Framer or Webflow? 6 reasons why we love Framer
Framer and Webflow are both capable, powerful professional tools used by thousands of companies, from running their entire site (including CMS) to high-performing landing pages.
Here are the 6 key reasons why we love Framer:
- Webflow is a web builder that relies on a lot on HTML and CSS knowledge like classes. With Framer, the experience of building a website is very similar to the design workflow you are likely used to with Figma or Sketch – with added features and to make responsive, high-performing websites. And no knowledge of HTML and CSS is needed. If you have a web development background, Webflow concepts like classes might serve you well. But for everyone else, it can quickly become overwhelming. Framer sites are built on a familiar canvas that everyone can learn to use in minutes.
- Building websites on Framer tends to be much faster. Webflow sites typically start in Figma or Sketch and have to be rebuilt from scratch in Webflow. Framer is a mix of a design tool and a web builder where you can start from scratch or import your Figma or Sketch projects project directly.
- The actual websites are faster too. Webflow pages have above average load speed, but Framer takes it to the next level by utilising modern technologies such as React server-side rendering, automatic image compression, and smart asset bundling. This results in the fastest website possible with current technology
- Framer is super collaborative, you can have as many collaborators as you’d like, doing whatever they want. Unlike Webflow where only one person can be in the designer at a time, and additional collaborators can only use the editor, where they can change a few options on static pages and work in the CMS.
- Webflow has a limitation of 100 static pages per project, which may be sufficient for some sites. However, Framer offers more flexibility and scalability, allowing for more pages on a project to support advanced use cases.
- Lastly Webflow is a browser-based tool, meaning you can’t install it as a standalone app on your computer. Framer works more like Figma, meaning you can download the app, or work directly from your browser!
However Webflow is a great tool and there are some things we would recommend them over Framer for example: e-commerce capabilities, a no-code membership layer, and an overall more advanced and robust logic. To sum up, Framer is ideal for smaller and leaner projects that need a quick turnaround and potentially lower functionality, whereas Webflow is for a more robust build.