That’s a wrap on No-Code Conf 2021! Here’s a quick look at what happened over the past two days.
We had an incredible time with the no-code community this week and can’t believe it’s already over. Here’s a recap of what happened.
What we announced
No-Code Conf was full of exciting news — from product announcements and feature updates, to partner awards and template sales. Check it out:
During Vlad’s opening keynote we announced new capabilities in Webflow that make it even easier to create richer and more engaging web experiences — all without code.
Here are a few highlights from what we announced:
- Memberships: our newest feature, currently in beta, allows the addition of paid membership functionality to a site.
- Investments in Logic: a new capability, coming in 2022 that allows users to specify custom workflows and automations based on conditions they define, without writing a single line of code .
- Collaboration: our new Workspaces plan along with more robust roles and permissions that allows you to easily work with and scale your teams in Webflow.
- New controls in the designer: including our new blending mode, backdrop filters, and improved accessibility guidance.
More than 18,000 people helped us support Girls Who Code
Thanks to the 18,363 people who registered for No-Code Conf 2021, we’ll be donating $183,630 to Girls Who Code — an organization whose mission is to close the gender gap in tech.
From November 18th through December 3rd, 2021 all Webflow templates are 50% off! There’s no limit, so now’s the time to stock up on templates for all your dream projects in 2022. Just head to the template marketplace and use promo code WTNCC-CYBER2021.
We highlighted several amazing partners in our first-ever Webflow Partner Awards. These awards celebrate our Partners and Experts who have produced some of the most creative, innovative, and technically impressive projects we’ve seen.
Several finalists and winners shined in the following categories: Excellent Aesthetics, Inclusivity and Social Impact, Innovation and Originality, and Surprise and Delight.
Read more about the award categories, winners, and additional finalists on our Partner Awards page.
No-Code Conf included more than 40 sessions — these are just a few highlights from the past two days. Recordings of all of the sessions are available on their respective No-Code Conf session pages and will also be released on our YouTube channel.
Featured conversations with Trevor Noah and Debbie Millman
On Thursday, Webflow CEO Vlad Magdalin chatted with Trevor Noah about the state of the web, how we can make the building process for the internet more accessible to more people, and the future of online creativity and expression.
Later that day, Webflow’s Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mariah Driver had a conversation with Debbie Millman about what Debbie has learned throughout her career, how technology has changed the design industry, and how we can make sure the future of design is inclusive, diverse, and accessible to everyone.
You’ve launched, now what? How to scale a no-code business
“I think there are so many people in the world that, the way I describe it, if you gave them a piece of paper and a pen, they could sketch out for you exactly how a process should work or how some software should work — they just don’t have the skills to get it done themselves...that’s what keeps us motivated.” - Chris Beyers, CEO, Formstack
How MURAL’s team works better together in Webflow
MURAL shared how their team of more than 600 people leverage Webflow for collaboration across time zones.
“A great example of collaboration would be the resource hub — a one-stop shop for all the resources needed for a MURAL user…[the project] involved the content team, design, UX — and it was a really complicated ask...the great thing about collaboration is we worked with the content team to actually build the CMS...once all that was set up, we had training sessions with the content team...today the content team feels very independent about how they work in the CMS collection system because it was built so flexibly.” - Josh Jacobs, Senior UX designer, MURAL
“At the end of a project, you have a beautiful project lifecycle MURAL where you can see the entire process and all the decisions that were made. And that really brings a lot of transparency and ownership to our designers and our content team...it makes the process very inclusive to everyone’s thoughts and opinions because no one can be the loudest voice in the room.” - Pablo González Day, web lead, MURAL
Scale a web design agency with standard operating procedures
John D. Saunders, founder of 5Four Digital, explained how to create standard operating procedures and shared free tools and helpful tactics.
“You can literally take a system, create a process, and teach what you know to others. Essentially, you take your intellectual property, you’re hiring team members or delegating to team members to help them build their skills and thus almost creating a clone of yourself, because they’re learning your specific way of doing things...it’s making it so full proof that you could give it to your aunt, your mom, your friend — someone who works completely outside the industry and they can execute at a high level.” - John D. Saunders
Interactive storytelling and how it increases user engagement
Hannah Springett, founder of HanSpringett, demonstrated how global publishers use visually stimulating and interactive content to improve user engagement.
“In the publishing space, we work with a lot of long editorial content. So that’s a lot of writing, it’s a lot of text. And how we see improving their interactive storytelling is really making it more engaging by adding visuals and using no-code platforms and interactivity to really combine these things to make it a much more immersive experience.” - Hannah Springett
Build a stronger brand with no-code tools and a content design mindset
Kendra Rainey of Edgar Allen explained content design — a cross-discipline, collaborative process that sees content as an element of design. During her talk, she discussed how and why to adopt a content design mindset.
“Content is design on the web — on good websites anyway. Seeing it any other way dismisses how humans consume information and kind of ignores the power of verbal storytelling...content is as important as photography, color choice and UX. It’s as important as anything you might lump into the bucket of design.” - Kendra Rainey
The Webflow community was vocal on Twitter! Here are a few reactions to the conference:
Speed Build Challenge
We saw some incredible creations in the Speed Build Challenge brought to you by Fastly. The event included 8 challengers who competed in a bracket-style remote competition to build quickly and creatively in Webflow.
Elsa Amri was awarded the grand prize for her interpretation of When an object and another world collide, which combined both her quarterfinals and semifinals projects, which you can preview by clicking Page and navigating to Static pages. The judges and audience loved Elsa’s use of color, blur effects, and surprising animations.
JP Dionisio won second place for his final project, also combining his quarterfinals and semifinals projects. JP wowed everyone with his colorful illustration style, vertical and horizontal scroll animations, and incorporation of storytelling.
Harshit Agrawal came in third with his interpretation of Launch an object into space in the semifinals. Judges and attendees enjoyed Harshit’s use of color, scroll animations, and cheeky nods to the Webflow team.
Thanks for joining us at No-Code-Conf 2021!
We are so grateful for everyone who joined us for No-Code Conf 2021 — we look forward to seeing you at next year’s event.