How we've built SaaS marketplace using no-code tools 2024

April 19, 2024

In an era where agility and speed define the success of startups, Codelevate stands at the forefront of a technological revolution. By using the power of no-code development tools such as Webflow,, and Firebase, we empower startups to transform their innovative ideas into fully operational software products rapidly and cost-effectively. This approach is not just about keeping up with trends; it's about setting the pace in a competitive marketplace.

What is No-Code?

No-code platforms enable the creation of applications and websites without writing a single line of code. These tools provide graphical user interfaces where users can drag and drop components to build functional features. By simplifying the development process, no-code tools open the door to non-technical founders and reduce reliance on costly programming expertise.

Why Startups Are Choosing No-Code in 2024

In 2024, the startup ecosystem is more dynamic than ever, and the ability to pivot quickly is crucial. No-code tools are a game-changer, offering:

- Speed: Launch products in a fraction of the time it takes with traditional coding.
- Cost Efficiency: Dramatically reduce development costs, freeing up resources for other critical areas like marketing and customer acquisition.
- Flexibility: Easily update and adapt your product to meet user needs and market demands without deep technical challenges.
- Accessibility: Allow founders with diverse backgrounds to take direct control of their digital projects.

This shift towards no-code tools reflects a broader trend of democratizing technology and making the digital economy more inclusive and innovative.

How Codelevate Empowers Startups

At Codelevate, we leverage these no-code platforms to not just meet but exceed our client expectations.

Our recent project, a SaaS marketplace in the creative industry, serves as a prime example of how Codelevate leverages no-code tools to deliver sophisticated and scalable SaaS platforms. Here's a deeper dive into how we approached this project and the unique challenges and solutions involved:

The Client's Vision

Our client envisioned a digital marketplace where creative companies and medias in the Netherlands could showcase and sell their media placements, ranging from offline placeholders to digital media. The platform needed to be highly intuitive, visually appealing, and equipped with robust functionalities to handle diverse user interactions like profile creation, service listings, and transactions.

Why No-Code?

Given the startup's limited budget and aggressive timeline, traditional coding methods were not feasible. No-code tools presented an optimal solution, allowing for rapid development without compromising on the platform's quality or functionality.

Tools Used and Their Roles

1. Webflow: We used Webflow as the primary tool for designing the frontend of the marketplace. Its drag-and-drop interface allowed us to quickly create a visually stunning and responsive website. Webflow’s CMS capabilities were also crucial for managing dynamic content such as user profiles and service listings.

2. acted as a versatile backend tool that connects directly with Google's Firebase. It provided a user-friendly spreadsheet-like interface for managing real-time data, which was pivotal for handling transactions and user interactions seamlessly.

3. Firebase: Firebase offered a comprehensive suite of backend services including authentication, database management, and hosting. Its real-time database ensured that the user data was always up to date, which is critical for a marketplace where transactions happen continuously.

Key Features and Functionalities

- User Authentication and Onboarding: We integrated Firebase to handle secure user sign-ups and log-ins. Onboarding flows were carefully designed to guide new users through setting up their profiles and listing their services.

- Dashboard and Multi-step Forms: The dashboard for users was created using Webflow and connected through Firebase for backend functionality. This allowed users to manage their profiles, monitor engagements, and update their services. The multi-step forms for service listings made it easy for users to provide detailed information about their offerings in an organized manner.

- CMS-Driven Content: Webflow’s CMS was utilized to allow our client to manage content like blog posts, user testimonials, and frequently asked questions directly from their platform interface.

- Stripe Integration: For handling payments, we integrated Stripe directly into the platform. This provided a smooth and secure transaction process, essential for building trust with the users.


The deployment of the marketplace was completed in just 3 months, including UX/UI Designs and project strategy - significantly faster than a typical development cycle with traditional coding. The platform launched with all the intended functionalities and a polished, professional appearance that resonated well with the target audience.

By choosing no-code solutions, we not only adhered to the budget, saving the client 40% of their projected expenses, but also facilitated an easier path to future scalability and adjustments based on user feedback.


This case study exemplifies how no-code tools can transform the way startups approach product development. By utilizing Webflow,, and Firebase, we delivered a powerful, scalable marketplace that met all the client’s needs and more. It’s a testament to the effectiveness of no-code solutions in reducing costs, speeding up development, and enabling startups to launch competitive products in today's fast-paced market.

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