It’s been a long time since creating a website wasn’t just for programmers anymore. There are many platforms that help in building websites, from Wix, which requires nothing more than pulling in components, to WordPress, which requires more technical knowledge but can do a lot without coding.
The number of platforms continues to grow, and there is one that caught my attention, TeleportHQ.
TeleportHQ was born in May 2017 with the idea of making front-end development visual, collaborative, accessible and fun and they already have 120,000 users. Now they boast of already being an ecosystem of tools composed of 3 main elements:
– Visual editor / main platform that allows online collaboration, visual editing, coding and publishing
– Figma plugin that generates the code of your designs in seconds
– Extensible open source code generators (MIT license)
It allows for easy integration into developers’ codebases, and while it loses a number of features compared to Webflow, for example, it’s easier to create grid layouts or zoom in and out as you work.
It is particularly good for creating fluid layouts and allows intelligent React/Vue components to be coded in TeleportHQ and made available to you in the visual editor, so there is good synchronization between programmers and non-programmers.
For example, at the moment they don’t have components available for newsletter subscriptions, but it takes a developer five minutes to create and share one so we can drag and drop it onto a visually rendered page. This allows us to access and use almost every ReactJS component available in NPM.
It’s growing quite fast, has open-source code generators, multi-framework support, free code downloads, low-code approach with online coding capabilities, real-time collaboration, and Vercel hosting.
It is presented as a low-code platform and they recognize that a basic knowledge of HTML/CSS is required to take full advantage of it, although it is possible for non-technical users to learn front-end building with the platform.
They’re continually working to bring new visual editing capabilities to those who don’t code, but those who do have a good tool on their hands.
They now work in three main areas:
– Connect TeleportHQ to leading headless CMS (SSR and incremental update support included).
– Offer a custom programming experience that is fully integrated with the current visual experience of the platform with Next.js.
– Create a mechanism to share components/code/templates between projects/users.
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