15 Platforms and Tools that Will Help You Build Killer Websites in 2015
There’s nothing you *can’t* do once you set your mind to it. Every creative knows this. How many client projects have you aced so far? That’s nothing compared to what you stand to achieve from now on.
Glory is just around the corner: 2015 is setting out to be a lucrative year for web designers. Be ready for it. Find the ideal website building platform, CMS, or WordPress plugin, and stick to it.
To get you started on your 2015 Design Odyssey, we rounded up 15 of the industry’s leading tools and platforms in one place. The pleasure of discovering the most suitable options is all yours.
Webydo is a web design canvas, made for designers. Actually, it’s a professional website design platform that empowers graphic and web designers to create and manage pixel-perfect responsive websites for their clients, completely code-free.
Led by a community of over 120K professional designers, design studios and agencies, Webydo enacts a radically democratic process for its roadmap. Webydoers constantly recommend new advanced features and vote on the community’s suggestions, with the most popular being developed and added to the platform.
Webydo helps creative professionals concentrate on what is most important – the creative element of web building. With features like a built-in CMS, a full white label solution and personal support, designers can truly build their web design empire.
It’s intuitive drag and drop interface allows you to fully express your creativity in high definition, down to the individual pixel. You can create responsive, dynamic, and stunning websites all while working with a UI that corresponds to other graphic design tools with which you’re already familiar, such as Photoshop.
If you’re like most web designers, you’re more than accustomed to WordPress. But let’s face it, it’s not a perfect platform. At least, it wasn’t very good until plugins for better page building stepped into the picture. If you take the classic page editor and compare it to Visual Composer, it seems like a fossil from the Jurassic era.
Since you can now create a complex page layout with easy drag-and-drop functionality, non-visual builders are used less and less. For only $28, you get 40+ elements to move in either Front end or Back end. So it’s a matter of minutes versus hours. 500K websites have so far been created with Visual Composer. In 2015, that number will grow exponentially.
There are so many tools out there that simplify your work. Take redesigns, for instance. Every website needs reconditioning from time to time. You don’t get a timeless website by creating something brilliant, and then leave it to its own devices. You get a timeless website by tweaking it regularly. For WordPress websites, you can use Qards.
It doesn’t matter what theme you have. Work with this fully compatible page building plugin to either create a new website, or to change an existing one. It’s a lot easier than getting a whole other theme and learning your way around it. Not to mention that you never write code. Edit cards in-line and add content in the visual environment provided by Qards.
For the times when you don’t have anything to do with WordPress, you can always work with other platforms. Sidengo is easy to use. You can just choose a template. And if you want to change it, change it. Don’t worry about your website design breaking, or anything like that.
If possible, Im Creator is even easier to use. It’s so simple and matter-of-factly, that even your grandfather can learn how to make a website and show everyone what nice yellow tulips he’s grown in the back yard. A user can scan through template categories and choose one that fits their purpose. Designers pick a template, or a clean canvas, and start working towards their goal. Im Creator’s in-browser studio is very easy to grasp. On second thought, why don’t you test it out? No need to register for that.
You can find a great website builder over at Zoho, as well. It’s impressive how many good-looking themes they stacked in the vaults. Apart from that, you have the option to create several page versions. Feel free to save the ones you choose not to publish, for later reference.
As we continue on a similar note, there are other website building platforms that may interest you this year. We know for a fact that SnackWebsites is one of the most useful platforms around. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it enables even absolute beginners to make websites and use their own domain for free.
Ever worked with one of the gems from Themify to create a WordPress website? If you had the pleasure of using one of their themes, then you must have noticed that the page building process went very smoothly. That is owed to the module system behind Themify Builder. Whether you get one of these themes, or purchase the plugin separately, this page builder has every you could possibly need to give shape to beautiful client websites.
Naturally, you want to see whether what you’re doing looks good or not. And you want to get that bird’s eye view over your website design with the least amount of hassle; no switching back and forth on your WordPress dashboard. Thankfully, the best page builders give you a live preview function in Front end. You find that with the MotoPress content editor, and you also find it easy to create more motion design for your end users. Give your website a video or parallax background using MotoPress.
Do you suffer from the Crazy Schedule Syndrome and find it difficult to squeeze in a little work for your own benefit? You know you want to have an awesome design portfolio, to but that website won’t build itself by magic. Try for AllYou, and set up your creative portfolio in a jiffy. This brand-savvy builder gives you many options in terms of web fonts, so you can build you brand image more effectively.
It’s common knowledge that one-page websites are infinitely more accessible. For starters, they’re easier to navigate and mobile-friendly. End users who use a smartphone or a tablet find everything they need know by swiping down, and they don’t have to wait for other category pages to load. Use Onepager and craft simple websites.
Now for a website building platform that doesn’t confine you to any theme. Portfoliobox breaks out of the standard model, by giving you a different route to come by gorgeous online portfolios. Simply choose any style for any page, and then piece pages together as if you were playing lego.
A little earlier we mentioned one-page websites and how well they complement this mobile age. Another great builder that’s perfect for this category of projects is Strikingly. And it doesn’t just make one-pagers. All in all, the upper limit for how much time you spend with the editor is half an hour.
One of the biggest problems you face after your client’s website goes live, is how to let the owner edit content areas without messing up your design. In an ideal situation, you decide exactly what sections can be meddled with, and also track every change so you can undo it if anything goes wrong. All that is possible with Surreal CMS.
The last page builder you need to know about is a brilliant WordPress plugin named Ether Builder. It’s compatible with all valid themes, and gives you free reign to create any sort of layouts with a wide variety of widgets. You have 40 widgets to begin with, but the widget database is extendable.
Did you spot your favorite website builder platform or tool in this list? It wouldn’t surprise us if you did! Most of these website building platforms and tools stood out over time precisely because web designers used them to great success. For lots and lots of client projects. Notice how the best of them are geniuses of compression. Choose well, and you end up building client websites in a hassle-free environment.