Creating a custom website that expresses your vision, sells your products, and connects with your customers or fans, used to require lots of time money and technical knowhow. WebPlus X7 from Serif makes website creation easy without the restrictions and limitations you will find with similar software packages. WebPlus requires no contracts or subscription fees for continued use. Create a single website or hundreds with unlimited pages at no additional expense. Upload your creation to the Host of your choice.
It's been a while since I reviewed an earlier version, WebPlus X5, and there are some exciting new features in this newest release in the WebPlus family.
New Features in WebPlus X7
HTML5 - Experience new HTML5 coding for web pages that are more compatible with a variety of devices. Import pages created on previous versions of WebPlus and export them in HTML5. WebPlus X7 does it all for you so you don't need to learn any new coding to produce faster more efficient pages.
Video Player - A new video player can be placed anywhere on your site to provide the capability of playing a single video or a playlist of videos without depending on YouTube or Vimeo. The player is compatible with smartphones and tablets to improve access to your site for mobile devices.
32 and 64-bit OS support - WebPlus now natively supports 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems allowing you to create more elaborate websites quickly and efficiently.
Form Designer - Use the new Form Designer to customize a variety of contact forms for your website. Choose one of the included template designs or create your own forms from scratch. Easily create forms to allow your customers to contact you, book accommodations, leave feedback or sign up for special offers and promotions.
The Site Checker searches out and highlights any formatting issues, broken links and possible problems which might affect your site's performance online.
Site Preview Feature - View and test your new site in popular browsers to see how it looks and performs before you upload it to the Host site of your choice or use Serif's web hosting service.
Take advantage of the new E-commerce capabilities and Google Map function so that your customers can always locate your services.
Creating perfect websites has never been easier. The installation disc comes with a printed Quick Start Guide which shows you simple steps to design a website and export it to the Internet.
Serif provides a selection of video tutorials, help articles, and community support online to help you cusomize your site to meet your needs.
Installation is simple. Have your Product Key (it's on your invoice) handy because you will need to enter that to unlock the program during installation. Once installation is complete and any updates have been downloaded and applied, just select a template that is similar to the layout that you would like to use. Select the number of pages you need and then adjust the color scheme, text size and font to give it just the right look and feel. Substitute your own words in the text boxes and drag and drop your own images or one of the included graphics onto the page and resize it as necessary. All of the assets (graphics, widgets, buttons, etc.) included with WebPlus X7 are royalty free and may be used without limitations. WebPlus X7 is also compatible with Windows 8 for those who have already embraced the newest OS from Microsoft.
No design or programming expertise is required to create a professional and efficient website that will look great and be easy for visitors to navigate.
WebPlus X7 Minimum system requirements
Windows-based PC ( Main processor must support SSE2 instructions) with a DVD drive and mouse
Microsoft Windows® 8, 7, Vista, or XP SP3 (32 bit) operating system
340MB free hard disk space
1024 x 768 monitor resolution (DPI 100%)
Internet account and connection required for publishing to web and accessing online resources.
560MB free hard disk space
Additional disk resources and memory are required when editing large and/or complex documents.
Internet Explorer 9 (for better HTML5 compatibility)
TWAIN-compatible scanner and/or digital camera
Visit Serif online to view an interesting comparison of the features and capabilities of WebPlus X7 and those of Website Designer 9 Premium and Adobe Dreamweaver CC. You Tube has a good selection of additional video tutorials that are worth checking out.
Serif backs their products with a Money-Back Guarantee. If you're not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply return the product within 30 days (7 days if you downloaded the software) and they promise you a full refund.
WebPlus X7 is available directly from Serif online for $119.99 and $6.95 Shipping. The download version is also $119.99 with their optional Download Protection Service fee of $2.99.
It's also available on Amazon at prices ranging from about $100 to $120 with free shipping.