Webflow vs WordPress – Complete comparison and detailed guide on how to choose the right platform in 2020.
In this article, we will compare Webflow with WordPress and discuss 10 different points to see which one is the best website building platform in 2020.
Covering design, control, flexibility, scalability, ease of use, ecommerce features, popularity, support, pricing, and much more!
We will start first by general definitions then we will dive deeper in our comparison.
WordPress.org is open-source, meaning it is easy to access and constantly improving as users can access community forums and make suggestions for changes.
Webflow is not open-source as it is a SaaS with managed hosting solutions.
WordPress.org wins this round as it is open-source.
Themes are the building blocks of design in CMS, so if we compare simply on that basis, WordPress.org has approximately 10,000 themes, compared to Webflow’s 200 themes. We must consider that the majority of themes in WordPress.org are relatively inflexible (unless you are using premium accessible theme). Whereas Webflow gives you more flexibility to adjust existing templates.
WordPress.org wins this round as it has a higher number of design tools, such as themes and easy-to-use page builders.
WordPress.org offers you almost complete customization of your site and control of your content. Webflow’s Site Designer application translates your inputs into code, adjusting existing layouts, but the essential control and level of customization are very similar.
It is a tie as both platforms provide excellent control and customization.
Both WordPress.org and Webflow are equally scalable. From a flexibility perspective, WordPress.org allows you to build a website from scratch, while Webflow already integrates specific components from the outset, which cannot be altered.
Both platforms are equally scalable, but WordPress.org wins from a flexibility standpoint, predominantly due to its open-source nature.
For different reasons, both platforms require a bit of learning. How fast you get used to them greatly depends on your own experience and preferences.
Webflow’s interface can be a little intimidating at first. You need time to adapt to it. It has, though, a smooth learning curve. WordPress.org is slightly more tailored to the inexperienced user, and many actions can be undertaken through the use of plugins. A bit of a learning curve is also required for WordPress as you need to find the best combination of plugins to use in every case.
Our WordPress marketplace greatly simplifies this job, though, as it offers everything you need in one affordable package.
Overall, there isn’t really a winner for this round. When given some time, users will quickly adapt to either platform.
Both WordPress.org and Webflow offer a comprehensive list of core features. WordPress.org does require plugin installation, but most of the required plugins are free. Webflow has certain built-in features as well as additional add-on features.
Both platforms cover all the core and essential features you need to build a good website. It is a tie!
Webflow has its own integrated eCommerce engine that can be used to build an eCommerce site. The engine integrates with all significant eCommerce component platforms.
WordPress offers free plugins to build your eCommerce environment, such as WooCommerce.
There is no clear winner in this round either, as both platforms offer comprehensive eCommerce tools.
With its beginnings having been predominantly as a blogging platform, WordPress has gained a vast following worldwide. As it has grown into the WordPress.org platform, it is now equally as popular with developers in both professional and amateur spheres.
Webflow, on the other hand, has had a slower start as it competes with WordPress, but it is growing in popularity and use.
For now, WordPress is still ahead in popularity and community size.
The two platforms approach customer service and support differently, and this is, no doubt, due to the open-source nature of WordPress.org and the SaaS nature of Webflow.
WordPress.org does not have dedicated support or a customer service team. Rather through the official WordPress.org communities, it relies on the experience of developers, theme and plugin builders, as well as other WordPress.org users to provide solutions to challenges. This works well for most as actual users pose the questions and, therefore, you will likely be experiencing similar challenges.
Webflow does have a dedicated support team and also offers the Webflow University of tutorials for using the platform.
Both platforms offer equally good support in different ways.
From a plain dollar-to-dollar point of view, it is difficult to argue against WordPress because it is free and open-source. The complexity of a site-building project must, of course, be taken into account when comparing costs as the possibility remains that you may need some premium plugins or themes in WordPress. However, these costs are usually once-off, whereas Webflow’s cost is subscription-based and recurring.
Considering it is free and open-source, WordPress.org wins this round.
|Flexibility & Scalability|
|Control & Customizations|
|Ease Of Use|
|Popularity & Community Size|
|Value & Pricing|
The popular open-source platform WordPress.org comes out tops in five of our rounds and matches its SaaS competitor in the other five.
Personal preference, though, will always need to be accounted for. When considering your choice of platform, you should undoubtedly take into account your skill level, the complexity of your project, and your budget.
For the amateur developer who is wanting to build a site for their own small business or blog, WordPress is ideal. In fact, it is used to great effect by professional developers as well. If you are developing a complex project and you have the skill level and budget to navigate a brand-new interface, then Webflow may be an option for you.
Open-source, however, will always have a wide array of benefits and the highest amount of control as you are not relying on a third-party software supplier to provide your service.
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