Framer Website Design

Framer | NoCode Tool for Web Designers Create Professional Websites Without Programming

Discover in this article how a portfolio created with a suitable tool like Framer can change your game.

We are in 2024, AIs are almost dominating the world and you still have a boring website or portfolio. You can be sure, the first thing that anyone who wants to hire a service nowadays does is
1. Look at the company's social networks
2. Look at the website and portfolio.

Depending on what the person finds, it may be reason enough to make a decision to hire this service or not. And if you are a freelancer or an agency and don't have a portfolio easily available on your website, you can be sure that you are leaving a lot of money on the table.

In this article, I want to introduce you to Framer, for me today the most efficient way to create an extremely professional website or portfolio. No more excuses for not having your website up and running.

Websites

Framer is a NoCode tool focusing on creating websites, blogs, portfolios that brings a very familiar experience to designers who are used to using Figma. You can choose to easily import designs made in Figma into Framer or even create everything from scratch right in Framer.

But before I present Framer in more depth, I want to take a step back just to align with a point that many of you have doubts about.

As I said, Framer focuses on website development and is within this category of nocode tools.

  • But what actually is a website?
  • And what is the difference in fact from an Application?

I want to define this here so there is no doubt, as I know it is something that many people confuse.

Applications

Applications are dynamic systems, that allow interactions with the database from user actions.

Applications can be classified:

WebApps: applications that are accessed from the browser (e.g. Google Chrome) both on the computer and on the cell phone.

Mobile Apps: Apps that can be found in the AppStore and PlayStore application stores.

Websites

Websites are static. Its objective is to provide information to the user, with no interaction in altering the content by the user.

Sites may or may not contain a CMS (Content Management System) , which is nothing more than a content manager, perfect for managing blog posts, portfolios, etc.

As examples of nocode tools that create applications we have: FlutterFlow, O Bubble and the Web.

And as an example of tools that nocode can create websites we have: Framer and webflow.

To make the difference even clearer, let's analyze the FlutterFlow website and app here. We can see which FlutterFlow website it is https://flutterflow.io/ and if we analyze it, it is created with Webflow.

The FlutterFlow application lives on the domain https://app.flutterflow.io/ and uses its own technologies to run.

And this is the model that we always recommend for you to use if you have your applications:

  • Have a website or landing page, created with tools focused on creating websites and landing pages.
  • And have your app created with tools focused on creating apps. Once you have leveled your knowledge, let's get to know Framer more.
Applications

The Power of the Framer

Professional and Responsive Design

The Framer website is obviously built in Framer, so with it alone we can see a little what the tool is capable of. Design is something that the tool does first class, high quality, complex designs, many animations available, perfect responsiveness and visual effects.

Framer Design

From scratch to publishing in minutes

A great feature of Framer when comparing the use of WordPress + Elements, for example, is the ease of starting the project. In minutes you have already created your account, designed some elements and published your website.

Deploy Framer

Framer CMS (Content Management System)

The framer has an embedded CMS, allowing the creation of more complex websites with blogs, portfolios, information repositories, etc.

CMS Framer

SEO Framer

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is essential for a self-respecting website, especially a website with a blog. Without a doubt, something that Framer does with excellence, providing all the tools necessary for good optimization.

SEO Framer

Website Translation

Another important feature that Framer offers is the possibility of translating your Website into other languages, making it easier to reach other audiences and expanding your reach.

SEO Framer

Framer Prices and Costs

Framer has a generous free plan to test the features and its plans start at R$25 / month. The CMS function is available from the Basic plan onwards and you can scale your plans as your website grows.

Framer Pricing

Webflow vs Framer Comparison

To conclude, it is important to make a comparison here between the two best tools on the market today for creating websites, Framer and Webflow

Framer X Webflow Community

In terms of community, because Webflow is an older tool and has been around for longer, the Webflow community is a larger community, in which you will find a little more templates, more tutorials and a more active community, while Framer, for Being a newer tool, we find fewer people active in the community. Nothing that changes and impacts usage much, but a point for our comparison.

Framer X Webflow Facility

When it comes to ease of use, Webflow is a tool that has a much higher learning curve compared to Framer. It is a tool that we like to use as an analogy, in which it is a tool created for developers that was translated to have a friendly visual interface.

Framer is a tool with a much more user-friendly interface and a much smaller learning curve. We like to bring the analogy that it is a tool that was designed for designers, with an interface very similar to Figma.

CMS Framer X Webflow

For CMS functionality, Webflow takes the lead, with much more complex functionality available, such as API integrations, while Framer has an excellent CMS system, but still poorly integrated.

Figma Framer X Webflow Integration

In terms of integration with Figma, Framer ends up taking the lead because it has a more fluid integration with Figma, but this is a feature that Webflow also has.

Framer X Webflow Pricing

Talking about prices, both tools have very similar prices, with Framer having more affordable prices in its initial plans.

Export Framer X Webflow Source Code

If exporting code is necessary for your project, Webflow will be the best option, giving the possibility of exporting while Framer does not have this option.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Framer emerges as an indispensable NoCode tool for freelancers and agencies in 2024, offering an agile and professional solution for developing websites, portfolios, and blogs. With its intuitive functionalities, integration with Figma, and SEO and CMS capabilities, Framer positions itself as the ideal choice for those seeking quality, efficiency and online visibility in a world increasingly dominated by digital technology.

This is the time to take advantage of the advantages that Framer offers to create or update your online space, maximizing your reach and enhancing your business opportunities.

For those who want to learn how to use Framer, the NoCode StartUp offers a complete course, from the fundamentals to creating practical projects such as a copy of Linktree and a personal portfolio with CMS.

Find out more at https://nocodestartup.io/nocode-pro.

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