Choosing the right No-Code Platform for your Community

— Juliet Edjere

With the advent of the no-code revolution, there are a lot of no-code tools to launch your community. From the obvious LinkedIn, Facebook, Slack and Discord groups to more specific Disciple, HelloBox, Honeycommb, PeopleCirclePodiaTribe, Orbit, and Geneva.

We’ll go through each of these, focusing on their pricing and core offering. Your choice could vary depending on the use case.


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Geneva

Geneva is an all-in-one communication app for groups, clubs, and communities. Chat, post, hangout, livestream, plan, and more — it’s everything your group needs to stay connected, all in one place. Geneva chat allows you to have a mix of asynchronous and live conversations. Geneva uses phone numbers for sign up to prevent trolling and spam accounts.

  • It's free
  • You can create topic-based channels, chat channels, video channels, and audio channels.
  • However, it's still very limited in how you customize it. 

Circle

Circle is very simple to get started and also allows for lots of customisations to match the look and feel of your brand. With Circle, you can bring together your discussions, memberships, and content to allow for more asynchronous but thoughtful discussion. 

Circle integrates with your other tools. The support team is also considerate and reactive.

The best-use cases for Circle include:

  • Course creators who want to add a community to their student experience
  • Memberships of all types, especially for newsletters and podcasts
  • Products and brands that let their customers connect with each other
  • Coaching communities and mastermind groups
  • Influencers and bloggers who want help their audience members connect with each other

Check out the demo / example communities on https://circle.so/pre-recorded-demo.

Circle pricing starts at $39/mo.

Disciple

Disciple is a platform that enables and empowers community managers, business owners, influencers, coaches (and more) to build and own a private community platform.

Ps: I do not like their logo. If you have trypophobia, you probably won’t too.

Disciple allows for:

  • Branding and customisation - Fully-branded. Customise your community platform with your own logo, colours and assets.
  • Groups - Segment your audience by interest and demographic into unlimited private and public groups.
  • Activity Feed - Power-up engagement with a personalised stream of content tailored to each one of your members.
  • Subscriptions - Charge subscriptions to join your community or a particular Group.
  • Content library - Store all of your content assets (videos, images, PDFs, blogs) in folders and share them with your community.
  • Events - Promote your events with embedded links and track attendance with an RSVP feature.
  • Followers - Members can discover and connect with other members who share similar interests.
  • Messaging - Your members can send private messages to other members within your community platform with our direct messaging feature.
  • Member profiles - Customise member profiles with specific fields to capture relevant data and easily segment members into relevant groups. Members can find and connect with each other.
  • @mentions - Members can @mention each other to inspire conversation.
  • Commenting - Drive engagement with comments and threaded comments features.
  • hashtags - Easily find posts on a specific theme or follow a topic with hashtags.
  • Polls - Drive interaction and get answers from your community with a polls feature.
  • Scheduling - Schedule unlimited posts as far in advance as you want.
  • Moderation tools - Keep your community platform safe and clean with moderation tools. You can verify, report and shadowban community members
  • Analytics - Track vital metrics. Measure engagement, get to know your audience better and gain deeper insights into what’s performing best.
  • Data - Own and manage all of your member’s data in a secure GDPR way.
  • Live Streaming - Stream to your entire community or to specific groups with much higher video quality than on Zoom and Facebook. (exclusive to mobile apps)
  • Push Notifications - Connect with audiences at any time with Push Notifications that can be targeted and personalised. (exclusive to mobile apps)

Hellobox

HelloBox offers a flexible platform so you can design your community exactly the way you envision. Upload your logo, favicon, pick a layout, colors, fonts or even a theme. Otherwise, apply your own CSS styles.

Scale your community with HelloBox's built-in tools. Set your members' notification settings so they are alerted when various events happen on your site.

HelloBox offers you a growing list of integrations with other popular tools such as Twitter, Slack, Discord, Google Analytics, Tawk (and many other chatbots etc.)

Honeycommb

Honeycommb provides branded iOS and Android Apps along with a Web app and Control Center for admins and moderators. The team handles the launch and deployment of your app to the stores along with backup, scalability and quality assurance - so you can focus on your community.

Honeycommb is a turn-key solution with a beautiful user interface and a ton of features that come out of the box. The dynamic platform that allows you to adjust how your applications look, feel, and function.

People

Pe•ple has a seamless onboarding experience.

🏗 A one-step setup to your current website which boosts SEO, rather than a subdomain

🎨 Completely customizable from branding to content categorization

📊 Providing analytics to help you track and understand your fanbase

👩‍💻 Built with modern features including emoji-based reactions, passwordless authentication, threaded discussions, real-time chat, and more.

Tribe

Tribe is similar to Circle.

Although it has a free tier, you'll likely have to upgrade sooner than later. I built a community with Tribe HERE.

Podia

Podia is an all-in-one digital storefront. The easiest way to sell online courses, downloads, webinars, and memberships. Podia is more a platform for courses than community. You'd likely still need Circle/Tribe/Geneva Chat if you go with Podia.

Orbit

With Orbit, you can grow and measure your community across any platform and prove ROI with Orbit. Integrate with Discord, Discourse, GitHub, Slack, Twitter, Webhooks, Zapier.


ABOUT ME

I'm Juliet 'Hiri' Edjere, a no-code expert focused on design, business development, and building scalable solutions with minimal coding knowledge.

I document all things product stories, MVP validation, and how designs, data, and market trends connect to one another.

In our world where innovation knows no boundaries, and creativity reigns supreme, no-code is a game-changer in today's tech landscape. Whether you're a developer looking to expand your skill set or a beginner curious about creating without writing a single line of code, you will learn from practical examples, and explore the possibilities of no-code technology. Together, we'll navigate the tools, platforms, and strategies – one blog post at a time!

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