Currently, Webflow attaches all configuration aspects of Hosting to the Billing status. If billing is canceled, all of the configuration is wiped out. Before billing & hosting are established many of the important pre-launch configuration steps cannot be performed.
In further detail, these are the two main problems we face;
1 - If Billing is canceled, all hosting and configurations settings are completely *wiped out*
This just happened to us for the first time today on a major client, due to a corporate merger. We woke up to their website down, all host names deleted, all redirects deleted, all billing history deleted - and had to completely setup billing and hosting again completely from scratch.
Most of this is doable in short order, but certain elements like the list of redirects for their marketing brochures, billboard campaigns, etc. are entirely gone and don't exist anywhere else.
( This brings up a separate issue, that these configuration settings should be part of the site backup )
2 - We cannot configure host names or redirects until after billing and hosting are activated.
The current experience for us is...