6. More accurate interactions
When designers actually build their own interactions, they can be more creative — and find it much easier to communicate what they’re looking for. Without a live example to discuss and work with, talking about interactions can turn into a game of telephone.
Webflow gives designers the tools to create their unique interactions, from hover states to auto-loading elements. When the tools to animate are more accessible to the creatives, the border get pushed and a new baseline of awesome is set.
7. Put creativity first
We imagine web design going from 10% design and 90% coding to 95% design and 5% coding.
— Vlad Magdalin, Q&A with Webflow CEO, Vlad Magdalin
Prototyping and developing with Webflow gives designers direct access to the final product, shifting the current design-development paradigm and helping designers unleash their creativity straight to the web, without mediation.
For your developers
8. Bye-bye, plugins
Plugins for popular content management system (CMSs) like WordPress have become the leading solution for adding site functionality in a fraction of the time it would take to develop your own version.
But anyone who’s actually managed a site full of plugins can tell you an anthology’s worth of horror stories.
The thing is: plugins have shelf lives. They require (seemingly constant) updates to keep up with the ever-changing web. Plus, plugins can require micromanagement, can behave … unpredictably, and support for them can vanish entirely.
So remove the worry of plugins and curious clients bringing down live sites after making some “custom” changes. No client-facing plugins means less worry and a more stable final product.
9. Walk the same walk, talk the same talk
Handing a half-coded website to another developer can be tough. Typically, the developer taking the hand-off has to spend time orienting themselves to the previous developer’s methods and habits. Webflow helps keep the code approach consistent, so projects become more collaborative — and faster to ship.
10. Dramatically shorten development time
Create more value for your clients by dramatically reducing development times, condensing the project schedule, and freeing up billable hours for other tasks like SEO and design. As you can see in our tutorial video, “Designing with content on your website,” you can develop high-level functionality in a fraction of the time it’d take to build when hand-coding.
Plus, Webflow designs are responsive by nature, so whatever you build for desktop will automatically cascade down to tablet and mobile options. Inside the Webflow Designer, you can easily tweak mobile variations, creating the “on-the-go” experience your client needs.
For your business
11. Mo’ money, mo’ options
By cutting time in both design and development, your agency will have more resources to invest back into the client and the business. You can divvy up that surplus time however you’d like, but there’s no denying that more time means more possibilities for growth and exploration. And who doesn’t want more time?
12. Less specialization necessary
Webflow makes it easier for your team members to wear more than one hat, i.e., designing and developing at the same time. That can help you save money, and empower your new designer/developer to see projects through to the end, so there are no more broken chains of communication between the two.
13. Happier clients
Webflow doesn’t just streamline your design process — it can also improve your relationships with clients. Faster turnaround times can mean getting to market sooner, opening up more opportunities for your clients.
Happy clients means repeat clients and using Webflow for design and development future-proofs their websites for redesigns, updates, and changes that are beyond the scope of what clients can handle in the Editor.
14. Direct client billing
This relatively “small” feature can have a big impact when it comes to managing your income and clients.
With Client Billing, you can automatically bill your clients for web administration fees, plus add your desired profit margin. Your client then gets a unique link to complete their secure payment online. This is a super handy tool to navigate around the issue of late payments when using invoices.
Grow your agency with innovation
Webflow is the asset your agency hasn’t discovered. And if yours has already, it’s time to stop keeping the secret. Web design agencies know well that change is constant. After all, you need to innovate constantly to remain competitive and promote healthy growth. Using Webflow could be the next big innovation that sets your agency apart.