Building your first app

Three methods of building

Designed with business technologists in mind, Quickbase makes it straightforward and easy to build your first full application at startup. We offer three different ways to build an application, including importing a spreadsheet, building from an existing template, or starting completely from scratch.

Importing from spreadsheets

This is a natural way to get started at Quickbase. You can import a spreadsheet into Quickbase which automatically converts it into a working application. The columns become fields with the appropriate data. This method allows developers to begin putting in data, inviting other users and turning it into a production application within a few seconds.

Build from a template

This is a guided experience for a new builder where you can choose from a library of application templates based on different use cases, and tailor your application to include items specific to your business need. Once you choose a use case, the platform imports it into the visual builder with a pre-built template. With the visual builder, you can customize the application to suit the needs of your organization. Upon publishing, the finished product includes guidance explaining how the application was assembled and contains sample data.

Start from scratch

This path allows developers to lay out the basic structure of an application before entering their data with the Visual Builder. First, define the tables and fields that will make up your application, and determine the relationships between them. This relies on the drag-and-drop functionality to create relationships, and the platform creates a whole data schema on the back end to make up your application.

Visual builder

The Visual Builder is a key part of application creation, and makes it easy and accessible for business technologists to create their first solutions. Visual Builder provides an easy way to diagram and plan your app, and has fundamentally changed the way people learn and build with Quickbase. This provides you with visual guidance though the entire process and enables you to test out configurations to determine the best data model for your application. You can create tables, add fields, and connect relationships and more, all by simply dragging and dropping items onto the page.