Dittofi Vs Bubble.iodittofi
To explain the differences (as we see them) between Dittofi’s no-code, app builder & other no-code tools, we are writing up a sequence of short comparison articles. These articles aim to highlight the differences between Dittofi & some of the most popular no-code tools.
We will work on the assumption that whilst there are many no-code tools there is no “best” no-code / app builder. Each no-code tool has an appropriate use case & target audience.
In this article we are going to look at the differences between Dittofi & Bubble.io.
What is Bubble.io?
Bubble.io (Bubble) is a visual app builder that helps users build customizable web apps with a database backend.
Bubble is similar to Dittofi & other full stack, no-code platforms in that it offers a design studio where users can build & host custom software applications that include responsive front end designs, workflows & actions, database backends & integrations.
Who is Bubble.io for?
Bubble’s mission is to “erase the distinction between software use & software creation”. Bubble write that by removing the code barrier for application development, anyone is able to build high powered software.
In reality no product has ever been made for for everyone. From our own discussions with Bubble users, we have found that Bubble has two main user types:
- Individuals & startups that have spent a minimum of 3 – 6 months & up to a maximum of 2 years learning how Bubble works. The primary resources for these groups are either through online materials or organized face to face courses.
- Software development agencies whose goal is to reduce the time it takes to build custom software applications for their clients. These agencies will recommend Bubble builds for low to medium complexity software builds.
At this point in time Bubble is not considered an appropriate solution for medium to large enterprise software builds due to issues in performance, scalability, IP & code ownership & difficulties surrounding data compliance.
Users of Bubble are generally aware that the apps have a limited shelf life. Bubble users often expect to rebuild Bubble apps that (A) start to gain traction, (B) apps that gain a large number of users &/or (C) increase in complexity.
Bubble Cost & Pricing
Bubble operates a freemium model that follows the pricing structure below.
Essentially, the monthly price for a Bubble app will increase the more resources that are required to run the app. For example, if you add a lot of new users to your app, the monthly price will increase. What is slightly unclear about the pricing approach is when & by how much the monthly bill will increase for a Bubble build.
Estimating hosting costs for app development is always difficult & Bubble has tried to make this simpler by using a “capacity” calculation. The capacity calculation is there to help determine how much the monthly spend will be. For us, this makes the situation more grey, since the formula is not exposed on their website.
Bubble also has bespoke pricing for agencies & non-profits which offer really low risk touch points for agencies to get started on their development.
Dittofi vs Bubble A Comparison
Similarities Between Dittofi & Bubble
Both Dittofi & Bubble are visual app development studios that help users build websites & web apps without having to write any code. To this extent, both platforms:
- Allow you to build & publish responsive websites & web apps
- Have an “experts community” of professional development agencies & freelancers. Bubble’s community is more mature, however Dittofi’s is fast growing.
- Offer templates & plugins to jumpstart your app development process.
- Do not require you to know how to write code
Dittofi is the only full stack no-code platform that allows users to export & own their full stack source code. This means that with Dittofi you get full control over your software application & are not locked in.
Bubble by comparison does not allow you to export & own your source code. There are inherent risks in not having control over your apps source code when building apps. Issues that might arise for example are Bubble feature limitations, platform bugs, missing functionality, uncontrollable rising costs, scalability issues & so on.
Not owning the code is not an issue for everyone however, many users choose to take control of their app code & rebuild their Bubble app from scratch after testing their initial idea. Mission critical apps should not be built on Bubble for the same reason. Not owning your code essentially ties you to Bubbles technology roadmap & the natural business & technological risks of Bubble’s business.
Dittofi offers “infinite scalability”. What we mean by this is that there is no technical limit to how much a Dittofi app can scale up. The underlying source code that Dittofi automatically generates for your app is both extremely scalable & extensible. Dittofi apps have been tested on hundreds of thousands of concurrent users & can efficiently store & filter hundreds millions of records inside a robust backend.
The tech stack that you get with your code export is React / Redux based on the front end & Google GO on the backend. It’s worth noting that this tech stack is comparable to the tech stack picked by the big tech companies such as Google, Amazon, Facebook & Uber. Dittofi therefore empowers you with a really valuable asset that is easy to transfer to your own development team, if needs be.
Bubble by comparison does not scale as efficiently as Dittofi. Agencies report that Bubble apps that run between 1000 – 5000 concurrent users get very expensive to run. Bubble development agencies also indicate that the apps can freeze up when user data loads increase. Scalability issues automatically give Bubble builds a limited life span for the majority of successful projects.
Dittofi has been built in such a way that it allows 100% customization. This means that the Dittofi platform is necessarily more complex than Bubble. Some examples of where you will find additional flexibility in Dittofi:
1. Bubble apps are more menu driven
Bubble is very menu driven. This makes it incredibly straightforward to build software applications. The downside to this is that the apps that you’ll build with Bubble lack real creativity & app builds can run into road blocks.
Dittofi meanwhile gives you all of the raw components to build an app, but then it’s up to you to think through how you’ll put your app together. On the flip side, with Dittofi you will get the opportunity to build a truly custom app.
2. Frontend builder uses flex-box
Dittofi makes use of traditional programming concepts such as flex-box on the frontend page builder. This means that apps are 100% responsive & generate code that is equivalent to how high quality developers code. Conversely, Bubble use something called “absolute positioning” when creating page layouts. This appears more intuitive at the outset, but ultimately causes problems when looking to scale your app usage.
Learning Dittofi is therefore a trade off. On the one hand the apps that you can output with Dittofi are vastly more custom & powerful than Bubble apps (& you own your code). On the other hand it takes between 8 – 10 hours to onboard onto Dittofi.
Maturity of the total solution
Bubble has been around since 2008, whereas Dittofi has only been around since 2020. This means that Bubble has matured their offering, has a strong online presence & an active community.
Comparing Bubble to Dittofi, Dittofi has all the benefits of being late to the no-code party. Dittofi has watched the pioneers of the no-code movement develop their products & has seen gaps in existing technologies. This has allowed Dittofi to build a no-code product that is right on the frontier of no-code innovation. With a great product, Dittofi is seeing the community increase rapidly & there is an increasing online presence.
Dittofi is a full stack, no-code app builder used by real teams that are building real software applications. You do not need to know how to code to find success with Dittofi.
There are several places to start your Dittofi journey:
- You can login to the platform through the Dittofi website & sign up for a free trial.
- You can also register for a Dittofi bootcamp by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
- Or, if self study is your thing, we have different courses available & an active community that you can join.
With Dittofi you’re able to build full stack, highly scalable web apps 80% faster than traditional methods & all without writing code. Under the hood of your application designs, we are generating high quality code that you can own.
Dittofi’s unique approach to code vs no-code sets us apart from all other no-code platforms. Dittofi has built a solution that operates right on the frontier of innovation in no-code. We empower individuals & teams to build infinitely scalable apps, & go some way to bridging the gap between techies & non-techies.