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June 9, 2021

Building a Website with Webflow  – Some things I’ve Noticed 

I’ve been deep into web design for some time now. Over the years, I’ve jumped around different editors and site builders like nobody’s business. In 2021, it’s easier than it’s ever been to throw a few pages together from scratch and get a site online. That doesn’t mean all site builders are made equal, though.

Recently, I’ve been a huge fan of the overall experience and ease of use you get with Webflow. I jumped ship from WordPress recently and noticed a few differences almost immediately. 

If you feel like humoring me, read on to see what I’ve learned! 

Speed and Ease of Use 

So the thing about WordPress is that it can be super powerful. Depending on the plug-ins you’re using, you’ll have a vast number of potential tasks at your disposal. The inevitable compromises that come with built-in versatility, however,  are speed and ease of use. 

Don’t get me wrong – I’m still reasonably fond of the WordPress UX. It’s just that, for my money, Webflow can feel a whole lot simpler. Everything from drag-and-drop functions to in-depth edits feel a whole lot smoother. 

If it takes 7 clicks with WordPress, I’ve found it usually takes 2-4 with Webflow.

Zero Plugins Required 

There’s a ton of stuff you can achieve on Webflow without having to bother with plug-ins at all. One great example of this is editing the meta descriptions of your content. When building with WordPress, I had to rely on an option like Yoast to make it all happen.

With Webflow, the baked-in editor can handle it all for you – no fuss required. While this one example may seem small, there’s any number of similar instances that really start to add up once you’ve been using the platform for a while.

More Control Out of the Box – No-Code Magic

Following on from the discussion above, I’m a big fan of how many no-code features come with Webflow right out of the box. Take adding animations, for example. In something like two clicks, you can animate elements of your pages. No coding, HTML, or CSS knowledge required. I mean, come on! 

If you’re the right person, this kind of feature can be a real dealmaker. 

Autosave 

Back when WordPress was my go-to, a crash could absolutely ruin my afternoon. If you don’t manually save at regular intervals, you can wave goodbye to all your hard work if you make a fatal mistake. Webflow helps absent-minded dopes like me maintain some semblance of productivity. 

SEO’s a Dream

Without getting too technical, Webflow comes with a number of features that make it an excellent choice if SEO matters for you when building your site. The main one that stands out to me is the fact that the platform prioritizes something called “clean code.” 

In short, this means it’s super easy for Google’s trawlers to access content within the site. This helps squeeze every last drop of impact from each tweak and optimization you make.

If you’re reasonably well-versed in site SEO, Webflow is a no-brainer in my opinion.

Final Thoughts 

The best editor is going to look different for everyone. It all comes down to the type of person you are and the work you produce. I’d say your best bet would be to give the try both and making a your final considarition. Both platforms are completely different and each of them is somehow unique.

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