Answered: How you can get the most out of cloneable Webflow projects

Ever wondered how you can make the most of cloneable Webflow projects? Look no further – I've put together a list of different ideas of how you can use cloneable elements to your advantage.

Webflow allows you to make entire website as well as certain elements available for cloning. This means you can use these elements (which can include items such as hamburger menus, sliders, FAQ lists and more) and sites for your own purposes be it your own website or even client projects. You can look at Webflow's own "Showcase" site to see what's available. But, remember, only projects that have the purple "clone" button can be transferred to your own account and re-used! As I am active in different Webflow-related Facebook groups and forums, I've come across an interesting question, I want to answer here: "How can I get most out of cloneable Webflow projects?". This is indeed a very valid question and I believe there a three main aspects to it:

Practising & Learning

Even if you're a Webflow pro already, there's always something new for you to learn and discover! Cloneable Webflow projects are a great way to find out how to build certain elements or integrate particular features you haven't worked with before. Having a pre-built project in your own account lets you dissect it and even rebuild it to learn new things for your own upcoming Webflow projects. Maybe there is a better way to build XYZ? Or you might discover that something you thought was too time consuming or tedious to build was actually quite easy to do? You'll only find out if you have a look at some of the projects other people have already completed and kindly made available for you.

Re-using items and saving time

Not sure how to build XYZ in Webflow? Your client is suddenly asking for a slider that can do XZY but it would eat up too much of your time? It pays off having certain reappearing and often requested elements in your arsenal to make use of them when needed. Sometimes, instead of trying to figure out how to develop a particular feature it might be faster to just use the pre-built, cloneable version and make style adjustments to fit your current project. At a later point in time when you've got more time available you can still go back and learn how to build this particular element yourself (also see previous paragraph).

Making your own elements

There might be a case that you cannot find what you're looking for in the Webflow Showcase and you are wondering "Why isn't this available, I use XYZ all the time in my projects?". You might see yourself rebuilding the same thing again and again (which is quite tedious and time consuming to  be honest). So why not create a generic version of your element (a certain hamburger menu or navigation bar hover effect) and make it available as a cloneable project for the Showcase? This way you don't only help out your fellow Webflow users who could be looking for the same item, but you could also be lifting your own profile and making a name for yourself in the community. Plus, since you are keeping the project (and its elements) in your own account, you don't have to recreate them over and over again. Time (and consequently money) saved! Also, you could potentially also make an extended version of your project for use as a paid Webflow template and utilise the free, cloneable version as a teaser (e.g. "if you also want feature xyz, check out my template in Webflow's marketplace").

I hope these ideas were helpful to you and get you going with Webflow's cloneable projects. One last hint: in order to find a particular project more easily in the showcase, check out the superb Showcase Search Page by Duncan Hamra (by the way this is also a cloneable Webflow project itself!).

Happy Holidays & happy cloneing!

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