No-code for enterprises

Why enterprises should build web experiences in a visual environment


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The promise and growth of the Internet, and the creative potential of it, has surged over the last decade. No code has caught on because of the feeling of empowerment it gives to builders. It’s ultimately all code under the hood, but platforms like Webflow are making the creation of it more accessible through a visual abstraction that is accessible to many more people.

The promise and growth of the Internet, and the creative potential of it, has surged over the last decade. No-code has caught on because of the feeling of empowerment it gives to builders. It’s ultimately all code under the hood, but platforms like Webflow are making the creation of it more accessible through a visual abstraction that is accessible to many more people. 

We now have two generations of people in the workforce who have grown up with the internet and fundamentally understand what platforms can do – and people are hungry to create for it, and no-code tools make that fundamentally easier. 

At software-driven companies, there’s always been a strong desire for people with hybrid talents: frontend and backend engineering, frontend engineering and design. While those talents are still desired, no-code platforms have the potential to massively multiply and bring forth more people with the ability to build for the web. 

There are so many jobs, and so much opportunity in web-based business. People cannot “learn to code” fast enough, and there’s much more demand for software-enabled solutions than there are new software engineers being trained, which has led to a boom in these no-code development tools.

The other major reason we’re seeing the surge is that no-code and low-code tools have finally proven that they can solve production use cases, not just small personal problems. In Webflow’s case, companies have been able to prove that they can build the same kind of rich, professional marketing experiences that engineers can with code – and they can do it faster and cheaper than traditional approaches. When something is cheaper and faster, but you don’t need to sacrifice the quality or power, naturally those solutions will start to win in the market and transform how many businesses operate.

The future is bright for no-code.

— Vlad Magdalin
CEO & Co-Founder, Webflow

Chapter 1

How the no-code movement helps enterprises scale their businesses

Why enterprises should build web experiences at scale in a visual environment.

Mischa Vaughn
Mischa Vaughn
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You don’t do bookkeeping in literal books anymore — you use spreadsheets. You don’t have data centers anymore — you’re storing data in the cloud. It’s time to stop coding your enterprise's websites by hand, too.

You should embrace no-code web design and web development for your enterprise’s websites because it opens up opportunities that traditional hand-coding doesn’t: the ability to iterate and launch best-in-class websites, beautifully built by team members with and without developer backgrounds alike.

Outdated, bloated web development processes don’t scale

Modern enterprises need their web presence to do a lot: Showcase products, interact with leads, protect their brand image, and achieve business goals. Oh, right — they have to keep customers happy, too.

Ever since the world’s first website was published in 1991, enterprises have relied on coding practices that require highly skilled web developers to produce these high-functioning websites and web apps their customers demand. Billions of websites later, though much has changed since then, we’re still using HTTP, HTML, and CSS just like we were 30 years ago.

Traditional web design and development as a practice is a blend of science and art. Stakeholders provide direction and content, and visual designers mockup ideas and then hand them off to web developers to code. This means that every time a change is made by a stakeholder or visual designer, it has to go through more coding, too. Often, developers are the only ones with edit access to websites and apps, so request and approval processes get in the way of moving quickly. And if you want these edits to be responsive, meaning adaptable to both desktop and mobile browsers? It can take even more time.

Designers and marketers have laundry lists of improvements they want to make to their websites, but there’s simply too much meticulous coding work standing in the way of those small improvements and holding you back. You can only innovate at the speed with which you’re able to validate ideas. Relying on developers or freelancers to manually translate design files to code in time is inefficient and expensive.

Traditional coding slows down innovation — and comes at a price

When it comes to iterating and producing top-tier websites, enterprises have told Webflow it used to take anywhere between four to five hours (billed by an expensive freelancer, of course) to months to push a simple change live. That’s just time faster competitors can use to experiment quickly and get ahead. Consumer trust and interest are fickle, too: You only have 50 milliseconds to make a good impression on your website. The clock on your website is constantly ticking.

Antiquated web-design processes hinder marketers from responding to consumer responses as they happen. In an age when a single poorly done tweet from a global brand can explode into six o’clock news headlines, enterprises can’t afford anything but real-time marketing across all of their web presences. 

Less than 1% of people are developers, but almost 100% of your customer base will visit one of your websites. How are you empowering your whole team, and not just your developers, to make that user experience great? Web-based businesses can solve more problems faster with platforms that teams like marketing and customer success can add to, experiment with, and launch autonomously without a line of code.

Enterprises have been using no-code visual abstraction since the ’60s — think spreadsheets, not lines of code, for sorting information — but their web development process hasn’t caught up with the times yet. Learning to code takes a lot of up-front investment, and everyone who needs access to your websites can’t learn to code fast enough to keep up with demand from consumers. No-code development is done on graphical interfaces that sit on top of code and don’t require technical knowledge to use.

Launch faster with no-code — without compromising on cost or security

Traditional coding’s shortcomings have led to a boom in software-enabled no-code solutions, where, with a little training and a password, nontechnical staff can begin iterating on a website.

Laela Sturdy from investment firm CapitalG (an investor in Webflow) shared in an interview that traditional tech platforms can’t keep up with digital transformation demands, especially with so few technical workers at enterprises’ disposal. The solution? No-code development platforms that more nontechnical team members can use:

“Low-code/no-code tools have stepped in to fill this void by enabling knowledge workers — who are 10x more populous than technical workers — to configure software without having to code. This has the potential to save significant time and money and to enable end-to-end digital experiences inside of enterprises faster.”

No-code and low code help people create and update websites visually instead of through code. These tools help enterprise teams solve some problems without needing a developer’s help, said Sheryl Koenigsberg, head of global product marketing for Mendix, in ZDNet, “while ensuring that anything they build goes through a centralized process for quality and security.”

This boom of no-code solutions should excite you for a lot of reasons, including:

  • No-code platforms have the potential to massively multiply and bring forth more people with the ability to build for the web who couldn’t code before.
  • These will be people in your company you wouldn’t have thought of as “coders” in a traditional sense, who will be able to step up and own new initiatives.
  • These will be new hires from diverse backgrounds bringing a fresh perspective to your work, making your user experience better.
  • These will be people with exciting, interesting, revenue-generating ideas for your websites.

No-code enterprise solutions reduce your information technology total cost of ownership (TCO) as well — defined by Gartner as “hardware and software acquisition, management and support, communications, end-user expenses and the opportunity cost of downtime, training and other productivity losses.” Iteration and editing takes time. So does launching new websites, an almost constant project for any large enterprise. The TCO of enterprise websites skyrockets with the exponential cost of hands-on updating from specialists.

When you can build rich, professional experiences without code, you waste less of your developers’ time and save on contractor bills. However, no-code doesn’t mean developers go away. Quite the contrary. No-code just means their jobs become less repetitive and menial. Reduce pressure on your development and IT teams, who, instead of being constantly available for bug fixes and edits, will be freed up to work on complex problems and create your next industry-defining product.

Companies thriving with no-code

In Webflow Enterprise, everything from designing functionality to pushing updates to production can be done by designers and other team members with no-code, instead of relying on inaccessible tools and services gated by coders and other teams. This ability frees up your development team to focus on more innovative and impactful projects and helps you launch websites and experiment with your marketing message faster.

Businesses moving off hand-coding and onto no-code are experiencing significant benefits, like quicker time to launch and lowered development costs. Plus, their teams are happier.

Empowered, happy teams work faster and deliver higher revenue from your websites.

Rakuten SL doesn’t worry about WordPress issues or outages anymore

Rakuten’s Super Logistics team finally had enough of their many security and outage issues with WordPress. Their website required patches and fixes by out-of-house WordPress freelancers who didn’t come cheap. Redesigning on Webflow with an agency partner, after a period of serious due diligence, turned out to be “one of the best decisions we have made,” said Sarah Smith, marketing operations manager, adding, “Now my team can make changes in 20 minutes that would have taken an expensive programmer 4-5 hours.”

Plus, with better security, Rakuten’s on-site metrics began improving, including a 27.9% decrease in bounce rate, attracting the right website visitors, and increasing those new visitors by 9.5%.

Marketers at MURAL are making updates without relying on external teams

Visual collaboration tool MURAL had a custom-developed site sitting on top of different technologies. The engineer who managed the site wasn’t even dedicated full-time to the task, which meant they were often too busy with product work to make updates requested by the marketing team. “Simple copy changes that should take minutes to implement took days, and bigger projects took weeks — if not months — to get live,” said David Chin, design strategist.

Their marketing team needed to capitalize on new business opportunities but couldn’t make changes fast enough to win those conversions. With help from the Webflow Enterprise team and a dedicated account representative, MURAL was able to migrate to Webflow easily through their procurement process. After regaining autonomy over their site, the MURAL marketing team made the updates they wanted faster and saw free trial conversions double on their website on Webflow as a result.

With enterprise-grade support, both Rakuten SL and MURAL were able to ditch antiquated processes and get their websites in shape quicker than they thought possible.

Build and launch your next site on Webflow Enterprise

Get your next product or idea live faster with Webflow. Scale away without worry with 99.9% uptime guaranteed and security measures that’ll pass any audit — all while your marketing and design teams launch innovative projects and your developers get to work on more interesting problems than updating commas on the home page.

  • Save yourself a lot of trouble. In 2020, we helped visual developers avoid writing 3 billion lines of code, helping enterprises advance their business objectives without code. That’s quite a lot of time spent on more important things.
  • Make your procurement team happy. We can check every box: Single sign-on, security audit compliance, SOC2 Type I certified (Type II in progress), and advanced DDoS protection. You can confidently move from a different platform or from custom code to Webflow without any fidelity lost. Leading companies like Dropbox and Zendesk trust us with their web hosting. Our server fleet infinitely expands to manage even your biggest traffic spike. And unlike WordPress, Webflow offers constant threat monitoring and a free SSL that won’t be compromised.
  • Don’t get abandoned after onboarding. Yes, you’ll have dedicated support, but not just in month one. We’ll help with optimizing your site once you’re launched and then provide regular touch points for training on new features for your whole team.
  • Get by with a little help from our friends. Access a rich, supportive community of Webflow Experts and full-service Enterprise Partners whenever you need.

Free up your development team to do the work they were meant to do, unlock opportunities for autonomy and excellence throughout your enterprise, and publish your best work now — not a month from now.

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