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Ask DN: Anyone use Webflow for prod?

4 years ago from , Position @ Company

I've used Webflow quite a bit to build quick prototypes and some small, low-budget sites, but I've always exported the raw code and taken it on my own from there.

Anyone have experience really using Webflow? Hosting sites there, Webflow CMS, etc? Curious as to your experience. They've come a long way since I first signed up.

I do love building sites from scratch, but I find it's taking time away from me really digging into design (generally due to budgetary restrictions), which is where my real passion lies.

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  • Vlad Magdalin, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

    Hey Adam, great question! This is Vlad from Webflow, and I just wanted to point you at just a few examples of our customers running production sites on Webflow:

    If you click on the Projects link in the Designer News footer, you'll land here -> http://projects.designernews.co/ - this was designed and built (and runs in production) on Webflow as well :)

    Also, we use Webflow exclusively for all of our own production sites and apps, which are heavily trafficked. Here are some examples:

    Happy to answer any follow-up questions, but just wanted you to know that Webflow takes a lot off your plate if you choose to really take advantage of the entire platform. We have a lot more on the way to help you take your projects to production, so stay tuned :)

    22 points
    • Cody Arsenault, 4 years ago

      Hey Vlad,

      I'm trying to figure out how to integrate signup / login with a webflow project I'm working on. My site is hosted on the webflow servers.

      What's the best way to do this? Looking at those sites you listed above, they all seem to have to signups. Can you point me in the right direction on how to accomplish this?

      Thanks Cody

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  • Michael Barendregt, 4 years ago

    I started playing with Webflow mid 2015 and havent stopped using it since. When I got the hang of Webflow (I learned code using Webflow) I started to gain a few clients. I've seen many front end devs jump to Webflow because it's just so much faster than hand-coding, I've also seen people on the Webflow forums who had never written a line of code learn code using Webflow. I can't recommend it to you enough, it totally rocks.

    8 points
    • Oz ChenOz Chen, 4 years ago

      As someone who's struggled to code, can you tell me more about how you learned to code via Webflow?

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      • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, 4 years ago

        I'll jump in here: Webflow is really just a visual layer over code so in order to built things you still have to know how HTML and CSS work (aka how do I get this box to be aligned to the center?) but because its more visual, its easier to play around quickly and by doing so you see how things work together (i.e. oh when I add more padding it gets pushed to the next row). In addition to that, the UI has little hints as to what each thing does.

        2 points
  • Lauren GolembiewskiLauren Golembiewski, 4 years ago

    Hey, so I started using webflow for my company's marketing site, and it was pretty cool. My opinion is that it works better for marketing sites or blogs but not web applications, but I am sure you could use it for web applications in some way. The main reason I tried it out was to basically try to save some time in our design to development workflow when we first started our company and there were just 2 of us. I found that it was easy to use for me (I can code but not fast or well so the WYSIWYG editor meant I could generate code faster).

    Performace

    The performance of webflow editor is pretty great, but there are some bugs that you may hit here and there like any product. Signing in and out or leaving the site editor area usually clears them up.

    Gripes

    You are beholden to designing within the breakpoints they establish - so this is a little tricky because you can add custom css to change the breakpoint, but that won't be reflected in the editor. This was a major gap in my mind, as their largest breakpoint is still as the old fashioned 960px. So if you wanted to create an HD desktop experience, you had to custom change the code and then tweak it after export (because the editor would not reflect your new custom-set breakpoint).

    Because they have put a bit of structure around css and html elements, building some designs in webflow might use different elements than if you were building them in code. i know this could annoy some developers, but as a designer, it was easy to figure out and still generated good code. Everything is built on top of bootstrap, so that will be underlying in all of the pages, which is pretty nice, though I know some developers prefer to work with Foundation or their own grid.

    Overall I think it is definitely worth it to try it out. You can definitely get something built and ready to be implemented quickly with their hosting and CMS features.

    2 points
  • Bryant ChouBryant Chou, 4 years ago

    Cool that the #1 post on DN right now is also built and hosted in Webflow: https://www.designernews.co/stories/73993-avocode-210-turn-psd--sketch-designs-to-code-faster

    2 points
  • Ilnur Kalimullin, 4 years ago

    Hi! I am a Lead Designer at Uvee Agency from Kazan, Russia and we already made more than 40-50 projects in Webflow from scratch just in 1.5 years. Why Webflow? Because it's very quick and helps to save time. Here is few examples of what we did:

    In my Agency we are convinced that at the moment, Webflow is the best tool for the making of sites and interfaces.

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