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Webflow: when to use it and when to lose it

Webflow is a powerful web development platform that can be used to create beautiful, responsive websites quickly and easily. It's an incredibly versatile tool, but it may not always be the best choice for creating a website. Good to know - we used Webflow building the New Story website. Let's explore when you should use Webflow for your website and when you should look for other options.

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What is Webflow?

Webflow is a comprehensive web development platform that allows users to design, develop, and host their websites without writing any code. The platform has a drag-and-drop interface that makes it easy to create stunning sites with no coding experience required. In addition, Webflow offers powerful tools such as custom animations, eCommerce integration, and an intuitive CMS system.

Pros of using Webflow

The biggest advantage of using Webflow is its ease of use. Even if you have no coding experience whatsoever, you can still create a website with minimal effort. The drag-and-drop interface makes it easy to customize your site however you like, while the built-in CMS system makes it easy to keep your content up to date. Additionally, the platform is extremely flexible and can be used to create almost any type of website imaginable—from simple landing pages to complex eCommerce stores.

Cons of using Webflow

The drawbacks of using Webflow worth mentioning: first off, since the platform requires no coding knowledge whatsoever, it can often lead users into making bad design and usability decisions or setting up their sites incorrectly. Additionally, since the platform is so new, many features are still lacking or in development - which can hinder speedy progress of your project. And though the price plan looks great, you have to realize that hosting costs extra with Webflow. This could lead to additional costs if your site requires more resources than the standard plan allow for. The biggest drawback? As a digital agency with a cross-functional approach to development, we find it hard to collaborate simultaneously. Especially when you want to build the website with two experts. We opted for the Agency Workspace Plan with three seats. It came out a little short to our expectations. The best solution for our broader ambitions would be the Enterprise Plan, which requires a large investment.

When should you use it or lose it?

It really depends on what your project requires and how comfortable you are working with web technologies such as HTML/CSS/JavaScript. If your project doesn’t require any complex coding or customization beyond what’s offered by Webflow’s drag-and-drop interface, then this may be the best solution for you - especially if you're on a tight budget! However, if more complex coding or customization is necessary in order to bring your project vision alive then it might be better suited elsewhere (such as WordPress or Kirby).

Our verdict

Whether or not you should use WebFlow comes down to individual preference; however there are certain instances where using this platform over others will make sense (ease/cost). If your project doesn't require any complex coding or customization beyond what’s offered by WebFlow’s drag-and-drop interface then this may be the best solution for you – especially if cost efficiency is important. There are plenty of examples available online showcasing just how versatile this awesome platform truly is - so go ahead and put us, or yourself, up to the test. You won't regret it!

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