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Harness the power of Supabase - a robust backend solution for your Bubble.io app

4 october 2023 · 10 minutes read

Harness the power of Supabase - a robust backend solution for your Bubble.io app

Have you ever wondered how to push the boundaries of what's possible with Bubble.io?

It is no secret that Bubble.io has revolutionized the no-code scene, empowering many of us to build impressive applications without the need for coding knowledge.

But, as powerful as it is, there are moments when we encounter certain limitations, wishing we could extend its features just a little further.

That's where Supabase, an open-source alternative to Firebase, comes into play.

Imagine having a tool that complements Bubble.io, filling in the gaps and extending its potential. And if you have concerns about the technical aspects of integrating the two, there's no need to worry.

Our plugin is specifically designed to ensure a smooth and hassle-free integration process.


Embracing Bubble.io

When discussing the No code movement, it is undeniable that Bubble.io is at the forefront. It is more than just a platform; it represents a paradigm shift in our approach to app development.

I expect 2023 to become the year no-code becomes mainstream... we’re now at the point where anyone, individuals and organizations, are starting to see the value

Bubble founder, Emmanuel Straschnov

Now, let's explore what sets Bubble.io apart and makes it a powerhouse in the no-code arena.

1. Visual development redefined

Bubble.io has elevated the concept of visual development to an art form.

  • Drag-and-drop interface: gone are the days when we had to sift through lines of code. With Bubble.io, you can effortlessly orchestrate your app's design and functionality using a simple interface.

  • Workflows: setting up logic in Bubble.io is incredibly easy. Whether you're creating user authentication processes or sending an email, everything is visually laid out for you. As highlighted in this Medium article, the core concepts of Bubble.io are designed to be really straightforward.

Bubble Editor

2. Adaptability is key

Bubble.io isn't just about simplicity; it's about flexibility.

  • Diverse project scope: whether you're building a niche blog or a full-fledged e-commerce platform, Bubble.io has you covered. Its adaptability ensures that your vision, can be realized.

  • Plugin ecosystem: The platform's rich array of plugins means that you can easily extend its functionality. Need a specific feature? There's probably a plugin for that.

Bubble Plugins

3. A community like no other

One of the core strengths of Bubble.io is its vibrant community.

  • Collaborative forum: got a challenge? The Bubble.io forum is a treasure trove of insights, solutions, and shared experiences.

  • Resourceful guides: from the official Bubble.io manual to insightful articles, there is no shortage of resources available to guide you on your journey.

Bubble.io Manual
Bubble.io manual

In short, Bubble.io is not just a tool; it represents the full potential of the No code movement.

But like every tool, it has its set of challenges. Let's delve into some of the limitations that might make you ponder, especially as your application grows.


The Bubble roadblocks

While Bubble.io stands tall in the Nocode landscape, it's essential to be aware of its limitations, especially as your projects scale. Let's dive into some of these challenges.

1. Database limitations

Bubble.io's built-in database is excellent for small to medium-sized projects. However, it may not provide the same level of flexibility as a traditional database with full access. Although it is user-friendly, it may not be suitable for complex data operations.

2. Server location concerns

Unless you opt for their premium tiers, all applications and databases in Bubble.io are hosted in the USA. This presents challenges, particularly when catering to a global audience with specific data residency requirements. For instance, meeting the standards of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) can be challenging when your data is stored outside the European Union.

3. Platform lock-in

The simplicity of Bubble.io is both a strength and a limitation. On one hand, it streamlines the development process, making it smoother and more efficient. However, on the other hand, it also creates a dependency on its platform, making it challenging to migrate or switch platforms without investing significant effort.

4. Workload-pricing model

As per Bubble's 2023 pricing updates, they've transitioned to a workload-based pricing model. While this aligns costs with usage, it also means that as your app's complexity and user base grow, so might your expenses. It's crucial to factor this in when planning for the future.

In essence, while Bubble.io offers a plethora of advantages, being aware of these roadblocks ensures you're better prepared and can strategize accordingly.


Unveiling Supabase

Supabase shines brightly in the backend landscape, offering a fresh and efficient approach. With its rich set of features, it has the potential to redefine how developers approach backend tasks.


Supabase Dashboard

Supabase: A powerful backend solution

  • Open-Source: Supabase is not just another backend solution; it is an open-source alternative to Firebase. Its community-driven approach guarantees continuous innovation, security, and relevance. At its core, Supabase operates on PostgreSQL, which provides a robust, flexible and secure environment for your app's data.

  • Authentication: Supabase simplifies user authentication. With a single click, you can enable social logins from a myriad of platforms, including Google, Facebook, GitHub, and more.

  • AI - Vector/Embeddings: Supabase has rolled out an AI toolkit that's user-friendly yet powerful. Whether you're aiming to recognize images, understand human language, or even suggest content to users, this toolkit has got you covered.

  • File storage: managing files becomes a breeze with Supabase's storage solution. Whether you're dealing with images, documents, or other media, Supabase guarantees efficient storage and retrieval.

  • Edge functions: Supabase's edge functions enable you to execute code in proximity to the user, resulting in rapid response times and a seamless user experience.

  • Hosting and pricing: at the time of writing, you have the option to host your data in twelve different locations, aligning with the needs of your user base. Supabase also offers a generous free plan along with a transparent and predictable pricing model, ensuring no unexpected costs as your application scales.

Now, imagine this: the intuitive frontend of Bubble.io seamlessly merging with the powerful backend of Supabase. Intrigued by the endless possibilities?


Seamless integration with our Bubble.io plugin

After diving deep into the world of Supabase, you might be wondering how to harness its power within your Bubble.io projects. Well, the answer lies in our Bubble.io plugin.

This plugin is more than just a nifty add-on; it's your ticket to enhancing the capabilities of your apps. As a Bubble.io developer, you'll appreciate how it effortlessly expands what you can achieve with your apps.


Supabase Overview

Key features & advantages

  1. Efficient authentication: manage your user accounts through Supabase authentication (email, phone, OTP, OAuth)

  2. Database management: easily interact with your Supabase DB from your Bubble app (fetch, create, delete, update, and more).

  3. Effortless file management: facilitates seamless file uploading and allows for management of your Supabase buckets directly from your Bubble.io apps.

  4. Edge functions: trigger Supabase functions from your Bubble workflow for secure, low-latency operations, ideal for sensitive tasks or third-party interactions.

  5. Real-time: with websockets, monitor database changes and broadcast data to subscribed clients directly from your Bubble.io app.

And if you ever encounter a roadblock, the comprehensive documentation is available to guide you.

To experience a hands-on feel, we encourage you to explore the demo app and the Bubble editor.

Our plugin is constantly evolving, receiving regular updates to ensure that you are equipped with the latest features and improvements from Supabase.


Conclusion

Now, you have the opportunity to combine the best of both worlds - the simplicity and rapid development features of Bubble.io, along with the scalable and robust backend infrastructure of Supabase.

Embark on this enriching journey by giving our plugin a try and unveil the benefits that Supabase can bring to your Bubble.io app today!


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