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Why Webflow is BETTER than WordPress (2020)

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  1. I really don’t understand many of the WP to Webflow or Duda comparisons. They all seem to come from those that don’t understand that you can build your theme and functionalities from scratch if you want to, use community plugins to expand and that don’t always cost money, and if you really need a page builder to build your site than Divi or Elementor will get you there. If you want more control with a CMS, go for Drupal or build it in Laravel with one of numerous CMS packages as a starting point.

  2. 1. No design restrictions

    Oxygen Builder achieves that. The theme framework is disabled and you can accomplish pixel-perfect designs.

    2. No setup

    Plenty of premium hosting environments have default installation setups for WordPress. I use GridPane, and all the plugins I need are installed automatically for me when I spin up a new site.

    2.5. Your second point about not having to log in and out constantly between sites.

    Again, any decent hosting environment has one-click login into your sites. Really not an issue. Opens the admin area instantly basically.

    3. Clean code = faster site

    I couldn't agree more. Divi, Elementor, Brizy, Avada etc. are bloated horror shows and most of the popular WP plugins have poor code quality (like Yoast). Easy solution = don't use any of that stuff. Any half-decent developer should carefully measure the impact their tools have on load times and PHP queries, and not using stuff that sucks. Many plugins don't even need to be used if you can code basic JS or jQuery.

    4. Hosting

    While Webflow's hosting stack of Amazon EC2 and Fastly CDN is substantially better than your run-of-the-mill web hosting, and even better than most higher-end setups with stuff like Vultr, DigitalOcean or Linode instances, for example, this is actually a point against Webflow.

    A professional web developer who hosts their own sites cannot just devolve their hosting over to a third party and shunt all responsibility. What happens if an Amazon region goes down (which does happen now and again)? Or if a catastrophic server configuration issue at Webflow causes a loss of data for some of their clients? Would it be acceptable to just shrug while you tell your clients that there's nothing you can do about their site that is not working correctly?

    Or what if your client trends on Reddit or Forbes and gets a staggering spike in traffic, and despite the promises from Webflow, their site slows to a crawl or crashes? More excuses for your client, while you can do nothing but open a customer support ticket as they lose tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars? You have no way to be sure this can't happen, which would ruin your company's reputation.
    I know plenty of hosts who have had to scramble to keep sites up that were hosted on Amazon, due to a variety of factors. No platform is infallible, and scalability often doesn't work out as you hope it does.

    There is nothing stopping a developer from managing their own beefy hosting stack, with load balancing, automatic failover onto different platforms, multiple tiers of backups etc etc. so that you never need excuses and so that you can accommodate worst-case scenarios. You can still use Amazon EC2, except actually have control over your hardware to ensure you're getting the compute-optimised instances you need with NVMe storage rather than regular SSD (and whatever else, like cost-effective S3 storage and Route 53 DNS).

    Over and above all that, I'm going to assume that overage fees on Webflow are far, far higher than what you would pay Amazon directly.

    (WP Engine ain't that great btw. Neither is Flywheel. Kinsta is decent though.)

    4.5. WordPress security issues

    Again, not an issue for a competent developer and host, and I would argue another potential mark against Webflow rather than for it.

    With WordPress, you have the ability to hide the presence of WordPress and its themes and plugins entirely from the public HTML. You can change the admin URLs like /wp-admin and /wp-login to obscure alternatives. Something like Fail2ban is exceptionally good at blacklisting the IPs of bad bots, spammers and anyone attempting brute-force login attacks. A good Web Application Firewall like Nginx ModSecurity or 6G Firewall cover pretty much all your basics like:

    SQL injection, cross-site scripting, clickjacking, local file inclusion, remote file inclusion, PHP code injection, Java code injection, httpoxy, Shellshock, Shell injection, session fixation and metadata leakages. You can also proxy your IP addresses in your DNS and block unwanted countries through your CDN. Two-factor authentication for users also goes a long way too.

    I can guarantee that Webflow's security is not uncrackable – simply because no security is. But at least with WordPress, you can take control over your security and be responsible for your clients. Nothing I've mentioned above has a steep learning curve.

    5. Dynamic content

    Some of the most popular plugins for WP developers are Advanced Custom Fields Pro and Toolset. You can do almost anything with them. And as it happens, Oxygen has tight integration with both of them.
    Dynamic content is a non-issue for any competent WP development.

    6. SEO

    I agree, most people have no idea what they're talking about. Kyle Roof is the only person I respect in this area – the legend behind PageOptimizer.Pro who uses nothing but raw science and controlled testing. He uses WP by the way.

    7. Client editing experience

    Again, just a lack of exposure to the available options. There are many amazing custom Gutenberg experiences available. Even the default Gutenberg experience is pretty good. And there are some special options for Oxygen (to bring up my favourite tool again), which has a Gutenberg addon that lets you tick a single checkbox on any page to render the frontend in the backend and let clients make one-click visual changes to whatever they want, without any risk of breaking layouts or functionality.

    SUMMARY

    Webflow is incredibly expensive. The costs ratchet up rapidly when you have increased requirements – beyond what many clients would be willing to pay simply because they need a little bit more than a basic setup.
    As a freelancer or agency, your profitability and passive income is going to come from economies of scale. A $120 server might be rough for one or two clients, but it's a tiny expense with two dozen (lightning-fast) sites all sharing it. Webflow will never afford you the margins you need to do well for yourself in this area. Webflow is making all the money, not you.

    Their eCommerce plans are stupidly expensive and restrict the product quantities to levels that would be a problem for 50+% of the stores I've worked on. Plus you'd be limited in what payment gateways you can use (a deal-breaker for international markets), how many staff accounts you can have, how you can sync your inventory levels (infinite variations out there of supplier platforms) and seeing as Webflow is not an extensible framework like WordPress and WooCommerce, it is guaranteed to run into issues where it cannot accommodate custom features.

    Almost everything about WordPress can be tailored to your needs, and you can control every level of the stack. Plus there is no risk of the platform changing in a way that cripples your business, whereas you can do nothing if Webflow increases their prices or lags behind web development trends.

    Professionals can't just hand over most of their business to a company like that, and pray that nothing goes wrong. And what sort of margins could you possibly make with Webflow? The cost price is eye-watering enough and leaves almost no room for markup. I'm sorry, but this seems like a really, really bad deal for freelancers and agencies. Maybe great for a DIY solution, like Shopify or Squarespace.

  3. I live webflow but I’ve come into a problem with it maybe you know a workaround, I like to use an app like Ulysses to write blog posts, that automatically lets you upload to WordPress, do you know a good way to write blog posts and easily upload to webflow?

  4. Are you serious bro?
    Webflow is batter than WP?
    After this video, I get to know you don't know WordPress. The disadvantages you said it was in WordPress before 4 years.

    Webflow is definitely good tool but it can't beat WordPress at all.

  5. Webflow might a great tool to design website. But don’t try to sell your masterclass by saying bias about WordPress. Everything you said in this video look like you only want to sell your webflow masterclass. WordPress et a great tool and offer you more flexibility and possibilities than webflow. It’s even cheaper than webflow.

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