June 12, 2018
Web design universe increasingly requires no coding skills nowadays. Market is flooded with several software and platforms which promise the best solution for every demand in this regard.
In this article we want to give you a little overview in which illustrate and compare two important actors of this race for the perfect platform for web designers and developers.
The first one needs no introduction; WordPress is used in more than 30% of websites worldwide. It is an open source website creation tool allowing the creation of dynamic websites (written in PHP). It’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (CMS) in existence today.
The other lead is a tool that makes of visuality, semantics and clean code its mission. And it’s in the spotlight, definitely. We are talking about Webflow, the perfect canvas in which spread our creativity and put on paper the website we are idealizing in our mind, even without the slightest code understanding.
But first thing first, let’s have a look at WordPress pros and cons and see why pick it out.
Since WordPress is open-source, you will have the ability to freely modify and distribute code without worrying about licensing fees. WordPress Community becomes greater and greater and it means that ever more people share a common identity and make available their skills about the unlimited features you can get from WordPress and that library of Alexandria that is the plugin repository.
WordPress is really easy to use, it’s intuitive and you don’t need to be much experienced.
On the other hand, WordPress limits your design freedom, in a way. In fact, WordPress average user cannot avoid the typical “blocks” design that characterize the most of WordPress templates. It means that the specific pixel on the top right corner, yes, that one, cannot be designed like you wish and it will ruin your life.
We may be biased but Webflow responds to our needs in (almost) the best way. Its cornerstones are simple: the code-less, the visual design tool and the Webflow hosting.
The only thing you have to worry about is to put your creativity into practice: Webflow automatically turns your project into modern, performant and clean code that should only be published.
The first crack could be tought, the interface is rather complex and takes some time to get used to, but once inside, you’ll get the most powerful real time website builder in your hands. A significant contribution to its understanding is the full documentation and video tutorial collection you can find in the Webflow official website.
Webflow allows to create your design by editing one of many free and premium templates or starting from blank canvas and the advanced CSS and JS manager allow to have a granular control over styles and animations. Then, its integrated CMS grants the creation of any kind of static and dynamic content such as a page, a blog post or other elements and, last but not least, it ensures responsive behavior: your site will look awesome on every type of device.
I almost forgot to tell you about the Webflow hosting: it’s secure, fast and stable.
But the main question is another one: why can’t we use them, WordPress and Webflow, together? We can, actually.
Udesly has recently released the Adapter, a simple tool allowing to design your site entirely in Webflow and connect it to WordPress. With it you can use Webflow to design visually with pixel accuracy and manage any content in WordPress. Many features and functionalities accompany the Adapter: a Frontend Editor that let your clients to make changes to their pages directly on the front-end of their website, instantly; a Login Area to create Login/Register forms directly in Webflow and manage your users with WordPress; a complete Blog system and much more. And I did not mention the possibility to extend your Webflow website’s functionality with tons of WordPress plugins!
In short, Udesly is the perfect blend of style and function to make your website a memorable experience.