Webydo Website Builder
Webydo debuted in 2013 as a code-free web design software for professionals. Since then, the company morphed from a perspective startup into a powerful platform serving over 231,000 accounts worldwide.
Webydo isn’t just another DIY website builder for beginners. It’s a sophisticated platform that has a look and feel of Adobe products, such as Photoshop or InDesign. It is intended for web design professionals who are more visual than technical, as its smart code generator instantly converts your visuals into valid code. It’s like hosted Photoshop for building websites.
If you’re a designer who is always at the mercy of expensive developers, Webydo is seriously worth looking at. It will help you bring your artworks to life without having to outsource the coding part of your projects.
Ease of Use: Expect a learning curve. Though Webydo provides a total WYSIWYG experience, it’s a fairly sophisticated platform. I highly recommend that you watch some introductory videos before you actually start building your site using Webydo.
What I like most about this site builder is that it has different working modes that make it easy for designers to share their projects without worrying that someone can break their site. While the Design mode provides full control over the site, the Content mode only allows to edit content, without affecting the site’s design.
Flexibility: Webydo is more a static site builder, which means it’s primarily focused on the look of your site, rather than its operation.
It doesn’t offer its own shopping cart, but you can add an Ecwid storefront to your website easily. Ecwid fees will be charged on top of the Webydo fee.
Webydo has a simple blogging system called Articles. It allows designers to create a template for all their future posts so that their clients can add new, well-formatted articles easily. The Articles system can also be used for other purposes that imply repetitive elements.
The most unusual features include Build my brand and Bill my client services.
The Build my brand feature lets you re-brand the platform – you can place your own logos on the welcome page and the CMS to present Webydo as your own to your clients.
The Bill my client feature lets you send payment requests to your clients directly through the Webydo Dashboard. Please note that Webydo charges 5% per successful transaction.
When your design is ready, you can export it and host it elsewhere.
Custom domain: When in development, your website is located on a Webydo subdomain. When you’re ready to connect your own domain, you need to upgrade to a paid plan first. You can attach a domain you own or buy a new one directly through the Webydo control panel. The Team and Agency plans come with the ability to create branded subdomains. In other words, all your unpublished websites will be located on your company’s web address.
SEO: Webydo allows you to specify meta tags for individual pages (title, keywords and description), connect Google Analytics, and also set 301 redirections.
Designs: You have three options: a ready theme, a layout or blank canvas. All Webydo themes are responsive. Designers can create different experiences for different devices by creating breakpoints for specific screen sizes.
Technical support: There’s a Live Chat window located in your control panel, a knowledge base and a separate Participate section where you can suggest a feature, report a bug and vote for existing suggestions. U.S. users can get free support by phone.
Pricing: There’s a 7 days trial version and four paid subscriptions ranging from $90 to $480/mo (the Enterprise Plan involves special conditions and individual pricing). The plans differentiate based on the number of websites you can create, the number of collaborators, and other aspects.
Possible Drawbacks: Webydo can’t be used for building complex websites. It’s designed for creating brochures. There’s no powerful CMS behind it.
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.
Webydo review: Conclusion
Webydo is a platform for designing websites without writing code. It provides users with a complex interface full of advanced design features. Those familiar with Adobe tools will certainly recognize it. I think it’s really good at what it does. And what are your thoughts?