On May 13th 2021 the Notion Public API Beta was released for all plans! This is super exciting for those using Notion who want to extend its capabilities. I want to capture some initial ideas that come to mind of things which can be built from the viewpoint of a developer that loves working with clients to achieve their goals.
As I've started following more and more "Notion Consultants" on Twitter I've been surprised to see a surprising amount of expert Notion users who are making a side-hustle or even full-time living off of Notion consultancy. Not surprised because I didn't think it was possible, but surprised to hear there are customers out there - it's great! I think customers are going to be looking to Notion Consultants to help them elevate their Notion workspaces to the next level with automation.
I'm not a Notion Consultant, but as a Software Developer there are some really interesting things Notion can now be used for, and it may mean I need to learn some of the advanced tricks in Notion!
There's nothing stopping a user using a Notion database to power an E-Commerce website. I'd imagine the following technology stack
- Notion as a product database
- Stripe for payments
- Next.JS for static site generation and incremental static regeneration
This would allow small shop owners and digital goods merchants to sell their products using a backend that they're familiar with! It strikes me as awful similar to Strapi and how that enables you to build an API essentially. With Notion I suppose there's nothing that would stop you integrating your existing processes into your products database. Someone could make an easy-to-hack solution for this, a SaaS business, and freelance developers can build out this kind of functionality with their clients.
Many have already created services that allow you to build blogs and websites from your Notion pages. Super and Potion are a couple examples that come to mind. This website itself is powered by this great Next.JS template! These services can now migrate to an official API and perhaps achieve a friendlier integration than before!
As I think of more things I'll probably update this page. I think the future of Notion is really exciting with the release of the Public API and I can't wait to see how things progress with it. Want to work with a developer to see what's possible? Please do get in touch with me by filling out this form!