As a designer, Webflow has become my favorite tool for creating websites. Its drag-and-drop interface allows me to easily drag and adjust elements on the page, giving me full control over the design and layout. This is very important to me because I can fully focus on the visual aspect of the site without spending hours writing code.
In addition, Webflow offers many templates and tools that help me create interactive and responsive websites. With these tools, I am able to easily customize pages for each client and project, creating unique and functional websites.
From my perspective, Webflow is a great choice for designers and developers who are looking for a website-building tool that is fast, efficient, and easy to use. If you’re looking for a tool that allows you to create modern, responsive, and functional websites without the need for coding, then I definitely recommend Webflow.
Let’s take a deeper look at its features:
Style your website with the Style Manager
The main element of Webflow that you need to familiarize yourself with is the Style Manager. The Style Manager allows me to easily and quickly change colors, sizes, positions, and other elements on the page. It defines CSS classes, which saves me a lot of time when using the same styles on different elements like Sections, Cards, indentations, etc.
Pro tip: use external libraries to speed up web development and maintain element naming consistency. One of these libraries is Client-first.
Webflow Designer for responsive web design
Webflow Designer is a simplified environment in which you can easily build your website using drag-and-drop feature. With a large number of basic and advanced web elements, you can easily create your website. Designer allows users to create responsive layouts, and add elements such as buttons, forms, images, and more, all without the need for code.
Pro tip: Use component elements for more efficient web design.
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Manage images and documents with the Webflow Assets Manager
The Webflow Assets Manager is another useful tool that allows users to easily manage and organize media and files on their websites. The Assets Manager is part of the Webflow Designer interface and allows users to easily add, manage, and share media such as images, videos, or audio files. With the Assets Manager, you can also convert images to the .webp format, which radically speeds up image loading and website speed, as well as adding ALT captions to images for better SEO.
Pro tip: Use folders for better document orientation.
Manage CMS content with the Editor
Webflow offers two views. One is the Designer view I mentioned earlier, but another is the Editor view. With the Webflow Editor, you or your clients can easily manage content and images on the website without affecting the structure of the website. The Editor allows you to edit the CMS elements themselves, as well as all the content on the website.
Pro tip: Use the editor to manage your blog and CMS content.
Webflow Components are another useful feature in Webflow, which allows users to create reusable and interactive elements on their websites. For me, components are an integral part of web design. Thanks to the components, I can offer the client the option to easily insert an element on the website and let them rewrite and edit it as they please. The component itself can be almost anything, whether it’s a button, a whole section, or a page of a website.
Your basic components should definitely include elements such as the website header, footer, and other elements that you repeatedly use throughout the website.
Webflow also offers the Properties feature, which allows you to define the basic structure of the component based on which you can then edit only the content
Pro tip: Define entire sections of the website as components and let the client work in the designer using components. Thanks to components, you can set responsive behavior and the client only needs to adjust the properties.
Interactions allow us graphic designers to animate elements on the web, from small interactive elements such as hovering over a button to complex on-scroll/tap animations. With Webflow interactions, you can easily create very interesting effects. Personally, I tend to create simpler websites that are not so dependent on interactions, but here are some handy examples of how Webflow Interactions can be used on a website.
Pro tip: Animations on a website can help make the user’s overall interaction simpler. However, be mindful of their visual complexity. A large number of animations on a website can rather discourage users than prompt them to take action.
The Webflow community is what makes Webflow the best in the market.
The entire Webflow community is a great asset. Thanks to the community, there are a large number of external tools such as Finsweet Attributes, Client-First, Relume, etc., which give you extra functionalities and extensions for creating websites on Webflow. Specifically, Finsweet Attributes provide advanced search and filtering functionality to your project. On the other hand, Relume is a comprehensive library of elements for website creation, which allows you to copy and build websites with almost CTRL+C > CTRL+V.
Personally, I recommend signing up on Twitter and finding designers working with Webflow. You will not only get a great dose of inspiration but also, above all, advice and quickly become part of the community.
Webflow Figma to Webflow plugin
What more could you wish for? Webflow has introduced the Figma to Webflow plugin, which allows for easy conversion of a graphic design from Figma to a functional website on Webflow, according to certain rules.
Webflow offers everyone the opportunity to learn how to work with the platform through their university. It brings fun videos and courses not only for advanced users but also for complete beginners. These videos guide you step-by-step through website creation on Webflow and familiarize you with all the points mentioned above.
So who is Webflow for?
In simplified terms, Webflow is not for everyone. If you think you can easily click your way through creating a website, then yes… but! Webflow is an advanced website creation tool and to make everything work as it should, it is necessary to know the intricacies associated with website creation, from how CSS works to proper website structure, SEO, and more.
Therefore, if you are looking for an advanced website creation tool or want to learn how to create websites as the standards recommend, then Webflow is the most suitable tool for you. Personally, I started using Webflow in 2014. At that time, I only designed websites and handed them over to development. However, we wanted to save development time, so I was looking for a solution. I found Webflow and have been using it ever since. It is the best website creation tool that you can get your hands on, and with a few hours of learning, you can create the most advanced websites ever in the most enjoyable no-code environment.
I am also very glad that there are more and more no-code tools on the market, similar to Webflow. This has also led to many improvements on the part of Webflow, which users have been waiting for a long time. In addition, there have been faster release cycles of updates and new features, which will make your work even more efficient.