Digital collaboration is a hot space right now. As many workers adapt to remote/hybrid work, the need for collaborating together while apart ー especially in different timezones, in vastly different functions ー has increased. We're seeing tools like Zoom becoming mainstream at companies, and even homes, around the globe.
One area of collaboration that is seeing fast change is the document. So let’s see what’s going on with
Coda and Notion and what’s all the buzz about.
Coda vs. Notion Background
) and Notion (
) are two forward-thinking companies that are taking a modular approach to digital documentation. You can do traditional doc things like take notes or write memos, but they both scale as your idea grows, meaning you never have to leave the tool to build more complex workflows and process such as a NoCode project management app or company-wide goal tracking tool.
These tools have fast-tracked companies' distributed collaboration capabilities by blending writing and tables in one space so that teams have a central knowledge base to do their work... or simply share baking bread recipes. It's like building your business workspace with LEGO blocks.
Each platform takes a slightly different approach, so I've gathered from personal use, working with clients, and watching countless videos and reading many articles and forums (I've included the top 19
) how their unique designs are benefiting their users.
What is Notion?
entered the world in 2016 as re-imagined wiki. Their insight was that file cabinets and paper were an antiquated way of tracking work, so you shouldn't have to use the same metaphors on your computerーespecially online. They have since raise
with customers such as MetaLab and Loom.
What is Coda?
came out of Beta in 2019 as a new doc for teams. Their observation was that while the physical analogs to documents and spreadsheets might be separate things in the real world, that doesn't mean digital versions must adhere to these constructs. Despite Microsoft (and later Google) perpetuating these constructs, Coda is re-imagining the doc with no barriers between words and data and have raised
with customers such as Square and Figma.
Coda & Notion Product Overview
The collaboration surfaces of Coda and Notion feel a bit like documents (Google Docs) or spreadsheets (Sheets), and sometimes like work tracking apps such as Trello or Salesforce. You can organize information in a structured way and shape your trackers how you'd like, with inspiration from templates (both small examples as well as full blown examples from other users).
focuses primarily on organization. Everything is a Page, even rows in a table. Within each Page are Blocks which can be text writing, or can become code snippets, embeds, or tables.
feels like writing in a doc with a blinking cursor and text formatting. In a doc, you can add Tables which provide spreadsheet formulas and interactivity you'd expect in an app, like Buttons.
As for the setup of your work, both tools house words and data within a Workspace, though there are a few differences that you’ll find in these diagrams:
Use Cases for Coda & Notion
Both tools have an active community with webinars on Crowdcast (
), meetups, and a gallery of staff and customer examples (
) to highlight creations. Common business scenarios include running meetings, documenting processes, and tracking workflows like tasks, tickets, and product features.
Common business scenarios
Many teams have used both Coda and Notion to improve things like:
Integrated project management tools
Asynchronous communications between team members
is used by companies like
to communicate on research & development,
to keep client work organized and collaborative, and
as a team-wide wiki.
is used by teams at
to run their product launches,
to guide distributed meetings,
for 1:1s and career development,
as a NoCode payroll generator.
Community Support & Partnership
Using a tool involves your working relationships and partnership with the people behind the product.
has a full-time support staff, thorough onboarding content, and an active community forum where makers trade tips and collaborate. Dedicated customer success, additional security, and admin controls are available for Enterprise Plans.
's support comes primarily from in-product content, video tutorials, and their community of makers.
Coda vs. Notion FAQ
What are the main differences between Coda and Notion?
Notion functions best as a knowledge base or wiki. Coda goes a step further and provides users with the ability to automate simple workflows and turn a doc into a no-code app. You can find more detail in
Can Notion and Coda be used for project management?
Yes, both tools offer a wide range of templates that can be customized to perform as a project management tool for projects of different complexity levels. This ranges from individuals to startups and even enterprise ecosystems.
Which is the better productivity app, Coda or Notion?
While both tools are built to level up productivity, Coda integrates with other tools (Google Calendar, Slack, Jira) to turn a doc into a no-code app to automate tasks.
See how Coda compares with other tools: