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NetObjects Fusion 15 Review
Technology should make our lives easier
• Clean interface
• Easy to use
• Create mobile device sites and traditional sites
• Ecommerce capabilities
• No particularly exciting features
• No hosting capabilities
With NetObjects Fusion 15 you will be able to get your site up on the internet within a very short time. We think this software is one of the simplest to use but it is not the most attractive or feature-packed on the market.
This web design software is for beginners and more advanced users, and you can create a website displaying your own personal style in just a few steps. We found NetObjects Fusion easy to use, and the software handled the whole process from mapping the site to editing the pages.
The software is suitable for most kinds of sites, from basic brochures to complex magazine sites. We’ve looked at the NetObjects Fusion features to see how it stacks up against the competition.
Setup, like most of the website creation process, is easy with NetObjects. You download the software, run the application, and the Site Wizard gives you template options and the opportunity to create the different pages your site needs.
WYSIWG & HTML editing – NetObjects Fusions is WYSIWYG – you don’t need to know any code to create a web page. But NetObjects claims the package is also suitable for more advanced users. There are limitations to editing the code – you can edit the code but we found it to be quite tricky compared to other packages, and you can’t work directly on it.
Templates & graphics - NetObjects offers a limited number of pre-designed templates; not the best selection, but they are functional and meet the needs of basic sites. You can customize your page layout for extra style.
NetObjects also offers what they call the Cloud Burst, an application that lets you pick site templates, images and photos from the bank in order to install them in your website. Many of these you need to pay extra for, however. There is a range of free templates for creating Smart Phone-ready sites, which is a useful addition. We like this range of templates for mobile devices, which allow you to create a mobile-ready page in a few clicks.
Navigation & layout – Using the NetObjects Fusion program you map out the structure of your site using a hierarchical structure which is easy to follow and understand. The end result is similar in look to an organizational chart. Once you’ve selected your template, you create the layout. At the end of the process you have an overview of the entire site, showing how the pages branch off your homepage. Click on a page and edit it, add images and add text.
Photo gallery – Use the NetObjects Photo Gallery to string together your photos and produce a high quality gallery. There are added extras so you can jazz up your gallery with descriptions, captions and frames. The Image Bank gives you a selection of images and stock photos you can use royalty free when you are designing your website.
Security – We think the NetObjects safety technology is a good backup feature that prevents you from losing your work. Your website files are backed up in template form automatically, to a network drive or external drive, so you don’t lose what you’ve designed.
Search engine optimisation
This new version of the NetObjects Fusion offering doesn’t build a whole lot on previous SEO capabilities. The change comes in the form of newly-descriptive URLs that make your site more visible to the search engines.
Sell goods or services online by building an ecommerce catalogue and integrating this catalogue into your website by making it look the same. With this software you can also add credit card buying options to make sure you get the payments you need from your customers.
There is no hosting, web address or email included with this package, meaning you need to find your own server and complete the publishing process yourself.
NetObjects Fusion is integrated with Google Analytics. You have access to statistics on visitors to your site and can consequently keep up to date with how well you are doing in terms of traffic.
Ease of use
The NetObjects drag and drop interface is easy to use and responsive to small tweaks and changes. The interface is word processor-style easy, and slotting the different elements of the site into place gives you the core of your page, which you can then edit with text and images.
Help & support
There’s a technical support page on the NetObjects website which gives you access to FAQ’s, web design tutorials and user guides. This all helps you get the most out of the product. You can also use the NetObjects Community expertise - a bulletin board where you can post your questions and comments.
If you have a technical problem submit a support ticket to the Support Centre. We think it’s a shame you can’t contact the Support Centre by phone but email is always an option - at least, from Monday to Friday.
This software gives you an easy to use package to make it simple to create sites for your small business, hobby or family. It’s not quite as user friendly as other packages, and it does lack other software’s ease of customization, but you’ll be able to get a lot out of NetObjects Fusion 15.
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