Webflow: What Makes this Website Builder Different?

December 6, 2021

Over 3,500,000 designers around the world are using Webflow. Webflow makes it effortless for teams to create, collaborate, and scale websites with no coding knowledge. This helps people focus on the most important tasks while Webflow will take care of the rest.

Here is what makes Webflow stand out from the other website-building tools.

Overview of Webflow

Webflow is a website-building platform (inclusive of all website features) intended at empowering designers or anyone, including business owners or marketers, to create beautiful and professional websites. With Webflow, people can build a beautiful website from scratch. Custom templates are the highlight of Webflow where people have the freedom to work with a fully customized web page without having to stick to pre-designed templates, much to their distaste.

Features of the Webflow platform

In comparison to other website-building tools, such as WordPress, this platform offers several custom templates. Webflow can be considered a superior alternative to using other website-building platforms.

From Webflow’s set of custom templates, you can choose a template of your liking and then customize it to reflect your brand’s personality and vision.

The platform’s features are categorized into Designing, CMS, Hosting, and Editing.

Designing

Webflow’s designer gives the designer complete control of CSS, HTML, and JS. With Webflow’s visual designer, you can generate line-by-line code (regardless of whether you excel at coding or not, you don’t have to worry as Webflow doesn’t have any coding). From moving built-in blocks to customizing websites, Webflow makes it easier for designers to create an optimized website (with clean, semantic code).

You also have the option to tweak the code. Besides, the Webflow platform offers trigger-based interactions that include hovering, clicking, scrolling, and loading pages. As discussed, you can activate all these without any knowledge of coding or JavaScript.

Initially, it might seem to be overwhelming with a large number of functionalities in play. You might even need to set some time aside to familiarize yourself with the platform.

Webflow’s library offers a never-ending reserve of in-build components that can be customized according to your needs. Another feature of Webflow is that anything you create will be responsive and compatible with all devices and browsers (by default).

Content management system

Webflow’s content management system (CMS) offers flexibility, offering limitless options for creating content. Webflow-backed schemas can be built into and bound to your website’s design according to your preferences.

Webflow allows you to change your website’s content dynamically, personalizing the web pages for the users who access your website.

Hosting

Webflow allows you to choose from a variety of hosting plans (with varying packages). Webflow is known to host the sites on an infinitely scalable server fleet (the fleet comprises 100+ data centers across the globe). The content delivery networks are powered by Amazon CloudFront.

Regardless of the traffic your site generates, Webflow’s hosting services are equipped to manage it. To meet the demands of the web, Webflow as a host will ensure that there is no wait time for the site to load (ensuring over 99% uptime).

Webflow’s editor

The editor will make it easier for you to edit any components without crashing your site at any point in time. You can view detailed version history, making it easier to find any new changes. Your changes can be published, then and there. All it needs is just one push. Webflow’s live preview makes it easier to view your changes.

Search engine optimization

In our previous blog, we mentioned that Webflow offers numerous SEO tools that will help to drive traffic to your site. You only need to know when and where to use those tools. No plugins are needed for this.

Webflow’s templates

With over 20 free templates (with multiple wireframes: Start-up, portfolio, and business), you have multiple options to choose from when building a blog, e-commerce site, or portfolio site. On the Webflow site, you can find all information relating to each template and the type of site that it can be used to build. As all these templates are responsive, you do not have to worry about optimizing your websites for other devices.

Webflow’s wireframes make it easier for you to generate skeletons of your site (no coding knowledge is needed).

Webflow offers both free and paid subscriptions. You can use the free subscription (in trial status). But your options are limited to just two projects. The paid subscription offers numerous plans; you can choose to pay monthly or annually.

Also, with Webflow, you can choose to cancel or suspend your hosting plan or account whenever you want.

Getting started

As discussed, with the numerous features, there comes a learning curve. The team at Webflow offers course materials to train new users to use Webflow.

Webflow’s library offers more than 400 free lessons, including layout, typography, interactions, 3D transforms, and more.

You can also connect with the Webflow community (over 75,000 members) that actively contributes to Webflow’s mission of building the future of visual development.

If you are looking for a Webflow design company to help you with your next project, we can help.

Web Team Studio excels in designing and developing Webflow projects. We have worked on many Webflow projects to help our clients grow and succeed.

For a consultation, contact us today.

 


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