October 19, 2022

Customer Portal Tools

Customer portals – a secure place where people can access all the info they need and interact with your business – are something that no-code tools do really well. Here are the best tools in the space.

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TOP TOOL PICKS

Best for ease of use
Stacker

Customer portals and Internal Tools powered by your data

Best for custom components
JetAdmin

A no-code builder for creating internal tools and portals

Best for low-code
Retool

Build custom internal tools - fast.

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Want to know which platform is the best? Check our buying criteria here then select a tool from the list.

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When considering a no-code tool, we always recommend taking 4 key factors into account:

Ease of use. How easy is it for a non-technical person with no coding skills to use this tool to make apps? Is there a big learning curve? Can someone who has a basic grasp of Microsoft Office also get a grasp of this tool? Or does it require a lot of up-front training? This is perhaps the most important factor to consider.

Flexibility. How much flexibility does this tool have in terms of what you can build? Can it handle complex decision-making behind the scenes and allow you to bring any app idea to life without any coding at all?

We award extra points here for tools which allow you to integrate with other tools for extra functionality, or let you add your own custom code. Consider whether or not all of your desired functionality is supported by a tool before you use it.

Design freedom. Does the tool give you full freedom to bring a design to life? Not all no-code tools have complete flexibility. Remember, this can be a double-edged sword. If you're not confident in your design abilities, you may wish to pick a tool with less design freedom, as often these tools will set beautiful defaults for you.

Glide is a great example of this. You can customise the branding colours and the order of components, but Glide ensures your design stays looking like a proper app appropriate for either the iOS or Android platform.

Cost-effectiveness. Simply, how affordable is this tool? Remember, this can get complex. Some tools will start with a trial while you build, but charge you to publish your app live. Other tools have specific limits, such as a certain number of records in your database or not being able to integrate other tools into your app without paying extra. As long as you can afford the lower tier plans and have a solid monetisation for your app, don't worry too much about scaling or long term costs as often you'll have income in future to supplement these.

Remember: A low score in any one category does not mean the tool is bad. For example, a tool with a high ease of use, but low flexibility and design freedom could simply indicate that this tool is incredible easy to use and perfect for a beginner. It could also mean the tool is focused on being the best tool on the market for a very specific type of app, like a portal or marketplace.

Make sure you check out our individual reviews for more information.

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Customer Portal Tools

Glide
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Build a powerful, data-driven app or website, without writing a line of code.

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
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Glide
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Glide is hands-down the most accessible and easiest-to-use no-code mobile app building platform out there!

While lacking total design freedom, Glide makes any app look beautiful by default and every app it creates is available as a "Progressive Web App" - meaning it can be used on both mobile and web!

Stacker
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Customer portals and Internal Tools powered by your data

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
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Stacker
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Stacker is incredibly slick, quick and easy to set up on top of your existing data sources and lets you quickly build customer or colleague portals.

Great choice for getting started quickly, especially if non-technical and not fussed about customising everything to a granular degree.

Working in a large company? THIS is the tool for you!

JetAdmin
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

A no-code builder for creating internal tools and portals

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
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JetAdmin
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Building a partner or customer portal? JetAdmin stands out in this category, with brilliant support for charts and graphs, easy integrations with all your existing SaaS tools and it's all wrapped up in an easy-to-use drag n drop interface

Retool
This tools supports native mobile apps
This tools creates Progressive Web Apps
This tool creates Web Apps

Build custom internal tools - fast.

Ease of use
Flexibility
Design freedom
Cost-effectiveness
OUR VERDICT
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Retool
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If you're building internal tools and have some technical or SQL skills, Retool is hands-down the best choice for you. You're in good hands too; their happy customers include Amazon, Philips, Mercedes-Benz and the NFL!

Not sure which tool is right for you?

Want to know which platform is the best? Check our buying criteria here then select a tool from the list below