Webflow Limitations (2024)

As with any tool in the web designer's arsenal, Webflow boasts an array of strengths that have catapulted it to the forefront of web design innovation. This time, we'll navigate the landscape of Webflow, illuminating its strengths and exposing its vulnerabilities. In understanding the duality of this CMS, we gain insight into the broader tapestry of design itself. So, let’s embark on this journey and see where this boy gets naughty.

The 1st Sin: Let me embed!

One cannot ignore the limitations that Webflow possesses. Take, for example, the frustrating 10,000-line code limit for embedding. But hey, limitations breed creativity! By utilizing a CDN (cloud delivery network) to host your code, you can transcend this constraint and explore new possibilities. Who knew obstacles could lead to innovative solutions?

UPDATE: May 2024

Since May 2024 the Webflow allows us to use 50,000-lines of code. It's 5x increase! Happy low-coding ;)

The 2nd Sin: .Webp Image Conversion

Sure, Webflow's image converter to .webp format may not be flawless. However, this imperfection becomes the catalyst for exploration. Look beyond the confines of Webflow and discover tools like Pixlr that offer a more refined image conversion experience [check out our post about this tool: CLICK]. With Webflow as your foundation, you can effortlessly integrate the best of both worlds.

The 3rd Sin: Size Bounds – Not Only Sky Is The Limit

Webflow's 30MB limit on background video size might initially dampen your aspirations for grandeur. Fortunately, Webflow also embraces the power of CDNs. Utilize these cloud-based providers to overcome size restrictions and captivate your audience with awe-inspiring, bandwidth-intensive videos.

The 4th Sin: Breaking Through Traffic Volume

The allocated traffic volume in Webflow's plans may seem restrictive for those craving bandwidth-intensive content. But the paid plans offer the opportunity to unlock additional resources. From 1GB in the Free plan, 50GB in Basic, and 200GB in CMS a month can be too small if you want to put some background videos to improve user experience on your site - to get more bandwidth you will need to upgrade the paid plan, but the business plan has 400GB of bandwidth per month. Is it high for that amount of money? In Digi2 portfolio we have a project with around 1TB bandwidth only through our CDN and about 100-200GB through Webflow. We wish they update their plans and add something like they did with sending forms where an additional 100 forms cost us $1. Webflow may have its limitations, but it also provides pathways to unlimited possibilities.

The 5th Sin: Draftless Blogging Blues

Amidst its array of impressive features, one glaring omission continues to plague content creators (Digi2 too): the lack of a draft-saving function for blog posts. Picture this all-too-familiar scenario: you're meticulously crafting a blog post, pouring your heart and soul into every word, when suddenly, in a moment of distraction, without any warning or a chance to react, your work disappears into the digital void with the click of a tab. The frustration is palpable, the agony of having to reconstruct your masterpiece from scratch akin to chiseling away at marble for the umpteenth time.
Our advice?
Never(!) open another tab with your website while creating a blog post. If you must, use your browser in incognito mode - it's the only way to avoid this painful loss.

Here's Some Good News: A Boundless Future Awaits

Webflow's commitment to constant updates hints at a future where these limitations become even rarer. The recent inclusion of functionality to add sample code is a testament to the platform's dedication to improvement. As we eagerly await more fantastic features, we can bask in the knowledge that Webflow is continuously evolving to meet our needs.

And if you think Webflow CMS has a lot of limitations, wait till you see what it can do when used the right way. Stay tuned for our next posts, where we'll unveil the true power of this tool with its 30 fields to choose from.

So, as you can see, Webflow has its fair share of limitations, but that doesn't mean it's not a great web design tool. Like everything in life, it has its pros and cons. To be honest with you, these dysfunctions did not make it worth parting with Webflow. Its advantages and extensive multifunctionality make it not difficult to turn a blind eye to the above downsides.

You know what they say – Imperfection makes it perfect. ;)