You need a website. This is a phrase you must have heard very often. Although it’s been cliched, it holds a lot of truth; as you truly need one. Your website is your home on the internet and a website builder is an easy tool to help have one without a thorough knowldege of coding.
Anyone with an organization, a small business, or just a passion needs a website to share it with the world.
Getting your message out these days requires good helpings of Facebook and Twitter, with maybe a dash of Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Tumblr. In Cameroon however, you might only need a facebook page to get your business active on the internet space.
But that’s not enough: if you want an internet presence that truly represents you or your organization, you also need a website that sets you apart from the crowd, and, you musn’t spend thousands of CFA francs to have your website.
With little or no coding experience, guess what? you can build your own website. Website builders are readily available to do much of the work for you.
In this review, we’ve rounded up the most up-to-date, intuitive, and highly recommended pieces of web design software available today — taking into consideration ease of use, richness of features, and value for money.
1. Adobe dream weaver (paid)
Adobe Dreamweaver is among the most popular offline web design and development applications today. Its grid system allows grid-based responsive layouts for three device sizes at once — a huge timesaver for web developers who work for desktop, tablet, and cell phone sites. With its simplified coding engine, you can create, code, and manage dynamic websites conveniently.
The downside to using adobe dream weaver is: you can’t use this if you don’t have sufficient coding knowledge and skills. As earlier mentioned, adobe is a timesaver for web developers, because it gives seasoned web developers and designers great flexibility. Beginners will have a hard time getting familiar with this web design software.
So you might try weebly.
2. Weebly (Free and paid)
Weebly is a popular web building and designing software. It can be used to create web designs for general websites and online eCommerce stores. Weebly comes with a drag and drop interface to create your web design in just a few minutes.
It’s a hosted solution. The drag and drop feature makes it even simpler to develop your website design. Good news is; you don’t need to write any single line of code!
Though the free version of Weebly comes with everything you need to make beautiful websites, it’s worth checking out their paid plan for more features and options.
Hindrances with using weebly is it lacks reusable photo storage, mobile sites are not customizable, and there’s no interface-wide undo feature.
3. Adobe photoshop (paid)
Adobe Photoshop is a highly advanced tool and you’ll likely need some training before you start. Once you know how to use it, you can enjoy the best experience in web designing.
Adobe Photoshop is a premium web design tool. It has tons of options to create and edit your web templates. It works with images and you can create the graphics for your web design (if you know some graphic designing). With its infinite color and gradient options, you can make the best template designs.
Adobe Photoshop gives you a blank canvas to bring your imagination to life. You can attach images, move elements, draw boxes, crop the edges, and edit your template exactly the way you want. It works with layers, which makes your job really simple. You can show/hide a layer to efficiently manage your web design elements.
4. Gimp (free)
GIMP is a popular free web design tool. Like Adobe Photoshop, it works with images to create web pages and template designs. It may not have the same advanced features as Photoshop, but it comes with all the tools that you’ll need to build a beautiful web template.
The software is available for all your devices. You can work on high-resolution images to create artwork, mockups, and web designs.
5. Google web designer (free)
The good news is that this is done via an extremely simple to use GUI (graphical user interface) which incorporates point-and-click design tools covering text, basic shapes, 3D animations and much more. Any 3D features are shown on a timeline at the bottom of the window. The panels on the right-hand side of the interface allow you to fine-tune further options such as colors.
Google Web Designer is still in beta testing, so lacks certain features such as being able to open HTML files created outside the tool. Nevertheless, it does include a handy web preview option which will open your current project in your default browser. You can also automatically publish content.
6. Gator builder (paid)
Gator Builder is a web design and development software by HostGator. It’s packed with dozens of web templates for every business niche. The templates are beautiful and fully dynamic to work with third-party services. You can use the drag and drop interface to add images, videos, Google Map, and more in a few clicks.
Since it’s built by HostGator, each plan comes with a hosting option as well. Gator Builder integrates with social channels to display feeds from your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.
Downsides are : no photo editing, cannot schedule blog posts, limited app store and no email marketing.
7. Sketch (paid)
Sketch is a web design software for Mac devices. It’s a professional tool focused on creating web templates and designs. It works with vector images, so you’ll get the best, highest-resolution results. The toolbar and options are very simple.
Sketch gives you the full flexibility to create and manage your web design projects. It comes with a mirroring feature that allows you to test your web design template on multiple devices like a mobile phone or a tablet. That way, you can be 100% sure how your web design will appear on different screen sizes.
While Sketch is great for mobile and web interfaces, it isn’t sufficient for creating custom logos, complex illustrations, or in-depth print designs. Sharing in the cloud, resolution not as good as the screens don’t render in totally high resolution. Clients will see pixelation and distortion when they zoom in to your designs, which can be alarming for them.
8. Figma (free and paid)
Figma is a multi-user web design software. It allows you to connect with your design team to work on the same web template. It provides you with all the things you need for any of your project design requirements, including full-fledged vector illustration, prototyping capabilities, and code generation. This makes it one of the best apps for team-based collaborative design projects. It comes with fonts, colors, and other settings in its editing panel.
The issue with figma is you need to be always (almost) online as long as you are working on your site. Equally, it needs a decent RAM & Graphic Cards to run smoothly. Well, actually it needs 4GB of RAM and an Intel HD 3000 (or similar) Graphic Card. It may sound like an easy setup for a graphic designer’s computer, but if you pass it on to a non-design person, it may not be a good experience for them.
9. Wix (free and paid)
Wix is one of the most popular tools for web designers both for desktop and mobile devices. Whatever level of technical or programming skill you have, its template editor is user-friendly and lets you build your site without having to learn how to code.
Downside with wix is it is impossible to switch template. Once your website is up and running, you’re not allowed to switch to another theme. This makes it more difficult to revamp your site’s design. You need to do this manually or start again from scratch.
Wix is Significantly pricier than other web design tools. Wix pricing plans all remain more expensive than those of more popular competitors, such as Weebly and Squarespace.
10. Square space (paid)
Squarespace is geared toward a more classy and visually appealing tone. It’s aimed at helping creatives to showcase their artistry. Even without any coding knowledge, you can set up beautiful websites using Squarespace.
Good points with Squarespace is It allows mobile editing. Using Squarespace’s app, you can even make changes to your website from your phone. The app allows you to publish blog posts, add announcements, etc. Offline changes can also be synced. If you lose your internet connection unexpectedly, your unfinished work can still be synced once you get back online.
Sadly, Squarespace is not a pure drag and drop website builder. While you can fully customize your website using Squarespace, even with no coding skills, unlike other tools with drag and drop features, it takes a little longer to get to grips with it. But once you’re familiar, things will get easier. It also doesn’t carry an app store for third-party widgets, so you’ll rely more on its in-built features.
11. Webflow (free and paid)
WebFlow is an easy to use, responsive web design tool that has an intuitive interface that’s perfect for designers, web entrepreneurs, creative professionals and web newbies to create a website that looks good across all devices.
WebFlow is user-friendly to those who don’t have a clue about coding. If you want to build your website on your own but have no technical knowledge, Webflow would be perfect for you. You can create and update your site without having to touch any code.
12. Wordpress (free and paid)
WordPress is an alternative way to set up and design your website, being rather different to the other offerings we’ve highlighted here because it’s actually a content management system (CMS).
The power here is that it is a simple matter to set up a website in minutes. Indeed, many web hosting packages include a one-click install of WordPress from their Control Panel, but even without that, WordPress is relatively easy to install.
The disadvantage of using WordPress is that it doesn’t come with a built-in drag and drop interface. However, you can simply add any drag and drop extensions that will allow you to simply drag and drop items.
ALAS! we’ve come to the end. There are many other web builders that exist out there but these are the ones we believe is worth trying out, since they’ve been reviewed many times by other blogs.
If you have taken interest in setting up your website after this read, that’s great. We hope your site turns out as you fancied. If it doesn’t, don’t worry too much about it. The first time isn’t always a success. And we are ever ready to run to your rescue if you need help 🙂 . Just keep in touch with us here
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