WEB DESIGN FOR
Goodhour, Synapse Circuit Readers! Season’s Greetings! I hope that all is well;
you’ve managed to avoid catching a cold or flu! Have you done your Christmas
shopping! But is there something missing?!
Yes! You have a G+, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other account but what you
don’t have your own website! Isn’t it about time you had your own web page for
whatever it is that you are passionate about? Perhaps you know someone who is
gifted at crafts and could do with an online shop? Read on...
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Today, there is no excuse for not having your own website! It may be
hard in the real world to own property but in Cyberspace you can have your very
own real estate! Look, the way the economy is going around the world it seems
that technology is taking over... So, why not have your own ecommerce enable
shop? You could be selling anything from personalized, hand crafted greetings
cards to vehicles! Anything you like – providing it’s legal! Let’s take a look
at the very best of web design software out there...
1. INCOMEDIA WEBSITE
The trouble with a majority of web design software is that it is assumed
that the recipient has enough computing experience to be able to create a
website from scratch! When I used to teach beginners on how to use Adobe
Dreamweaver a majority of the class never even used a photo editing /
manipulation program such as Photoshop. But one thing was for sure is that all
the pupils had grand ambitions beyond their scope for their websites.
Enter Incomedia Website X5 Evolution 11 (gosh, what a mouthful)! In a nutshell
WebSite X5 Evolution 11 takes you step by step through the web design process.
You don’t have to worry about your computing skills or lack thereof. Just
follow the steps below:-
1. Start the program... Click on the
“START” button; or before pressing the “START” button take some time to check
out the special offers, etc.
2. Create a new project and name it.
3. Write a description of your
4. Choose a template for your site. Above I left it as default!
5. Observe the “Template Structure”
– feel free to change stuff just for the purpose of learning. Don’t worry if
you feel that you’re not up to it. Notice that you can change the graphic that
is presented to you!
6. Tweak the style of the text.
Where it says, “Menu: Footer Menu” be sure to go through that list of options
to change the text.
7. Customize the template with the
options as shown. Again, if you don't feel up to it just observe and click "Next".
8. Observe the quad-division on the left meant
for the contents that you select on the right. Drag any content from the right
i.e. “Text” onto one of the four spaces (on the left).
9. This is what it looks like after
dragging and dropping content onto the four spaces (that can be divided up
further if need be). You have to double click on the objects within the four
squares in order to create content.
Above: You should be left with a site map of your pages; a few pages have been added for you in advance.
It’s that easy! You didn’t need any skills to do all that, did you? Cool! This
is just the basics as there are better tutorials with more details! But I
thought I’d show you just how easy it is to make a website with this software!
Incomedia Website X5 Evolution 11 is, so far, the best web design software
aimed at beginners; for those that cower at the thought of touching a mouse for
anything other than web surfing! But the great thing about it is that there is
a great level of depth for producing professional looking websites! It’s got
everything you need: a graphic editor, ecommerce, templates to get you started
and predefined galleries that you can populate with your photos taken from your
The cost is a mere, £60! It is an absolute bargain!
2. INCOMEDIA WEBSITE
The professional version remains just as easy to use but it has more
“pro” features that includes adding a database; more complex attributes to your
store such as coupons, availability and product listings... Oh, you can create
an app for Android and iOS (iPhone / iPad) that keeps your visitors updated
everytime you add content! Brilliant! Speaking of mobile devices... The
professional version will enable you to create sites specifically for the
Sure, the price appears steep at £170 but on a professional level if you
compare it to the “industry standard” Adobe Dreamweaver at £46.88 per month it works out to over £562!
WebSite X5 Professional 11 has to be one of the best web design software on the
“pro” market today! It’s got all the tools for a serious web designer! No need
to pay extortionate money!
Above: This fade animation took seconds to create without reading or watching any tutorial materials! Imagine what you will be able to create with it! It's EZ as 1,2 & 3! What are you waiting for, huh?
Yes, Incomedia is on a roll with yet another brilliant program for web
design; this time the focus is upon animation! Do you remember DHTML (Dynamic
Hypertext Mark-up Language)? No? Okay, DHTML was all the rage with the first
Dreamweaver software by Macromedia before they sold it to Adobe. Anyhoo,
Dreamweaver allowed the web designer to create very interesting websites with
some intricate animations going on. However, DHTML didn’t last long. If I
remember correctly it was a combination of the competing web browsers i.e.
Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator (gosh, that’s going back a bit) had
different ways of processing a website created in different web design software
and therefore DHTML had to be scrapped. Web designers fell back on the onetime
game changing Flash software for creating animation to multimedia presentations
– all the way up to playable games! You may or may not have realized it but
with the advent of the iPhone, Steve Jobs effectively killed off (Adobe) Flash
by refusing to allow the medium on the iPhone and subsequently the iPad. Then
there was a big push for HTML5 to replace Flash altogether! Now, it is very
rare to see any Flash content besides video material encoded in the Flash video
Here’s WebAnimator Plus to cater for amazing HTML5 based animations! Hurrah! If
you ever used the Flash program you’d take to WebAnimator Plus like a fish to
water! It is quite easy to get to grips with! There are plenty of tutorials
aimed at the beginner that leads one gently to more complex animations. But
WebAnimator is not just about animations; it is possible to create
PowerPoint-style presentations with audio and video! The possibilities are
great! Furthermore, because of the HTML5 standard the animations /
presentations produced will work in all the browsers i.e. Chrome, Firefox,
Opera and Internet Explorer!
The only element missing from this amazing cost effective package is the
ability to create applications for mobile devices! However, at £69.99 there
isn’t much to complain about! I think I would pay twice as much for a “pro”
version that will allow me to create simple presentation apps for both Android
Yes, it looks as though I hand out such high scores with ease but these web
design software from Incomedia are really on top of the “budget but highly
functional” market. As a former professional web designer I can say that many
alternatives to Dreamweaver requires that the use has some design knowledge
whereas the WebSite X5 products is so simple that a total novice can use it! I
am thinking about mature folk, some of whom I have taught in the past, with no
design skills whatsoever.
But there is a lot of scope for someone coming from a design background of some
sort. Me? I am self-taught and that was pre-YouTube where I had to do a lot of
reading plus trial and error. When it comes to the graphical element of the web
design process the built-in tools are easy to get to grips with. WebSite X5
more or less tells the user what to do and when with the step by step
methodology! This step by step method might prove to be a little awkward for
the more experienced as they are used to building a site in a more
unconventional manner. Most experienced people will start the design process in
a photo editing / manipulation program and then bring the graphical elements
into the web design software. And there are those who love to code!
The WebSite X5 Professional 11 supports those who like to add their own code.
own. Therefore, the designer isn’t limited by the software and this is why the
Incomedia products all score PLATINUM!
I could have brought other web design software into this listing but for the
aforementioned reasons I decided not to. Anyone who able to use a graphic
design program is most likely using the more sophisticated software (that I
have omitted)! With my recommendations I expect non-designers and the
non-technical to start creating websites fairly easily!
If you happen to be good with a graphic design / photo editing / manipulation
package and would like to know what Synapse Circuit judges to be the best then
that list will almost certainly come in 2015! Sorry, I just ran out of time!
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