Webydo’s official launch was made at TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2013. Although the platform is very young, it already serves more than 95,000 websites. Because web building and publishing market is pretty saturated these days, it’s crucial to stand out from the crowd. So, Webydo is trying to follow a different approach in its domain: its positioned as a professional web design suite packed with advanced collaboration solutions. To see whether it offers any unusual features compared to its competitors, I’ve decided to to try it out. So, I’m going to share my experience below.
Ease of Use: Webydo’s interface resembles Adobe’s Photoshop or InDesign. It offers instant, WYSIWYG editing, providing users full control over the design. Based on my personal experience, it’s rather easy to use. However, it could be more intuitive and logical.
Flexibility: As I see it, Webydo is geared towards making simple but chic websites, mainly portfolios. It doesn’t offer its own shopping cart, but you can add an Ecwid store widget to your website easily. Speaking about collaboration tools, Webydo does offer several unmatched solutions. Using its ‘Bill Your Brand’ feature you can re-brand the platform (place your own logos instead of the existing). There are also unique ‘Bill My Client’ and ‘Share My Design’ features. The former lets you send payment requests to your clients directly through the Webydo Dashboard, while the latter lets you add multiple collaborators with different permission levels to a single project.
Custom domain: You can build and publish many websites using one Webydo account free of charge (on Webydo’s subdomain). To be able to add a custom domain you have to upgrade your subscription.
SEO: Webydo allows you to perform simple on-page SEO. Using its SEO pack you can insert titles, keywords and description.
Designs: You have three choices: a ready theme, layout or blank canvas. Designs aren’t numerous, but very beautiful.
Technical support: There’s a Live Chat support (directly in your admin panel), knowledge base (video tutorials) and a separate Participate section where you can suggest a feature, report a bug and vote for existing suggestions.
Pricing: All the tools are available for free. The payment comes only when you’re ready to publish your website using a custom domain name: $7.90-$9.90/month (billed annually and every six months, responsively).
Possible Drawbacks: Webydo can’t be used for building forums and other complex systems requiring user management.
The strongest side: Collaboration tools. Webydo’s Dashboard allows professional designers to lead multiple projects simultaneously, share designs with co-workers and clients with a few clicks and instantly get feedback.
I would unhesitatingly recommend Webydo to those of you who have some designing experience (Adobe’s InDesign for example). The platform itself is very user-friendly, and their Team is open to new ideas – don’t hesitate to share them on their official Suggest Feature page. In my opinion, Webydo works best for online portfolios and virtual ‘business cards’.