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nairobi webflow meetup
FEB 27, 2020

The Business of Web Development in a #noode era.

alex Manyeki
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Alex Manyeki

Designer
Javascript Developer
Webflow Enthusiast

What is #NOCODE ?

No-code development platforms (NCDPs) allow programmers and non-programmers to create application software through GUIs traditional computer programming.

i.e. Visual Development

What is Webflow?

  • A web-based visual tool that allows users to design, develop and deploy performant websites
  • Officially started in 2013 as a graduate of Y-combinator ↗ by co-founders Vlad, Sergie and Bryant

Webflow in Numbers

1M+
users
94,816
currently active sites
186,488
live & historical sites
$72 M
in total funding
$400M
approx. valuation
hosting
Fast and managed hosting with free SSL
Editor
In-page editing and updating of content
ecommerce
Design every aspect of your store visually
CMS
Own content structure designed with real data
ix 2.0
Build complex interactions easily
designer
Succinct HTML, CSS & JS in a visual canvas
the designer

" Bigger logo, less white space "

  • Drag, drop and beyond ⟶ Design, develop, prototype, deploy, ...design instances
  • Show what you mean ⟶ Live referencing to UI designs during development
  • Assets Management ⟶ Gather your design resources in one place, safely.
  • Design once, use everywhere ⟶ Synchronize updates on design elements site-wide with symbols
  • Complex layouts, simple implementation ⟶ CSS Grid, Flexbox package in a visual canvas
  • Design responsively ⟶ One layout, multiple devices mutiple devices
  • Keep designs in Webflow or take them with you ⟶ Production ready exports with succinct, semantic HTML, CSS & JS
interactions

" Make it pop "

CMS

" What about my 86 posts in WP? "

  • Import and export data across platforms ⟶ Manual, CSV, API
  • Design with real data ⟶ Connect defined data to your design and see changes in real time
  • No database to manage ⟶ No pains in the back-end
ECOMMERCE

" The cart page looks weird "

  • Control every single design aspect of your store ⟶ Product list, product page, cart, checkout
  • Allow customers to pay at their best convenience ⟶ Stripe, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Paypal and more soon
  • Define shipping regions and rules, tax groups and more
  • Understand your customers ⟶ Marketing integrations right in Webflow. Do more with automations i.e. Zapier | Parabola
EDITOR

" Oh no! I meant duck "

  • See what you publish ⟶ Spelling and grammar errors are costlier than you may think. Costly blunders ↗
  • Live in-page editing ⟶ Let your clients edit images, video, rich text, live on the website
  • Oh no you don't ⟶ Restrict editable content
  • Let marketers control content ⟶ Designers worry about design
HOSTING

" 500 Internal Server Error - huh? "

  • Hassle-free site hosting ⟶ No packages to deploy, no server to maintain
  • Free site hosting ⟶ Ready to go domains, free until you need to go live
  • Enterprise Scalability ⟶ Webflow supports over 1.5B page views/month (1,534,307,198 when last measured)
  • Free SSL - Better security in HTTPS-ready sites account for better SEO
  • Proven technology stacks ⟶ Amazon Web Services, Fastly CDN, HTTP/2

" So, what about you as a designer? "

  • Steal like a pro ⟶ Refer to work by proven designers but make it your own
  • Be convincing ⟶ Make an argument for your work
  • Less worried, more happy ⟶ Don't leave too much to the clients imagination
  • Don't catch feelings about criticism ⟶ Take control, re-invent yourself and level up
  • We all share a love for a platform that touches the lives of the people who interact with the products build.

    Design responsibly... responsively

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