Developing Clouds

Apr 7 2013   11:30PM GMT

Code-Free Website Development for Designers



Posted by: Michelle Greenlee
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SaaS
Website Development

Code-free WYSIWYG editors for designers aren’t a new concept in the website development world. Generated code produced by some of these editors, in past years, has been pretty awful. Plenty of these web-based editors lacked control or weiled an unusually user unfriendly interface. Sites created with some of these online editors were often un-pretty and amateurish.

As the way of web-based tools, these too are improving. Webydo, currently in beta, provides a simple drag and drop interface for graphic designers. The service combines a sophisticated design interface with a cloud hosting platform and content delivery network (CDN).

Webydo Screenshot

The Webydo SaaS platform gives designers a new model for developing good-looking websites without hiring a developer to code their designs by hand. The service is a better alternative to platforms like GoDaddy’s Website Tonight package and Web.com’s site creator. Both are unnecessarily difficult to use even for the Internet-savvy (these are just two examples).

As a web developer who likes to have control over code, I was impressed with the technology behind Webydo and the font end interface. The platform isn’t going to put web developers out of work the world over but it will provide graphic designers with more control of website projects. Hosting, backup, support, CDN, and a content management system are all included for a reasonable monthly fee. Since Webydo is fully hosted in the cloud, designers can work from a laptop or desktop computer from anywhere.

Webydo proves cloud-based development doesn’t always require hand coding and can be really stunning.

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  • MarthaK
    Thanks Michelle for this review! 

    Following your post I've played around with Webydo. It looks quite powerful. I loved the ability to insert my code (HTML widgets or iFrame), the pixel perfection with the 960 grid generator, and layers window. It seems to deliver on its promisses and the support they provide is very personal. 

    I'm looking for more E-commerce options, which seems to be a big demand raised by their community of designers too (they write that these features will soon be added).

    All in all, Webydo seems to provide a friendly and efficient SaaS work environment.
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  • Michelle Greenlee
    I'm glad you had a chance to test it out. I thought the automatic grid layout was a nice touch.
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  • ShmulikGrizim
    Thank you Michelle for taking the time to experience Webydo!

    As you mentioned, Webydo is a professional web design platform made especially for designers, providing everything designers need in order to create stunning websites, while having a simple and direct dialog with their clients through our integrated CMS.

    We are still in Beta, but there are already 50,000 Webydo websites on platform. We see ourselves as a solution made by designers – for designers, and our community take active part in our development. We add around 2 new features every 2 weeks. One suggested by our designers community, and one by our team. We believe designers know best what is needed to revolutionize professional web creation, and we want designers to finally take the lead.

    We truly appreciate your detailed review and hope you’ll join us in our journey for a better web for us all.

    Shmulik Grizim
    CEO Webydo

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