The Bright Future of Low-Code/No-Code Commerce Applications by Baskar Agneeswaran

Aug 27, 2021

Exactly 17 years ago, Tobias Lütke and Scott Lake built a tiny online store for selling snowboarding gear. Little did they know that it would become one of the largest commerce platforms in the world. Yes, we are talking about Shopify - the widely popular low-code/no-code platform that hosts 1,750,000 businesses in 175 countries today.

A low-code/no-code commerce platform like Shopify lets anyone build an app via a simple graphical user interface instead of hand-coded computer programming.  The end result - accelerated development process. 

Interestingly, low-code/no-code platforms have been around for ages, even before the birth of Shopify. In the 90s, low code platforms were called fourth-gen programming languages(4GL) - an apt name for a solution that was considered to be way ahead of its time. 

The vision behind low-code/no-code solutions

If you travel back a few years, you would find that the app development ecosystem was dominated by open-source e-commerce platforms like WooCommerce, NopCommerce, and Magento. Businesses loved their flexibility and the powerful features they came bundled with for building an application tailored to their needs. 

But today, their market share is dwindling. Low-code/No-code platforms have gobbled up most of their customer base because of their ability to democratize e-commerce. Thanks to them, an e-commerce entrepreneur no longer has to be a tech entrepreneur to be successful in his/her business. On that note, here are the various....

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