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Free Website Builders Group Test: Webnode

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When choosing a product to build a website with, most users will no doubt opt for something with an element of familiarity to it. Webnode makes this possible by adopting a very Microsoft Office Ribbon look and feel for its user interface, which, by the by, works very well despite the animosity over the recent batch of Microsoft interfaces.

 
Webnode is pretty quick to get and running

Webnode is pretty quick to get and running

Getting a Webnode site up and running is an easy and quite nice procedure to undertake. You start by signing up, entering a name for the website, email details and a password. Then you're taken to a three-step wizard, which allows you to further fine tune the result into a personal website, business website or an e-shop. You then move onto selecting your website template, from a choice of 180 on offer that cover a number of designs, colors and layouts. Finally, you get to choose which pages you want start with from a selection of ten, which can be removed or added through the editor at a later point in time.

 
Webnode offers you a decent number of elements to add to your pages, such as Google Maps, PayPal, YouTube, Photo Galleries, Facebook and Twitter and a basic Forum function.

Webnode offers you a decent number of elements to add to your pages, such as Google Maps, PayPal, YouTube, Photo Galleries, Facebook and Twitter and a basic Forum function.

Once the site is up, which won’t take too long, you start in the editor mode with the aforementioned ribbon-esque interface. The actual editing of the website feels pretty slick, responsive and naturally easy. You can drag and drop the various elements across the page or subpages, but there’s no way to drag from the desktop or folder onto the page place holders. The ribbon bar works extremely well and offers easy navigation and access to all the elements within a few clicks of the mouse.

Webnode offers you a decent number of elements to add to your pages, such as Google Maps, PayPal, YouTube, Photo Galleries, Facebook and Twitter and a basic Forum function. Each of the elements have extra settings that can be drilled down to and modified beyond the default. Take, for instance, the Photo Gallery, a rather nice element that can rapidly upload your images, then display them as either a classic slideshow or a more modern Lightbox with filmstrip thumbnails. The overall feeling of control you have over the page as a whole and each of the elements is really very good. There’s also the ability to edit the HTML or CSS behind the scenes, but you’ll have to drill down through the Website Template sub menu to locate it and display the relevant ribbon selections.

 
Dated templates mar an otherwise great website builder

Dated templates mar an otherwise great website builder

The main weaknesses for Webnode lie in the selection of the templates. Although they are many in number and they perform a basic task, they do look somewhat dated. Admittedly not as much as Google Sites, but you are still limited to the selection of ten or so fonts available. Also, there’s no way to change the default colors of a template other than through the editing of the CSS. Thankfully, though, when applying a new template to an already functioning design, the elements on the page are reorganized accordingly and there is little to no distortion or messing up of the layout when the new template is set. Interestingly, though, if you pick a template to review, using the current page layout, you only get to see the first three quarters of the page. So any elements you may have working lower down won’t get displayed until you actually apply the template.

 
Webnode review

Webnode review

Webnode works really well. It provides a straightforward and fast way of getting a functional web page up onto the internet without too much difficulty. There are a few gripes, but these can be overlooked if you’re simply after a half-decent looking website.

Details:

·         Price: Free

·         Manufacturer: Webnode

·         Website:www.webnode.com

Scores:

·         Quality: 7/10

·         Value: 8/10

·         Overall: 7/10

 

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