Movement vs Adalo: Find the Best No-Code App Development Platform for Your Needs
Searching for Adalo alternatives? Look no further. Movement and Adalo are two powerful drag-and-drop, no-code platforms that cater to individual creators, startups, small businesses and enterprises of all types who are looking to build their own app–without the need for custom software development. Both Adalo and Movement are user-friendly, no-code development platforms that allow users to build web apps that can be used on virtually any device. Both platforms also offer support for setting up and configuring native mobile apps for IOS and Android.
In this detailed comparison, we'll delve into various aspects of Adalo and Movement, including pricing, performance, user experience and ease of use (both in the end-user app and app builder), and more. This comparison will help you make an informed decision about which platform aligns best with your objectives and budget.
Why creators are making the move to Movement
These are some of the reasons creators have been making the move from Adalo to Movement to build their own branded app, completely on their terms.
Pricing is a critical factor when choosing the best no-code platform for your app's success.
When it comes to pricing, Adalo and Movement differ in their strategies, each with unique implications for your budget and decision-making process. Adalo's pricing model is based around tiered features and monthly app actions, while Movement's pricing is based around tiered features and monthly active members. This is a very important distinction that we will discuss further below.
Adalo offers five pricing tiers, each accompanied by a set of features and a monthly app actions quota.
Free Plan: Priced at $0 per month, this plan allows 200 records per app, 1000 monthly app actions and one app editor.
Starter Plan: At $45 per month, the Starter plan offers features like custom fonts, custom domains and the ability to publish to the web. You get 1 published app, 10,000 monthly app actions and are still limited to one app editor.
Professional Plan: At $65 per month, the Professional plan gets you custom integrations, design versions, geolocation and gets your app published to the App Stores. You get 2 published apps, 30,000 monthly app actions and 5 app editors.
Team Plan: Priced at $200 per month, the Team plan gets you all Pro features + priority support, Xano integration and the collections API. You get 5 published apps 100,000 monthly app actions 10 app editors.
Business Plan: Priced at $250 per month, the Business plan gets you 10 published apps, 500,000 monthly app actions and unlimited app editors. You also get access to special add-on pricing.
Movement takes a different approach, emphasising flexibility and affordable scalability. Each of our paid plans includes 1000 monthly active members and additional quota can be purchased for $25 per 250 additional monthly active members.
Free Plan: Launch your own branded mobile app and grow your community (up to 100 active members) with a completely free plan, no upfront costs required.
Free Trial: Try out all the features on our paid plans with a risk-free free trial before committing.
Base Plan: For only $49/month, enjoy unlimited audio and video uploads, private access and private apps, one-to-one messaging, support for 1,000 Active Members and a reduced fee on in-app transactions.
Pro Plan: Remove Movement branding, get access to our Zapier integration for seamless automation and integration with your workflows, Google Analytics integration, push campaigns and group chat features for $99/month.
Business Plan: For $299/month, this plan unlocks priority support, reporting, API access, Apple app store and Google play store listings and our Google Tag Manager integration.
Adalo's app actions-based pricing model may present significant challenges for creators and businesses aiming to scale their communities. As users interact with the app, even simple browsing can accrue actions, leading to rapidly escalating costs. For instance, an app with 10k users and an average of 4k monthly actions per user would cost ~$2,225 per month (assuming you're on Adalo's business plan which cost $10.00 per 200,000 additional app-actions per month.) Purchasing additional app actions on one of Adalo's lower-tiered plans becomes even more expensive ($8.00 per 15,000 actions per month). If you wanted to host a community of 10'000 users that were only averaging 1000 monthly actions per user, this would cost a staggering ~$5317 per month on their monthly pricing.
Such unpredictable and exponential costs may deter creators and businesses from using Adalo beyond a proof of concept, especially when large and engaged user bases performing lots of actions are anticipated. In contrast, if you were hosting a community of 10,000 active users on Movement's Base plan, this would cost ~$950 per month on our monthly pricing, with no limits placed on how active your users are inside your app.
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Design unique workouts that can be tailored to your member's every move, with Movement's highly customizable workout builder. Enhance your member's experience and engagement with customized training, allowing them to track progress towards their goals in an interactive way.
Video/exercise upload: Include your own customized exercises into your workouts with unlimited video upload (50gb max file size per video) or choose from Movement’s extensive exercise library. Workouts can be included in libraries throughout your app and accessed on-demand, or as part of a training plan or program.
Labels & Grouping to support multiple Workout types within one: Movement’s workout builder lets you group your workout into different sections that you can title whatever you want e.g. warmup, strength, circuit and cooldown. This gives you the ability to merge different types of workouts (like circuit and HIIT) into one workout.
Intensity: You can adjust each exercise to reflect the number of sets, reps, reps/side, secs, sec/side, mins, hours, cals, breaths, meters, etc. You can adjust the intensity of each of exercise by adding weight in kg or lbs, % 1RM, RPE, tempo and more. The rep/ intensity drop downs allow you to streamline your workouts and avoid having to manually type in the reps, sets and intensity for each exercise. The great thing about this is your clients can adjust the intensity and reps achieved for every set of each exercise, allowing for meaningful and interactive progress tracking.
User Self-Scheduling Workouts: With Movement, users can add workouts, articles and meals to their own schedule as they'd like. They can also reschedule workouts to move them to a more optimal date for their needs.
Adalo does not have a dedicated drag-and-drop builder for workouts, or an exercise content type. Instead, you’ll need to set up a database collection for your both your exercises and workouts, adding records for each exercise. This can be a time consuming and confusing process. You will then need to add a relationship between exercises and workouts in the database.
Video/exercise upload: Notably, you cannot add your own video to these database records, meaning the exercises you want to offer in your workouts will be limited to imagery and text instructions, or clunky links to different pages or externally hosted videos, rather than a customized instructional video that automatically plays when a user clicks on the exercise.
Labels & Grouping: With Adalo, you cannot group your exercises into circuits and supersets within a workout, and cannot customize the titles or labels of these groups. This can make it difficult to distinguish between different areas/sections of the workout.
Tracking: The workout tracking functionality is also fairly limited, only allowing for reps and weight achieved to be entered by clients as notes, without convenient drop downs to adjust intensity and reps achieved.
While both Movement and Adalo are valuable no-code tools with features that allow you to build a branded app with no coding knowledge required, Movement stands out for its affordable and scalable pricing model, lightning fast performance, unrestricted teammates feature and timely, hands on customer support.
For creators who want to create their own mobile applications in minutes to deliver their course and content, engage and grow their community, and sell digital products on a mobile-first platform, without having to pay for expensive custom app development, Movement is the convincing choice.
If you primarily want to test out a minimum viable product or proof of concept, don't require many active or engaged users and don't need your app to be lightning fast, building an app with Adalo could be for you.