Integrating with Webflow, what are the options?
This is a rough collection of notes, in an effort to answer my integration questions.
But there are so many.
Today, the word integration applies rather loosely in the Webflow universe. Connection points are primarily peripheral to the live site.
You can think of this as;
Unlike most web design platforms ( Wordpress, Joomla, Squarespace, Wix ) you cannot build intelligent code-rich components and drop them into a Webflow project from the designer.
This is why you don't see a plug-ins library for things like photo galleries, etc. in Webflow.
In part, the challenge there is understandable since Webflow's
There's no opportunity for server-side code operation, which means that even basic things like doing a more advanced
On the web, the client side system is always limited;
This means that most of the interesting things an application could do- secure logins, credit card payments, secure database connections, complex calculations, collaboration and community, are far more difficult and fragile to build into a Webflow site.
See the 2022 Keynote.
However, there are some exciting things in the 2022 keynote which indicate that the Webflow team may be thinking in that direction.
DevLink looks promising, because if Webflow is looking to integrate more closely into the React dev community, I'm hopeful that the channel will open up in the other direction as well.
Hopefully, Webflow is looking at the longer-term possibility of making React components importable into the Webflow platform, to create a more unified, capable system.