Webflow is a great web development tool for freelancers and small agencies.
January 29, 2021

Webflow is a great web development tool for freelancers and small agencies.

Adrien Lexington | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Review Source

Software Version

Website - CMS

Overall Satisfaction with Webflow

We use the Webflow platform as one of our main web design and development tools. We use it to mock up MVPs, prototype interactions, and design and develop websites. The Webflow CMS allows us to create dynamic case study portfolios, team member pages, blog posts, and curate and A/B test landing pages. Webflow interactions allow us to visually design page loading and scrolling animations that boost engagement and SEO.

We can easily structure our content and HTML elements for accessibility and add meta title, meta descriptions, Open Graph images and Schema markup for both static and dynamic CMS pages in Webflow.

We have been able to add third party integrations, such as chat and CRM tools to extend Webflow's capabilities to provide real business solutions, and that includes Webflow's E-Commerce platform as well.
  • Easy to use and customize CMS.
  • Develop engaging CSS interactions and JavaScript animations visually.
  • Several competitively priced hosting tiers are available and all use AWS servers and Fastly CDN.
  • Code can be exported to be used with other CMS platforms such as WordPress, or E-Commerce platforms such as Shopify.
  • The email form system UI is highly customizable, but the delivery is very basic and limited. Third party tools such as Zapier are needed to connect to CRMs or external databases, or those tools need to provide embed code to work within Webflow.
  • The basic functionality of designing and developing in Webflow is easy to learn quickly, but advanced features and expert level experience can take a lot longer to achieve.
  • E-Commerce is very basic. It is highly customizable as far as UI/UX, but limited in scalability at the moment. Subscriptions and memberships aren't natively available at the moment.
  • Webflow has sped up our design and reiteration stages to create a more agile development environment.
  • With Webflow hosting we can provide websites that are easier to update and maintain than other platforms, while being very fast and secure.
  • Webflow eCommerce is a good alternative to other platforms where a high level of customization is required in the design, and product catalog needs are basic.
Compared to other closed platforms like Squarespace or Shopify, Webflow is much more developer friendly and customizable. The CMS is easier to use and much more flexible to design and develop in. Price points between the 3 are similar. Most of the 3rd party integrations for digital marketing; like MailChimp or HubSpot CRM, are also available on Webflow.

Open platforms like WordPress seem cheaper in comparison, but when comparing the same levels of security, backups, server speed and CDNs, the hosts that use AWS and Fastly are priced relatively the same as Webflow, and Webflow doesn't have the issues of plugin compatibility and maintenance.

Do you think Webflow delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Webflow's feature set?

Yes

Did Webflow live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Webflow go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Webflow again?

Yes

Webflow is very easy for a beginner to get started with and achieve good results, but to achieve an expert level of understanding requires experience and some web development knowledge. HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript knowledge aren't required to use Webflow, but an expert will know BEM class naming patterns, be able to create reusable elements and design systems, and add 3rd party integrations that require custom code.
Webflow provides great support. There are several active and moderated Facebook user groups, Webflow has an online forum where questions are answered and the Webflow University for beginner and intermediate level training. Direct support is quick and attentive. There are a number of Webflow experts providing tutorials on YouTube. Webflow also has a global community that hosts monthly virtual events. The community is very diverse and accessible and willing to freely share knowledge.
Webflow is well suited for creating landing pages for SaaS products, professional service portfolios and marketing websites. The CMS can create highly customized and engaging interactive blog posts, case studies, and brochure pages. Webflow is limited to 100 static pages, so on sites that require a lot of content it is best practice to generate most of them through the CMS, which can host 30 separate collections and 10,000 dynamic pages.

The Webflow eCommerce platform is best suited for small boutique sites that need a highly customized UI, but have limited products. For subscriptions or more than 50 products and variants a more robust solution is probably a better choice. A few CRM and digital marketing tools are easily integrated into Webflow, and are necessary for large projects because the email form system is very basic.

Webflow Feature Ratings

WYSIWYG editor
9
Code quality / cleanliness
9
Admin section
8
Page templates
7
Library of website themes
9
Mobile optimization / responsive design
10
Publishing workflow
10
Form generator
7
Content taxonomy
8
SEO support
9
Bulk management
9
Availability / breadth of extensions
9
Community / comment management
9
API
9
Internationalization / multi-language
8
Role-based user permissions
10