Dittofi Vs Webflowdittofi
To explain the differences (as we see them) between Dittofi’s no-code, app builder & other no-code tools, we are writing up a sequence of short comparison articles. These articles aim to highlight the differences between Dittofi & some of the most popular no-code tools.
We will work on the assumption that whilst there are many no-code tools there is no “best” no-code / app builder. Each no-code tool has an appropriate use case & target audience.
In this article we are going to look at the differences between Dittofi & Webflow.
What is Webflow?
Webflow describes themselves as a content management system that allows you to build custom front ends for blogs, portfolios and ecommerce stores.
The solution competes against tools such as WordPress, Squarespace, Wix, Weebly and, to a certain extent, ecommerce tools such as Shopify. These tools allow users to install templates on top of pre-existing and fixed content management and ecommerce functionality.
Webflow seeks to differentiate themselves from other content management and ecommerce solutions by offering a superior design orientated user experience.
Who is Webflow For?
Webflow is primarily for marketing teams and designers working as freelancers or agencies. Whilst their ecommerce feature set has come a long way, it is still a vastly inferior solution to the more established players such as Shopify.
Startups and entrepreneurs can also hack together basic prototypes and MVPs using Webflow. This is because there are a large number of plugins that developers can use to augment the basic functionality offered by Webflow websites.
Using lots of different no-code products introduces additional costs to your system. For example, if you combine Webflow with popular no-code tools Memberstack and Airtable, this means you need to pay for and maintain a license to all three of these no-code tools. Using multiple no-code tools in this way also layers in risk, since you will become dependent on a collection of 3rd party tools. If you’re just looking at this as a short term solution to get a prototype or MVP up and running, this is not really an issue. However, using Webflow combined with several other tools in this way can introduce issues as you look to grow your user base.
Webflow’s pricing is a little complicated. They have two main pricing plans: site plans and account plans. Inside each of the plans there are several different tiers of pricing that range from basic to enterprise and also depend on if you’re using just the standard content management system or you’re also using their ecommerce plan.
Site plans: These start off at $12 per month and increase based on the amount of items that you want to store inside your content management system or ecommerce store. They also cap the number of monthly visits to your site according to your pricing tier. The prices go up to $212 per month for an ecommerce store with a max of 3,000 products to list.
Account plans: These are for if you’re looking to develop multiple projects on Webflow. They allow you to work as either an individual or a team. The plans start for free and run up to $35 per person and above, for enterprise customers.
Webflow Vs Dittofi: A Comparison
How does Webflow compare to Dittofi?
Similarities between Webflow and Dittofi
Webflow and Dittofi are both no-code development platforms with integrated hosting – all for a monthly subscription price. Both tools offer a freemium model that scales as you grow in terms of feature sets and the number of end users on the platform.
In terms of features, both tools have a frontend builder that lets you design, build and launch responsive landing pages and websites using the grid system. Both designers are very similar in layout and feature sets.
Lastly, both solutions offer a templates marketplace where you can both sell and buy, install and customize landing pages, websites and (in the case of Dittofi) full stack web apps.
The key differences between Webflow and Dittofi
There are 4 main differences between Webflow and Dittofi.
App Development Capabilities
Dittofi is an all in one full stack app builder that also allows you to build responsive landing pages and websites. Webflow only allows you to build landing pages and websites with content management or basic ecommerce functionality.
Third party solutions (e.g. MemberStack, JetBoost and Airtable) can be used to augment Webflow builds with additional functionality such as authentication, search and data storage. These tools can be layered on top of Webflow to let you go further. However, these tools also add unnecessary costs and increase your dependencies on external products.
Dittofi by comparison is an all in one app builder. It has 100% flexibility to build any feature that can be coded by hand. For example, authenticating users, search, play music, plot advanced data visualizations and much much more.
Since Dittofi is so flexible, this brings a longer time to onboard onto the solution. To help users get started, we run live App Launch Programs and have a large gallery of online training materials that can help you build landing pages, websites and full stack web apps in 4 – 8 weeks.
Dittofi apps have been architected to scale. Our solutions have been used by technology teams that have very big data and large numbers of end user requirements e.g. 10,000+ real-time records per second for some health tech apps, 100 million real-time records per day for some stock market apps.
Webflow by comparison sets upper limits on the amount of data that you are able to host inside their content management system. Check out the post below by Ben Tossell, founder of Makerpad.
The following graphic shows the difference in terms of scalability between Dittofi and Webflow, and really all other no-code tools that only perform part of the solution.
Source Code Exports
Both Webflow and Dittofi allow you to export your solutions source code however, Webflow only allows you to export your frontend code. This includes (as you would expect) basic HTML and CSS. This means that you’d still need to rebuild your backend if you ever choose to export your code.
Dittofi by comparison allows you to export your entire full stack source code which includes a frontend in a current, high performance tech stack HTML5, CSS, React / Redux and your entire, scalable backend in Google GO. Solutions for difficult programming problems, such as pagination of large data sets are also included in source code exports.
Source code exports mean that your business can end up with a real, tangible asset and right now, all source code exports are included free for 14 days and at the lowest pricing tier.
Other features for app development
Since Dittofi is an all in one app builder, the product goes way beyond the Webflow based website and landing page builder. Some additional features include:
- Workflows, endpoints, actions and events. Webflow is geared towards frontend website and landing page development, with easy to use content management system functionality. Dittofi allows for both frontend and backend custom visual development, with tools to handle advanced functionality such as integrations with third party APIs, handling real-time big data capture and analysis and much more.
- Database designer and database views. Dittofi comes with tools to track and visualize how your users are interacting with your app. Using our database designer and views you can perform basic admin tasks like password resets, collect up and visualize your backend data and share data views across different groups. Webflow requires users to build their own database admin system.
Alternatives to Webflow
If you’re looking strictly for a website or landing page development tool you can evaluate Webflow against WordPress, Elementor, Squarespace, Unbouce or Wix.
If you’re looking to utilize Webflow to build something more than just a website or landing page, you’ll be able to hack together a solution with Airtable for a custom backend, MemberStack for authentications, JetBoost for more advanced features. Or, as a better alternative, you can use an all in one no-code builder like Dittofi as a good alternative.
Dittofi is a full stack, no-code app builder used by real teams that are building real software applications. You do not need to know how to code to find success with Dittofi.
There are several places to start your Dittofi journey:
- You can login to the platform through the Dittofi website & sign up for a free trial.
- You can also register for a Dittofi App Launch Program – build and launch your app in 4 – 8 weeks.
- If self study is your thing, we have different courses available & an youtube channel that you can follow.
With Dittofi you’re able to build full stack, highly scalable web apps 80% faster than traditional methods & all without writing code. Under the hood of your application designs, we are generating high quality code that you can own.
Dittofi’s unique approach to code vs no-code sets us apart from all other no-code platforms. Dittofi has built a solution that operates right on the frontier of innovation in no-code. We empower individuals & teams to build infinitely scalable apps, & go some way to bridging the gap between techies & non-techies.