Excuse me if I’m bothering you guys, but I just want to make this thread into some sort of discussion to discuss about weweb and its future.
Before stumbling upon weweb, i’ve been building sites with webflow, then one day I found that I need to make some simple CRUD with webflow, where I need to send to external database. I also need auth to work with it. I quickly found out that many people has the problem, and learnt about several solutions.
This solution was made famous by Connor Finlayson, where he made a freelancer portal with this stack and shared the how-to extensively at youtube. Many people would follow and use this stack. There are several shortcomings with this stack, that is…Firstly, Zapier is expensive, Imaging every workflow is counted and charged. Second, although you use airtable, to create subpages you still need to use Webflow’s CMS, so you are not utilising Airtable as backend fully. Memberstack is a really nice app to use, no comments there.
Wized integrates with Webflow and airtable ok, and provide built in auth. The problem was, the functions weren’t extensive, and it is just too slow. In this day and age, if an app is too slow, it won’t work.
The problem with bubble is the UI wasn’t customizable enough. Coming from webflow, it is a really big shortcoming. Other than that, they use their own CMS, means it wouldn’t scale.
Finally after going through all that, I found weweb. Weweb solves most of the problem above, a customizable UI, with extensive functions, and can be connected to any backend, very easily. Another thing I didn’t mention was UX and ease of use of the apps. Weweb’s UI/UX is just so great compared to the likes of Wized and Bubble. Having not much or no comparisons in the same category, I think weweb does really good job in structuring the builder. The way there’s collections, workflows, variables, components all just in the right place, very easy to understand and make sense. Weweb also expand beyond my imagination what no-code tools can do, whereas now I think you can built very robust app with it. Heck, @nicolatoledo.dev just rebuilt twitter.
Why I feel so strongly about weweb is also the fact that you guys build base on community’s feedback, and don’t hold anything back. Webflow is the most loved no-code tool, for a good reason, they turned coding in html and css into a visual builder. But everyone knows their shortcomings, where lately they always make company-motivated decisions not users-motivated. The recent issue with stacket was really bad. In the roadmap you guy’s are gonna allow users to host themselves and export code, that is a huge feature that represents weweb’s transparency and commitment to its users.
There is a shortcoming with weweb I want to address. To be fair, since I trust weweb so much, I think this and other issues will be fixed in no time, however I want to really get the priorities straight for you guys, that is why I make this thread. I hope everyone in the community would address their priority issues too.
The issue is performance and load speed. Weweb’s load speed is ok… but it isn’t fast. Even static sites are slow. If I open the docs, the link section loads slower than the static section, or the public roadmap page. Anyone can try put it on gtmetrix and it will show how bad it is. I think load speed is really important, way more important than additional features. That is why I am asking this would be the no.1 priority for you guys.
About components and plugin.
I think you guys should create a SDK and open platform where people can make components and sell/share it to others, or plugins as such. That way more values will be available to us users faster, also a community of users and builders will thrive in the marketplace. Additionally, a template, section marketplace.