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WEBFLOW, AN GREAT ALTERNATIVE FOR WEB DESIGNERS?



A website builder is an online platform that allows anyone to create their own website, without having to use code. A few years back, traditional platforms like WordPress and Drupal were commonly used by web developers to build websites for clients. Although now, website builders like Wix, Weebly, Bubble, Squarespace and many others have opened web creation up to anyone and everyone.I have tried bubble before. But given Webflow’s clear credentials, I thought I’d take a look at it and see what all the fuss was about.


As soon as you sign up to Webflow, the platform does a really good job of onboarding you. If you’re feeling confident, you can dive straight into the design process, but I’d recommend Webflow’s tutorial to any first-time users. Start from scratch, use a template, or learn how to edit with Webflow from scratch.


Webflow Editor


After you’ve completed your tutorial and picked a template or if you choose to start with blank page, you’ll enter the editor. Webflow’s editor just happens to look scarily similar to Adobe photoshop. Webflow’s editor has alot of design options, and is laid out similar to Photoshop And just like Photoshop, there are many design options to choose from. While web designers will feel like very easy to use, regular folk may well be intimidated.







There’s a lot to take in, and even with the onboarding tutorial, it isn’t immediately obvious how to do a lot of things. As Webflow itself explains, though, it’s best to think of your website as a series of boxes. There is a series of creating a box for every element of your site and overlaying them on top of one another. Containers, Collections, Image boxes, text boxes, and button boxes all add up to form the layout of your site. Webflow lets you create boxes for every element of your website. Thinking of your website in this way makes it easier to visualize what you want, but the editing can still be tricky. If you’re new to website building, Id recommend to practice just the basics for couple of hours to get to a grip with Webflow before you start creating your own website.


All of Webflow’s templates are responsive, meaning they automatically adapt to fit different screen sizes. Most website builders have responsive templates and let you preview their designs, but Webflow’s extended template descriptions are a nice touch. Premium templates range in price from $19 to $149. Webflow’s templates are generally well put together, and can hold their own against market leader Squarespace in terms of quality of design. They’re clean, responsive, and fully customizable.


Features-

1. Build CSS grid–powered layouts visually

The power of CSS grid in a completely visual canvas. We can Start building with grid in Webflow from ground up.


2. Add CSS filters to anything

We can create beautiful effects by adding one or more of 8 CSS filters to any element of your Webflow websites inside the Designer.


3. Motion design

3D transforms and animations and Add a whole new dimension to your website designs with the first tool that lets you create 3D CSS transforms without writing code.


4. Design interactions without code

Easily add complex interactions and animations to your site, without even looking at JavaScript.


5. CMS API

The Webflow CMS REST API is open for business! Now you can add, update, and delete Items from Collections programmatically, right from your terminal.


6. Google Optimize integration

Paste your Google Optimize container ID into the integrations section of your project settings to run A/B and multivariate tests on your pages with Google Optimize.


7. MailChimp integration

Their MailChimp integration lets you automatically build your email subscription list.


These are some of the features in webflow. You can visit features page for more indepth perspective.






Conclusion-


For first-timers, Webflow can appear to be a lot to take in and that makes you feel like it will be a long while before you can design and build high-quality websites in it with ease. But once you get an hang of this platform, it’s relatively easy to use compared to some other plaforrms.


Some famous webflow design are given below


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