Web Builders – Who Will Build the Next Billion Web Sites

Webflow CEO Vlad Magdalin discusses disparities in access to the internet, how accessibility to web design can be improved, and who will build the next billion websites.

One of the first Low Code tool categories that will appeal to the mass market comes under the banner of ‘Web Builders’.

Quite simply they are tools for creating web sites and apps. Distinguishing them from the enterprise market where the focus is more on a traditional IT landscape, featuring legacy systems, existing DevOps processes et al.

As the name suggests Web Builders have a specific function, typically to output a standalone web application. Breaking this down further you have:

It’s not a hard and fast distinction, they all operate mostly the same way, ie. a template selection process followed by *some* degree of customization. Web page builders emphasize the visual output of the template process, whereas app builders focus more on enabling code development, with visual output still important but not to the same degree.

Helpful scenarios would include the difference between publishing a promo landing page for a webinar or ebook, vs building a new online business model. Page builders are ideal for the former and app builders the latter.

For example if you are launching as a new freelance wedding photographer, publishing a web site like this one, built on Dorik, might be exactly and all that you need. That plus a simple ‘contact me’ form is all the tech needs you have, so a ‘click and build’ process is ideal for you.

Instead if you want to build the next billion dollar unicorn, maybe some kind of Twitter clone, then using Bubble is likely a better route, especially as you can fast-track the idea with a template.

The Next Billion Web Sites

For an insightful introduction to the sector this presentation from Webflow CEO Vlad Magdalin, on a mission is to democratize creativity for the web.

Here he discusses the disparities in access to the internet across the world, how accessibility to web design can be improved, and who will build the next billion websites, at Awwwards Conference San Francisco.

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