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Webflow 101 crash course

Start off the year with a 21-day portfolio challenge

Beginner - Intermediate
2hr

Webflow closes the gap between what you can imagine and what you can bring to life. This introductory course is a great place to learn how to design, build, and launch responsive websites — visually. These lessons will give you an overview of Webflow’s UI, basic building blocks, and best practices for building on the web. We're so glad to have you here. Let's get started!

Jump right in to Webflow — get an overview of the basics and get started on building your first website, without learning or writing code.

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Lessons in this course

Getting started
Web structure
Element basics
Components
Styling basics
Layout
Responsive design
Interactions core concepts
CMS & Dynamic content
CMS Collection fields

The challenge

Challenge
Day
Be a website hero
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The ultimate navbar
02
Magical CMS layout
03
Formulate leads and science
04
Virtual shoes for your site
05
Hello, it's responsiveness
06
Show off your project pages
07
Project pages working everywhere, anywhere
08
The optimum contact page
09
Show us your contact page
10
Test your Open Graph settings
11
Shine a light
12
Bring your portfolio to life
13
Lost, but never forgotten
14
Password-protected
15
Practice accessibility
16
Share your design in progress
17
Ready, set, publish!
18
Portfolio verification
19
Update your CMS
20
Showcase your portfolio
21

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Webflow closes the gap between what you can imagine and what you can bring to life. This introductory course is a great place to learn how to design, build, and launch responsive websites — visually. These lessons will give you an overview of Webflow’s UI, basic building blocks, and best practices for building on the web. We're so glad to have you here. Let's get started!

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Course outline

Getting started
Web structure
Element basics
Components
Styling basics
Layout
Responsive design
Interactions core concepts
CMS & Dynamic content
CMS Collection fields

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Webflow 101 crash course

41
Lessons
Getting started
Getting started
Web structure
Web structure
Element basics
Element basics
Components
Components
Styling basics
Styling basics
Layout
Layout
Responsive design
Responsive design
Interactions core concepts
Interactions core concepts
CMS & Dynamic content
CMS & Dynamic content
CMS Collection fields
CMS Collection fields

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Style panel overview

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HTML tags

In Webflow, HTML tags give us an easy way to control the default styling for a particular element, without creating a unique class. For example, you can define the default styles for all paragraphs by editing the All Paragraphs tag. Adding a class with styles will override these default styles.

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Classes

Making manual style changes to each and every element is tedious and time-consuming. And entering repetitive values for hours and then trying to update those values one by one can be frustrating. Classes save styling information that you can apply to as many elements as you want throughout your project.

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Typography

Format your text with search engines and accessibility in mind.

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States

To add some interactivity to your elements in Webflow, you can change the way they look and behave using states. As you're styling an element, clicking the States menu lets you toggle between the various states, like Hover and Pressed, you can access and style.

In this video, we'll explain the four states you can style for any element:

  1. None
  2. ‍Hover
  3. ‍Pressed
  4. ‍Focused

Then show you how to style those states to indicate interactivity. Then we'll dig into applying transitions to smooth out the change from one state to another, and finally, discuss the "current" state, which is a handy indicator for navigational links.

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Spacing

In the Style panel, you can define the spacing (margin and padding) for each element. In this article, we’ll cover what each of these layout controls is and how they’ll affect your elements. These properties make it possible to create responsive websites with content that reflows while creating consistent spacing.

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Flexbox

Flexbox, also known as flex or flexible box layout, allows you to control the alignment of elements in a box in any way you’d like — solving complex layout problems that designers have been struggling with for years.

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Grid

The grid layout in Webflow brings CSS grid to life on a completely visual canvas, giving you more direct control over your layout and design. With grid, you can reposition and resize items anywhere within the grid you define to produce powerful, responsive layouts — faster.

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Position

The position settings in the Style panel allow you to set the relative positioning of elements, the float settings, and the clear settings.

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Overview dynamic content

In this video, we'll explain the differences between static and dynamic content, and learn why the latter is so useful for some of the most popular content types on the web, from blog posts to product pages.

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Intro to Webflow CMS

A CMS (content management system) is a tool for managing and publishing dynamic content. The website references that dynamic content on different pages. So anytime you or your client creates or changes content in the CMS, it updates all the pages where it’s referenced, instantly.

The Webflow CMS gives you full control over your content structure and how this content is designed throughout your project — all without you even touching a line of code.

In this video, we'll introduce some basic concepts behind the CMS, including:

  1. ‍Structuring content
  2. ‍Referencing content
  3. ‍Editing content
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Collection list

Collection lists are one of two ways to add and design dynamic content from a CMS collection or an Ecommerce Collection. You can add Collection lists to any type of page. The other way to add dynamic content is with Collection pages.

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Collection pages

Whenever you create a new item (e.g., blog post, help article, etc.) in a Webflow CMS Collection, a page is automatically created for it. Collection Pages work like templates — the layout and design of the Collection Page will apply to every Collection item's page.

That means Collection Pages are essentially templates for recurring pieces of content, such as blog posts, help articles, or even landing pages.

In this video, we'll show you how to:

  1. Create a Collection Page
  2. Add and connect content
  3. Preview Collection Pages
  4. Link to a Collection Page

Plus, we'll show you the settings you can adjust for Collection Pages.

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Intro to the CMS Editor

The Webflow Editor makes editing the website, and publishing new content, really easy for your client or your team. The Webflow Designer is a powerful tool for building websites, and the Webflow Editor is a simplified interface that’s focused on editing website content. You can edit content right on the page, or in the panels below the page.

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Plain text field overview

The plain text field is a CMS field you can use in your Collections. This field is best used for basic textual content that doesn't need special formatting like headings, inline styles, or inline media like images or video. In this video, we'll explain how to add and use plain text fields in your Webflow CMS Collections.

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Rich text field

The rich text field is a CMS field used in Collections. Us it to give collaborators all the text formatting options they expect from a writing tool, including bold, italics, inline images, links, and more. In this video, we'll explain how to add and use rich text fields in your Webflow CMS Collections.

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Image field

The image field is a CMS field used in Collections that allows you and your collaborators to upload an image to your Collection items and use it in your designs. In this video, we'll show you how to use the image field.

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Switch field

The switch field is a CMS field used in Collections, usually as a filtering tool. Like any toggle, it has two values: Yes or No. Collaborators can toggle a switch on or off to specify, for example, if a blog post “is featured.”

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Reference field

The Reference field is a Collection field that you can add to any of your Collections. This powerful field allows you to link to an item in a different Collection. You can then use the referenced item’s content in Collection Lists and Collection Pages. In this video, we'll discuss some common uses of the Reference field, then show you how to make the most of it in your designs. To reference multiple items from a different Collection, use the Multi-reference field.

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Multi-reference field

A multi-reference field is just like a reference field, except it allows you to reference more than one item. This is great for tagging systems, related content, and other instances where you want to connect one item to many others. In this video, we'll show you how to use this powerful field in your CMS-driven websites.

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Director of Education

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Micah Johnson

Webflow educator

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