Ten years ago, developing a modern website could cost thousands in developer fees; today there are affordable WYSIWYG Web Builder programs which make creating professional-looking sites simple without learning HTML code.
These programs take the guesswork out of website design by enabling you to see exactly what your finished product will look like before making changes. With just the click of a button, you can change banner images, text content or font size/color settings based on brand preferences; creating an optimally functioning site that works smoothly across desktop computers, tablets and mobile phones alike.
Some of the top WYSIWYG Web Builders feature an intuitive drag-and-drop interface, pre-made templates and support for third-party integrations, while others boast advanced web design features such as responsive layouts or built-in email marketing platforms. Some also provide free trial periods so you can test drive their software before committing.
MotoCMS is an intuitive WYSIWYG Web Builder with a drag-and-drop editor designed for business websites. The program comes equipped with user-friendly templates designed specifically for photographers, restaurants, real estate agents and other industries; SEO/analytic tools are also built-in so as to optimize search engines; moreover it supports popular third-party applications such as MailChimp and Google Calendar.
UCraft is another WYSIWYG Web Builder offering a drag-and-drop interface, featuring an extensive library of customizable templates and third-party integrations like PayPal, MailChimp and Google Cloud hosting. Furthermore, it features its own built-in blog as well as access to training videos.
Although UCraft offers numerous features, its user interface may be daunting for newcomers to web development. Furthermore, documentation may sometimes be incomplete or inaccurate; furthermore it does not feature some key WYSIWYG Web Builder features like setting guide borders and rulers.
WYSIWYG programs provide one of the most useful features: responsive layout support. A responsive design enables you to create one HTML page which contains several variants of its layout for various screen widths; when visitors access your website via mobile, they will be taken directly to a version optimized for their screen size.
Xara Web Designer MX 8 ($50) provides an intuitive web design program with plenty of professionally-designed templates, easy-to-use editor, and is packed with well-thought out layouts for designing websites. However, adapting them to fit your content can sometimes be tricky when changing text, images or placing objects. Furthermore, adding advanced features such as rollovers or popups may require further technical skills than with most programs.