Ten Reasons We Love Developing Websites on Webflow:

Here at Stage, we specialize in designing and developing websites on Webflow. Being a relatively new platform, many of our first time clients are learning about Webflow for the very first time when we begin discussing their needs. When a client asks us “Why should I use Webflow?” our problem isn’t figuring out how to answer them, it’s deciding which of the many advantages we should tout as most relevant to their needs. If you’re finding yourself in a similar boat, and unsure of why Webflow is the best solution for your website needs, here’s a list of our top ten favorite features and advantages of Webflow.

1. Faster Design Speeds

Traditionally, websites are ideated and designed offline, typically using one or more Adobe tools. With Webflow, their website building tools enable us to design everything from wireframes to initial concepts and finished websites entirely online. This greatly reduces static design time and allows more accurate renderings of what the final product will look like across all screen sizes.

2. Faster Development Speeds

While we can design websites on the fly using Webflow, we can also rapidly develop new features or make fine tuned adjustments. Whereas a platform like Wordpress would require us to dig through a mishmash of third party developer plugins to make small changes, Webflow enables us to visually change any element instantly, greatly reducing upfront and ongoing development times. If you’ve ever been billed an hourly rate for website maintenance, highlight this one as a huge advantage.

3. Advanced Interactions and Animations

Webflow’s powerful interaction and animation tools enable us to develop highly interactive, engaging websites in a fraction of the time it would take us if we were writing code. Using their designer interface, we’re able to visually create highly customized interactions based on mouse position, page location, timed events, and more. If you can dream it or have seen it, we can build it in Webflow. Don’t believe us? Check out our work for Killington.

4. Powerful CMS Tools

Webflow’s Content Management System (CMS) is a highly customizable method of organizing and displaying information. When set up correctly, this tool enables our clients to easily manage the content of their website, while creating dynamic front end displays based on the contents of a particular collection item. Webflow’s CMS can be used for anything from creating a simple blog post, to generating a dynamic table of contents or creating unique user dashboards for membership based websites.

5. Dynamically Display Data Based on Conditions and Filters

Extending the power of Webflow’s CMS are their dynamic and conditional display settings. Want to see blog posts from only a specific author? No problem. How about beers with a certain ABV, or display a page layout based on the selected layout type? Easy. We’ve done all of these things and much more with Webflow’s condition and filter tools.

6. Powerful API Integrations

Think Webflow is only capable of creating excellent, yet isolated websites? Think again. Webflow’s API as well as custom code and html embed features enable us to easily tap into the wide world of APIs, allowing us to connect any number of platforms. From working with Memberstack to create websites with subscription based memberships, to working with Amazon to host exceptionally large files, Webflow’s ability to integrate with any API makes creating next level websites an absolute breeze.

7. Easy for Clients to Edit

If ease of updating and editing your website is a top priority for you, don’t worry, Webflow’s got you covered with their no-code front end editor. This interface enables anyone with credentials to visually edit the contents of your website by simply highlighting the text or clicking the image or link that needs adjusting. Within the editor panel, changes and updates can also be made to any collection or E-commerce item.

8. Secure Hosting

One of the most common problems we’ve come across with Wordpress is that plugins create security vulnerabilities, ultimately enabling hackers to have access to your entire FTP. Webflow, on the other hand, hosts your website on secure servers from Amazon, making it virtually impossible to hack your website.

9. No Updates to Manage

Wordpress issue number 2: between Wordpress itself, the theme that’s in use, and all of the highly specialized plugins that makeup a traditional Wordpress site, there are a lot of updates to keep track of. This might only amount to a slight annoyance if it was guaranteed that your website would instantly survive any update, but as any Wordpress developer will tell you, that’s rarely the case. Instead, every time Wordpress, a theme, or a plugin requires an update, the entire website should be backed up first. Then, post update, developers need to review the site with a fine tooth comb to ensure that the update didn’t break anything. The kicker to all of this, of course, is that if updates aren’t made, there’s a chance the website will crash and/or will be subject to security issues. Webflow, of course, has none of these issues thanks to their centralized interface.

10. Websites Load Faster Than Wordpress

Finally, we finish our list by addressing a third major advantage over Wordpress: load times. Due in no small part to the previously described mishmash of plugins and themes making up the typical Wordpress site, Wordpress is known to be dreadfully slow. Webflow sites on the other hand, are hosted and served by Amazon and are built using a unified set of tools. The result of course, is a much quicker load time, a feature that both your visitors and search engines like Google love.

If you’re curious about using Webflow for your next site but aren’t sure if it’s right for you, feel free to reach out to us for a free Webflow consultation!

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