hen it comes to finding the perfect productivity software, there are a number of options that you can choose from. Coda and Notion are two popular choices in this category because they offer many of the same features for users. However, each product has its own unique benefits that make them stand out from one another. You have probably heard of this debate before, but is it just a matter of opinion? Or there are better alternatives to these two tools that you should consider as well. 

They can both create notes, help you plan, organize, and can replace other project management apps. They are both very popular. Notion has been around for a few years now, but it's already one of the most popular tools on the market. While Coda is newer to the game and offers some unique features when compared with other options in its category. 

In this article, NoCode Journal believes there are differences between the same. We will discuss the pros and cons of Coda and. Notion so that you can make your own decision about which one will work best for you. It is understandable there are legions of fans on both sides, so please read below as primarily a primer for someone who might be exploring these two tools for the first time.


Notion is a San Francisco based collaboration, product management, and task management tool founded by Chris Prucha, Ivan Zhao, Jessica Lam, Simon Last in 2016. Notion has raised 10 Million USD in total funding to date. It defines itself as a break away from today's tools blending business workflows into an all-in-one workspace. A user can customize their workspace from dozens of LEGO-style building blocks. A user can solve their problems their way, bounded only by their imagination.

Notion is also famous for simplicity, layout tools, and embedding content from other sites or apps, and it already has more than a million users. From the reviews, if we are speaking in terms of speed, Notion has it. If you're a beginner, no need to worry about it because you can easily navigate and create stuff without going through an extended tutorial. You can identify if this fits your purpose since they have the option for Work, Start-Ups, Students, and Educators.

When it comes to cost, the price of $4 per month is for a single user, with unlimited block storage and no file upload limit. A block is any single piece of content that you decide to add on your page. In turn, you can delete blocks to free up space. There's also a Team membership which is $8 per member per month. There’s no limit to how many members you can have. And there are admin tools available.

Notion functions more like a big white canvas. And works best if you learn the shortcuts to make everything go quicker. Some of these can help you navigate the pages, format text, or switch to Dark Mode. If you are worried about how to organize both your business and individual tasks, for sure, this tool is for you. The templates are also categorized based on your needs, and it is interactive since you have drag and drop functionality to fill the pages. Currently, they are accessible through iOS, Android, Mac Windows, and Web. And to make everything much simpler, Notion has the same UI on mobile, PC, and web. The advantage of Web Clipper is you can save pages from the Web to this tool if you have installed Chrome or Firefox browsers. Notion is best for a Cloud-based and on-premise project management system, so if you are a current user of Evernote, you could instantly import your notes into Notion. 


Coda is another San Francisco based document management and productivity tool founded by Alex DeNeui and Shishir Mehrotra in 2014. Coda has raised 60 Million USD in total funding to date. Coda has made it their mission to rip the document down to the studs and build a new set of building blocks that would empower people to make docs as powerful as apps. 

Coda, just like Notion but a newer version, is known for giving shape to your data, charts, and API supported by Zapier. The environment and features of this NoCode tool are new. When creating a new doc on Coda it might strike you as familiar. The interface does look like Google Docs. However, it can take a little adjustment for someone transitioning from Excel. That said, the tool website offers tips and tools on how to make it work. It has many to-do templates which you can pick, depending on your needs. You can set tasks based on due date or priority. It lets you create very advance

 As a beginner, this tool is easy to start using since it customizes views and builds blocks like tables that act like databases. You can also create buttons that take action to create their unique solutions and makes you more productive since everything is in one place. Coda is also known for its quick templates gallery, fast loading, tons of cool features. The unique feature is connecting your documents with Packs. Packs are integration and plugins such as Slack, Gmail, Google Calendar, Shopify, and a lot more that you could push updates automatically.

When it comes to cost, Coda is effectively free. But there is Coda Pro which is $10/month per one Doc Maker and Coda Team which is $30/month per Doc Maker. Doc Makers create and manage the docs and workspaces in Coda. And the workspace is where you and your team do everything in Coda. Doc Makers and Editors are there to organize the docs.

Just like Notion, it has a lot of templates that you could use, and you could freely explore their features and could access them in iOS, Android, and Web as well.‚Äć Coda still has some catching up to do here. It‚Äôs available on the web, iOS, and Android. Hopefully, they‚Äôll add Mac and Windows too soon. Plus, when it comes to Coda, the user experience is best served on the web.¬†

In Summary

Both Coda and Notion have the same purpose. It’s to maximize personal productivity or help communicate and work better. Notion has been around for just over three years now, but it's already one of the most popular tools on the market. Coda is newer to the game and offers some unique features when compared with other options in its category. But these NoCode tools have the same aim to be helpful not just in organizing but useful for the user every day. Both have a variety of templates and keyboard shortcuts to choose from based on what you need to sort out. Both let you craft and manage most of the work you do. The idea is to move away from using multiple productivity solutions and rely on just one of them. If you have tried both tools, what's your ultimate choice between Coda and Notion?

Jul 13, 2020

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