Incomedia WebSite X5 Professional

Incomedia WebSite X5 Professional

Build your own website, blog, and online shop without writing a line of code
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Building your own website, be it a blog, an RSS feed, or an online store, doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be an HTML expert. Incomedia WebSite X5 Professional offers you a wizard-based alternative that requires no coding skills, and that will let you create professional-looking websites with stunning designs and all the features that you would expect from the most refined online pages.

Though described as an extremely easy-to-use tool capable of building any website in five simple steps, mastering this tool requires a bit more than that. Though its wide range of templates and its clear settings dialogs significantly reduces its level of complexity, its extensive choice of functions will demand from you a certain knowledge on how websites work. Luckily, the program comes with an array of FAQs, video tutorials, and articles that will help you make the most of it. Beginners are advised to check the Start edition first, and then move into Evolution before jumping into WebSite X5 Professional.

The app’s interface follows a series of clear steps that will guide you through the entire creation process – set up a project, choose a template, organize your site, create the web pages, and publish your site. Though the program lacks a WYSIWYG editor, you can start from one of the many templates provided and use its drag-and-drop support to add your own media, images, text, logos, etc., in a highly interactive way. You will then need to go into preview mode to check if you’re on the right track or not. Each of these five steps and each of the site types supported come with their own package of settings and exclusive options. This may not make the creation process as fast as you probably imagined, but you won’t regret the time you spend designing your website once your see the results.

Together with whatever features and functionality you add to your website during the creation process, Website X5 Professional comes with more generic functions that will add extra value to your site. Online stores can be professionally upgraded with top-class shopping carts, product catalogs, payment and shipment methods, order management, and everything else you need to provide your potential clients a trustworthy and comprehensive online store. This is not a tool specialized in e-commerce, but it provides you with enough tools to create much more than just a decent online business. If combined with its support for responsive web design, absolute access to your shop from nearly any mobile device is fully guaranteed, something that it also true for any other site type that you may want to build with this tool.

Privacy and security features are also supported, and its basic yet well-designed management tools will allow you to receive statistics about your site use, activity, and the number of visitors that browsed your page. SEO and Analytics are also part of the package, allowing you to make your site more visible in Bing, Google, and other top-rank search engines right from the creation process. The program will use your tags and metadata to create all the elements you need to move your pages up in the results pages, such as SiteMap, robots.txt, rich-snippets, etc.

It does not matter which type of website you’re thinking of – from a simple blog to a sophisticated online store, Incomedia WebSite X5 Professional comes with all the tools you’ll need to produce high-quality and professional-looking sites without the complexities of HTML5 coding. You may find website builders out there with more expensive price tags and probably a ton of extra functionality, but they won’t be as easy to approach and use as this user-friendly app.

The main update features are improvements to the checkout process to allow WebSite X5 users:
* set up automatic emails with a download link to digital goods;
* use single-use and timed download links;
* customize transactional emails.

Francisco Martínez
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Review summary

Pros

  • No HTML skills required.
  • Wide range of templates.
  • Settings organized by site type.
  • Adds graphics and videos to your website.
  • Insert audio and Flash animations.
  • Suitable for complex websites

Cons

  • No WYSIWYG editor.
  • Requires a certain learning curve
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