I came upon webflow. Someone recommended it as a good new tool for pixel-perfect design.
It looks well. They offer a nice sample project, a set of tutorials vidoes, and even a brief guided tour. I decided to create a test project in order to get a feeling of how the tool works. My attempt did not start well. What I got was a threshold telling me:
test.webflow.io is already taken
- This is the same type of interaction that I wrote about recently in yaas project id already exists. Unlike in the yaas case, here the message is as simple as possible and appears right below the affected field.
- The main problem, however, is the same: they use the website name in the URL that they construct for the website and expect me to find a unique name across the entire webflow system just to play around with some test content. I agree that if I want to publish the site for production or some other reasons, I might want to have a meaningful URL. Then, uniqueness is needed. For a starter, however, a random id will do perfectly well.
- There is an additional thing here. In the right end of the Choose URL field there is a button-like red x in a circle. I tried clicking it in an attempt to clear the error. The x is not a button, so clicking is a false affordance – does not do anything.
Overall, this was a show stopper for me: I did not try the service, I spent my time writing this post.
Quick and dirty: There is hardly anything to be improved in terms of text.
Design for humans: Generate an id automatically and use it in the URL, and thus eliminate the need for the error message. Alternatively, put next to the message a link that on click generates a random id.
30 September 2015 | webflow