MVP Advice for Non-Technical Founder

cadran's profile thumbnail
I think the ones you've mentioned all sound like good options. I'd choose the one that you find easiest/quickest to use to put together your MVP.
kellyobrien's profile thumbnail
Thanks @cadran I appreciate the feedback:)
cathysebag's profile thumbnail
What is the goal of the MVP?
kellyobrien's profile thumbnail
Great question @cathysebag I’m using it to test a hypothesis and get users. I’ve pivoted several times since writing out what I believe users will be most interested in, but I need to test my theory to really see what direction the company should go in.
cathysebag's profile thumbnail
Is it’s e-commerce, Shopify is great, and web based I would recommend Wix or Wordpress.
tinusha's profile thumbnail
If its for an application you could use Glide.
kellyobrien's profile thumbnail
Thanks for the resource @tinusha because I have been thinking that it could work better as an app.
lolaojabowale's profile thumbnail
Webflow, WordPress all sound awesome, and you could get a true v1 up. Invision would just be a prototype which could be cool for gathering user feedback but wouldn't really be a usable product. Depending on what you're trying to test, no-code tools like bubble could work well too. A company called zeroqode https://zeroqode.com/ has tons of templates for bubble that could help you get to some core functionality rather quickly.I saw the video you posted about kapshure seems like a cool idea! You could probably get most of the functionality that you would need for a v1 with some tweaking to this template https://zeroqode.com/template/reviewly---location-based-reviews-template-1473244047170x529023814456049660I love talking about MVPs and building without code, so feel free to send me a dm if you have any other questions!
kellyobrien's profile thumbnail
Wow! Thanks @lolaojabowale I really appreciate the advice and feedback.
TanyaTech2x's profile thumbnail
Depending on what you want to achieve:You could use caard for a cheap, good looking website landing pageSimpler than that is using a google sheet or google formThis has been the starting point for a few fairly big websites e.g nomad list (Started as a google sheet)If it's a product you could try preselling it to see the demand.The best advice I received is just start doing it and don't let perfect get in the way of goodLet us know how you get onTanyatechTwoX.comP.s if you don;t want to buy sketch i think figma is free
kellyobrien's profile thumbnail
Thank you so much @TanyaTech2x I really appreciate the advice. I’m feeling really good about starting. The Elpha community is just so awesome😊
mburushkina's profile thumbnail
My personal recommendation would be to go for Versoly instead of Wordpress. They have a decent library of elements and great support. Unlike WordPress, you can do everything yourself in Versoly without the need of additional development or design resources. Here is how my website looks there (migrated from Wordpress): growthchannel.io. If you decide to go for it, I might be able to arrange a discount for you, so let me know then ;)
mlescaille's profile thumbnail
It depends widely on what you are trying to achieve, do you need to build a mobile app, a website have both, MVP are the minimum you can offer to users to test your product and the technical decision is based on what that offering is. If what you want is a website, I'd look at low code tools like Webflow, it might require some learning but it gives results fast. I hosted Webflow websites on Netlify for free (did had to buy the domain). Other landing pages websites are carrd, Bubble as suggested above has great templates although I think does requires a little more knowledge of the platform to start on. WordPress is always an option to fall back and has tons of plugins which are its strength and weakness today, choosing the right set of plugins for the desired functionality sometimes becomes a whole thing. If you need commerce like WooCommerce on Wordpress is a very used addition or Shopify. This is a lot to reiterate that it depends on what you want to achieve. Ultimately for an MVP choose from the tools the simplest that would get the job done, all other improvements can come later. Good luck!
kellyobrien's profile thumbnail
Thank you so much @mlescaille for the advice and information.
Suzybarker's profile thumbnail
I’m assuming you want a simple website without super technical functionality. How are you planning to get users? You probably want to SEO optimise your website to get organic traffic as much as possible. If this is a priority you need to be careful about which website builder you use. All are definitely not created equal for SEO purposes, especially template ones are going to really limit your potential. I’d recommend using Wordpress with Elementor page builder (no coding read). Use their Hello theme and install the free Yoast SEO plugin. If you go down the Wordpress route with their free templates you’re gonna get pretty frustrated very quickly. Elementor with Wordpress is an excellent combination with templates to kick you off quickly while giving you infinite freedom to tweak exactly how you want without the cost of hiring technical people. A huge number of pro website developers actually use this tool now as it’s very powerful. Good luck!
kellyobrien's profile thumbnail
Thank you @Suzybarker the WordPress template I’m considering does have Elementor. I really appreciate the advice and resources.
sophiehebdidge's profile thumbnail
Hey Kelly,This sounds super exciting. Love that you are testing things out and really in that startup mindset.If you need help figuring out your idea & building it out initially you might want to checkout https://techniclarity.co/product-launchpad
kellyobrien's profile thumbnail
Thanks @sophiehebdidge I’ll certainly check it out😊
lauriewu's profile thumbnail
Hey Kelly,I'm a technical founder, and I launched my MVP in a spreadsheet! As long as whatever the medium is able to collect user feedback for if you're solving the right problem for them then is good enough! I launched mine on spreadsheets because it would have been a waste of energy and time to build something for 2 months and throw it away because I later realize it wasn't the solution the users needed. which happens often to start up missions.
kellyobrien's profile thumbnail
Thank you so much @lauriewu I appreciate learning about your experience and advice😊