Why build with WeWeb vs Bubble?

Build a scalable web app on top of an external database. Enjoy complete design freedom.

Two different mindsets

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.

Bubble = data and design in the same place

As long as you're comfortable hosting your database in Bubble, it's great to build powerful web apps with a basic user interface.

WeWeb = design powered by external data

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.

Design beautiful interfaces

Bubble ❌

When reading Bubble reviews, a common theme emerges: it's really hard to design responsive user interfaces.

WeWeb ✅

WeWeb, on the other hand, gives you the freedom to visually design your frontend exactly the way you want.

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.

Use your preferred data source

Bubble ❌

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.

WeWeb ✅

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:

1. Many people use no code tools to build an MVP and get stuck when they need to scale. They regret not keeping their data separate when that happens.

2. Most people already have a place where they store data. They don't want to copy that data into a separate black-box SaaS tool.

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.

Scale faster

Bubble ❌

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.

WeWeb ✅

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.

Don't worry, you'll feel right at home in WeWeb 😉

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.

  • Design as you would in Elementor or Webflow,
  • Add interactivity like Zapier or Integromat

All of this without coding. You won't need to worry about learning specifics.

Bubble vs WeWeb Recap

Take control of your design and data with WeWeb

What our users build with WeWeb

Customer portals

Internal tools

Membership sites

Create interactive interfaces for your clients

Let your users read, add or update data from a custom interface. Display data according to user permissions.

Add payments

Use our native Stripe integration to collect payment from users.

Use webhooks to update your content

Save money and time, update your pages automatically with webhooks.

Build professional web apps,
faster than ever

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