flexibility means there’s no need to reconstruct your security infrastructure, providing a secure and familiar operational environment for IT and compliance teams.

Stacker needs Zapier, when WeWeb apps can have their own complex workflows

Stacker may require third-party services like Zapier, n8n, or Make to handle user interactions within an app.

WeWeb eliminates this dependency by allowing you to construct, test, and debug native workflows right inside the WeWeb Editor. This centralization saves costs and streamlines workflow creation.

Stacker apps can't be exported, when WeWeb ones can

Creating an app with Stacker means it's hosted on their infrastructure, which can be convenient. However, if your project must comply with GDPR, HIPAA, or similar regulations, this could pose a problem.

WeWeb apps, by contrast, are exportable as standard VueJS apps and are easy to deploy across various cloud providers (AWS, Azure, GCP, OVH, Scaleway, Vercel, etc.) or on your own servers. Moreover, WeWeb does not store or access your data (with limited exceptions for specific plugins), ensuring data privacy even during development.

In conclusion, Stacker allows you to build template-focused MVPs incredibly fast, but WeWeb allows you to build and scale your apps without limits

In summary, while Stacker is ideal for quickly deploying template-focused MVPs, WeWeb facilitates the creation and scaling of bespoke apps without limitations.

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