Design

Currently WordPress and Webflow are the two biggest website builders on the market. Before creating a website, one has to ask the question: which one is better? If you’ve been looking for the best platform to build your website on, chances are one of your first choices is WordPress, as it is the most widely used content management system in the world, with over 34% of all websites being built on WordPress! But what about the “newcomer” Webflow? In the following I will give you an overview of the pros and cons of both and I will tell you why we at El Taco Lab are using Webflow. So let us jump right in!

Webflow

Webflow is a cloud-based builder which does not require the writing of code to build a website. It was launched eight years ago in 2012 andhas grown substantially ever since. Compared to other “builders” like Wix or Squarespace, Webflow is a lot more powerful, faster and allows for more customization.

With more customization more skill is required as well. So yes, you can create a website using Webflow without any prior skills but to use all the features and to turn your Webflow website into a tailor-made site some knowledge in coding is a big help. Upon first glance you might be a little overwhelmed with Webflows features but after some practice you will be thankful. Here are some of Webflow’s biggest pros:

  • Drag and drop page builder functionality
  • Intuitive editor
  • Work directly with CMS data
  • E-Commerce site (infinitely scalable)
  • Responsive page designs
  • Work with reusable CSS classes
  • Work with Flexbox
  • Define global colour swatches
  • Publish straight to the web
  • SSL and ISO 27018
  • The entire platform which integrates marketing tools and data collecting
  • Export code for download
  • Code editor, add your own code if required
  • Create scroll-based animations
  • Zapier Integrations

Webflow lets you take full control of HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript, allowing you to use the visual page builder to create exactly what you need. Once you have created the perfect website you can publish directly to the web or download the code and pass it on to your developers.

The page builder uses a ‘drag and drop’ interface, so you can start with a blank canvas and simply drag and drop any elements such as background videos, sliders, tabs, and images, to wherever you want them to be. You can almost compare it to designing a website on Paint or PowerPoint.
Websites are also SEO friendly and you can make edits to your page directly on the page, so you can see exactly what your page will look like before you hit publish and show it to the world.

It is very easy to invite editors and collaborators to add and review content on your website and with the powerful Webflow hosting with minimal downtime for your visitors, your customer’s experience will be enhanced. On top of that all SSL certificates are included.

On the contrary Webflow can be a bit expensive and the learning curve is definitely steeper than with other software.

WordPress

Let us now have a closer look at WordPress. WordPress is an open source software which means it’s completely free for anyone to use, you just need to pay for your hosting after you created a website.  
The biggest pros of WordPress are:

  • Customizable Designs
  • SEO friendly (search engines)
  • Mobile responsive sites
  • High Performance
  • Mobile apps for managing your site on the go
  • High security
  • Powerful media management
  • Easy and accessible
  • Over 54,000 WordPress plug-in options, allowing you to customize your website
  • Huge community worldwide

WordPress is super easy to use with no knowledge in coding needed, virtually everyone can create a website with WordPress. Due to WordPress’s age (founded in 2003) and popularity (there are now over 27M projects online), there are already thousands of plugins available making it easy to integrate existing software.

While WordPress is easy for anyone to use with templates and themes if you want a completely customized design you will need to code it yourself or hire a developer.

Also working with others on the same projects is a bit more complicated. Since your WordPress website is owned and managed by you, you are responsible for all updates and maintenance to your website, unless you take advantage of managed WordPress hosting. Overall, it is usually more work and less flexible.

Final word

Both services earned their places in the online world. WordPress is more affordable and has a bigger community, but if you can afford the higher fees Webflow should be the one to go for. With Webflow you can treat all websites as a blank canvas and create everything imaginable without being restricted to templates or having to learn how to code. Our development team loves working with Webflow because WordPress sites can get bloated with code easily due to its reliance on plugins. Another huge factor for us is security and WordPress sites can easily have security vulnerabilities if not maintained properly. SInce we love the fact that, once we hand over a website our clients can easily do modifications and edit their content by themselves, we wouldn't feel comfortable doing that with a WordPress site. Furthermore, Webflow scores with excellent support.

Thinking about a new website or updating your old one? Give us a call or send an e-mail to hello@eltacolab.com!
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