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Getting started with no-code: a free course from Makerpad and Zapier

By Ben Tossell · April 7, 2022
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I'm Ben, and in 2019, I founded Makerpad. In the few years it's been active, Makerpad has grown to be the largest community and hub for no-code education.

Makerpad started as a small platform that allowed me to share the products I was building using tools like Zapier, Airtable, and Adalo, to name just a few. I made tutorials showing people how to build Instagram clones, Airbnb clones, mobile apps, automations, and more.

Folks were excited by the possibilities that could open up to them by using no-code tools. People who had been sitting on ideas—not knowing what to do with them—could build projects, launch startups, and monetize their ideas.

What is no-code?

No-code is the term that's been given to this method of building without needing to learn code. It's a slightly deceptive term since the tools that people use are built on lines of code. But it's a way of allowing anyone—not just developers or engineers—to build their own software, regardless of their technical knowledge.

No-code is also the quickest and easiest way to turn ideas you have into tangible, profitable businesses. To give you a sense, here are some examples of cool things people have done using no-code tools and knowledge learned through Makerpad:

  • Justin Welsh, a tech exec who left his career to become a solopreneur, crossed $1.3M in revenue using no-code tools to grow his businesses.

  • Katie Hill quit her 9-to-5 job, launched her own marketplace for holistic therapists, and now freelances as an online business manager.

  • Tim Falls, a climate change activist, launched his own community for climate awareness and got his first paying customers in just five weeks.

Ten years ago, not knowing code was a real limitation for creators and entrepreneurs. Now, thanks to no-code, the internet really is anyone's oyster.

Getting started with no-code

A lot of people come to Makerpad wanting to learn how to create without code. So together with Zapier, we've created a foundational-level course that teaches you the essentials. Getting started with no-code covers four broad topics—websites, databases, automations, and mobile apps—to give you the tools you need to start building real projects and MVPs.

It's a self-paced course, meaning you can work through the modules in your own time. This makes it ideal for full-time workers or anyone with a busy schedule. Students who successfully complete the course will also get a certificate of completion after graduating. Plus, it's completely free. All we ask is that you share it with others if you find the course helpful and think they will too.

Ready to dive in? You can enroll here. And don't forget to share your progress with the Zapier community!

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