Jan 14, 2022

Webflow is worth learning (but it is difficult)

If you want to learn web design, then Webflow might actually be a good place to start. It allows you to really focus on design without having to worry about writing any code, or even on getting anyone else to write it. Webflow automatically writes code for you as you design, so there’s no delay between seeing your designs in, say, Photoshop, and seeing them as they’ll be when they go live. This makes the process of learning much faster, although Webflow is a pretty advanced package, so expect a pretty steep learning curve.

For those who already know a lot about web design and/or web development, then Webflow is also worth learning. Apart from the fact that it’s useful, and will save you an enormous amount of time, the way it bridges the gap between design and development can make it a valuable learning tool for professionals on both sides of that divide. Designers, in particular, often say that being able to see their design work translated into code in real time makes them better at their jobs.


Another reason Webflow is worth learning is that it’s popularity and reputation have grown rapidly over the last few years. Websites built with Webflow look really good, and are way less uniform than those made using other website builders. For that reason, more and more potential clients are taking notice, and actively seeking out digital agencies that will build them a website using Webflow. So it just makes good business sense to add the Webflow skillset to your repertoire.


There’s also no real reason why you shouldn’t learn Webflow, seeing as doing so won’t cost you a penny. You see, the Webflow business model is set up so that you don’t have to pay anything until you go live. So its extensive range of tools and platforms is completely free for as long as you need to learn to use it. Webflow University, which is an extensive collection of courses, tutorials, lessons, and guides, is also completely free. Not only that, it is excellent. Regardless of what outcomes you’re hoping for, putting yourself through Webflow University will undoubtedly be a positive learning experience.


So, there are a lot of positives to learning Webflow, no doubt about that. But none of this means that it’s easy. Relatively speaking, it is easy. Much easier than learning web coding and graphic design from scratch with only basic-level tools, anyway. But, to really get the best results from Webflow, you’ll still have to learn a lot about designing, coding, and building websites. An experienced professional should be able to get to grips with Webflow within a week or two. But for a complete beginner, it’s going to take months, maybe even a few years. Fulfilling, productive months and years, sure. But that’s a lot of time.


Returning to the question of whether Webflow is worth learning, let’s recap. Is Webflow worth learning if you want to learn about web design in general? Absolutely, definitely yes. Is Webflow worth learning if you’re a web professional and you want to be able to do your job better? Also, very much a yes. But is Webflow worth learning if you need a website for your business and you’re wondering if you might be able to build one yourself by the end of next month? No. Please, don’t do that.


If you want to build a website yourself, use a simpler, more accessible web builder. But if you want a website with all of the complexity, versatility, and uniqueness that Webflow allows, then hire someone who’s already learned how to use it. That investment, we assure, you will be absolutely worthwhile.

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