Editor’s note: This article is brought to you by Webydo.
Designers have always had a challenging role to play in the website creation process. They are often the first ones to work with a client, establishing a rapport with them as they work together to create the look and feel for a new website. Then, just as the design of that new site is being finalized and approved, those designers are often forced to hand over their work to a developer.
The developer then codes that design into the resulting webpages – a process that takes time and, in some cases, as much as 70% of a project’s budget to complete. Unless that designer decides to learn how to code websites themselves, this is the process which they are forced to work under – until now.
Promoted with the “by designers, for designers” chant, Webydo is a code-free, web design suite that empowers design professionals to take a greater role in the website creation process, offering a compelling alternative for designers looking to break away from the traditional process of handing work (and budget) off to a developer for hand coding.
Let’s take a look at what to expect from Webydo.
A Professional-Quality Platform
There have been plenty of DIY web design options available for many years now. These rudimentary tools are however not professional-grade. They are B2C offerings that are suitable for hobbyists looking to quickly build a basic web presence by choosing a template, adding a few photos and text, and calling it a day.
This is not how a professional designer works. And it’s also not how Webdyo works. Webydo is a B2B solution that was created with the needs of design professionals in mind.
Versatility and Ease of Use
Webydo has the flexibility and features that you simply will not find in simpler alternatives. Webydo is an online software accessible via a browser, and getting started on it is quick and easy.
Once you are signed in, you can begin a project by either selecting an existing design theme, choosing a popular layout structure as your starting point, or opening a blank canvas to have total control over your design/project.
Drag-and-drop features and an intuitive interface allow designers to create the look and feel of a webpage directly in-browser while the software writes the code needed to turn that design into a working webpage. The code, by the way, is W3C validated and of a high standard.
Code-Free Web Development Features
It’s one thing to be able to use Webydo to set fonts, colors and layout – aspects of a webpage that any design professional will be familiar and comfortable with, but how about more development-centric features that are popular on websites today?
Webydo allows for these features to be easily added too. Many of the popular features the platform includes are ones that were added based on requests from their community of 130,000 designers.
On top of that, one of the most powerful features of Webydo is its pixel-perfect responsive editor. On today’s Web, sites must work well across a wide range of devices and screen sizes. On Webdyo, designers can create websites that respond to mobile devices, large screen desktops, and everything in between and they have total control over how their sites will look for each size.
Another popular approach on websites today is a parallax scrolling effect, where elements of the foreground move at a different rate than those in the background. This effect creates a sense of depth and can be used very effectively as a storytelling device. Webydo allows designers to easily add parallax scrolling animations to their sites, all without writing a line of code.
No tool will ever be able to fully mirror the rapid pace of change in the web design industry, but it is encouraging to see that Webydo is actively listening to their community of users and being committed to the continual improvement on their platform.
Powerful Business Capabilities
In addition to the design and development features of Webydo, the platform also includes a number of more business-centric capabilities that designers should also be excited for.
- CMS features will give professional designers the ability to train their clients on how to manage their websites and make typical content changes once that site has gone live.
- There is even a white-label option for designers who want to brand the solution as their own.
- Client billing can also be handled from directly within Webydo, making it much more than just a platform used to design websites.
The Limitations of the Webydo Platform
Webydo sounds pretty amazing, and it is, but like any software, it does have its limitations.
First off, Webydo is a subscription-based service. There is a 30-day free trial which gives you access to features like client billing and while label solutions. After that period, the cost depends on the plan you select, starting at $9/month for one website.
Another limitation is that should you decide to move away from Webydo, you can export your site design to take it with you. You won’t, however have access to the CMS-editing capabilities as well as other helpful features of the platform.
If you are a design professional who has been frustrated with the typical way of creating websites and want to have more control over the entire process, then Webydo is certainly worth a look. You can create an account in minutes and take advantage of the 30-day free trial to see if it is a fit for your design business.
You can learn more, and create your account, at www.webydo.com.