A great way to tell you about Webflow and its new features is to give a quick recap of their no-code conference from a few months ago.
In case you missed it, you can watch it here No-Code Conf 2021 Keynote
During the past few years, no-code has been on the rise. More and more tools are available that offer the power of code to anyone. They remove any obstacles and unlock more creative and economic potential.
There are dozens of examples: figma, framer, glide, adalo, airtable, voiceflow, bubble, zapier, webflow…
What those platforms do, is hide the code behind a visual interface, making it easier to understand and manipulate. All of them are powerful tools, especially for startups who want quick and efficient ways to build their products or websites. They automate manual work, save time and allow businesses to focus on what they’re actually building. You can create directly with no roadblocks.
There’s still code, it just gets generated in the background. Webflow, for example, generates clean and compiled code, which is great to match online best practices and makes it easy if you later need to move away from webflow.
It’s a new era. Startups are even offering no-code dev positions. Though this doesn’t mean that dev is not needed. Dev lets you push things even further, and after you’ve proven your MVP or products, it’s smart to find a full-on dev team.
So what’s new with webflow?
Software is built around three development pillars: UI, Data and Logic.
Until now, webflow was focusing only on UI and Data, but is now adding Logic to cover all three pillars. You will be able to manage a larger database without code and solve important tech problems faster. We are still in the early days, but this opens the door to great things!
Webflow is also adding a new user management system to enable better collaboration. It will allow you to define privileges per user, per project, and more, which fills in a key gap for more complex startup organizations. Now, controlling who can do what will make it easier for your team to add content or work on a specific project.
Here’s the overview of the new Roles & Permissions:
Webflow also added new additions to the Style panel:
- Blending mode > layers
- Backdrop filters > this was possible before by adding custom code on top, but now it’s built in so you don’t have to worry about it. (Be careful though, this may not be supported by all browsers.)
And some CMS improvements:
- Better performance so you can do more faster
- Improved stability for large databases
- Memberships for gated content (paid or not) by creating users natively in webflow. Before, this was via 3rd parties.
Regarding performance they shared some impressive results:
Last but not least, bringing the Logic layer to Webflow is going to be a game changer. Where before logic required you to use tools like zapier, now you can build some of it directly in webflow.
You can create workflows using logic like “when this happens then do this,” “if this then this,” and more. Here’s an example:
At Flying Saucer Studio, we are webflow experts and use it everyday. (Our own website was built with webflow.) Why? Because it has great capabilities and can handle our best in class designs.
We recommend it more and more to our clients, not because we’re superfans (well, a little) but because it matches all their requirements and requires 95% less time. And for the 5% left, we have the team and partners to help you make it perfect.