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.
- 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;
- 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.