The 7 Best Online Databases as Simple as Spreadsheets

MakeUseOf | 10/9/2018 | Dan Price
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When you think of database apps, your mind probably pictures Microsoft Excel first. The app has been the de facto market leader for at least two decades.

But it’s not the only show in town. There are plenty of web-based database apps that are just as simple as using a spreadsheet. They each have their own strengths and weaknesses and are targeted at different types of users.

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Why Use an Online Database?

Databases can be about so much more than simple rows and columns. You can use databases to control workflows, manage your stock and inventory, provide the backend to an app, track newsletter subscriptions, and more.

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So, if you’re wondering which online databases are worth your time, keep reading. We’re going to talk about a few different options.

Airtable is designed for people who want to organize their daily workflows in database form. It’s like a cross between Trello and Excel. Anyone who works in marketing, project management, ad agencies, and product experience teams will find the app useful.

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Airtable has five primary tools: Grid (like Excel), Calendar, Kanban, Gallery, and Form. The app also has a unique feature call Blocks. It lets you mix and match various parts of the five primary tools to create a workflow dashboard that exactly matches your needs.

Pricing: The app has a free tier. It restricts you to 1,200 records per base, 2GB attachments, and two weeks of revision history. The paid plans start at $10 per user, per month.

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