WordPress and Webflow: Pros & Cons

October 4, 2021

Since I have been using WordPress for more than 5 years and Webflow for a few months, I decided to clarify the pros and cons of the two platforms. I am writing this article as a web developer, with service websites + blog in mind, not for any type of website.

What I like about working with WordPress:

  • Almost any functionality can be added, with code. But keep in mind the maintenance costs in the long term;
  • It’s a huge ecosystem, from which you can quickly choose what you need. This can also be a disadvantage, I’ll get to later;
  • The blogging system is user-friendly, with the Calendar plugin, categories & tags option.
  • Hosting is cheaper than a Webflow site by far.

WordPress cons:

  • frequent updates, which can be a pain;
  • it’s developed with the user in mind, and it has a steep curve for developers.
  • WordPress sells mostly themes, not design flexibility;
  • bloated code for many websites developed with builders;
  • a huge ecosystem of themes and plugins (including builders), without consistency;
  • complex structure for themes, following just basic rules;

I find WordPress useful for small or medium companies that need a scalable website with many features and integrations. Also, for a blog website with frequent posts, WordPress is the best choice.

What I like about working with Webflow:

  • design flexibility;
  • a strong developed visual editor;
  • the speed of development;
  • outstanding documentation system (articles and stunning videos at Webflow University);
  • clean code output;
  • easy integrated hosting system;
  • local & dev easy-to-use system;
  • no worries for updates;
  • good support on the forum;

Webflow cons:

  • the blogging system is not friendly at all, neither as a developer nor as a user;
  • expensive costs for hosting;
  • a pretty small ecosystem (compared to WordPress) with third parties integrations.
  • As I found on the Webflow Forum, Webflow has a max limit of ten thousand “items” and it’s not suited for a big blogging platform.

I find Webflow useful for startups that need a small or medium & good-looking website in a short time, with not so difficult functionalities than providing information. I also prefer to use Webflow for design and then I manually convert the design into WordPress theme.

Even I prefer to work with Webfllow over WordPress, I can’t say one tool is better than the other. Both systems have pros and cons and the choice depends on the client’s needs.