A customer needs a website with the following requirements, is there something that does it out-of-the-box, or with minimal programming effort?

  1. authenticated users should be able to create custom data objects, e.g. 'Cars' that have a list of properties like

    • 'Name' (string)
    • 'Category' (one of ['two doors', 'four doors', 'other'])
    • 'Sport' (boolean)
    • 'Luxury' (boolean)
    • etc.
  2. unauthenticated users should be able to query the data using filters, like "return all cars that belongs to category 'four doors' with property 'Sport' and 'Luxury'".

3 Answers 3


After some research i found out that there are products that allows this without any software development:

  • WordPress, as a base web environment
  • The Pods Framework for inserting data objects in the WordPress backoffice
  • FacetWP for building frontend forms that query the data base.

In this way there is no need to write a single line of code.

The only drawback is that FacetWP is a commercial plugin, but instead of spending hours of work for implementing the functionalities, I prefer to pay 99$ and have it for up to three websites.


Your use case is one of Drupal’s strengths.


  • Everything needed is free (GPL) and gratis.
  • You don’t need to code (everything can be configured with the Web GUI).
  • You don’t have to install any module (everything needed is built-in).

How to

  1. Install Drupal 8.
  2. Create a content type "Car" (under /admin/structure/types)
    1. Add the necessary fields to the "Car" content type ("Category" as select list, "Sport" and "Luxuary" as boolean, etc.).
  3. Create a view "Cars" (under /admin/structure/views).
    1. Add the fields that should be displayed for each Car result.
    2. Add the filters. For each filter, check that it should be "exposed".
  4. Done.

No, there is no out-of-the-box way to do that. What you asking for requires software development.

These two products are both database servers integrated with software development environments aimed at producing database-backed apps with relative ease. Both are simple enough for beginners to get started but also powerful enough for professional software developers.

The first is aimed at relatively simple database structures, mainly single tables. The second is a relational database for handling many interrelated tables.

Both provide their own clients. But as I recall both provide a web client capability, but I'm not sure how full-featured the web access is.

Otherwise you would use much more complicated web application development tools. Personally I use Java with the Vaadin Framework to build the web app, and store data in the Postgres database. But there are many many other options.

  • Well, after some research i actually found our that there are products that actually allows having no software development: WordPress as base web environment, the Pods Framework for inserting data objects, and FacetWP for building frontend forms that query the data base. In this way there is no need to write a single line of code
    – leonixyz
    Commented Sep 20, 2017 at 8:31

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