Softr stands out as an excellent no-code builder for creating basic web applications quickly. However, if you plan to scale and extend your app with more complex functionality, exploring alternative solutions is crucial.
Softr is great for some specific use cases, while Jet is a broader tool with unlimited design possibilities
Softr excels in specific scenarios, whereas Jet offers a more extensive toolset with unlimited design possibilities. Per Softr's website, they focus heavily on four particular use cases:
- Client portals
- Membership websites
- Internal tools
However, when dealing with more complex projects, Jet Admin steps in to offer a wider range of features and customization options.
Jet Admin is the best option when you:
- Need complex tools with multiple custom pages, drill-downs, and actions, as it has more flexibility in its building blocks
- Want to consolidate data from multiple sources with its 50+ native integrations
- Need pre-built UI components for a faster start
Here are some specific use cases where Jet Admin is a better fit than any of its competitors:
- Custom CRM. Implement a CRM with pipeline management, lead scoring, and detailed contact information.
- Vendor or Client Portals. Create a platform where vendors or clients can access specific information, submit requests, and manage their accounts.
- Internal Tools with Complex Workflows. Build project management tools with task tracking, approvals, and team collaboration features.
- Reporting Dashboards. Design custom dashboards with interactive data visualizations and filters.
Both Softr and Jet need external backends to work, but Jet supports more data sources
While Softr allows you to connect 3 data sources: Airtable, Google Sheets, and SmartSuite, Jet Admin integrates with over 50+ popular data sources, like MySQL, PostgreSQL, Firebase, Salesforce, and Zendesk. This massive range gives you unmatched flexibility to build web apps that work with all your data.
Also, Jet lets you create your custom databases with Jet Tables. This means you can design databases that perfectly fit your specific requirements with no necessity to adapt to pre-built options.
Jet provides API Builder if you want to integrate with external data sources, business apps, or your own API, breaking down any barriers to data integration.
Jet Admin offers advanced data manipulation and custom code
Jet's supports custom code and advanced data manipulation, providing significantly more flexibility than Softr's pre-defined functionalities based on pre-defined triggers and actions, by combining features like:
- Formula. Build complex calculations and data manipulations directly within your app.
- Workflow. Automate repetitive tasks and create multi-step workflows based on your specific needs, streamlining your operations and saving time.
- Automation. Automate actions based on triggers, such as new user registrations or changes to data, etc.
- Custom code and advanced data manipulation. Write custom SQL queries to pull and manipulate data in real-time, unlocking a world of possibilities for building truly dynamic and interactive web apps.
Simplicity and Speed vs Pixel-Perfect Customization
|Users who want complete control over the UI
|Users who prefer pre-made options
|Level of Customization
|Sketch and Figma Integration
|Themes and Layouts
|Color Palette Customization
Jet Admin allows you to build pixel-perfect designs to create standing-out apps. Unlike Jet Admin, Softr focuses on simplicity and speed. Its pre-built components and templates make it ideal for quickly launching basic apps. While the customization options are not as extensive, they still provide enough space to personalize your app with various themes, color palettes, and fonts.
Jet Admin gives you more control over how your app is designed. You can make it look exactly how you want it to, with no need for designing skills.
Here are the key design features that Jet Admin provides:
- Take advantage of Component Designer - Jet’s unique tool that allows you to create pixel-perfect elements within the app with no designing skills.
- Browse ready-to-go components from the native Marketplace.
- Import your Figma or Sketch files directly into Jet Admin and watch your design come alive as a functional application.
- Browse pre-built 50 + components (Table, Kanban, Filters, Ratings)
Jet Admin Provides You with Full Control through White-Labeling
Both Jet Admin and Softr allow you to personalize your app to match the existing branding. While Softr offers basic customization, Jet Admin's design features are far more powerful, providing deeper control over your app's visual identity.
Softr doesn’t provide self-hosting, which is a crucial feature for companies seeking complete brand control and security. This limitation basically means you're renting space, with limited control over your data and the app's future.
Jet Admin, on the other hand, provides a self-hosting option, granting complete ownership of your app's code, data, and infrastructure. This unlocks a world of possibilities:
- Deployment Flexibility. Choose from various cloud providers like AWS, Azure, or GCP, or even host your app on your own servers for ultimate control.
- Unmatched Customization. Modify your app's code and functionalities to perfectly match your specific needs and workflow.
- Seamless Integrations. Connect your app with any necessary tools and systems, without relying on limited integration options.
- Enhanced Data Security. Ensure complete data security and compliance by self-hosting your app and managing your data infrastructure.
Jet Admin is Built for Growth
When it comes to scaling your app, Jet Admin and Softr offer different abilities. Jet Admin excels in scalability, allowing your app to grow effortlessly as your business expands. Its infrastructure is built to handle increased traffic and data, ensuring smooth performance.
Softr, on the other hand, may face limitations in scaling. While it can handle moderate growth, its platform might not be suitable for large-scale applications or sudden spikes in user activity, which can lead to performance issues and slow down your app's growth potential.
Softr is Secure, But Jet Leads Industry Standards
Keeping your data safe is crucial, and both no-code platforms take security seriously. While both platforms offer security features, Jet Admin's comprehensive approach, including advanced options and third-party integrations, positions it as the industry leader, providing a significantly more secure platform than Softr.
Let’s deep dive with a short breakdown of the security features.
- Authentication. Jet provides "Jet auth" for basic app authentication and also supports third-party systems like Auth0, Xano, Supabase, SSO, and SAML.
- Data encryption. Jet Admin encrypts your data at rest and in transit using industry-standard protocols like AES-256.
- Role-based access control. You can assign different access levels to users so that only authorized users can see and edit the data.
- Single sign-on (SSO). You can use SSO to log in to Jet Admin with your existing company credentials, making it easier to manage access and security.
- Regular security audits. Jet Admin conducts regular security audits to identify and address any potential risks.
- Industry standards. Jet Admin follows industry standards, such as HIPAA and SOC 2.
- Authentication. Softr uses its authentication system.
- Data encryption. Softr encrypts your data at rest and in transit with industry-standard protocols.
- Role-based access control. Like Jet Admin, Softr allows you to assign different levels of access to different users.
- Multi-factor authentication (MFA). Softr offers MFA as an additional layer of security.
- Data backup and recovery. Softr regularly backs up your data, so you can recover it in case of an emergency.
- Compliance with industry standards. Softr follows industry standards, such as GDPR and CCPA.
|Extend your App
|Create your components
While Softr might suit simpler applications and quick launches, Jet Admin's broader data source support, advanced workflows, robust security, and step-ahead design tools will help you create web applications that:
Stand out with pixel-perfect design,
Support any workflow,
Can be self-hosted,
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