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Editor X (Wix) vs Webflow - thoughts after using both

Hello,

I picked up Webflow back during the start of the year and have been actively learning how to properly use it, and so far I really love it! It’s such an amazing tool and I do wholeheartedly believe it is one of the best tools out there for designers on the market. I’ve told all my design friends about the tool, and on top of that I’ve invested a lot of my personal time and money trying to learn Webflow to the best of my ability.

A friend of mine told me about the new Editor X (from wix) that just recently launched. I started playing around with the functionality of the designer, and although it’s still in beta, and missing a lot of the custom capabilities that Webflow offers in terms of HTML, I can’t help but say they’re off to a good start. The main thing that I really loved and couldn’t get over was that it felt “familiar” in the sense that it functions like a design tool similar to adobe xd, sketch, figma, etc, making it so much easier to pick up, learn and properly use. For example: their take on flex box is simple and straightforward when compared to the ways of webflow. A flex box is easily created by multi-selecting the main elements and components you want affected, right clicking and selecting flex box. I just loved how easy it was!

Also one of the things I really loved while playing around with Editor X was it’s ability to drag out elements onto the canvas while manipulating the size and proportions without having to input a value for pixel size, vh, vw, etc. I’m curious as to if anyone else has played with editor x? I ended up taking one of my own designs from Webflow and created it within Editor X. Although it lacks some animations, the time it took me to create what I did on Webflow was a lot quicker and I can’t help but say it’s because of how “familiar” it feels to that of a design tool such as adobe xd, figma, and sketch. And on top of that, it was responsive, an issue that has plagued Wix for a while!

I’m also curious as to why Webflow hasn’t offered designers the ability to do this, or adopted this model of functionality? (giving designers the ability to freely place, drag and manipulate content vs manually entering the exact dimensions of elements/content). One thing that I hear constantly from my design friends who I try to get to use webflow is that it feels restrictive in the sense that it doesn’t give designers the freedom to properly create (not having the ability to drag elements around the body freely, not having the ability to drag out the desired size of selected elements, etc)

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I haven’t played around with it yet, but my guess by how you’re describing it would be the code it creates won’t be as clean and compliant as Webflow’s. (I do know that Wix’s generated code has been a problem in the past.) Have you looked at the code it spits out?

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Editor X is very cool but what got my attention is CORVID and the API with integrated development. A lightyear ahead of WF for app development and custom site features. HINT HINT Webflow.

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Agreed. Wix makes me shudder from my past experiences, but Corvid does look like a nice feature set. I really wish Webflow had something like this.

Hello @_kevnn,

Editor X is not for everybody. I tried it and, like you mentioned, it felt more like figma or adobe xd. I thought it was a little frustrating to use, specially when it came to adding classes and setting up grids and pre-designed layouts. I prefer Webflow, because of how clear it shows what elements of HTML and CSS you are using within your design. Now, designers might find Editor X easier, but I think they will learn more about HTML and CSS by using Webflow.
Designer tools are great for designing, but turning a design into a functional website is more complicated than just dragging elements around. So I think Webflow combines the flexibility of a visual design editor with real developing tools, and that is the competitive edge that, I think, webflow has over Wix, Squaresapce, or any other drag and drop template-generic alternatives.

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