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Thoughts on using webflow?


#1

I’ve just literally discovered webflow, but not sure on how I feel about it… I’m always wanting to get into web design, for the front end-rather than a back end, but always lose patience and give up.

This tool looks pretty cool, and the fact that you can export the code is pretty rad, but I just feel like I’m cheating myself - and it doesn’t seem as cool to me that I’m not actually hard-coding it myself?


#2

i’ve covered this question before in previous workshops.

When you need to hammer a nail into a piece of wood, you can easily pick up a rock and hit it in. But then humans invented the hammer which makes this process easier. Then after that we created nail guns to make this process even faster.

Hand-coding is like a rock. It’s simple, reliable but new tools like Dreamweaver came out to make this process easier. Webflow is like a nailgun which makes this process even more easier and faster.

As long as you know the fundamentals of code, using Webflow shouldn’t be looked at like a handicap, but more of a tool that you use to speed up your process of coding.

Want proof? Challenge a seasoned front-end dev to a race. See who can code and publish a responsive webpage faster.


#3

Hi @Bansisingh

I also had similar feelings to you about the ‘coolness’ of hand coding a website…then my head hurt from banging it against a brick wall everytime I needed to learn something new because of how quickly new technology is introduced into the web design/development process.

As @PixelGeek has described, Webflow is a tool that enables you to do your work quicker (and more often better). Everybody has different strengths and abilities, so there will always be a debate about what is ‘Best’. The ‘Best’ is what works best for you.

The beauty of Webflow is that it allows you to use all of your design and development concepts/skills, in fact having that basis will help you so much in making full use of Webflow.

Don’t think or compare Webflow to Wordpress or other ‘Drag and Drop’ website builders, as it is completely different. Having a basic understanding of design and development will serve you well and give you more control/freedom to create the things you want to create, rather than just using a template.

As with everything there is a learning curve, and Webflow is no different. However, there are awesome free resources available to learn from and the forum community is amazing! There is always someone willing to help when you get stuck.

Give it an honest try, play with it, stick with it, persevere.

All the best
Keiran