Webflow vs Vev: Which tool is better?

Colin Reitz

Senior UX/UI Designer

Jan 2023

15 min read

Preface

This article compares Webflow and Vev from the point of view of a citizen developer, i.e. someone who has little or no experience with code and who is enabled by no-code tools to create their own website, for example, without any knowledge of programming.

I myself use Webflow and Vev very intensively and give my practical experience on both tools and draw a comparison about functionality, area of application and usability.

Functionality

Whether Webflow or Vev, both tools offer a wide range of functions for developing a website according to your own creative ideas. Both tools follow the same approach of enabling anyone to develop digital products while allowing as much design freedom as possible. Webflow and Vev implement this goal in slightly different ways, which also results in different emphases in the range of functions.

Pre-coded components and animations

Webflow

Vev

Webflow as well as Vev offer pre-coded elements like buttons or slideshows for images that can be added to the website to make the users work easier.

Vev offers a wider range of pre-coded elements than Webflow. Besides, in Vev it is much easier and faster to create a website with impressive design and animations, as there are many advanced components such as animated text, horizontal scrolling, parallax effects, scrollytelling elements and many types of animations that are very easy to apply and set.

Integrated CMS

Webflow

Vev

Webflow offers an integrated CMS which can be used to set up a blog or a store, as well as to accelerate the content entry in general. In Webflow CMS, content can be entered as usual from a CMS and merged with the interface with a few clicks.

Vev doesn’t offer a CMS, at least not natively. However, Vev itself has published an article explaining how to connect an external CMS to a website in Vev.

Integrations

Webflow

Vev

When it comes to integrations, Webflow and Vev are on the same level, both tools allow easy integration of third party tools. Basically, in Webflow as well as Vev you have the possibility to link tools like Google Analytics or Hotjar and perform search engine optimization, like adding tags or alt text and customize page title and meta description. Open Graph tags can also be added to ensure optimal display of shared content on social media platforms.

And if an integration is missing, you can add more third party tools through your own code. Almost all popular tools offer code snippets that can be easily embedded into Webflow or Vev to integrate the service into the website.

Custom Code

Webflow

Vev

Both Webflow and Vev offer many ways to add custom code, either via an integration for the whole website or only for selected pages. Via embedded code, countless functions can be added, assuming that the third party provider provides a code snippet.

Hosting

Webflow

Vev

Both Webflow and Vev allow you to link your own domain, which is not difficult in practice. If you need help, the platforms also support you in the respective help centers. Webflow even allows the purchase of a domain directly on its own platform.

In addition to traditional hosting, Vev offers the possibility to embed the created website on an already existing website using the "Embed Anywhere" feature. So if you already have a website and you want to create, for example, an annual report or a product presentation as an interactive and immersive website, you can do this in Vev and embed the created page on your existing website via a link generated in Vev. In this case, you don't have to link a domain or worry about integrating cookies or analytics tools.

Canvas

Webflow and Vev follow slightly different approaches on how users can visually develop a website. Webflow is closer to traditional development, the user can add components to the website quite easily, but this content is then placed in the top left corner of the section by default and the position can only be changed by changing or adding properties.

Webflow canvas

Vev, on the other hand, allows the user to be completely unrestricted in creating their website. Text blocks, buttons or other elements can be placed and moved completely freely anywhere within the section.

Vev canvas

What speaks very much for Vev in the first moment, can also have a negative effect in the second. Webflow forces the user to deal with the principles of web development, which allows them to develop an understanding of their actions and generally create a technically clean website layout. Vev, on the other hand, makes it so easy for users that they can easily overlook some principles, and thus errors can occur in the layout of the website.

For example, if you place an element with a fixed width of 1024px in the desktop breakpoint, this element will be partly outside the viewport in the mobile breakpoint. To avoid this, you should work with values in percent or auto-layout.

Usability

In general, Webflow is a bit more difficult to get started with due to its higher complexity, while Vev is designed in such a way that it is very easy for users of any kind to use the tool and achieve good results quickly. The interface of both tools is basically intuitive, but since Webflow offers more functionality and some small tweaks here and there that are not available in Vev, Webflow is a bit more confusing and it takes more time to get familiar with the tool.

Navigation within Webflow as a platform is more intuitive than in Vev. In Vev, especially at the beginning, you are often faced with the question of in which area of the platform you will find the setting you are looking for, but after familiarization this is no longer a problem.

In Vev, you still encounter minor bugs here and there, menus don't close, a color you created isn't applied when you click on it, so you have to enter the color value, and some features still cause problems. For example, when transforming an element to a component, errors may occur, so that you have to rework or find a workaround. Basically, you can see that Vev still has some teething problems, but to be fair, Webflow also has a few years head start in development.

Area of application

If you are looking for a tool to create a enterprise website, reach for Webflow. The intregated CMS and the head start in development with the many small settings Vev doesn't offer makes Webflow a reliable and productive tool.

Looking for new, immersive ways to communicate with your audience, share content or showcase a product? Vev offers the possibility to create very good one pager and scrollytelling websites very quickly due to high accessibility.

But Vev can also be used to create a enterprise website, as long as you can do without a few features, or have the ability to integrate them on your own. Especially with regard to the price/performance ratio, Vev can be an exceptionally attractive choice.

Price/Performance

Webflow can be used free of charge, but you quickly reach the limits where you have to switch to a paid subscription. In Webflow there are Account Plans and Site Plans, the combination possibilities are diverse, but if you want to work in a team and use the CMS, the annual costs of a website are quickly in the triple digits.

Vev can basically be used completely free of charge, as long as you can live with the Vev watermark in the bottom right corner after publishing. If you want to free your website from branding, you can purchase a Project Plan for 5.00 $ per month, this goes for up to 3 projects within the account, which is a really good deal. If this is not enough it can get expensive with 59.00 $ per user per month in the Professional Plan. In addition, the costs for an external CMS should be considered, if you decide to integrate.

Conclusion

There is no clear favorite, whether Webflow or Vev, it depends on the purpose.

It is a fact that Webflow has a head start in development, there are more functions and it is more reliable to use than Vev. However, it is also more difficult to get started with Webflow due to its greater complexity.

Vev, on the other hand, is much more accessible than Webflow, which is definitely a big advantage. Through accessibility and the wider range of pre-built components and animations, it is much easier and faster to create an impressive website. Vev also offers an advantage in terms of price.

Since both tools can be used for free to a certain extent, you should definitely make up your own mind and decide which one you want to use based on the functions you need and your own experience.

Colin Reitz

Senior UX/UI Designer

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