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Launched in 2001, Webs was one of the first new breed of online website building tools that offered the kind of functionality that we’ve grown accustomed to. As with Wix and Weebly, it’s a point and click site builder that requires very little technical skills other than a basic creative flair. The UI is intuitive and offers the user a wealth of options depending on where they currently are on the page, but there are a few issues which may put people off.

 
A bold and colorful interface greets you at Webs

A bold and colorful interface greets you at Webs

To start your Webs website creation process, simply enter your email, a password and choose, via a drop-down menu, what type of website you want to create from the following choices: Business, Group/Organization and Personal. After this initial step, there comes a six-step process where you get to drill down to the site categories, with sub-categories for each type: name your page; choose which pages to start with (home, blog, photos, links etc.), depending on the selection you originally made; theme; site address (paid at $19.95 per year or free using Webs subdomains); and again an option to choose the paid for route or the free site builder tools; then finally onto the editor itself.

If you whizz through the process, then it shouldn’t take too long, but if you want to make more of an impact and focus on a particular sub-category, then the setup will take considerably longer. Once you’re in the editor, you can opt to take the tour of building your first website or you can follow the animated ‘Let’s start building’ help bubbles that appear to get you up and running.

 
Start free and go premium when you’re ready

Start free and go premium when you’re ready

Webs' interface is bold, colorful and offers the basic building blocks necessary to getting your site looking good and getting you online as quickly and as easily as possible. However, this is where the first of our problems occurred. While it may look nice and offer the user a wealth of options, should you click out or exit the builder, then you have to wait an age for it reload, and there were times when our saved content wasn’t actually saved at all, meaning we lost a considerable amount of work when we clicked out of Builder mode into the Dashboard. The speed issues didn’t stop there either. Inserting an image or one of the many Webs apps available took far too long for our liking, especially when compared to Wix, Weebly and even Google Sites.

 
Webs' interface is bold, colorful and offers the basic building blocks necessary to getting your site looking good and getting you online as quickly and as easily as possible

Webs' interface is bold, colorful and offers the basic building blocks necessary to getting your site looking good and getting you online as quickly and as easily as possible

Another gripe we had was with the changing of themes on an already designed site. In Weebly, for instance, if you change the theme, the content will remain in position; just the fonts, colors, backgrounds and other elements of the themes are changed, not the layout. In Webs, though, if you change the theme, then the layout is also altered accordingly, which can make a terrible mess of your site?

However, the problems aside, the number of elements you can add to your site is quite astounding, and through these Webs is broader than the traditional website builder. Although Webs is incredibly easy to use and it can create a very polished, professional looking site next to no time, it’s probably a tool best used to display your slideshow of images or as a portfolio for a photographer or an artist. The templates and tools on offer best reflect that kind of layout, and design and themes can be changed without the image placeholders being too messed up.

 
Despite a slow UI and annoying layout issues, Webs is an okay site builder

Despite a slow UI and annoying layout issues, Webs is an okay site builder

Webs is an okay website builder, but it's nowhere near as good as Wix or Weebly.

Details:

·         Price: Free

·         Manufacturer: Vistapprint

·         Website: www.webs.com

Scores:

·         Quality: 6/10

·         Value: 6/10

·         Overall: 6/10

 

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