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Serif WebPlus X8 Review
This product has been dis-continued by Serif.
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• No HTML skills required
• Professional looking templates
• Plenty of helpful tutorials
• Button Studio for creating buttons and navbars
• No advanced video capabilities
• No advanced reporting tools
Everything you need to create a great looking website without the need of any programming experience. Serif WebPlus X8 is a web-based software package so you can design and update your site from any computer with an internet connection.
WebPlus X8 has the look and feel of a desktop publishing program but with none of the complexity and more of the convenience. Creating a professional-looking website is easy with this web design software. We’ve looked at the package to rate its features and tools.
When you launch the software you will be greeted with a welcome screen that gives you the option to create or open a web project. If you want to create a new project you can either start from scratch or from one of the design templates provided.
WYSIWG & HTML editing - You don't need to know any HTML to create a website using WebPlus. All the creation takes place with drag-and-drop tools to position what you want, where you want it.
Templates & graphics - The templates included are professionally designed and you can use one if you need to get up and running quickly. You can browse through the templates easily; you can also filter the results based on a particular color scheme. When you select a template you will see a preview of the different page templates (i.e. about us, contact pages).
You can edit images using the PhotoLab tool so there’s no need to buy any extra photo editing software. As you’re editing your image (i.e. changing its color balance or lighting) you can see the original and how it will potentially look previewed in real-time. It’s a great addition to the software and one that we'd like to see others incorporate.
Navigation & layout - Once you've selected a template it’s very easy to customize it and link the pages. Using the 'Quick Builder' bar, you can drag and drop text, images, navigational elements and even flash items into the webpage. The package comes with a range of shapes and graphics, some of which are quite basic but you can create your own from scratch in the new Button Studio.
Photo gallery - There’s a facility for photo galleries, or you can link to a Flickr account to display your photos – uploaded photos are automatically shown in slideshows on your website.
Video & Adobe Flash - You can easily integrate YouTube videos into your website to stream your own videos and music.
Blogs - Serif WebPlus includes the facility to incorporate a blog on your website, as well as a forum to canvas the opinions of your visitors.
Google maps - Put Google Maps on your site to locate your business, and show the front of your building for extra exposure.
Banner advertising - If you want to make a little money from your website, you can easily integrate Google Adsense.
Booking system - If you’re running a restaurant or a bed and breakfast, your customers can make bookings over the online system, and see which dates and times are available on a color-coded calendar. This feature, like the others, is easy to install.
Search engine optimisation
WebPlus comes with search engine optimization tools you can use to improve your page ranking. There’s also a free add-on of Google Analytics, which helps you track your website’s success and decide which pages are working best.
This website design software offers the complete package, including an ecommerce facility for small businesses. The ecommerce facility is integrated with PayPal, RomanCart and Mal’s so your customers can pay securely.
Setting up a store is simple with the set-up wizard. Add all your items, mark different prices for different styles of colors and set up the payment link.
Web hosting - This website design package comes with six months’ of free web hosting, web address and email. Hosting is with the Silver package, which provides 250MB of web space and 2GB of bandwidth. There’s no domain included but you get a sub-domain. You can continue with a paid subscription after your trial runs out.
The Google Analytics add-on is available to give you reports on your website but the software doesn’t include any other reporting tools.
Ease of use
The drag-and-drop facility, the clear and user-friendly interface and the flexibility in design options combine to create an easy-to-use package. With Serif WebPlus you can create a website form scratch in very little time. The processes are easy to understand and carry out, making this a very user-friendly software package.
Help & support
Help and support for setting up your website is mainly supplied from video and PDF tutorials and articles in the knowledge base. You can also ask questions in the forum and send a question ticket to the support personnel if you have a technical problem.
Serif WebPlus X8 is an extremely flexible, easy-to-use system that allows you to set up a website in super-quick time, or spend longer on a fully customized version. There's no limit on how many web sites you can create and you can host them anywhere. Serif WebPlus X8 is ideal for personal websites, families, schools, clubs and businesses, especially commercial business that need an online shop or booking facility.
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