To turn a Figma design into a website, you need to install the “Figma to Webflow plugin” from the Figma Community. Once it’s installed, you need to connect it to your Webflow account. Then choose a design frame to copy and paste it into a Webflow project.
Hi! My name is Yana, and Figma is my favorite design tool to work with. Unfortunately, Figma doesn’t allow you to create a website, so I had to use a website builder such as Webflow to implement my design on a real project.
In this article, I will guide you through a step-by-step process on how to convert an existing design into a Webflow project. I will also show you how to create a hero page using the Figma to Webflow plugin and answer some of the most frequently asked questions.
Let’s dive in.
- Make sure your design frame and all the frames inside of it are made with the Auto-layout feature to be able to convert it to Webflow correctly.
- By working with powerful tools such as Figma and Webflow, you can implement your designs or create clickable prototypes quickly and efficiently.
- Consider using the Webflow layout templates to help you create basic designs, such as landing pages.
Convert Figma Design to Webflow with a Plugin
Webflow is a website builder that is loved by web designers because it lets you seamlessly transfer your design and create prototypes or fully functioning websites. Last year, the Webflow team created a Figma plugin that now makes the transfer process easy.
You can transfer your existing designs or start making a design from scratch by using one of the Webflow layout templates. This is a time-saving and efficient method of design iteration. All you have to do is install the plugin and connect your Figma and Webflow accounts.
Let’s take a closer look at how to do it.
Method 1. Converting Existing Project
Step 1. To begin, let’s install the Figma to Webflow plugin from the Figma Community. Hit the Try it out button, to add it to your account. You also always can find it from the Resources tab on the top of the screen. Press the Run button to start the plugin.
Step 2. If you are using this plugin for the first time, you will go through a short onboarding process. Follow the steps on the screen to connect your Webflow account with Figma. You may notice that the plugin gives you the option to transfer frames with the Auto Layout feature. Read this article to learn more about it.
Pro Tip: Another key factor to consider is that all the frames inside your design must incorporate auto layout. Also, you can not transfer components, so make sure you detach the instance of all the components in your design project.
If there are any other issues with converting your design to Webflow, you will see a yellow caution sign that tells you what should be changed in order to transfer the design.
Step 3. Once all of the frames you want to transfer to Webflow have the proper settings, you can start to convert the design and run the Figma to Webflow plugin.
Step 4. Choose the frame to transfer and press the blue button Copy to Webflow. From there, all the design elements will be copied to the clipboard and prepared for transfer. To complete the process, simply paste your design into one of your Webflow projects.
Step 5. Open your Webflow profile and select one of the projects you have, or create a new one by pressing the New Site button.
Step 6. Use the Command/Ctrl + V key shortcut to paste your design to Webflow. In certain instances, the fonts may be substituted with available options in Webflow, potential layout adjustments could occur, and there’s a chance that images or icons might be lost during the transfer. Therefore, it is important to dedicate some time to refine and perfect your design before it goes live.
Method 2. Designing a Project from Scratch
An alternative approach to ensure a smooth transfer of your design to Webflow is by utilizing templates. With this method, all the settings will be preserved and no significant changes are required. Let’s explore how to create a design that will be transferred to Webflow from scratch.
Step 1. Start by running the Figma to Webflow plugin and choose a layout from the library. For example, if you would like to have a landing page, you can start by adding a navigation bar and the header section.
Step 2. The frames will already be in auto layout, which is pretty awesome because now you just need to adjust the settings and change the content to customize your design.
Step 3. Once you are done and have a design you want to transfer to Webflow, run the plugin and press the Copy to Webflow button to copy the assets. Copy and paste each screen for the project to display correctly in the Webflow.
Even though this plugin is amazing and allows you to create a responsive website, there can still be some errors in the performance. Nevertheless, the advantages offered by this plugin outweigh any potential drawbacks.
Here are the answers to a few of the most frequently asked questions about converting Figma design to Webflow.
Is Webflow Better than Figma?
Considering that these two tools serve different purposes, it depends on your goals. While Webflow is a website builder that helps you to implement your designs with no coding involved, Figma allows you to create complex web or mobile designs using prototypes and animation.
Is There a Way to Convert Figma to HTML?
You can export a Figma design file to HTML by using the plugins HTMLGenerator, pxCode, or Anima from the Figma community to help you.
Can I Publish a Website from Figma?
To publish a website from Figma you will need the help of a developer or a website designer. You need to export your design as an HTML or CSS file to be able to share it with the developer or you can do it on your own by using Webflow or other website builders.
I hope this guide has helped you have a better understanding of how to convert Figma designs to Webflow. Designers have been waiting for a Webflow plugin for a long time, and it makes the whole conversion process much easier.
If you experience any issues with plugin performance, you can always leave a request on the plugin page and get some help from the Webflow developers team.
Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions about transferring your Figma design to Webflow.