What is Webflow? Build Websites Visually with this No-Code Tool

Deep-dive into the features of this popular visual web design tool, which turns designs into customizable sites without code
Don’t know your script from your CSS, or your HTML from your HTTP? Guess what—that won’t hold you back from building the website of your dreams.

Webflow is a popular visual web design tool in the “no-code" market. Visual designer and Webflow expert Jan Losert (@janlosert) uses the software to help companies enhance their online presence, and creates popular resources for web designers. In his Domestika course, Jan demonstrates how to convert a design in Figma into a functioning website using Webflow.

Here, he outlines what Webflow is and why it’s a strong choice when you want to build a website for your brand or portfolio.

What is Webflow?
Webflow is the current leading tool in the "no-code" market. It’s a visual web design tool that turns design decisions into clear, production-ready code. Webflow is used to make responsive websites that adapt to screen size and other factors, without having to write and debug mountains of code.

That means that rather than needing a programmer or learning to code yourself, you can instead use the tool to design on the front-end (a mock-up of what visitors will actually see).

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How does Webflow work?
Webflow works using the box-model setup. You might have seen this in other website builders and marketing tools, and it’s sometimes called the CSS box-model. All it means is that your website is a tall tower of boxes, with each box containing a piece of content.

Each heading, image, button, or block of text will sit within a box, and each box has its own unique settings (like its width and padding). On Webflow, you can toggle the box outlines on and off, depending on how you prefer to conceptualize your designs. Jan recommends the below Webflow University video to understand the box-model better.

Is Webflow good for beginners?
Webflow is a good platform for beginners as you don't need prior experience in web design to use it. However, Jan encourages you to learn a bit about the box-model and how websites are built in general, so you have a foundation of understanding that will make the learning process much quicker and easier.

There are, of course, many visual web design tools appearing on the market nowadays, such as Bubble. But, Jan notes that Bubble is a little harder to set up, and is for users who are seeking to make more complex workflows.

Why is Webflow a great choice for creatives?
Jan explains that Webflow and similar visual tools are a huge step forward for designers, programmers, and marketers. For a start, you have a new outlet for your creativity. And if you gain some experience, it could even become a part of your core offering to clients. In addition to logos and other branding assets, you could offer whole websites that carry a fluid feeling through all the client’s content.

And for those already in a web design career, the tool could speed up your current process, and open the way to new avenues for your design-thinking.

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