For those that are thinking of making the switch, I would say this…
IMHO Wappler is a fantastic tool that gives you greater flexibility than Bubble when it comes to being able to choose your own hosting infrastructure, software platform and database. It also allows you to easily tweak HTML/PHP/CSS code and best of all, NO per-app pricing and almost NO software-vendor lock in. You are free to export the full code produced by Wappler and take it with you. Something Bubble does not let you do!
I must admit though, Bubble does make database management a lot easier with their PAAS type solution, but with a little training and persistence, you’ll soon realise the benefits of learning to manage your own database.
There isn’t a ‘Plugin marketplace’ like Bubble provides but by using the powerful API tools, you can easily hook up to any external service.
To be honest, I was daunted when I first looked at Wappler. It’s probably taken me a good three or four weeks to fully appreciated where everything is located and the workflow. I wouldn’t consider myself a developer, although I do have a reasonable level of understanding of HTML, CSS, PHP and some database and hosting infrastructure knowledge. Now that I have had time to fully appreciate the power of Wappler, I’ve decided to make the switch and am now in the process of rebuilding all of my Bubble apps in Wappler.
For anyone new to Wappler, I would highly recommend you take a good look through the Docs here and here. @Hyperbytes and @psweb have also made some free training videos here and here which I would highly recommend you check out.
Brian also made a video here on how to build a full SCRUD application in 15 minutes.
Welcome to Wappler
Wappler vs Bubble
- Fully responsive design with the Bootstrap 4 Framework
- Full native mobile app support via Cordova and Framework 7
- Active community with quick response from the team
- Full code export, no tie-ins (to a degree)
- Choose your own hosting provider and infrastructure
- No per-app pricing!
- GIT versioning
- API connector & OAuth2 Support
- Full control over session cookies & local storage
- Use database (MySQL, MS SQL Server, PostgresSQL) or JSON data sources
- Only a 7-day free trial
- Could do with more documentation and tutorials
- No built-in database management tools