Looking for Advice on Moving to Webflow

I’ve also heard a lot of good about this tool but never tried it:

Hey @bgarrant

Fellow Webflow evangelist here with a second opinion.

Once you learn the ropes on Webflow and watch the great training videos they have you will be amazed at how fast it is. I’m more of a learn as I go guy, but I’ve found the videos very helpful.

I usually start with a template to save time on things like basic styling, and the contact forms and little things of that nature. But after I create a site, because of Webflows unmatched flexibility it is usually unrecognizable from the template.

Regarding Hosting…

I usually do not upcharge for the hosting fees, but if I do I just round it up to the nearest whole number. I have never had a site go down for an extended period of time and the Webflow servers seem pretty quick in my experience, so i just keep them on Webflow. There is a service called
https://jinglebell.io/ that gives you all the tools to host externally… “If you have a static site”. But they do support Webflow forms. Now, I have never used it so I am not endorsing that service, but it is out there and appears to be pretty legitimate.

To sum it up, Webflow is the best platform I have ever used and I have not had to build a Wordpress site since I moved to Webflow. Also, after they fully launch their e-commerce functionality, I think you will be seeing a mass exodus of users from other platforms coming to Webflow. If you are a single person team there is just no way to keep up with people that are using Webflow. It is hands down the best decision I made for my business.

This is all great info. Thanks so much Julian.

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I run a one-man business and I need to get a better workflow. Webflow just seems like the perfect blend of what I need. Are you all on the Pro plan so you can white-label it?

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Yeah I’m on the pro plan since day 1

If you do not mind me asking, what do you all quote for like a small 10 page site with or without CMS? Trying to get a gauge on what is fair pricing without overpricing or underpricing myself as I am new to Webflow.

Yes, I have been on the pro plan for almost a year now I believe. It makes my business look very professional. Also, there are some great “cloneable” projects that you can copy and send to your clients to show them how to use the cms. Having my logo and content on that and the editor just takes my business to another level.

Ever since I have been using Webflow, I have not had a single project client. With the quality of work I am able to produce and professionalism I display. Ever client has requested multiple projects, and all but one of my clients have referred me to other clients.

That is awesome. I am so exciting to move to Webflow and get started. Pricing is my only issue as I need to figure out what is fair for design and hosting. I see they also have some hosting limits that I have to consider also if it is a big site. The $16 CMS site looks to cover a lot for most sites.

That is about what I was thinking as well. Thanks so much!

No problem! Just to give you more insight also… now that I am pretty decent at Webflow. A simple 10 page site would probably take me 2-3 days to get most of it nailed down. That’s how fast it can be.

What do you guys charge for monthly maintenance if someone does not have a CMS and wants to have an hour or so included in monthly fees? Just curious what is going rates for that stuff if you do it.

Does the CMS add a lot more time to setup?

That is great. I am hoping to get something like that as well. Thanks

No, thats usually why I use a template. It has all that stuff setup already and you can just customize the style / functionality to your liking.

But once you are good at Webflow, you can create fully custom cms in no time. Maybe a day total for a simple setup and page design.

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I’m going to delete some of my replies that include my business info and billing amounts. Please screenshot them if you want to now.

All set. Thanks so much!

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if a client wants to be able to update the site they need the CMS hosting correct? Otherwise I can make the updates on the basic plan for them

Yes, sorry. You do need the CMS hosting plan to invite content editors. But you don’t actually need to have cms content “like a blog” to edit the other stuff on the site. You just need the cms hosting plan to enable invites to the Editor. Sorry I explained that poorly.

Can you please delete the post with my pricing on it Julian? Thanks.

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I’ve used Webflow enough to know my way around and feel comfortable comparing it to hand coding if you want another opinion. I can’t speak into the CMS portion as for now my goal is to simply use the exported code (still undecided).

I think to a designer that doesn’t understand how to code, Webflow is a dream. It allows them to accomplish something they never have before.

Speaking from the coding perspective, I think it’s a trade off of speed vs. control (especially at first). In the brief time that I’ve tried Webflow I found it frustrating to set up all these “defaults” where I use to just add in my base/reset style sheet. Another thing I found is that you need to be very careful on what you click on. Combo classes vs. Global classes also feel weird (http://selectors.webflow.io/). I recommend setting up a page for your global styles and possibly components for separation. This video may be helpful.

That said, it can speed up the coding process once you learn the tool. I think having a solid coding background gives you a massive advantage over designers who click around in the UI until they end up with something that looks okay. The code output is clean if you take your time and choose the proper options and what it’s lacking can usually be fixed in some way.

Here are a few of my hangups:

Hope this helps.