With Webflow, professional web designers—and even developers—have finally found a responsive website builder they can love. Here’s why.
Webflow is crazy good. I feel like you guys are the first to build the right UX around styling & CSS. Very fine work.
In developing Webflow, we wanted to create an environment that would feel comfortable, familiar, and intuitive. So we built a graphical user interface inspired by Photoshop, but tweaked to give you direct access to all the CSS properties you need to build a beautiful responsive website.
You’ll start your designs in Webflow in a desktop view. There, every element you add and every style you create will be translated into clean, standards-compliant HTML5 and CSS3 behind the scenes.
Whenever you’re ready, you can switch to a tablet view and two smartphone views (landscape and portrait), where the canvas automatically scales to the appropriate device size.
And you’ll encounter a pleasant surprise: your existing design work scaled (as much as possible) to these smaller viewports. Webflow can’t do all the work for you—you’ll still want to use responsive units like ems and percentages whenever possible—but it’ll get you started.
That’s because every design choice you make at a given size cascades down to smaller devices. But it doesn’t cascade up—which gives you the freedom to make mobile-specific changes, so people always enjoy the best possible experience, no matter what device they’re on.
I've been waiting for something like this for a long, long time —> https://webflow.com/
The majority of responsive website builders are “template-driven,” meaning that you start by selecting someone else’s design, which you can then “customize” to fit your needs.
Not so with Webflow. Sure, we’ve got over 100 responsive website templates to help kickstart your process—if you want them.
But we also recognize the beauty, power, and potential of a blank canvas.
That’s why Webflow gives you the freedom to start from scratch: so you can build whatever you envision. Without some other designer’s ideas getting in the way.
Every website consists of some basic building blocks, including navigation, forms, text blocks, images, etc.
To help speed up your responsive website design process, we built all these common elements for you, and made sure they’re responsive and touch-friendly, so you don’t have to worry about them working for all your website’s visitors.
Even better, you can create your own components and define them as Symbols to reuse across your site. That way, when you need a design you already built for a new page, you can just double-click or drag and drop it in place. Need to update the design to match new brand standards, or test a different button color? Just edit the Symbol and it’ll update across your website. Easy.
We recently switched over to using Webflow for our marketing pages (everything under www) and have not looked back! It's really nice to be able to knock out custom responsive pages quickly all while enabling non-technical people to make minor edits... Finally ... the code that Webflow generates is beautiful and maintainable.
When content is king, no website builder’s worth the name if it doesn’t offer a CMS.
Many responsive website builders prove to be a serious let-down when it comes to managing and creating dynamic content—the sort of content that can appear in many different places across your site, like blog posts.
Usually, that’s because they either lack a content management system entirely or pretend that a blog is the end-all, be-all of dynamic content.
Not Webflow CMS. Webflow’s CMS is powered by Collections—combinations of content types and functions that you define from scratch.
So if you want to blog, but also post recipes, author bios, long histories of various world cuisines, as well as your pop-up food events, you can just create a Collection for each content type. That way, they each Collection gets exactly the sorts of content they need—from videos to text, images to registration tools—all without you writing a single line of code.
Even better, Webflow CMS includes our Editor, which lets you create, edit, and manage content right on the live website.
Let me explain: most CMSs ask you to log in to a complicated “back end” that looks nothing like the actual website. It’s just a generic dashboard that every other site with that CMS also has, with a few customizations here and there.
Then, you click into a “post” or “page” and write content into a little box that, again, looks nothing like the website. While you’re writing or editing, you have literally no idea what your work looks like on the site till you save and “preview” it.
That’s not how Webflow CMS works. Here’s what logging into Webflow CMS looks like:
If I want to move to a different page of my site, I just click the link to the page, just like a regular website visitor.
And when I want to change some text? I just double-click it, and start editing or styling:
Of course, if I want a more traditional CMS experience, I can open up that panel (the Editor panel) along the bottom of my screen.
Here, I can see a list of all the dynamic content (like Blog Posts) on my site, search for content, or create new content. But I’m always just a click of “View Site” away from seeing what my content looks like—in exactly the way my website’s visitors will see it.
Note that you’ll need to host with Webflow to access and use Collections and the CMS. But with these features and Webflow’s super-fast hosting powered by Amazon Web Services and Fastly, it’s well worth the $10–20 a month.
One of the classic complaints about website builders is the poor quality of the code they produce.
With Webflow, that’s not a problem you’ll face. But we won’t bore you with our thoughts on that. Here’s some takes from the professionals:
Impressed by Webflow, a browser based responsive web design tool. Code looks clean. Try the demo.
How’s the code that Webflow generates, you ask? It’s based on Bootstrap 3.0, and, yes, some of us could write cleaner, lighter, more semantic code, but all told, Webflow’s code is relatively clean.
As a senior digital designer with coding skills, I was skeptical at first. But after my friend told me to give it a go. I finally did!! And I must say its an awesome tool and a complete no-brainer for any designer who really wants to push their web design skills to the next level. The code quality is clean. The animation capability is out of this world. The amount of time it saves you is crazy. Webflow will teach anyone that wants to learn the solid basics on how to build a site.
And here’s our own cofounder and CEO, on what we’ve done to ensure code quality:
However, Webflow isn't without its constraints, and that's a good thing. For example, as liberating as it is to draw a box and drag it wherever you'd like, sometimes it's to the detriment of web standards. "We deliberately enforce the constraints of the CSS box model (margin, padding), because that enables a lot of downstream benefits (such as automatically responsive layouts and fluid designs)." You may sacrifice complete autonomy, but it affords you a design that becomes responsive by default.
Beyond the benefits to your design, this also benefits you, because to reiterate Joseph Berry’s point above: Webflow will teach anyone that wants to learn the solid basics on how to build a site.
So when you learn to use Webflow, you’re not just learning to use Webflow. You’re learning how HTML and CSS work—and you’re learning responsive web design best practices.
You only pay for custom domain hosting or advanced features, and when you upgrade, enjoy peace of mind with our 30-day money-back guarantee.
Founded in 2013, Webflow is a responsive website builder, CMS, and hosting platform. Trusted by over 300K professional designers at top companies like Pinterest, IDEO, Razorfish, Autodesk, and Salesforce, Webflow makes it easy to build and launch the responsive, cleanly-coded, and fast-loading website you’ve always wanted.
Over 500,000 designers can't be wrong.
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