Got a client (venture capitalists) who wants to build a custom website (static site, show and tell + few case studies). They are planning to scale the website at a later stage, and add a portal for their clients (private/password secured pages that contain confidential information and contracts and a few functionalities).
So my solution was:
Webflow for front-end (always!)
Export and use Pinegrow for a custom CMS on top of that
Create the portal on a subdomain, and from here on we can use any option to build it (WordPess?, Webflow Export +Custom coding and API integration if possible, or any other tool out there).
So my questions are:
Has anyone here built a site that has a portal? And what did you use?
Has anyone tried Pinegrow? Any feedback? Or is there a better tool to build a CMS on top of a Webflow website (without having to ruin/change the front-end)
Any recommendations for a portal API that can be easily integrated with a Webflow site (no code, or very low coding required). That way I might be able to build the portal in Webflow too.
PS: Exporting and hosting outside of Webflow is a must, because the client does not want to risk running into any limitations whenever they want to scale up or add more subdomains.
Yes. I like Processwire.com’s CMS/CMF for features and scalability. Everything you need to do is built into the API. I would recommend statamic as well.
Pinegrow is nice if you need a visual tool. You can work with URL’s which is nice for updating. Truth is you can design in Webflow, export, then slice up a page into parts loaded by the template engine. Very easy in both systems I mentioned.
The issue with Webflow is asset management. Assets loaded to the asset manager a public, regardless if you use a membership solution like Memberstack. That rules out using it for the businesses I typically work with where sensitive info needs to be gated. Of course you can just have a marketing site on the primary domain, and deploy a custom solution on another.