Using Webflow for Web Design

August 26, 2016

My introduction:

I was first introduced to Webflow while browsing YouTube, and I was searching for front-end development tools. Specifically, I was searching for solutions that would work seamlessly with WordPress — whether it was a front-end drag-and-drop, or a CSS editor that allowed me to see updates in the browser. While searching (randomly browsing, and reading reviews) I came across a tutorial that was going over @webflowapp and how its interface was specifically created for quick design-to-code projects. Then, I watched an introduction video, which lead to me signing up (as I’m writing this, I am taking note of my user story — could be useful).

Getting up - and running:

Okay, so I’ve signed up because of my interest, but I still had a learning curve to go through. Which, all in all, wasn’t too difficult to get up and running. The only thing in my way was my creativity. I could create any layout, with a large set of interactions, and export the code if I liked. And this all began on July 7, 2015.

The only thing in my way was my creativity.

Did I keep going?:

Sad to say, as most things that I adopt early, I created 3 sites (partially completed), and went back to the frameworks, code editors, and WordPress dashboard that I was familiar with. Almost as quickly as I picked it up ,  I dropped it. Not because it was difficult to use, or because I didn’t like it’s interface, but because it did not have a CMS solution. I even thought about using Kirby, or another simple CMS that I could add to my files after exporting. But, why go through all that trouble when I could just use WordPress as my CMS, and have the large bucket of powerful plugins at my disposal if the site became more complex than initially determined. Eventually I thought, “Use WordPress for all solutions, and just become a WordPress professional. That’s a pretty cool niche.” So, Webflow was dropped and I dove headfirst into my WordPress growth. Learning as much as I could, when I could.

Almost as quickly as I picked it up ,  I dropped it.

I’m back:

Two corporate jobs and many freelance projects later, and I am using Webflow again, but now I am using it to present sites to clients as well as sites created for my corporate job here in St. Louis, MO. And now, WEBFLOW HAS A CMS SOLUTION — which means I may really consider Webflow is an optimal solution for a large majority of my clients that either just need a static website, or a simple CMS. From the interface that I’ve grown accustomed to (very similar to Photoshop and Illustrator which I spend a lot of time in designing mockups), to the clean code that can be exported — Webflow is becoming a formidable tool in my toolbox.