At Domin8 Designs, we use a platform called Webflow to develop our websites.
Having started in template-based systems such as Joomla and Wordpress, we wanted something that offered more freedom in terms of design and creativity, whilst also maintaining efficiency and a good structure.
Having found Webflow, loved the benefits and the ease of use as a website developer, we've use the platform for over five years now as well as providing input into future features and developments.
To help new and existing clients, we thought we'd write this post so you can get an early understanding of what you can and can't do within Webflow.
If you want a quick overview, here's what you can do through the editor:
And if you're wondering what you can't do:
From the list above, most of the 'can't do' items above are in place from Webflow because they open the opportunity to make some errors on a website.
If you're interested in learning more about any of the above points, read on...
The first thing to note is that Domin8 Designs owns and pays for the over-arching Webflow account.
A client website sits within this account, and the reason for this is to save on having to also pay platform costs for every website.
(Don't stress though - if you ever want to move away, we can either export your entire website to be uploaded to your own server, or you can pay for your own Webflow account and the site can be transferred to this).
Webflow also uses in-built hosting.
This means that instead of having to export and upload all website files to an external host, client's can utilise the easy to use 'editor' to make any changes.
Pressing the large “Publish” button on the editor then makes any changes live, and making these updates is no different to using a word processor or filling in a form.
You can learn more about why we recommend hosting with Webflow at our other recent blog post.
Edit the existing, general content on any page of your website:
If this is changing the wording on your 'about us' page, or updating your contact information, you can do this easily with the editor. You log in from the Google Chrome web browser, make any changes, then hit the 'publish' button to make these changes instantly live on your website.
Change most images on your website:
Some icons etc. may require some additional styling (see below), but you can add images into text areas or easily update existing images on your website. P.s. you can learn about optimising your images for a website at this blog post.
Add new items (or edit existing) to any relevant news, page, blog, staff etc. pages:
Any content or page setup in the content management system (CMS) enables you to add new items to it. New items will also automatically be added to the relevant pages or areas of the website. You can also easily add new categories to the CMS - for example, if you need a news category or new type of staff member to add people in.
You can't a new page to the website:
We understand this may be a hesitation, but previous experience suggests this is not a bad thing. Creating new pages, shuffling content areas or doing major changes as a client opens up the opportunity for errors, both on that page and the website overall.
What's the work around? This isn't a regular occurance, however when it does, Domin8 Designs often duplicates a relevant, existing page - where the client can then log in and update/edit the content themselves - saving time and costs.
Change some photos or text (i.e. background photos in sliders):
As above, some images sit in a unique place and these are a little trickier to change.
What's the work around? Often, Domin8 Designs will setup these images to be in places that don't require regular changes, or automatically get detected - for example, an image may be the 'thumbnail' image from the latest news item is. If you add a new news item, this background image will automatically get updated also and keep things up to date.
Add a new menu item or change where a menu item points:
As with the addition of a new page above, this can get complicated if you don't know what to do.
What's the work around? This usually only occurs when a new page or CMS collection is required. When this is the case, this is usually an easy task to perform and you can contact Domin8 Designs to do this usually quite rapidly.
Change the layout of responsive views:
As above, not necessarily a bad thing to avoid any problems. Mobile and tablet views are an important aspect of website design these days and need to stay optimised frmo both a performance and SEO point of view.
Edit the backend setup information, through Webflow.
This sits within the broader Webflow account, which is run (and paid for) by Domin8 Designs. Any backend changes are usually adding another domain name, any security work etc. and rarely changed
Within the Domin8 Designs account, Webflow takes regular backups of a website and stores these within the project themselves.
If a client uses the editor and does something that causes an issue, the website can usually be restored to an earlier, most recent version.
Webflow websites (minus CMS data) can also be manually exported. Domin8 Designs does this every month, and provides these backups to a client for their safe keeping. We also export the CMS data and provide this for your reference.
We hope that this answers some of the initial questions you may have - but if you've got anything further, you can always get in touch with us.
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