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What has been your experience with WebFlow?

4 months ago from , UX Designer @helloworldev.com / Curator @UXHunt.com

I plan on moving towards web flow to handle most of my client web designs - I was highly impressed with the kind of features they hold.

What are you opinions on using WebFlow for a basic to a complex animation / a functional form to an Ecommerce website experience?

21 comments

  • Aubrey JohnsonAubrey Johnson, 4 months ago

    I used WebFlow for a one-off website that I wanted to put some animations together for when our usual developer couldn’t accommodate a deadline.

    After doing literally one site in it - decided to migrate everything to WebFlow. I have some decent front end chops so it was super easy for me to pick up. Another designer on our team jumped in with no code experience and was rolling great work out almost immediately.

    The UI being almost Sketch-like with the edit panel makes it easy. The responsive view swapper thing is a great time saver. So awesome. They have CRAZY amounts of how-to content which is really helpful. Tons of show and tell.

    I did find a few small caveats: - swapping between elements you want to style and then add interactions to is cumbersome at times. Might be because my structure isn’t great, but either way it’s arduous. - some responsive sizes don’t seem to display the same in real world devices. Have had to find and fix visual bugs a few times. - e-commerce isn’t available yet. You have to get into the beta.

    Overall, this tool is “it” for me as far as web development goes now. I started making my portfolio in it too. I like WebFlow a lot. This tutorial was one the one that got me intrigued:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1X7SjijbMw

    15 points
    • Nelson Abalos JrNelson Abalos Jr, 4 months ago

      thanks for watching my video tutorial! :) Glad it helped you realize the power within you (and Webflow).

      4 points
  • Andy McErleanAndy McErlean, 4 months ago

    I really dig Webflow. I have very little front-end experience and found it super easy to pick up. I run my portfolio site on it and have built a couple others. I love their free content and PixelGeek has some awesome tutorials on YouTube once you've got more into it.

    5 points
  • Scott ThomasScott Thomas, 4 months ago

    It's a tad pricey, but it is worth the amount time you saved in designing a responsive site. I use it to create interactive prototypes for both government and commercial clients. When you work in larger projects the smaller changes will bog you down.

    My devs use it like an interactive zeplin. I am able to showcase my hover effects as well as animations. The "Collections" are really nice to showcase the same template with different information.

    My only con with you have to be careful with your CSS naming cause its really easy to create 92304230942 classes.

    4 points
  • Jason FestaJason Festa, 4 months ago

    Webflow seems to be embraced by designers who know how to code?

    4 points
  • Ravi Shanker, 4 months ago

    I'd highly recommend Webflow. In my earlier org, we used Webflow for almost everything. We used it design & build part of the internal ERP/HRMS/Project Mgmt system over a period of 3 months. It only took a couple of days to get acquainted with the controls. Once you setup your classes/components, you can build entire pages in a matter of hours.

    There are certain features that are lacking but you can always keep track of the wishlist to what's coming on the roadmap.

    4 points
  • Taulant SulkoTaulant Sulko, 4 months ago

    It is a great tool if you already have some basic CSS knowledge.

    3 points
  • Mike G, 4 months ago

    I've used Webflow for a long while, and ultimately moved away from it. I've webflow to manage a company wiki, and with multiple people working on it from a variety of technical backgrounds, the website ended up like a Word doc with super janky formatting. Minor copy and pastes would ruin the vertical flow of the whole page. This was mostly due to the fact that we were really abusing the RTE format as webflow didn't provide the richness we needed, so we resorted to some hacks.

    Besides that, I still find that learning webflow is like learning the UI of Photoshop. the end goal, seems so far abstracted from the actual UI behavior one needs to do, and it doesn't feel natural for creating a page. For instance, when making a brand new site, you need to start by dragging and dropping 10-15 <div> elements on your page.

    2 points
  • Philip LesterPhilip Lester, 4 months ago

    I've tried most of the supposed front end tools that were supposed to design clean code visually (remember Macaw?). Webflow is the only one that's delivered on the promise.

    There's definitely a learning curve, but within a week I was able to build a site for a customer that would have normally taken 4-6 weeks.

    2 points
  • Aayla Anderson, 4 months ago

    I am a super-fan of Webflow! I host my personal design and art portfolios on WF and it perfectly meets my needs. I cannot tell you how many compliments I have gotten during interviews regarding my portfolio site.

    I also design websites occasionally for freelance work, and I love that I can just throw together a website for a client without having to learn any code. Seriously amazing!

    Thus far there hasn't been ecommerce support, but I just saw that they have ecommerce in beta and I am super excited to see if it's good.

    2 points
  • Fernando Lins, 4 months ago

    Webflow is awesome, I use it for my personal site (nothing too fancy) and for some freelancing stuff. They have continuous updates to the features set and always reply with great advice and help on the forums.

    1 point
  • Dexter W, 4 months ago

    Does anyone use Webflow in a non freelancer situation? I've been using it for 2 years for prototyping and some web work. Thinking about using it as a design tool for large scale saas apps. Working with code is just easier sometimes.

    1 point
    • Johnnie Gomez AlzagaJohnnie Gomez Alzaga, 4 months ago

      We use it were I work. If you are making a website, you are using Webflow. Period.

      -2 points
      • Dexter W, 4 months ago

        We are working in React though..so the code is throwaway and I can't import React components. I also can't use Material design forms, which is something else we use.

        0 points
  • Bryan Maddock, 4 months ago

    Webflow has been invaluable for moving from a concept to a complex tiered website experience for us over at www.dimensions.guide. I personally haven't been in web design for 10 years, but Webflow was user-friendly enough to learn the basics over the course of a week and allowed us to implement a sitemap strategy that we have been continuing to evolve for a few months now. Instant feedback and testing!

    I think what's great about the setup is that it's super easy to play around with various iterations of animations, scales of elements, and the ability to quickly arrange and rearrange CMS elements (essentialfor ecommerce applications) in real-time. There is a tutorial for setting up dynamic sorters/labels for handling different sets of CMS elements here if you are interested: https://forum.webflow.com/t/custom-dynamic-filter-in-webflow/49601/17

    Good luck!

    1 point
  • Rey AlejandroRey Alejandro, 4 months ago

    There are certain interactions that require a lot of workarounds. I like it when it works easily but there are parts that require you to go to forums and dig deeper which for me is not what I expect. I do think it's worth exploring and if you want to get started in web development.

    1 point
  • George Brown, 4 months ago

    the most underrated tool. it has much better design tools than any half-ass design softwares like sketch or xd. And it's not even a design software! You can run an agency by yourself just using webflow.

    1 point
  • marcio_ duartemarcio_ duarte, 4 months ago

    Another nice thing about Webflow is how the platform keeps maturing over time. I've been actively watching their evolution throughout the years and I'm repeatedly impressed. They really listen to their community before considering new features.

    BTW, the future looks even more promissing for them, with services like Google Firebase, which can supercharge a Webflow site with advanced features like user authentication, hosting and other on demand functions.

    0 points
  • Jonathan ShariatJonathan Shariat, 4 months ago

    I've been saying this for a long time now, its the most underrated design tool out there. The main reason is that its tied up with their revenue model which is hosting. But man the tool is amazing. It shows what code+visual design can do, where as you design you are building out the real thing. Sketch is no different. You are actually doing MORE work to get your idea into sketch (or similar tool) than actually building it in Webflow.

    I'd love for tools to go this route and move away from design as an artifact.

    0 points
  • Johnnie Gomez AlzagaJohnnie Gomez Alzaga, 4 months ago

    I am a designer that learned to code, with some rough spots. But since I've been using webflow, I've widen my knowledge by seeing how different displays, positions, positions and other CSS properties work.

    Ever since I discovered it, I've been wowed with it. Nelson Abalos Jr. also has some great easy and fun tutorials to show the capabilities Webflow has. There is so much that can be done and so much to be done. Their newest feature is eCommerce and it looks like it's great (haven't yet implemented it with a client).

    Top notch if you ask me.

    0 points
  • Lenny TerenziLenny Terenzi, 4 months ago

    One of if not the most revolutionary web design tool in the last decade to me. I had abandoned web design and it brought me back into the fold. I learned the platform, designed and developed my own site in about 60-90 days just in the evenings. ANd it was not a normal Bootstrap template like site.

    The staff (Nelson!) and community are amazing the Webflow University is the gold standard for online learning of a platform.

    Hey Monkey Design Site

    0 points