Feb 17, 2022

Webflow is better than Wordpress. Here's why.

If you want to start a blog and do so for free, then go ahead and set up a Wordpress account. Move along, there’s nothing for you to see here. Wordpress is great for blogging, and represents excellent value for (no) money.

But if you want to build a website for a business; if you want it to be fast, efficient, secure, easy to use, and multi-functional, then Webflow is a much, much better website builder than Wordpress. There are many reasons why, but the most important are as follows:

Webflow has cleaner code

Webflow promotes itself as a no-code web development tool, which means you can do an awful lot with it without needing to write a single line of code. But underneath the hood, Webflow does of course use a lot of code. We say “a lot”, but actually, it’s not that much.

The code Webflow uses is extremely logical, efficient, and uncluttered, with no unnecessary elements. This means that websites built with Webflow run faster than their Wordpress counterparts, resulting in better user experience and better Google rankings.

Webflow allows on-page edits

Editing a page is so much easier, faster, and more efficient with Webflow than it is with Wordpress. This is mainly because the Webflow dashboard displays the page almost exactly as it will look live, so you can edit the page directly.

In Wordpress, you have to save a draft, click preview, and go to a new tab before you can actually see what your edits will look like. The Wordpress system is fine for clients who just need to make tweaks here and there, but for developers and designers it makes the process of building a site so much slower, and so ultimately more expensive for the client.

Webflow’s CMS is quick, easy, and foolproof

Web designers and developers are not administrators, but apparently no one told Wordpress. The first stage of building a new site in Wordpress is an eternity of administrative setup, and developers and designers hate this almost as much as they hate each other (just kidding).

Webflow, by contrast, lets you start building a new site as soon as it starts up. Developers, and especially designers, really love this. There are admin tools in Webflow, of course, but they’re much quicker and easier to use than those in Wordpress. And, most importantly of all, they allow clients the optimal amount of control. With Webflow, the client will never have enough control to break the site. The same can’t be said of Wordpress.

Webflow doesn’t need dozens of plugins

One of the reasons Wordpress code is so cluttered and slow is that it requires third-party plugins to perform many functions that ought to be standard by now. With Webflow, on the other hand, everything is built-in, native, and fully-integrated.

That “everything” includes minifying, caching, and CDN, all of which improve website speed, and various features that improve SEO. Wordpress requires plugins for essential tools like Google Analytics and Google Search Console, and even for simple tasks like editing a page’s meta description or defining link structure. All of these functions, and more, are available straight out of the box with Webflow.

The fact is that Wordpress was launched in 2003, and was designed for blogs. It’s an amazing toolset that fully deserves to be powering 40% of the world’s top 10 million websites. But its age, and its roots, have been showing for a long time now. Webflow is a more flexible, more up-to-date platform, and for any website that’s essential to a business strategy, there is no contest. Webflow all the way.

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