This Year’s best 15 Pro Platforms for Designing Beautiful Websites
If you’re a web or graphic designer, chances are that many of your clients have asked you to create their website to help boost their online exposure. The question is do you know which platform is the most adequate to create them on? Check out our top 15 options of 2014.
IM Creator is an excellent choice. There are three ways to create websites through this platform: for free, as a Premium user, or with the Pro plan. If you want to get a clear idea about this site builder without taking up a pricing plan, try it out free of charge. You will soon understand why IM Creator is famous for its top-rate templates. Use any one of them, and take up to 50 Mb of storage to make a beautiful website and publish it as a sub-domain to Imcreator.com.
I bet you’ll want more. The most popular plan is Premium, because it comes with a huge discount: 40% for a signup period of three years ($5.95!). Premium members create a website to publish on a new/existing domain. They are also given unlimited storage and bandwidth, as well as a customized email account.
There’s more to IM Creator than meets the eye. Did you know, for instance, that it was the first builder on the market to use HTML 5? This platform seems to be committed to innovation. Presently, it’s making waves across Japan and Australia with IM Self – a brilliant mobile app that combines website building and social networking.
Webydo is a prominent player in the design industry and favorite amongst the professional designers looking for a premium online design studio, and a match for the high standards of every creative who is passionate about their job. The online studio is equipped with advanced design features that are familiar to work with. Before you start, take a moment to visit the Spotlight page, and get inspired from some wonderful websites that originate from here.
Then, proceed to upload documents, images, etc. to the Media Library, and add them to your project. You can also assign “floating elements” that stay on screen when scrolling down. If you have to get an eCommerce store up and running, use the mobile-friendly widget. Webydo generates code for your designs, but if you wish to edit the website CSS document or its <header> and <body> sections, go ahead. Lastly, you can send branded invoices right from the dashboard with the Bill Your Client feature, and add your logo right into the CMS for a more professional vibe.
Themeco (theme.co) is the company behind a truly creative WordPress theme, and one that we think you should definitely check out - as soon as possible. Thanks to many unique features, such as Stacks, a Live Customizer, a Page Builder, and more - this fully responsive WordPress theme is so versatile, that you can use it for virtually any type of project. But don’t take our word for it! Visit their website and get a first-hand experience.
In order to help you see just a sample of what can be done with Theme X, the team behind Themeco has put together over 30 demos that showcase all its features. You have every reason to get excited about what lies in store here. Designers are bound to feel at home. In addition, thanks to the integration with WooCommerce, X would be an ideal basis for creating eCommerce sites powered by WordPress.
We would like to introduce you to Startup Design Framework, a platform based on Bootstrap 3 that will help you shape and then launch fabulous startup sites for your high-end clients. You need only select the right elements from a list, and patch them together. As a matter of fact, feel free to browse the 25 samples, and mark any of their components to use them yourself, later on.
What is more, this framework has a great landing page generator that enables you to drag-and-drop each individual block into its proper place, then let the design be translated into code. Before you decide to get involved, Startup Design Framework offers a demo with two samples (full documentation), two images for Macbook/iPad/iPhone, and eleven components.
Thesis is a marvelous theme for WordPress sites, created by DIY themes. Right now, version 2.1 is available, and it comes with 3 features that overshadow all other WordPress themes. To mention one of them, clever site tools allow you to get your website a high Page Rank on Google, Bing, and other popular search engines.
As you work to construct a good-looking site, know that there is a traditional path, or a shortcut you could take to reach your goal. In other words, you may pick a skin right from the beginning, or drag-and-drop your elements into a customized scheme. If you take the first route, there are three beautiful skins to consider. You are free to integrate anything from network buttons to MailChimp/AWeber forms.
Moonfruit has tons of templates, backgrounds and images. In order to celebrate spring, it started a 10% discount for all user plans until May the 31st. Plenty of time to take advantage of this offer, right? Even on any other day, the prices attached to Moonfruit are perceived as very convenient. Depending on the size of your business, you may want to opt for the smallest plan - $10.80 -, or seize the largest plan – priced at $31.50.
Onepager responds to a particular need on today’s market. As we all know, mobiles and tablets are the principal devices that people use to surf the web, and waiting for pages to load takes time. Therefore, a small business will always benefit more from a single-page website, than a complex installment. Whenever you need to set up a one-page website for one of your clients, this is the best tool to help you with it.
Webzai is a recommended platform for designers who plan to create websites throughout this year. Here’s how easy it is to work with Webzai: choose a certain template from the list, and then edit it as you see fit. As an alternative, if you feel very inspired, you can start from a blank canvas and work all the way to a fully-fledged site design. The end result will be responsive on any browser and device, and backed up by reliable cloud hosting.
Light CMS is a perfect environment for designers, especially those of us who control a reselling business. If you step on its threshold, you will notice right away that an 80% discount is on the table – which means you only have to cough up $19-a-month. The offer grants access to all existing features, and it includes unlimited storage, as well as unlimited pages and no limit to the number of products you can add to an online store.
Whenever you set out to create another website in WordPress, know that 88 exquisite themes can be found in the backyard of Elegant Themes. The latest release is particularly worthy of your attention (if you somehow haven’t heard of it so far). Divi comes with a revolutionary Page Builder that helps you create a dashing website from zero, in three steps: you first designate horizontal sections, then place horizontal rows inside these sections, and finally add modules.
Next time a professional photographer commissions you to create her/his online portfolio, use Pixpa. This platform has a 15-day trial in case you’re curious. You will see just how fast you can piece together a magnificent portfolio without coding. Your client will be able to showcase his works, and sell them with Fotomoto. Furthermore, certain sealed galleries can also be created, where only your client’s client may visit and offer feedback to each photo, privately.
Looking for an easy ticket to a jaw-dropping portfolio/resume? Look no further. Two Way Resume is the answer, whenever someone demands that you create an online platform to highlight their professional selves. There are five delightful templates to choose from, and either one of them can be sculpted into an artistic expression of your client’s potential. You can mix anything in the process, even Vimeo/Youtube videos. It won’t belong before employers seek your clients out, instead of the other way around.
It wouldn’t do to leave out SnapPages out of our Top 15 most impressive site building platforms in 2014. The HTML 5 page editor comes in handy every time you need to design and publish a site. All you need to do is drag-and-drop components where you want them, and then hit ‘publish’ without looking for an outside web host. SnapPages ensures dependable cloud hosting for al sites. In case you’re about to work on a personal blog, a spam filter takes over moderating responsibilities.
Whenever you need to piece together a business website, an online store, a personal blog, or an online portfolio, Wix lays two paths at your feet. Which are you going to choose? If you already have a pretty good idea what you want the design to look like, start working on a blank canvas. In case you want to cut it short, get a template and use as many images, clipart, and icons as you need. Wix also enables you to create restricted pages.
We conclude this year’s list with 15 topmost site crafting tools for professionals with Site Sumo. Take 14 days to see if this platform fulfills your needs – a free trial is available. You will notice that it’s a piece of cake to choose a template out of the multitude of possible variations, and then drag-and-drop elements into it to make a unique creation. The website would be able to sport off-limit areas that people may unlock after paying a tax.
The following examples come from some of these excellent platforms. Do you like what you see?
Rossblankenship (created using IMCreator platform)
SailingFun (created using IMCreator platform)
Webydo spotlight examples
Theme X examples
PickEvent(created using Startup design framework)
GracefullPlate (created using Thesis framework)
Freemans (created using Onepagerapp plaform)