Knack

Knack

The easiest way to build online database apps

4.3/5 (48 reviews)

Knack Overview

Knack makes online databases easy:
- Define your Database -- easy tools for building an online database so you can access your data from any website at any time.
- DIY App Builder -- add calendars, forms, searches, and more to display and update the records in your database.
- Easy Customization -- developers and designers can easily customize your app to take it to the next level.
- Library of example apps to get started quickly.

We take care of all the hard stuff so you can focus on building a great online database app:
- No programming or I.T. required.
- No cookie-cutter software -- build the exact app you need.
- Live, personal support with English-speaking humans.

Pricing

Starting from
US$39,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and 5 others, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America

Supported Languages

Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish and 12 others, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

Knack Reviews

Overall rating
4.3/5
83% positive reviews
28
Excellent
12
Very good
4
Average
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Poor
1
Terrible
Alex B.

Flexible, Powerful, Great API, Community Support Lacking

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/11/01
Review Source: Capterra

8 / 10 is right where I'm at. They filled a huge need for us, and for that, I'm extremely grateful. One more point can easily be gained by paying attention to the community, which are the fans of their business. The other point can be gained by adding better standard features and design features.

It should be noted that I have passed Knack's name to MANY others in my industry, and I really do highly recommend them.

Pros

When I found this software, I nearly jumped for joy. I had been researching no-code database apps for a long time, and this really seemed to fit what we needed it to do. Hats off to Knack for an original-concept.

What's great:
- App building on the backend AND front end. You create your data modules, decide your schema, then decide how it shows up to the users. Set your logins, set the access levels, etc. It's amazing.
- It's extremely easy. Once you get the hang of it, you can make nice looking apps in little time.
- The API is very easy to use and powerful. We us it to build special CMS apps that allow our customers to update content on large interactive touch screens. The data is always reliable.
- The app is responsive, so users can can access public or their private data from mobile devices. It opens up many possibilities for businesses to use this as a CRM, CMS, Accounting, or even a field-service database.
- The in-app support through the chat is great. Staff members are responsive and helpful.

Cons

Take this with a grain of salt. When your whole business runs online like ours, you get used to the idea that no software is ever perfect. There is always something that will grind your gears. Here's some things about Knack that need improvement:
- Community support - my major gripe about Knack is the responsiveness to the community. There are many active users who contribute a lot of great content, ideas, and issues that need solving. Response from Knack in the community is practically non-existent. Even just to say "Good idea, we'll add that to our list"...just let people know they've been heard! Also, in my opinion, there's some very standard features that I can't believe aren't built yet. Sometimes it seems they work on features for a very small niche audience, rather than things that all users can benefit from. (Like drag and drop sorting of records)
- Minimal design freedom on the front end - You can make an app that is extremely functional, but there's not a lot of ways to customize the look and feel of that data for the users. So you may solve some great business issues with Knack, but chances are it won't look super pretty.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10
Don M.

Knack is an Amazing Tool

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2016/06/26
Review Source: Capterra

I found Knack when I was searching for a tool that would help me to build a simple cloud based lead tracking application for my small law firm (two lawyers) to use. I have a dabbler's technical background in the sense that I have fooled around with Microsoft Access and Visual Basic for Applications - not a particularly high level mind you - barely beyond Hello World stuff. Well, maybe a little beyond that. I was looking for a tool that would allow me to develop something in the cloud and boy did I find it with Knack. I didn't know that Knack existed, but it was exactly what I wanted to exist and I was blown away when I actually discovered that it in fact existed. I was familiar enough with relational databases through my limited experience with Access that I was able to pretty much immediately start using Knack. I had a rough version of the application I wanted to develop put together in a couple days really. (Not a huge feat, really since what I wanted was really pretty simple). But we used it every day and came to really rely on it. It has become absolutely a part of the business. The ability to have this cloud based application, available on our phones or wherever we have computer access has been incredible and the platform itself works like magic. I spent hours wrestling with Access in setting up subforms and reports and such and developing queries and all of that. Knack takes care of that sort of heavy lifting behind the scenes. From my experience with Access, I know that it really is heavy lifting too, which is why I appreciate it so much. I used to design my websites in Dreamweaver, but as the technical expertise required to build sites well started to increase well beyond my ability to use Dreamweaver, I discovered Squarespace. Squarespace for me was the answer to my prayers, because it gave me the freedom to create sites that were technically pretty sophisticated and modern but in a way that shielded me from the need to have the technical expertise to execute it well. Knack is like Squarespace in this way. In fact, since many people who design sites might have use for cloud based applications that Knack can provide, I would think that Knack and Squarespace ought to be able to find ways to work with each other. They both occupy the same sort of space - providing people without the increasingly sophisticated skills required to build nice things (websites or custom database applications) the ability to build those nice things.

Pros

I love the way it shields me from what I know to be complex and tricky issues involved in putting together an application built around a relational database. I know the agony of wrestling with figuring out how to do things with relational databases and it just makes me so happy to be able to create a wonderfully stable application that works in the cloud - without the torture of having to figure out why my SQL query isn't working as I thought it would, etc. It just works, and I am shielded from the coding. I don't have to know what a SQL query is. To me this is just plain magic.

Cons

Hard to come up with something I am not really happy about with it. I guess everything could be improved with more features and options and such, but I see that as mostly window dressing. The guts of this thing are amazing. I'm sure the future will see more features and more ways to style the applications and such, but the magic is built in now.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

The most powerful no/low code database app for non-coders

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2018/07/06
Review Source

Pros

- Lives up to the "no code" billing many other platforms tout, but with Knack you can actually build a feature-rich app without coding.
- Zapier integration recently improved, greatly expanding the capabilities of the app
- Out of 10-15 database apps I tried, the learning curve was shorter and support documentation was more useful with Knack
- Easy to implement and strong user security/user roles implementation
- Unlike many business-focused app builders, Knack is designed for many users in structure and in pricing model, so it's the best for customer-facing applications (including ecommerce websites)
- Basic subscription plan includes all the features most will need, unlike many apps that pull 1-2 critical features into their mid-tier and enterprise plans.

Cons

- Pricing plan options are slim, and the base plan is a bit more expensive than others in the similar tier.
- Very difficult to style the app in an attractive manner without a fair amount of CSS and/or Javascript understanding (though the standard design is fine and mobile friendly). Limited options for customization in the dashboard.
- Main troubling issue is with how pages and views get created with every menu and link you add..causing a quickly overwhelming page structure and sitemap. Biggest related caution is that when simply deleting a menu item, you could also be deleting an entire page or detail view without clearly being told that (and no way to recover it).

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

9.0/10
Matthew W.

Great software now good for users in Europe.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2016/08/24
Review Source

I use Knack to build my main business application. The interface and functionality is excellent and I have looked at all the alternatives at length. If you are not an IT person, then this really is the business. The tutorials are also good. The support team are responsive in the chat interface. During the two years I have been using the product there have been continuous upgrades which have been excellent.

Pros

Great intuitive interface, great software, fair pricing. Now that EU servers are available this makes it a great product for users like me who hold client data and need to comply with EU data privacy laws. I am already delighted with the product, but have seen a beta version of the new builder which in my view takes the produt from excellent to perfect. As a non-technical user (I am no more than a competent excel user) I had never thought I could build my own functioning application. With Knack, I can.

Cons

The standard support hours are based on the US working day so that means we in Europe have to wait. Having said that, if there is an emergency there is 24 hour response there. This is a minor niggle and I guess when Knack grows to dominate the world they will put more support on.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Robert S.

Best Database Platform Out There

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2016/08/04
Review Source: Capterra

After listening to vendors with my company for weeks, I had enough. Every system that was pitched for our needs was either ugly, or inflexible, and not all that infrequently, both. I began my search for online database platform technology and quickly found Knack among a few other competitors. What set Knack apart was the appearance of the software. I am of the believe that a product is worthless if no one ever wants to look at it, and Knack stunned me. It was a clean, crisp, interactive set of user interfaces that quickly led to live database views. I set up the trial, and was sold.

Pros

Intuitive design! It just makes sense from the get-go, even if you have little understanding of relational databases, with a bit of light reading of Knack's thorough documentation, it's not difficult to get going.

Cons

Definitely the way the front end views of your database operate in a mobile device. Some of the feature's are basically unusable, and if your user's are going to use a mobile device, you really have to keep that in mind when developing the database's UIs or you can end up with a bit of a mess.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Knack Pricing

Starting from
US$39,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Try Knack for free for two weeks with no long-term commitments -- cancel your account at any time.

If users pay for a year, they get two months free.

Knack offers 3 pricing tiers.

Starter: $39/month for 20,000 records and 2GB storage
Pro: $79/month for 50,000 records and 10GB storage
Corporate: $179/month for 125,000 records and 50GB storage

Knack Features

  • API
  • Access Control
  • Application Integration
  • Auditing
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • SSL Security
  • Third Party Integration
  • Workflow Management

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Data Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Monitoring
  • Projections
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Reporting & Statistics

Additional information for Knack

Key features of Knack

  • API
  • Access control
  • Activity monitoring
  • Ad hoc query
  • Ad hoc reporting
  • Advanced SSO
  • Application integration
  • Approval process control
  • Archiving & retention
  • Authentication & security
  • Batch update
  • Build database apps without I.T.
  • Calendar management
  • Change management
  • Change tracking
  • Charting
  • Chat
  • Contact database
  • Credit card integration
  • Credit card processing
  • Custom dashboards
  • Custom development
  • Custom forms
  • Custom online databases
  • Customer portal
  • Customizable branding
  • Customizable maps
  • Customize with CSS & jQuery
  • Data encryption
  • Data filtering
  • Data migration
  • Data querying
  • Data visualization
  • Database integration
  • Digital signature
  • Display records with tables & calendars
  • Document management
  • Email notifications
  • Email reminders
  • Equation & formula calculations
  • Event tickets
  • Field formatting
  • File storage
  • Forms management
  • Geolocation
  • Graphical data presentation
  • High-quality customer support
  • History tracking
  • Inline editing
  • Invoices
  • Mobile friendly Apps
  • Modal popups
  • Multi-page forms
  • Password management
  • Permission management
  • Pivot tables
  • Publish apps website
  • Purchase orders
  • Quickstart template library
  • Ratings
  • Real time data
  • Real time reporting
  • Receipt management
  • Responsive design
  • Role-based permissions
  • SEO friendly
  • SEO friendly
  • SEO snapshots for Google indexing
  • SSL security
  • Search functionality
  • Secure backup
  • Secure data storage
  • Security & encryption
  • Send Custom Emails
  • Simple field types
  • Single sign on
  • Task management
  • Task scheduling
  • Third party integration
  • User access controls
  • Version management
  • Workflow management tools
  • eCommerce integration

Benefits

Completely Custom

Forget cookie-cutter software: build a custom solution that fits your exact needs.
Whether building your database from scratch or modifying one of our templates, you get to define the exact features you need: no more, no less.

Supercharge Your Data

Your data never had it so good: super fast searches, flexible filters, and the awesome power of a relational database. Knack handles it effortlessly behind the scenes so you can easily connect related data together - like linking an employee record to a company.

DIY App Builder

Need to display upcoming job records in a calendar? How about delivery records in a map? We’ve carefully designed the perfect library of flexible views to build your interface.

Live Data, Instant Insights

Transform your data into decisions. Create rich dashboards to generate real-time insights with charts, graphs, and pivot tables. Knack provides unlimited flexibility to slice and dice your data. You can even authorize different reports for different users.

Plays Well With Others

Your data is everywhere. Knack lets you connect to all of it with thousands of connections powered by Zapier. Developers can do even more with Knack’s open API, so you can integrate with your existing systems or add additional functionality.

Put Your Data To Work

Centralize your workflows and processes, all in real-time and completely automated. Notifications, scheduled tasks, and approvals keep the right data moving to the right user.

Accept Payments With No Coding

Accept payments, donations and online orders with popular payment providers like Stripe and PayPal. Knack integrates E-Commerce seamlessly with your database so you can store charge information and calculate charge amounts from your records.

Speed & Security You Can Rely On

Our cloud infrastructure is designed for speed and reliability, even if you’re searching millions of records. The security of your data is paramount in every step of the process, from audited internal policies to encryption at rest.

Knack FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Knack.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Knack offer?

Knack offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$39,00/month

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Try Knack for free for two weeks with no long-term commitments -- cancel your account at any time.

If users pay for a year, they get two months free.

Knack offers 3 pricing tiers.

Starter: $39/month for 20,000 records and 2GB storage
Pro: $79/month for 50,000 records and 10GB storage
Corporate: $179/month for 125,000 records and 50GB storage

Q. What are the main features of Knack?

Knack offers the following features:

  • API
  • Access control
  • Activity monitoring
  • Ad hoc query
  • Ad hoc reporting
  • Advanced SSO
  • Application integration
  • Approval process control
  • Archiving & retention
  • Authentication & security
  • Batch update
  • Build database apps without I.T.
  • Calendar management
  • Change management
  • Change tracking
  • Charting
  • Chat
  • Contact database
  • Credit card integration
  • Credit card processing
  • Custom dashboards
  • Custom development
  • Custom forms
  • Custom online databases
  • Customer portal
  • Customizable branding
  • Customizable maps
  • Customize with CSS & jQuery
  • Data encryption
  • Data filtering
  • Data migration
  • Data querying
  • Data visualization
  • Database integration
  • Digital signature
  • Display records with tables & calendars
  • Document management
  • Email notifications
  • Email reminders
  • Equation & formula calculations
  • Event tickets
  • Field formatting
  • File storage
  • Forms management
  • Geolocation
  • Graphical data presentation
  • High-quality customer support
  • History tracking
  • Inline editing
  • Invoices
  • Mobile friendly Apps
  • Modal popups
  • Multi-page forms
  • Password management
  • Permission management
  • Pivot tables
  • Publish apps website
  • Purchase orders
  • Quickstart template library
  • Ratings
  • Real time data
  • Real time reporting
  • Receipt management
  • Responsive design
  • Role-based permissions
  • SEO friendly
  • SEO friendly
  • SEO snapshots for Google indexing
  • SSL security
  • Search functionality
  • Secure backup
  • Secure data storage
  • Security & encryption
  • Send Custom Emails
  • Simple field types
  • Single sign on
  • Task management
  • Task scheduling
  • Third party integration
  • User access controls
  • Version management
  • Workflow management tools
  • eCommerce integration

Q. Who are the typical users of Knack?

Knack has the following typical customers:

Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business

Q. What languages does Knack support?

Knack supports the following languages:

Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish

Q. What type of pricing plans does Knack offer?

Knack has the following pricing plans:

Subscription

Q. Does Knack support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Knack supports

Q. What other apps does Knack integrate with?

Knack integrates with the following applications:

APIANT, Chargebee, Cyfe, LeadMaster, Localize, Performance Culture, Retently, VisitorTrack, Workato, Zapier

Q. What level of support does Knack offer?

Knack offers the following support options:

FAQs, Forum, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials

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