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Review: Create websites with Webydo

By WebdesignerDepot Staff | Resources | Oct 3, 2013

Designing websites can be a fun, engaging and rewarding career. What isn’t so fun is coding sites; we’re constantly hearing how a great design concept is hampered by the complexity of coding it. From CSS layout to HTML5 browser inconsistencies, there’s no escaping the fact that coding can be both hard and time consuming.

If you’re looking to build websites, but don’t want to go to the trouble of learning code, then you have a lot of possible options: you could build with WordPress, you could hire a developer, or you could opt for an online publishing suite that will do the hard work for you, and today we’ve got a money-off voucher to help you get started.

Webydo.com is an online service that lets you create and maintain HTML websites. A lot of services like this are appropriate for personal sites, but what stands Webydo apart is that you can build sites for clients with it.

The Webydo site itself was built with their own tools and their aim is to provide total design freedom for their customers. There are free, and premium options; with most features available for free and the usual options, such as a custom domain name, charged on a subscription basis.

It’s possible to set up an e-commerce site with Webydo, you can also host a blog — including a WordPress blog — by setting up a subdomain for your site. Webydo also handles all of your hosting on Akamai powered CDNs, which ensures your site is served in the fastest way possible, wherever it’s viewed from.

Start with a blank canvas, or if you need a little inspiration, by selecting a basic template, and then modify your grid to build a structure for your content. Add your images, text and other content and enjoy total control over color, scale and position. You can add forms, videos, even image galleries with a few clicks and Webydo’s widget system.

The drag and drop design process opens up web design as a career for anyone with design skills, you don’t need to spend months learning to code, or put your hand in your pocket to hire an expensive developer.

Once you’ve built and published your site, you want to get paid for the work and Webydo can help here too with their brand new Bill Your Client service. It allows you to invoice clients directly from your dashboard, and it’s clear from this how Webydo view themselves: they don’t just want to provide a simple service, they want to replace your entire toolkit in a single dashboard.

It’s important for me that every pixel will be exactly where I want it in order to create the digital universe I envision for my client’s site. Webydo provides me with total creative freedom. I’m hooked… — Sarit Evrani

As well as billing clients you can help them maintain their sites for the future using Webydo’s Share Your Site Design CMS feature. Share Your Site Design allows clients to change, delete or upload content to their websites. It really is a great feature and we can see a lot of developers who do know code being tempted towards Webydo, for this feature alone. It’s not as powerful as WordPress, but it’s a brilliant option if you just need something simple to reassure your client that their content is in their hands.

Webydo even has a white label feature called Build Your Brand that enables you to rebrand the Webydo dashboard with your own identity, so clients will think it’s all your own work. A great option for designers who make their living with small markups on the products they source for clients.

Webydo aims for pixel-perfect design, and the range of sites in their design spotlight shows just how flexible the system can be. Take a look at some of the great sites other designers have built with Webydo:

gurinyoav
galleryborn
punkos
stellaandlori

 

Webydo has a free option which is great for trying it out, but if you decide to purchase a premium plan you can use this voucher code: ProDesignerWDD278 to get 75% off their professional Premium yearly plan.

The voucher will be valid in 10 days, so you’ve got plenty of time to try out the free option and see if Webydo is right for you.

[ This is a sponsored post for Webydo ]

 

Have you used Webydo? How did you find the experience? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Q-Darius

    “If you’re looking to build websites, but don’t want to go to the trouble of learning code”

    Just learn to code. If you’re an amateur just trying to set up a basic portfolio site or blog, tools like webydo can be useful.

    If you want to be a professional web designer and create unique, beautiful, functional sites just learn to code.

    • iGeorgeDK

      You really need to love code. And you should play with code everyday.

      Services like Webydo are handy, even for professional designers. Trust me on this – a great designer should use everything that makes the end result a great one. It’s also great for stubborn back-end developers to showcase their ideas to fellow front-end developers.

      Thumbs up, great service, awesome showcase as well.

  • http://speiderschneider.blogspot.com Speider Schneider

    Ah, but are their sites responsive and compatible across all browsers?

    • Webydo

      In around a week and a half we will launch our brand new Responsive Studio in which all of Webydo’s sites will be fully responsive with different screens

  • Webydo

    Hi @b9e31411c68f2a66857299611a2eb9ce:disqus – Webydo was created specifically for graphic designers who don’t know how to code, don’t have time, or don’t want to send their designs to developers because it can be very expensive. Webydo is a professional CMS cloud based software.

    @speider_schneider:disqus – We are currently working on becoming responsive. That feature should be coming out soon. To answer your second question, yes, Webydo is compatible across all browsers.

    Hope this helps!

  • http://www.digitalprefix.com/ Jitendra: DigitalPrefix.com

    First i would like to congratulate the team webydo. For making such wonderful website. Very creative and decent website. I like the demonstration on the home page banner area.

    I went for testing, how website is created by using your product.

    The first option i like was there is mode of selection such as Design, Layout and Blank view.

    Once i got in the application. I was surprise by looking at the interface. It looks awesome. Important thing is i can view the template created by me is responsive on the devices etc. So good product, i have used many online web site application, but webydo is going to be No. 1

    Good work team Webydo.

    • Webydo

      Hey Jitendra: DigitalPrefix.com ! Thanks for the support and we’re happy that you are rocking out with Webydo, keep on creating!

      -Cid – Webydo Community Manager

  • Damian Smith

    Things like this are slowly taking business away from front-end designers/developers that actually take the time to learn things about the field they are in.

    If you want to design & build websites for a living, then learn to use HTML/CSS at the very minimum. If your going to do a job, do it properly.

    • jeff

      I hear this all the time from developers. Let’s lay the cards on the table. Developers are fearing for their jobs. I am a graphic designer with background in print. I use InDesign. Do I know or understand the code the software uses to create my print layout? NO! I don’t have to. I don’t care. I just care about my design. If later I need to change my design, guess what, I just go back into InDesign and change it! This is the direction that products like Webydo and Adobe Muse are going in. Frankly I’m surprised it’s taken this long for it to happen.

  • Lando

    I appreciate this platform was created for designers who can’t code but as a front end developer I can’t help thinking it’s actually a bad idea and also a bit insulting towards my line of work. If you want to build a house and you’re only a carpenter, I’m sorry but you still need an engineer to design the whole project.

  • Jaffe

    Also – this site is built on WordPress – so.. you didn’t even use your own product to design your website?

  • 08a

    Etc.

    Seriously?

  • Webydo

    Hi @disqus_8Z4udr85ml:disqus , @disqus_0s49kwhBxu:disqus & @disqus_vWVpezkXnX:disqus

    We appreciate your thoughts.

    Webydo was created with the intention of helping give work to designers by providing them with a platform to create websites using features they’re familiar with.

    There are advantages and disadvantages in this area. We would love to hear more from you and if you would try out Webydo – Please feel free to contact us at [email protected] for any other comments you might have.

    -Cid – Webydo Community Manager

  • http://www.pinkzebradesigns.com.au/ Troy Wilson

    Amazing info really appreciate you sharing

  • Adinda

    I think this is a GREAT service and I can’t wait to get started. Thank you Webydo!!

  • Tony

    Fantastic response …. The world is forever evolving …. Plumbers hate `push fit` fittings as they are easy to connect and means we only call the plumber for the complex stuff…. As opposed to charging a fortune for running pipe.