Webflow’s New Features Rolled Out (2023)

Webflow has just unleashed a whirlwind of new features that promise to turn your web projects into masterpieces. From 3D enchantment to global reach, and even more control at your fingertips, the possibilities are endless.

Create Immersive 3D Experiences with Spline

Imagine a website where your favorite products spin around, letting you see them from every angle. That's the kind of immersive experience 3D can bring to the table. It's not just about making your website look cool; it's about engaging your visitors in a whole new way. Now, here's the cool part – Webflow has teamed up with Spline, a handy web-based 3D design tool. This means you can easily integrate 3D elements into your web projects without breaking a sweat. No more grappling with complicated 3D coding – Spline and Webflow make it a breeze.

So, why is this a big deal? Well, it's a game-changer because it lets you create visually stunning 3D designs and interactive scenes that captivate your audience. Think about showcasing products in 3D, creating virtual tours, or even building interactive games with 3D graphics. It's a whole new dimension of web design, and the possibilities are endless.

Take Your Business Worldwide with Localization

Expanding your business globally is an exciting endeavor, but it comes with its share of challenges. One of the biggest hurdles is dealing with language barriers, especially if you're trying to communicate with customers from different parts of the world. That's where Webflow Localization comes to the rescue. Webflow Localization is like your trusty sidekick for conquering the global market. It helps you customize your website for specific locations, from design elements to content, and the best part? You don't need to be a coding wizard to do it.

Imagine offering your website in multiple languages, adapting your design to cater to cultural preferences, and ranking higher in local search engines. Webflow Localization has got you covered. Plus, it easily integrates with translation management systems and offers top-notch SEO optimization, making it a breeze to reach and engage with a worldwide audience.

Style with Unprecedented Control

As a designer, you know the importance of consistency and branding in web design. But let's face it – manually tweaking colors, fonts, and sizes for every element on your site can be a real headache. That's where Webflow's Variables come in, and they're here to make your life easier.

Think of design systems as the building blocks of your website. They ensure a consistent, on-brand look and feel. Now, Variables are like the magic wand that lets you control these building blocks effortlessly. You can store values like colors and fonts in Variables, and the best part? No more wrestling with hard coding.

When you update a Variable, it's like a ripple effect – the change cascades across your entire site. That means you can change your primary color or font size across your whole website with just a few clicks. It's a game-changer for streamlining your design work and ensuring your website stays beautifully consistent.

Components Get an Upgrade

Improvements to Components

First off, there are some neat improvements. Now, you'll have a straightforward process to create and delete properties, making it easier to manage your components. It's all about streamlining your workflow. Plus, there's a new side panel that's going to make life easier for content editors. It displays only the component properties they can modify, so things stay organized and efficient.

Introducing Slots

Slots are modifiable placeholders within a component that add a whole new level of flexibility. They allow the component creator to build in flexibility from the start, and they also let component consumers modify the structure of a component by placing any element or component within that slot. This is a game-changer. It brings components in Webflow closer to having the power of true React components.

More Power to Teams

These upgrades are going to benefit teams in a big way. Whether you're managing a main component or building with a component instance on the canvas, it's easier than ever to set up and manage modifiable properties within your component. It's all about giving you more control and making your web projects more dynamic and adaptable. Slots are on the horizon, and they're going to revolutionize the way you work with components in Webflow.

Growing the Webflow Ecosystem

The integration of Apps into Webflow's ecosystem is a game-changer for workflow efficiency. So, what's the deal with Apps? They've been introduced to the Marketplace, and they're here to supercharge your workflows. Now, you can add and edit site elements like forms, images, and text in real-time, all without leaving the Webflow Designer. It's like having a toolbox of handy utilities right at your fingertips.

The value of these Apps is immense. They streamline your work, making it faster and more efficient. Whether you're using HubSpot, Unsplash, Jasper, Finsweet, or Memberstack – you can now create easier connections to the tools your team relies on every day. This integration simplifies your workflow, saves you time, and allows you to focus on what matters most – creating remarkable web experiences. The Marketplace keeps growing, with new Apps continually being added. For instance, you'll find Finsweet’s new Wized App, Better Shadows, and a new Localization App from Lokalise. These additions expand your capabilities and give you even more options to enhance your projects.

Elevating the Developer Platform

Webflow's developer platform is getting some exciting updates that are going to take your capabilities to the next level. First off, there are Designer Extensions. These are like building blocks powered by Webflow Designer APIs that allow you to build Apps that interact directly with a site's Canvas. It's all about expanding what you can do within the Webflow Designer, giving you more creative freedom. 

There are big updates to REST APIs too. Now, developers can integrate their products with more of Webflow's core features like Forms Assets, Pages, and Custom Code. This means you can customize and extend your web projects even further, tailoring them to your exact needs. That's not all, Webflow is introducing three new APIs that will allow developers to leverage some of the latest features. One of them is a suite of Component Designer APIs. These will let you add, bind, and manage components on a Webflow site. Then, there's the Variables Designer API, which allows you to define and manage variables, like color, font, and size. And get this – there's an upcoming Localization API on the horizon, which is going to be a game-changer for serving global audiences.

Bring Your Figma Designs to Webflow

There's a tool that's about to make your life a whole lot easier. It's called the Figma to Webflow plug-in, and it's got some fantastic new functionalities.

The Plug-In Unveiled

So, what's the deal with this plug-in? Well, it's all about streamlining the design-to-build process. You know how sometimes you create these beautiful designs in Figma, and then you have to painstakingly recreate them in Webflow? Not anymore. This plug-in lets you quickly copy over your Figma designs and wireframes into Webflow.

New Functionality

It now automatically imports your Figma components and their associated variables into Webflow. This means that as your designs change and evolve in Figma, you can cascade those changes into Webflow with just a click of a button. It's like magic! Imagine the time you'll save and the headaches you'll avoid by not having to redo everything from scratch. This plug-in is a game-changer for designers who want to maintain consistency between their design and development phases. So, get ready to bridge the gap between Figma and Webflow effortlessly.

Improving the Way Teams Work

Collaboration is the name of the game in web design. It's all about bringing together designers, developers, content creators, and clients to create something amazing. And Webflow knows just how important it is to make teamwork better. They've been hard at work rolling out some awesome features to enhance collaboration. First up, commenting. Now, you can quickly get feedback right in the context of your build, keeping projects moving forward smoothly. No more juggling feedback in separate threads or emails. They've also introduced a new environment for content editing. This enables marketers, copywriters, clients, or any team member to quickly edit and publish content in a simplified and safeguarded environment. It's all about making content updates a breeze.

Speaking of updates, there are new publishing workflows that give greater visibility into proposed updates. This way, you can have peace of mind before hitting that publish button, ensuring everything is just right. Webflow has some exciting things in the pipeline. They're working on bringing more power to page branching, which will enable teammates to test branches faster with a dedicated approval process. And for those less technically inclined, there's a new way on the horizon for composing new pages using designer-approved components. It's all about making collaboration smoother and more efficient.

Key Takeaways! 

Remember that the power to create extraordinary web experiences is at your fingertips. Ready to transform your digital dreams into reality? Look no further than Coala Studio – your partner in innovative web development. Let's turn your vision into a pixel-perfect masterpiece. Reach out to us today, and together, we'll make your online presence shine brighter than ever before.