Webflow vs. Bubble: which app to choose.
Webflow is for websites and Bubble is for web apps and websites. Both are, of course, no-code platforms.
Webflow helps you manage stuff you post like an article for a blog or a product for a store. They call it a content management system (CMS).
Bubble helps you manage user access like a team of people who buy your software. This is partly why they tell you that you can build apps with Bubble.
Webflow has ways to spruce things up with functionality from third-parties (plugins). It’s a hacky way of doing it, though. You paste the plugin integration code into the HTML header. I’d call these paste-ins.
Bubble has plugins that connect right in. I’d call these plugins.
They both have templates from the community. Webflow has some built-in section templates, as well, like a navigation bar.
Webflow’s editor isn’t all that different from Bubble’s:
Webflow reminds me of Apple and Bubble reminds me of Windows. But in reality, they are both somewhere in between the two. Design and simplicity on one end (Apple, Webflow) and functionality and flexibility on the other (Windows, Bubble).
To extend functionality in Webflow, other apps can be used and connected with Zapier. For instance, you can use Airtable as the database. Or Memberstack to gate content.
You can build and launch in both for free via their hosted domains (something like yoursite.weblfow.com and yoursite.bubble.io). Pricing will change and feels complicated at the moment. Webflow has 12 different combinations of pricing. Bubble has 3 with the option to buy more storage at intervals.
There is more to the story than what I’ve outlined in this post. You know this. Go check out each one and go through a tutorial. Webflow has the best educational content I’ve ever seen for a SaaS. They tell jokes. It’s hilarious and engaging. Bubble needs better tutorials.
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