Using no-code to create a website from a table

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I have been hearing about “no-code” solutions for a while but never had the chance to use one. The concept is interesting because programming is usually a barrier for the average person. If they are not required to code, many more people would be able to develop digital and automated solutions to their problems.


Let’s say I want to create a website with a curated list of local clubs and other infrastructures that promote a high quality of life.

Given a person wants to practice basketball
 When they visit the site and search for "basketball"
 Then they see a list of local basketball groups
  And they see a list places to practice basketball


  1. Collect data in rows
  2. Categorize data with tags
  3. Display data online
    • (nice to haves)
    • With search
    • With filters
    • With modern look
    • With free upkeep (domain + hosting)


  • To implement requirement 1 and 2:
  • To implement requirement 3:
    • Pory (requires Airtable)
    • Table2Site (requires Airtable, paid, invite-only)

Given requirement 3 is a must, Airtable was a strong contender from the start.

I concluded Notion is more suited to create and manage knowledge bases – documents, notes, and markdown content in general. On the other hand, Airtable resembles a Google Sheet and seems to have more integrations to turn that table data into something else (like a website).

I found a few examples of Airtable powered websites, like the job board Nolojo or the curated list of newsletters Pidgeon.

Here’s the detailed breakdown of my experience:

  • Webflow
    • ❌ It’s for websites
    • ❌ You can’t use it properly without paying
  • Job Board Fire
    • ❌ Specific to job boards
    • ❌ Horribly expensive
  • Tabbli
    • ❌ Paid after 15 days
  • Notion
    • ✅ Useful free plan; Many features; Good for docs and knowledge bases; Big player
    • ❌ Doesn’t implement well requirement #3, see example
  • Airtable
    • ✅ Useful free plan; Many features; Good for sheets and lists of data; Big player
    • ✅ Plenty of examples and tools to implement requirement #3
    • 🏆 Airtable wins (Notion vs Airtable)


  • ✅ Requirement 1+2: collect data in rows, using Airtable
    • Easy to create the base’s structure, plenty of field types
    • Modern and friendly UI, a pleasure to use
  • ✅ Requirement 3: display data online, using Pory
    • Video guide
    • Pory links with Airtable via API key
    • Mapping from Airtable’s base to Pory’s UI blocks is straightforward
  • ⚠️ Nice to have: How to show categories and tags as search filters?
    • First pain: far from “it just works” like until now, not intuitive at all
    • I had to follow this official guide
    • ❌ You have to create another base and manually add the values you want as filters
      1. From your source base, select a Filter column, copy all values
      2. Copy-paste to a text editor (e.g. Sublime Text or VS Code)
      3. Replace all commas with new lines (e.g. multiple cursor)
      4. Use a command to filter only unique values and then sort them
      5. Copy the results to the Filter base
  • ✅ Nice to have: How to collect user submitted data via form?
    • Official guide, easy to follow
      1. You take your existing base and create a “Form” view – neat!
      2. Customise which fields appear in the form
      3. And what happens when the user submits the form
    • The best way is to create a separate “User submissions” base
    • Then you moderate by cut-pasting the moderated submissions to the “Live” base
  • ⚠️ Nice to have: How to track number of visitors?
    • Not possible to add Google Analytics in the free plan