A Beginner's Guide To Webflow Cloneables & Real Examples

A Beginner's Guide To Webflow Cloneables & Real Examples
Feb 16, 2023

Since the introduction of Dolly, the first cloned animal over two decades ago, the word 'cloning' has been met with skepticism and negative perceptions. However, in this article, we will explore a different form of cloning that is less intimidating to think about: that is website cloning. 

What is website cloning?

Website cloning is the process of creating a copy, or better say, a replica of another already existing website. This new cloned website is brought into existence by copying all the data, features, design, animations, and functionalities of the original website.

Additionally, one can divide website cloning into two categories: 

  • Legal or ethical website cloning
  • Illegal or unethical website cloning 

Legal cloning is the cloning of sites that are made under the CC0 (“no rights reserved”) license. That means that you are allowed to copy, modify, and use any part of that site for personal or commercial purposes.
Illegal cloning is the copying of data, design, and more, that infringes on the original website's copyright and trademark protections or that violates the website’s terms of use. These sites with cloning permissions turned off do not give access to others to copy their site and there also may be potential legal repercussions involved.

A step-by-step guide to Webflow cloneable

Webflow cloneable is a list of open-source websites created under the CC0 license by the Webflow community and displayed in the Made in Webflow section of Marketplace

A cloneable can also be just a simple interaction or specific functionality of a site, that you want to make it ready for anyone to clone and incorporate it in their own project, saving them time and effort!

A screenshot of the Cloneable sites library in Webflow Marketplace
Cloneable sites library - Webflow Marketplace

The process of cloning a site in Webflow is simple and goes like this:

  1. Go to Marketplace - Made in Webflow and select the Clonable sites only option
  2. Hover over the site you want to clone and click on View Details
  3. Click Clone in Webflow
A photo showing how to clone a site in webflow
Clone in Webflow Guide - Step 3
  1. Choose the Workspace you want to add your cloned website and then click Create site
A photo showing how to choose the workspace you want for saving the cloneable site
Clone in Webflow guide - Step 4
  1. Write a name for your site
  2. Finish by clicking the Create site button again to access your site in the Designer
A photo showing how to name the workspace and create the webflow cloneable site
Clone in Webflow guide - Last steps

Best practices for using Webflow cloneable

The benefits and purposes of website cloning can vary depending on the intended goals, such as learning, practicing, testing features, and more. Here are some of the best practices for using cloneable Webflow websites:

  • Reverse engineering a website: Especially helpful for beginners in web design, but not only, reverse engineering a site allows designers to learn the way the site was built, how were the different animations and interactions designed, etc. This helps a lot designers who have just started the design process to better understand the vast capabilities that the Webflow canvas gives them.

    Not only that, but it also aids the more experienced designers in understanding how some more complicated interactions were created. Additionally, it enables them to incorporate those functionalities that they might have not thought of before without the need to create them from scratch.
  • Website testing and development: if one has incorporated a Webflow cloneable template, he can create another exact cloneable and use it for testing and development purposes. That helps designers and developers experiment with different designs, fixes, or changes without affecting the live site until they are made sure that everything works well. Thus, it gives users a smooth experience when the changes are made to the main site.
  • Timesaving and cost-effectiveness: using Webflow cloneable sites can be a time and cost-saving solution if you want to quickly come up with a design for a start-up or small business with limited resources. That provides you with the means to also build up on that design and make the necessary adjustments to your liking, without having to develop from scratch. It saves you both time and money and provides you with worthwhile results.
  • Showcasing your web design expertise: another way cloneables are used is for showing off the skills of a web agency or a single designer/developer by sharing with others complex designs, be it of an entire site, or only specific interactions. In this way, they both promote themselves, and also show the power and capabilities of building even the most complex sites through Webflow. 

Webflow cloneables to learn from and get creative

Below, we will introduce you to some of the cloneable versions we have created of several well-known websites, providing you with the opportunity to explore and gain inspiration!

Pitch Website Cloneable

Pitch is a web-based presentation software designed to facilitate team collaboration in creating and sharing visually appealing and effective presentations. It allows users to create and edit presentations in real-time, as well as provides them with a range of customizable templates, themes, and design elements to aid users in creating engaging and professional-looking presentations. Check it out and dig into the design details!

A screenshot of the pitch.com homepage in a cloneable site
Pitch Website - Cloneable

As for the last two, there's no need for an introduction - simply dive in, reverse-engineer, customize, or do whatever you need to extract the most benefit and fit them perfectly to your needs. The possibilities are endless!

Webflow Cloneable Website

As another cloneable website, we decided to clone Webflow with all its interactions and functionalities. Analyze it and get inspired while doing so!

Webflow homepage screenshot in a cloneable site
Webflow Website - Cloneable

Apple Website Cloneable

Our latest cloneable is the iPhone 14 pro page from the Apple website. Take time to explore it and elevate your skills along the way with what you learn!

Iphone 14 pro page of apple.com in a cloneable site
Apple Website - Cloneable

In addition to cloneables, we develop stunning Webflow templates and keep our blog updated with various articles about web design and guides on how to use Webflow assets and features, so be sure to check us out for our latest insights!

Summing Up

Webflow Cloneable provides designers and developers with a time and cost-saving solution for website creation. By allowing users to clone open-source websites and design elements, Webflow Cloneable enables them to reverse engineer, test, and develop their own website designs.

Additionally, Webflow Cloneables provide a real example for showcasing the expertise of web agencies and individual designers, while also highlighting the power and capabilities of building even the most complex sites through Webflow. With the numerous cloneable versions of popular websites available, designers and developers have a great opportunity to explore, learn, and get creative.

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