Who uses Directual and why?
What can be built on the platform?
Nuno Poço is Director of Marketing and engineer at clickworks.io—a business automation agency. Clickworks.io helps businesses generate more revenue with bots, internal tools, and other turnkey solutions—all thanks to no code.
Nuno started his professional journey as a programmer but soon realized that traditional programming wasn’t his cup of tea. He then went into sales, working in various industries like real estate, insurance, and PR, only to complete the loop back in IT.
The most challenging thing in our case is time. Traditional programming takes a lot more time to produce an MVP and ensure product-market fit fast. Our clients are B2B decision-makers focused on results. Technical details are not nearly as important. So long as the no-code/low-code stack can deliver promised results, everyone is happy.
I discovered Directual through Appsumo.
I pride myself on choosing the tech stack based on the customer needs and not my personal preference. I’ll learn to use the tool if needed. Whenever high-end UI is needed, a single-page chatbot tool or a form builder is used instead.
All tools of choice, however, have API in common first and webhooks second. That way it’s easy to integrate them together and work on top of it if needed in the future.
Among many other things, we’ve built the first automated real estate investment e-procurement tool in Iberia (that I know of) for andrecasaca.pt.
This service is designed for sending investment requests with a video intro to selected partners. That allows them to reply with proposals fitting the requirements. Once a proposal is received, we calculate the development costs and ROI in real time. The information is then delivered to the end user.
On the administrative side, it saves 2 hours per proposal received. If a new project gets sent each week and gets 10 proposals back, it’ll save 20 hours of specialized work per week.
Directual has 3 main advantages for this particular project:
A clearer way to set database locks would be welcome. In my project, there are a lot of instructions that change values at the same time. It’s important to lock a resource so that the ROI calculations are properly done, but not lock it for longer than needed. Otherwise, it’ll affect the time we take to deliver real-time results to the user.
I consider Directual a backend SaaS. I’ll stick to others as frontend tools, but when it comes to backends, that’s where Directual shines, even compared to Backendless or Make + Airtable.
I’ve seen platforms way cheaper and complicated, costlier and easy, but Directual remains spot-on in the middle, helping to deliver a way to build a backend very quickly and scaling it to a few thousand MAUs if needed. It’ll be my top choice whenever backend logic is complex.
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If you're a business that's all about results, Directual is the no-code/low-code tool for you. With Directual, you can create an MVP and ensure product-market fit faster than traditional programming, so you can focus on generating revenue without getting lost in technical details.
Clickworks.io helps businesses generate more revenue with bots, internal tools, and other turnkey solutions—all thanks to no code.
Join 10,000+ no-coders using Directual and create something you can be proud of—both faster and cheaper than ever before. It’s easy to start thanks to the visual development UI, and just as easy to scale with powerful, enterprise-grade databases and backend.