Compare Softr vs Tangram
In this article we will help you figure out the pros and cons to both Softr and Tangram when it comes to pricing, ease of setup, features/integrations, and scalability.
Softr turns an Airtable database into a website, web app or client portal. It has several basic starter templates to create the front-end for a rental or product marketplace without coding. However, because Softr is not a dedicated marketplace builder it’s missing a lot of core functionality for these types of businesses.
Below are some common feature requirements that Tangram offers and Softr does not:
- a native scheduling/availability system
- in-app chat
- custom design for the marketplace, listings, and profiles (powered by Webflow)
- the ability to paywall marketplace-specific behaviors using subscriptions
- team/business accounts for b2b marketplaces
- personal text/video support from a dedicate expert
If you need a solution developed quickly that includes core marketplace functionality like in-app messaging, a scheduling/availability system, and automated payment collection/payouts for complex business models, Softr can quickly become limiting.
If your goal is to build a scalable marketplace quickly, Tangram is likely a better bet as this is their sole focus. With Tangram, you get the benefits of being able to make changes to your app on your own through the no-code platform, however you also have access to a dedicated Tangram Expert that can make updates to your app if you need help setting up certain integrations/features.
Softr can be a good choice if you have few users and/or need a very cheap prototype. However, most Softr marketplaces will require automations on top of the starter templates Softr provides. Setting up automations like payment flows, booking flows, and email reminders can be time consuming to set up if you are on a time crunch and are not an experienced no-coder or programmer.
Whichever no-code tools you end up choosing to launch your marketplace, if you have the time you should try building the app yourself (or at least get familiar with how to make changes on your own). Both Tangram and Softr offer free trials. These trials are a great time to explore the capabilities of each tool and understand if they are truly the right fit for your marketplace.
If you're still unsure what no-code marketplace software makes the most sense for your business, check out the comparison table below or take this no-code marketplace software quiz.