Should You Buy Web Design Software?
There are loads of reasons why the type of web design software you install on your computer might be the best option for you.
For example, if you’re a super-confident coder and have experience creating websites. Or, if you want the absolute last word in custom design.
However, the programs you’ll need for this kind of work tend to be expensive and intimidating. We’re going to round up the market leaders, what they’re good at and, whether they’re right for you – but our verdict remains, you’re better off using a website builder such as Wix or Weebly.
Dreamweaver is quickly becoming the gold standard in high-end web design software with a ‘What You See Is What You Get’ (WYSIWYG) editor. It has loads of options for customization, but it is very full-on and might be intimidating for anyone apart from experts.
Cost: It’ll cost you $20 per month if you buy the app on its own with a year’s subscription. However, you can add all the Adobe Creative Cloud apps for $50 per month.
Another WYSIWYG editor, which allows users to create websites visually and prides itself on the succinct semantic coding it generates. This allows you to easily hand off your site to developers, or customize further down the line. Like Dreamweaver, Webflow is a complicated piece of software that you’ll need to sink a lot of time into to become a competent user.
Cost: Pricing depends on the number of sites you want to make, for a single site all you need to pay for is Webform’s hosting, which starts from $12 per month.
Combining the power of an HTML editor with the intuitive approach of a WYSIWYG, BlueGriffon lets you create and edit e-books as well as websites. It doesn’t leave you completely on your own, either, with over 2,500 website templates to get you started.
Cost: The basic license, which will let you create and edit websites, will cost you €75 (the company uses PayPal to convert prices into other currencies) but the license only covers one user on one machine.
Aptana Studio 3
Cost: Aptana Studio is free to download, but anything you create on it must be made available to the public.
This type of installed web design software is complicated and, might not be right for everyday users. Instead, browser-based website builders allow you to quickly create and publish fully-functioning websites without coding knowledge in a matter of minutes.