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Best web design software

How many templates would you want to choose from?

By Tom Ball

This list includes web design software to suit any level of user, even if you do not currently fit the category of web designer and have no experience, you can soon proudly announce you are one. If you already call yourself an experienced web designer, there are options within this list that will be up to the task of satisfying your skillset.

Also included in this list are web design software options that will have all of the options and requirements to hold a business online. These options include marketing tools, and built-in platforms for monitoring analytics.

Price is also factored into our list, with a range of monthly payment schemes included to suit all budgets whether the website is intended for work or play.

 

Weebly

This software could be the one for you if you are keen to not be restricted to customising a site for either Apple or Android devices alone; with Weebly you have the option to make alterations for both.

Another pleasing feature is that it provides the user with a mobile editor service, and given the growing nature of modern business and everyday life being entwined with mobility, this function could prove really useful to many.

Web designWeebly may also be the way to go if you are lacking some technical skills, as this software has been widely reviewed as being usable from the minute you begin using it, without requiring any complicated set up. The tools provided are easy to learn about in practice.

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The interface is attractive and free of clutter, another factor that is conducive to a beginner being able to boldly start designing. Many of the features can be controlled on a drag and drop basis, meaning that most elements work exactly as expected.

One downside to working with this web design software is the fact that the user is only equipped with 18 templates, meaning that your creativity and individuality may feel curtailed. However, if you are a beginner, 18 template options may seem plenty.

Weebly is priced at $12.00 per month.

 

Strikingly

Here is an option that could prove to be a very formidable business choice, especially if you have a modern mind-set.

The web designer software also works on a single-page basis, while this may not be ideal for a sprawling design; it has a very streamlined, contemporary effect, and focuses the viewer on the brand and the important details.

This format has grown in popularity, and has been considered more usable, as to simply scroll down and absorb the information could be preferable to the barrage of information and options associated with the traditional webpage.

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The feature that makes this option a powerful one for business is the marketing potential that the tools offer. There in fact a specific set of marketing tools and this combines well with the unlimited storage; this also means that you can enrich the single-page format with media such as video.

Additionally the software involves an analytics section that actually adds a proprietary set of analytics to those of Google. This may also be more sought after if you are using this software for business purposes.

The downsides can be summarised in the fact that unlike Weebly, it is not the easiest to get to grips with and use, especially as a beginner. Another one that the user should keep it mind is that the work you have done cannot be exported at a later date if you choose to move on.

Strikingly is priced at: $16.00 per month.

 

Jimdo

This is another example of web design software that offers both a smart, tidy interface, while also being very easy to use. Jimdo also provides well regarded eCommerce tools, and a strong analytics section.

Jimdo may be most suitable for a business selling products directly, as this option specifically provides the ability to build a site with a shopping cart feature that can hold up to 15 products.

This web design software also gives the user the choice of forty templates, a factor that could be important to many designers with particular tastes.

Web designA further stand out feature that may be appreciated by experience web designers as special is the option to switch between different themes without having an impact on the content already present.

With some software, changing the theme can result it work being lost. The templates also adjust depending on what device you are using to view them.

This software also works on a drag and drop basis, making the tools very easy to put to use if you are someone with low technical skills and know how.  Jimdo also has SEO tools, important if boosting your rankings in searches is important to what you are intending to work on.

The downsides of this option are the fact that some advanced features that you can find in options on this list are not present, and you also have to use the hosting service that comes with the software.

Jimdo is priced at $7.50 per month.

 

Squarespace

This option is slightly more expensive than the others, but a lot of boxes are ticked, and a high quality option is what the user will find with Squarespace.

A factor of foremost importance is the excellent analytics services that are included in the software. Not only is the user provided with access to Google Analytics, but a built-in analytics tool is also available.

The software is regarded as looking good and performing at a high standard across all devices, including desktop of course. This is important due to common use of a whole range of devices just by one person in the modern world.

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While this software is also easy to use for a beginner with little or no technical experience of web design, the way that program works means that there are enough options and freedoms to be up to the required standard of an experienced web designer.

An interesting creative option that comes with Squarespace is the ability to actually make alterations to templates, which so far in our examples has not been possible. This breaks the mould of only having a certain number of template options, as here you can change them to fit your specification to some extent.

Squarespace is priced at $18.00 per month.

 

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Wix

The clearly outstanding feature provided in the Wix web design software is that there are over 500 templates for the user to get to grips with. This number is surely enough to keep anyone’s overflowing creativity satiated.

The wide array of interesting templates are not the only extensive feature of Wix, there is a broad selection of design tools, and options for hosting, unlike the restricting hosting options of Jimdo for example.

Whether you are experienced in web design or not, this software provides the user with a help wizard to help with the first steps out onto the ice of web design. This could be reassuring, as even when tools are simple to use, being shown how is always a plus.

Web designAs this is a web-based program, the user is granted the freedom to edit their website from any device. In addition to this, multiple editors can also access the site and make changes. This could be an extremely useful element if the website is intended for business purposes and a team is involved.

Experienced web designers may also benefit from the HTML editor included in the software for more detailed alterations be made to separate pages. There is also an added security feature with this software, as you can apply a password to individual pages.

Wix is priced at $7.00 per month.

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