craig liming

IT @ Cardinal Law Joined over 7 years ago

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  • Posted to AMA: Vlad and Sergie Magdalin, co-founders of Webflow, Apr 20, 2016

    Sergei and Vlad, I have been building sites for about 15 years using dreamweaver and have a pretty good grasp of HTML, CSS, and Javascript. The great thing about DW is that you could look at code view and find the source of a problem that may present itself. Oftentimes I could just switch to code view, find the suspect area, adjust here and there, and problem solved.

    Not so with webflow. While that interface is great and seemingly magical if you have no background in code; if you do, it is frustrating to have simple things (links that do not link) not work that are often easily fixed (file paths) by inspecting and adjusting the code.Other than videos that show how to build, there is little to assist troubleshooting other than the member forum which is not real support.

    As a user, and to assist in cases such as this, I suggest that on hover js tooltips might be much more extensive, or link to a page that has a more in-depth explanation as to how the features work. A simple flow chart or a "white page" to flesh out the manner in which the interface works. The option of code view would help those that have some background in the inner workings of a site.

    Flexbox is not intuitive or easy to understand and is a great example of a feature that needs extensive tooltips, a flow chart, or white page. Great feature, but without adequate documentation, questionable in use.

    Good product that could be great, but in my estimation lacks sufficient information and support. I do believe this (webflow) is the future of web design. I am old school. I think calculators are time savers and great, but feel better when able to understand how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide.

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