Continuing the discussion from Webflow pages vs. webflow projects:
Thanks for asking - I hope to clear up some reasons of why we're a hosted program as opposed to a downloadable program:
- True WYSIWYG. We believe that designing your site in the browser, and immediately seeing the results of your inputs is the way web design tools should work. Your canvas is your browser tab. We don't believe in a translation layer, or a rendering engine that will magically write CSS for you. In Webflow, everything you're doing has a direct effect on the HTML & CSS of your website. That's why what you see in the designer is always what you see when you publish your site.
- Pushing updates and improvements is fast. For example - if a user wanted a specific feature that would benefit all of our customers, we would be able to develop it, test it, and push it to our servers in less than 20 minutes. We don't have to worry about building a package that will work on Windows or Mac, then waiting for everyone to install the update. Everyone runs on the latest and greatest.
- Real world forms - In Webflow, you can build a form that works and collects data so you don't have to build your own backend servers (PHP/Rails/Django, etc). This is only possible if you were designing the form in the browser.
- There are a lot of other benefits of hosting on the cloud, and some of them will be more obvious as time passes!