You don’t need another news article telling you how food delivery services have increased because of the pandemic. The numbers are prominent and consumers are patronizing GrubHub and UberEats like never before.
If you’re looking to build your own food delivery services app, know that this is very much feasible and doable now. As no-code platforms have democratized the building of software, virtually anyone can develop their own two-sided marketplace or delivery services web app now.
For this blog post, we’re tackling all you’ll need to know and master to develop a profitable and dynamic food delivery service web app on Bubble!
Because bubble.io optimizes visual programming technologies, users can simply drag and drop elements to actualize the program they’re building. For our UberEats replica, there are three core pages we’ll have to establish: the homepage, the meals page, and a back-end system for restaurant professionals and delivery partners to access.
Establishing your database
Once you’ve arranged your product display, you can zero in on developing the appropriate data fields to make your application work. We’ll depend on these fields to power the workflows that fuel your app.
Bubble utilizes premade databases to help streamline the process of building various unique fields and data types. To develop a functioning logic for your delivery service apps’ core features, we’ll have to configure the following.
Data Type: User
- Purchased meals – Note: Creating a field as a list based on a separate data type lets you consistently consolidate all of its appropriate data fields without needing to establish additional field values.
Data Type: Meals
Data Type 3: Restaurant
- Meals – list of meals
Data Type 4: Delivery contractor
- Meals to deliver
Now that you’ve established the database and design of your food delivery web app, it’s time to stick each element together to make your product work. Bubble lets everything seamlessly come together through workflows. Essentially, each workflow actualizes when actions are triggered.
We’ll need to create new entries on your platform within your database to showcase content. With Bubble, there are essentially two ways to get this done.
Firstly, you can manually add new entries to the relevant fields in your database if you’re the sole moderator of your web app. Secondly, you can also build a different page into your web app where you can drag and drop submission through input fields.
Once you’ve established the dishes into your system, you can showcase each meal on your homepage through an arranged feed. You can complete this by optimizing the repeating group element.
This is because your database seamlessly integrates with your repeating groups, allowing you to display and format dynamic content.
Here’s a tip: in doing so, you’ll have to link a data type within your database to the element.
To make this functional, you’ll categorize this as a meal.
From here on, you’ll also have to establish the list of each meal from your database as the primary data source. Should you want to categorize every repeating group by a relevant section, you can also supplement your data source with an additional constraint.
Now that every element’s been accounted for, you can finally begin structuring your grid with dynamic content.
Start by mapping out the relevant content you’d want to show first. Determine its column, and its elements should populate the rest of the columns based on the data you put.
As always, a repeating group enables you to develop events within solo columns.
This feature becomes extra handy when developing your web app’s navigational capabilities. Because apps like GrubHub and UberEats only show each product’s overview and not the complete details for each item, you’ll need to build a separate page for that.
That mentioned, your individual meals page should host the supplementary details. To make this work, you’ll have to build a new workflow that leads users to a product page when they click the meals button.
A navigation event should send a user to a different page when building this workflow. From there, choose the meal page should be the destination page type.
As usual, you should send the Bubble editor additional data about this page so it knows which products to display when clicked. Select the current cells meal for the data you’ll want to display.
If you want, you can also resort to the search bar element to make it easier for your users to find the meal they want.
When a user is led to a meal page, this event data should come from a workflow to successfully showcase appropriate content, but before we develop this workflow, you’ll have to make sure that the data property associated with your event logic should match your destination page type.
For this scenario, you’ll have to establish the meal page to meal property. Once this is done, your page elements should start welcoming dynamic content to display the necessary data from the deal sourced from your workflow.
And there you have it! The only thing left is to include a Stripe.js plugin and you’re good to go! If you have more questions about how you can build an app similar to this, we’ve got you covered! Developing your own food delivery service app has never been easier!
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