I am very much a fan of the latest Webflow interface and think it has some outstanding potential. One thing i have come across which is partly my bad for not taking the time to read more was how “unclear” really the hosting is.
eCommerce for any top end company outputs a staggering amount of pages and it seems Webflows Achilles heal is the hosting.
The requirements of categories and products and the extent to how many pages are being created would put you far beyond the $45pm package which is a staggering amount to pay for an eCommerce CMS hosting service compared to today’s marketplace offerings.
$432 a year annually for ONE client site i find far too expensive, regardless of your hosting service there are far more practical and cost effective services for eCommerce and CMS platforms. I charge £20 a month for an unlimited hosting service on a dedicated server with daily back-ups, security and far more web-space than is being used by the sites i see built on Webflow, including my own.
The fact you also cannot export CMS data and host on your own server is also something I have come across and I find extremely frustrating as Webflows intuitive and beautiful design interface I have really embraced over the past couple of weeks and personally think this is an amazing solution for designers who wish to create from a graphical perspective, something most CMS has failed at in our industry for years.
Personally i think the BIGGEST pitfall and downfall to Webflow is the Hosting costs and restrictions, you have broken down a service and put far too much thought into making money on hosting which i genuinely believe is why so many designers are not converting to Webflow.
For me it has just unfortunately ended my relationship with Webflow for now and genuinely put a HUGE wall in the way of me continuing my Pro subscription unless i can find a solution to exporting the entire site to my own server. I do not require clients to edit websites, my clients run companies, they employ me to undertake the web-design services, that’s my job.
Fantastic job on the interface, but the business model sucks!