Hey all, just finished my portfolio and wanted to show it. It’s available at www.coopercrosby.com, I’d love to hear any thoughts or feedback, anything is fair game.
This was my first time using Webflow on a project. It was a really good experience. I’ve been messing around with Reflow and Macaw since their early days, so I have a good basis for comparison, and I easily prefer Webflow. The fact that it runs in the browser and everything is controlled directly with CSS felt restrictive at first, but I quickly realized how much easier it makes it to maintain control over your design compared to editing the canvas freely and having the program try to generate the CSS later, like those other programs.
One tip I learned that I’ll use on other projects going forward - this might be obvious to some but it worked well for me:
I did a rough design of my site in Fireworks ahead of time, but a lot of the final design polish was done directly in Webflow. Since I was changing the design as I went, my site wasn’t set up very well as far as the CSS went - lots of weird, conflicting class names, difficult to navigate the workflow, etc. So I ended up doing two versions of my site. One messy version that I used as a playground to figure out how everything would work. Once I was solidified on the design, I created a new website from scratch in which I could easily maintain good structure and CSS. The same things that felt restrictive at first (needing to assign a class to any element to be able to edit it, not being able to drag and drop anywhere on the canvas but instead needing to think about the underlying HTML, etc) were awesome at this point. Being able to add a div, assign a pre-existing class, and have everything instantly look how I wanted it to look was great.
Overall, this was a really good experience. I signed up for a paid plan and I’m going to continue using Webflow in the future.