WordPress vs Webflow :
So in this article, I’m gonna tackle one of the most controversial topics in the web design circle, which is web-flow vs. WordPress which one is better and why before we go any further I want to know about you guys what do you think is better write down in the comments down below let’s create a healthy discussion.
What we need to talk :
So I want to talk today in this discussion between a wordpress and web-flow, which one is better and why have a personal opinion and I want to let you I want to tell you guys why is it that will help me break into my creative fire and also kind of save my relationship but that’s a story for another day. So let’s get started. Alright, so what I’m going to do is I’m going to present a list of pros and cons for each software and in the end, I’m gonna give you a very truthful of my personal opinion on which one is best.
So for WordPress, there is a list of Pros below are :
- Seo Tools
- The community
1. Freedom :
You can build anything you like you’re not constrained by the structure right. So you can build inside of it and outside of it because it is open source. So but they its own nature you’re available to build anything you like.
2. SEO tools :
So there’s a thing that a lot of developers and designers mentioned that Google loves WordPress that’s not actually true. But what it is true is that WordPress has a lot of tools that we can use to improve the SEO of a website for sure. So that doesn’t mean that WordPress websites are going to rank better than web flow. But it means I have more tools to our disposal tools such as Yoast SEO and mentioning tools we couldn’t leave it outside that what we’re talking WordPress.
3. Plugins :
We’re talking plugins and I mean tons and tons and tons of plugins and at the same time that plugins are one of the main selling points of WordPress.
4. The community :
The community’s huge, WordPress has been around for years and years and years and if you have a question more likely than not there’s going to be ten answers for that all right and the last one is the possibility of hosting.
5. Hosting :
You can host it whatever you like, you can host it on your own computer or your servers, you can hire host it in a cheap server right you’re not bound to they don’t like a poor person doesn’t have their own hosting just like web-flow does right. So this is a pro for WordPress.
Now when we’re talking about Cons that are :
- Not User Friendly
- Poor editing experience for clients
- Vulnerability issues
- High Knowledge
- High Maintenance
1. Not User Friendly :
The first thing that comes to mind is that it’s not very user-friendly right and I’m just gonna say when I started using this I had to learn WordPress because it was my job right. So I had to dig into a ton of tutorials it was not easy and after a while, I got used to the dashboard right but the second point which is.
2. Poor editing experience for clients :
Poor editing experience for clients it means that not being user friendly it’s actually something bad for you as a business owner right as a freelancer because your client is not gonna have a good time actually accessing all of the like, all of the menus, all of the buttons, all of the hierarchy, all of the tabs like. We got used to it right but our clients it’s not as easy to them as it is for us right and now when I was mentioning plugins as it is a pro at WordPress. It’s actually at the same time, I can’t because of the vulnerability issues.
3. Vulnerability issues :
Because every single plugin is possibly a backdoor to our website. So that means that if you don’t keep up with your website. If you don’t keep updating the theme or the plugins you might have a possible hacking or maybe even your website might come down right. It’s gonna be offline and like that’s awful like you.
4. High Maintenance :
You don’t know how many times I have been delivering websites for clients and you always have that thought in the back of their mind like okay hopefully like did I remember to update all. Although plugin zero remember to update all the themes. So you don’t have a lot of ease of mind on your using WordPress and that in with a high maintenance point that I’m making right here for the same reasons right and the last one is that you need to have high knowledge.
5. High Knowledge :
So you need to have deep knowledge of the entire infrastructure of WordPress right and I mean you can start by just grabbing a theme and then delivering and modifying that theme and then hosting it with GoDaddy and delivering it to your clients. But you know that website’s not gonna be fast that’s not gonna be very customizable. It’s gonna be hard for a club for your client to access it because it has a poor editing experience.
So that’s the minimum you can do but good what WordPress developers actually deliver something that could be amazing could be fast, could be easy to use very customizable that solves your customer problem. But you need to have very high knowledge to do that right and I think that’s one of the biggest differences between WordPress and web flow that’s what I’m gonna talk right.
Now we’re talking about the Pros of web-flow below here :
- Designer Friendly
- Fast Development
- Low maintenance
- More secure
- Fully custom CMS
- Great editing experience
- Low knowledge
- Amazing support and tutorials
- Showcase and community
1. Designer Friendly :
The first thing that I would say is that it’s very designer-friendly and it’s not only very friendly for you but it’s also friendly for your client. So because it’s super easy to come in for your customer and then just to see the website click on a text modify it, click on a color modify it. It is a very visual right for my personal experience. My clients love using web flow and they hate using WordPress right. So you do need to consider that and also for us right.
2. Fast Development :
It’s also very fast to develop inside of it and I think it comes down that let’s say I have an idea and I can bring that into production in a fast manner like would I don’t need to have a ton of knowledge on the back end and how things work, how the infrastructure works like I don’t even know how to code right. I’m not saying you don’t need to learn how to code but you have to be a good web-flow designer. You don’t need to be a good developer right.
So that’s one of the big main difference that there is between web flow and WordPress.
3. Low Maintenence :
The other thing is that as they take care of every single thing on there and they’re cold, they’re updates, there are no plugins that you can install. So you don’t have to be thinking about if you updated it like it’s all in there and there’s it’s very low maintenance. So I like it’s very relaxing to know that when as soon as I finish a web site, I can just deliver it to a client and I know it’s gonna be online and that’s when I know they’re gonna be taken care of and I know it’s not gonna be offline and I don’t need to think about applying is that I updated.
4. More Secure :
It’s also more secure when we’re talking about WordPress, you can ask you as a hacker you can access it to plugins through themes through your hosting if you did something that’s very bad right like you just type – wp-admin and some people actually still have their websites up with the password that’s admin. So that’s very insecure and on web-flow, they’re actually handling all of that. So it’s, of course, gonna be more secure.
5. Updates :
The other thing is that they always updating right I would say like once every week or wise two weeks. They have something new and sometimes it’s a small change like bug fixes. They’re always keeping up keeping us updated in the loop like they have amazing support and tutorials. So the entire community around they take the business first web-flow manages it’s very fluent friendly for designers and then they have super funny tutorials. So they look like good guys right let’s keep talking about us designers right.
6. Fully custom CMS :
So, the other Pro I would say is that you can create a first full custom CMS. Now you can create a blog post, you can create offers, you can create a carousel for products. So it’s basically limitless but it is limitless inside their own infrastructure.
7. Great Editing Experience :
So, the second important thing is that you don’t need to have a lot of knowledge right to deliver an amazing experience in web flow. So that was one of the things that brought me back to the web design game. Which is I was tired like I didn’t have time to go into WordPress and start researching and start updating and it starts like trying to keep up with my servers with my competition.
8. Low knowledge :
So, According to my experience, there is no need for extra knowledge but you have simply know the basic things. So you don’t waste your time in taking knowledge.
9. Amazing support and Tutorials :
So it was a lot of information that I would need to go to start studying. Okay, I want to create the website visually. So web-flow just gives me the tools to do that without needing to understand like how servers work and I think that’s one of the beauties of it.
10. Showcase and community :
The last one is the showcase at the community where you can actually copy a website and recreate it inside of your own web flow and their community is very visually and artistically rich and that’s what I love about it.
Now let’s talk about the cons of web flow below are :
- Can’t build Outside its source code
- Lacking E-commerce
- Lack of Functionalities
- Expensive Hosting
1. Can’t build Outside its source code :
The first one is that you cannot build outside its source code right because they own it right. So you cannot you can make an amazing custom website until a certain point like as soon as you start as soon as it was the moment in WordPress where you needed a plugin that’s it you cannot achieve it on the web flow. It doesn’t matter how beautiful and fast it is.
2. Lacking E-commerce :
You can’t make like projects, you will need a plug-in of WordPress that it’s easy as that right just like chrome e-commerce. E-commerce is a big example like there I think in 2020. They’re actually starting to focus more on e-commerce but it was very lacking. So I would say that there are of course updating it all the time.
3. Lack of Functionalities :
but these are still lacking and that’s yet like a lot of functionality. So that’s the thing you can create without code right. So you can create visually, you can create CMS, you can create animations. That’s another thing that I didn’t put here you can create amazing animations without knowing how to be an animator without using third-party software. So that’s something that I really love about web-flow but they’re still lacking right. So I think it’s for people they’re actually want to develop fast right and for people that are more learners.
4. Expensive Hosting :
One of the other things that I don’t recommend workflow for everyone is that they have a very expensive hosting so much. So that web-flow itself teaches you how you’re supposed to pitch the hosting to your clients. Yeah it’s getting harder to justify to your clients even though like on the other hand they allow you to export your code to another house but it doesn’t come with the CMS. So like what’s the goal on that I have a lot of clients they’re very happy to pay their web hosting but I also have some of them that don’t want to write so then you’re losing the entire function of the CMS which was one of the selling points.
So that’s the thing web flow is not perfect but it did rekindle my love for designing because I don’t need to think about the databases, the infrastructures and I don’t need to be a highly knowledgeable developer. I can just be a happy designer that delivers value to my clients through an awesome and functioning website and I don’t need to think about it as the entire day right after I deliver it. So here’s my verdict I ramble a lot. I know bear with me the reality is you can create websites more complex customized faster and better in WordPress than in web flow. That’s a reality but you need to be a master of all of its aspects meaning coding design, plugins, management server hierarchy, security protocols DNS . So obviously there’s the argument that you do need to know coding a technical infrastructure set up and I agree of course like as it is without a doubt terminal will turn you into an excellent professional.
But what I love about web flow is the speed of implementation from idea to delivery everything is done smoothly inside of the same system, the same infrastructure. So I can manage all of my clients from the same dashboard. I just have a very nice visual experience. So I get very easily overwhelmed, I can stay at bad enough and with web-flow, I can focus mostly on the article, on the design aspect of my work and that says returns a ton of time right.
So use the one they feel more comfortable with using the one that allows you to create awesome websites you are proud of.
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