Oftentimes as a Webflow Designer a client might get you to work on a site that has been built by another Designer or agency. The work might be just simple content changes your client doesn't have time for (or doesn't have the ability to do). You could also be tasked to add new features, make changes to the visuals or integrate new services. Sounds pretty straight forward, right? The point of this article is to give you a brief overview of some of the things you should consider when taking over a pre-built Webflow site. So let's get right into it!
Brand manual and style guide
If you need to add new elements or even page layouts it is really useful to have a brand manual or style guide at hand. This helps you to get up to speed with the brand's "look & feel" and ensures you are using the right typefaces, colours and overall visual language. Look out for a "Stylesheet" (or similar) page in their Webflow project which will hopefully specify some of these items already.
3rd-party tools and integrations
Is your client using services like Memberstack, Elfsight or Jetboost? Make sure to check which additional services they are using with their Webflow site, where/how they are used on the site (such as cookie banner, CMS collection filter on page X etc.) and how to access them. You'll not only need login details for most external tools, but also have to possibly factor in some time learning how to use them. Even if you know how to operate the tools your client utilises, you still have to get your head around the settings the previous designer or agency has put in place.
Find out what can stay and what can change
Talk to your client and/or the previous designer about what can be amended on the site and what needs to stay as is. You don't want to remove items that are a must-have and spend unnecessary time recreating things later on. However if there are things you think could be improved or that you are unsure about, talk about it!
Watch out for custom code
Hopefully this brief outline of what to look out for when taking over a Webflow project from another agency or designer helps you when you work on your next project. Have you got anything that I have missed and that needs to be added to this article? Let me know!
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