I crave a CMS though, which will be difficult, but not impossible, especially if Webflow develop a CMS builder to go along with their site builder, so that when a developer creates custom widgets and interactions that require a customized CMS they can build that CMS for their clients as well.
With all that being said, as I am new to designing and developing sites and my interestes are purely self serving (building my own musical artist website) I cannot comment in good faith on the price and feature set of any of the other plans that Webflow offers.
I am currently using the free plan to build my site, and once I am satisfied with what I have been able to create, I will gladly pay for the solo plan at $16/month, or $14/month billed annually. I would like it better at $10/month or $100/year, but I am realistic as to how much effort and energy goes into building a platform like this.
Honestly, I would love to invest in the platform if I could have a say in how it develops, but I believe that Webflow is flush with investment at the moment. With that being said, I will continue to exert my will and opinions on the forum in hopes of influencing the direction of the platform, albeit in a limited capacity.
All in all, the free plan as it stands now is very fair, in my opinion, and I think that Sergie, Bryant and the their team have been exploring how to encourage upgrades, and ultimately, how to make a profitable and sustainable business, which I am ok with. The terms of the free service certainly do need to be nailed down and the Webflow team need to make an announcement as to their decision process regarding this issue so that everybody exploring the site and it’s usability will have a clear understanding.
As for the state of web design and compensation in other countries, I think what Bartek is doing by looking for work in other countries is probably the right way to go. Since the world is now completely connected a good designer/developer can showcase his/her work for the world to see and contract with the highest bidder(s), especially if quality is the only concern. If the polish economy is under-appreciating the work of it’s talented creators, then those creators have the right to look elsewhere for better compensation, and should do so. A company I work for has recently outsourced their web development to a dev team in Romania, based purely on the quality of their work. That kind of opportunity would not have existed for people in Romania ten years ago, but it does now.
ok, op-ed over, thanks for reading