Feb 9, 2023

Move Beyond WordPress: Unlock the Power of Webflow

Shaun Kenyon

Webflow vs Wordpress: The Backstory

After facing a range of limitations on WordPress at bshko, and with some workarounds causing slow response times and bad SEO - among other things, we were desperate for an alternative web platform.

Our desperation led us to enquire from a fellow former WordPress user who had faced a hacking incident on their site. This person strongly recommended webflow as the ideal platform due to its increased security features and ease of use compared to WordPress.

After giving Webflow a go, it came as no surprise that our decision to switch over from WordPress was the right one. Not only did it provide improved security features and ease of use, but we were also able to take our help our clients do the same, and experience better website performance - with faster response times, better scalability, and greater flexibility than ever before.

So with our experience on Webflow and compiling our clients’ results, here’s why you should consider moving from WordPress to Webflow.

Reduce Reliance on Plugins

Plugins can certainly make life easier when it comes to creating and managing a website. With just a few clicks, you can add a subscription form, optimize your page for SEO, or construct a custom page with drag-and-drop builders. However, there are certain dangers associated with plugins that you should be aware of before installing them.

For one, plugins can add extra bulky JavaScript code to your website which can slow down loading times and create a poor user experience. It is not uncommon for plugins to be poorly coded, or have vulnerabilities that hackers may exploit. Additionally, when plugins are constantly updated (which is often the case), they might conflict with other existing scripts on your site.

Webflow allows users to create unique, customized websites and landing pages without the need for any plugins or third-party software. With Webflow, you can easily optimize your SEO settings and build a fully customized landing page tailored to your exact needs. Webflow's intuitive interface makes creating custom forms, such as contact, subscription forms, simple and straightforward.

Webflow provides users with a wide range of tools to create truly unique websites and landing pages - so you can have the website of your dreams without the hassle of plugins or third-party software.

Yes, Plugins can slow down your website

When it comes to web design, page speed is a major factor in user experience. Nothing is more frustrating than waiting for a page to load after clicking onto it. In order to ensure that your website runs as quickly and efficiently as possible, installing lightweight plugins and features is essential.

While WordPress does have plugins designed to be 'lightweight', you'll find WordPress plugins are often written with bloated JavaScript code which can slow down your website.

Webflows clean HTML and JavaScript code ensures that any feature you design will be lightweight and won’t slow down your website allowing your site to run as quickly as possible with out sacrificing any of its features or design.

We Have Seen Plugins Break Sites

When it comes to website plugins, updating them can be a major source of stress and frustration. Not only do updates take up precious time, but they can also lead to unexpected consequences and interfere with other parts of the website. This is especially true for websites that have been completely customized with WordPress.

The risks of plugin-related issues are no small matter. If your website is difficult to use or displays badly, it can cause a loss of trust from potential customers and can also lead to missed opportunities for leads.

Webflow eliminates the need for plugins entirely, taking away the guesswork when it comes to updates and adding-ons caused by troublesome plugins.

Host Your Website Without the Help of a Third Party

When it comes to hosting your WordPress website, speed and security are far too important to take any chances. Unfortunately, there are so many different hosting providers available that it can be difficult to know which one is best for you. Some of these services may offer more affordable prices, but you should be aware that they might sacrifice reliability or speed in order to do so. Other providers might boast about their incredibly fast speeds, but these often come with hefty price tags. And you should also watch out for hosting companies that throttle your website's speeds, depending on how many visitors are accessing it at any given time.

How Webflow Hosting compares to other hosting providers

A Serverless Solution for Your Business

Webflow Hosting has become a major selling point for many people who are switching over to the Webflow platform. Their co-founder and CTO, Bryant Chou, has designed the hosting to be serverless, making it incredibly fast and reliable. Not only does Webflow have an impressive 99.99% uptime guarantee, but it also means that there’s no need to ever update anything on the server side of your website.

Webflow's hosting stack

Webflow hosting provides enterprise-grade security, allowing businesses to trust that their sites are fully protected and secure and designed to scale with businesses as they grow.

Webflow Benefits

Webflow is a great tool for teams to collaborate on web projects efficiently. The platform allows users to create websites using both visual builders and coding tools. It enables developers, designers, and marketers to save time by working together on the web in real-time while keeping track of project progress. This makes it easier to maintain control of the project and update content quickly.

Collaborate Efficiently

Webflow is a powerful tool for teams to quickly and collaboratively design and develop your website(s). With Webflow, designers and content editors can work in tandem, allowing for a smooth and efficient workflow. Designers create the site, while content editors make their adjustments in real-time. This setup allows for project managers to monitor the progress of each project with ease.

Webflow’s Content Management System

Webflow CMS systems are a great way to create and manage content on your website, as well as keep it fresh, engaging and up-to-date, without manually editing pages.

In addition to these benefits, CMS systems also offer other features such as automated backups, security settings, analytics tracking and even the ability to create custom forms.

With these powerful features, you can maintain control over who has access to what and keep your website safe and secure.

More Control

Having multiple people involved in managing a website can cause difficulty when applications don't work as expected or break altogether. With each person having their own approach to building and maintaining the website, different tech stacks can get mixed up, leading to compatibility issues.

This means developers have to go back and forth trying to debug code for a project that was not necessarily built by them in the first place. This can lead to more time and resources being used, as well as possible communication gaps between different developers that could have been avoided with proper planning.

Webflow makes it simpler and faster to create a website. It includes all the tools to design, code, and launch your site without relying on developers or designers. You can customize every aspect of your website quickly and easily with Webflow's intuitive visual editor. Whether you're creating a simple portfolio page or an intricate e-commerce store.

Build for the Future

Webflow's user-friendly drag and drop interface allows anyone to quickly create custom websites with no coding knowledge required. This makes it an ideal platform for those who don't have the time or skills to learn how to code from scratch. The platform also offers a wide range of templates and elements, as well as powerful tools such as CMS and eCommerce to help build a website quickly with great ease.

Additionally, Webflow provides expert support and guidance from web design professionals who are well-versed in the platform and its features.

WordPress has been around for more than a decade, making it the most popular content management system (CMS) in the world. However, with the rise of other platforms like Webflow, WordPress is slowly becoming obsolete. Webflow provides businesses with many advantages that WordPress does not have. It's faster, more agile and secure, and allows businesses to create and manage their websites quickly and easily.

In Conclusion

When choosing a site-building platform, it’s important to take the time to make an informed decision. Consulting with an agency who can provide you with all the information and options that are available to you. The discovery process should be tailored to your specific needs and goals, so that your website will meet both current and future objectives.

Creative Asset Credit:
Luca Bravo