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Serif WebPlus X5 stands out in a 'ho-hum' pack
on February 8, 2012
Let me preface this with a caveat. I'm not a professional web designer. I wouldn't want that job for the world. But, I was designing my own website, DailyRhymeTime, for release in March, and I knew exactly what I wanted my site to do and interact with my potential customers. Here are the things I felt were of prime importance:
1. Quick loading Multimedia (Music) while my customer looked around.
2. Ability to enforce my site's structure through MENU's
a. make the button's the way I wanted them to look
b. keep buttons out of sight until needed
c. provide this while giving me clear directions on designing instructions.
d. give me the ability to jump around in my design process without loosing what I have completed.
e. Let me preview where I am in the design process in several web browsers.
3. I'm a poet and my poetry can be any length, so, I needed text boxes with automatic SCROLL BARS. Something so simple to add in WebPlus X5 but missing in so many other products.
4. I need a recognized storefront partner, PayPal, to handle all my transactions, yet work seamlessly with the design software.
5. Ability to make pictures hot spots for navigation as a shortcut for customers.
6. Embed everything in the site while keeping my site's footprint under 100 Mb!!!
7. Do all this for under $100.00!!!
This was copied from a piece of notebook paper I wrote on before buying anything. I wasn't able to meet my requirements after reading and doing my research from searching Google, Amazon, and ASK. I had to get out there and try products. I tried 5 of the best recommended ones and lucky for me, Serif was one. I won't name the others but if you do your due diligence you'll know who.
Serif met, or exceeded, all my requirements right out of the box. I used one of their examples as my starting point, but chopped it up to make it into what I needed, what I wanted. And, after being made to jump through so many hoops in the other programs, I knew I'd found the one. Everything seemed easy to do.
It played my MP3's, used my JPG's, accepted my cut & paste (Ctrl-C & Ctrl-V) text from out of MS Word, all while looking the way I had imagined it should. I was building my site, inch by inch. I was able to preview my progress and verify it worked, incrementally, step-by-step. When I screwed up, it was easy to fix. (did that alot)!
I kept waiting for the 'other shoe to fall', you know, something requiring a professional to come in to fix. WebPlus X5 was number 5 on my list of programs to try. I wish I had tried it first.
But then, I wouldn't have shown so much confidence in doing this review with this recommendation: Make Serif's WebPlus X5 the first one you try and avoid the hassle I had.
It took me awhile, but i found the right one. I hear it's on sale for $10 off. What a deal!
If you like some other program, that's fine for you. I tried 4 other 'BEST' web-design programs and found them lacking something, wanting more, needing extra HTML programming to do what Serif's WebPlus X5 did easily, right out of the "box", er. download.
I don't often give 5-star recommendations, but Serif's WebPlus X5 deserves it!