Xara Web Designer

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4.7 out of 5 stars

Xara Web Designer is unlike any web design software you will have seen before; an easy template based solution that gives you total page design freedom, no HTML skills required. Comes in 2 versions, Web Designer and Web Designer Premium; Premium offers advanced web design features.

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Xara review by <span>Frank P.</span>
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"Xara Web Designer, The easy way to web design"

What do you like best?

There is saying nowdays, if you are not in Internet you don´t exist, That´s why many businesses feel the pressure to have or maintain a blog. But, not all have the dedicated staff capacity, inclination, or even interest to keep one, so a static website is the quick solution. Xara Web Designer gives the necessary tools to create a professional site.

What do you dislike?

Mine and some of my customers complain is that Xara does not support Quick Time videos.

Recommendations to others considering the product

With Xara Web Designer you get waht you need to make nice professional looking sites without too much effort, it does not matter if you are a beginner, or an experienced programmer, WYSIWYG so there is not way you may fail.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

In my case, this the easiest way I have found to create static web sites, easy to create, easy to amintain. While creating it I have so many tools, it make my job fast, accurate and easy.

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Xara review by <span>Eric L.</span>
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"Fast Easy simple websites or prototyping"

What do you like best?

Simple to create visually appealing websites or to quickly prototype website design for a client. The templates offer good variety and are easily customized. If you are using the full Designer Pro program it includes graphic design, photo editing, website building and DTP all in one product.

What do you dislike?

Would be nice if it generated fully responsive websites but the variants do provide attractive sites for multiple screen sizes. Would like the company to include an integrated form design tool.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Download the trial. Remember that it's origins are a graphic design and editing program. Concepts are slightly different, but once you grasp it is easy to use and more than just web design.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Used to create basic websites for small business. Can build an attractive and unique site in about a day. The graphic design capabilities make it a single tool for building a site as well as creating custom graphics, logos, photo editing, etc...

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Xara review by <span>Dan B.</span>
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"Easy to use no-coding website design"

What do you like best?

Xara Web Designer is an easy to use, template based solution that requires no HTML, CSS or coding skills.

It's affordable, relatively small download, easy to install and comes in either 32 or 64 bit versions. Installation is straight forward and the system requirements are modest.

The user interface is attractive, modern looking and easy to navigate. You can start a new blank site or choose a template. There are many templates to choose from for mobile, desktop or responsive. You can also buy more from Xara, but the ones provided should be good enough for most.

All the basic features you come to expect from a WYSIWYG editor are there and some notable features includes a slideshow (via a customizable widget), sticky elements (that stay on top while scrolling), objects animations (such as fade or slide) and html 5 video support to replace flash videos.

Moving elements on the page is easy, and other elements auto-adjust their location accordingly.

A built in graphics retoucher and optimizer (basic) allows some image manipulation and image resizing.

It is also easy to build your site navigation and menu system.

sFTP is supported for secure uploading to your site's hosting company's FTP server.

Overall, this is a solid product for creating great websites with ease.

What do you dislike?

Cons are not that easy to find in this application, but I would still like to have an option to see the HTML code and maybe even edit it from within the application, so this is surely not for coders who want fine control over all the aspects of the site/page code.

While menu and navigation are easy to create, the page thumbnails (on the right) are small and there is no option to zoom in on them.

Some features requires you to login into Xara website for some operations

Windows only.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want to create a pro looking website and can't code HTML or lack the design skills, give Xara a try, one of the templates will probably suite you. (there is a free trial)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

quick and easy websites either fully working or mockups.

Templates are a great starting point.

Xara review by <span>Johnny  R.</span>
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"Web design in 3, 2, 1"

What do you like best?

The highlight is that they need knowledge of web design to create your own site and upload to the internet. It requires no extra programs for editing. I can design professionally in this program and PLS my design for my site in 3 or 4 clicks. It has a very light work space with options to hide windows if you do not need. You can create moving files, export in GIF or Flash format and import them once more to your design and fits very well. This software also allows me to create presentations. It offers a catalog of free web templates. Also editable widgets, icons, templates for presentations and more.

What do you dislike?

It closes unexpectedly when you have a certain amount of lashes. Sometimes stops you and you can do nothing and you must close and sometimes lose your project progress. When unexpectedly it quits almost always lose workspace settings and must be reconfigured. The preview of the project is not always presented with the final result. Until you export know the quality.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend using this software for graphic designers without any knowledge in website creation. It is so simple that want to continue creating websites for everyone.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I created my own website and I've never been trained how to create a website. I'm slowly perfecting my website with this software. I will also offer selling services web pages created by myself. I designed this software professional ideas with project presentations also meeting high standards.

Xara review by <span>Peter M.</span>
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"Xara Web Designer, Instant Web pages"

What do you like best?

I used mostly to show customers how its web site will look like, with the ease of changing wahtever they need almos instantly. I can have several versions of the same project at hand, I do not waste my time or my customer time, because any change can be seen instantly, like image editing; or the drag-and-drop color changes.

What do you dislike?

Quick time video support is my main complain.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider Xara Web Designer as a tool for the road, it will help you show your ideas without too much trouble.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is easier for me to show any customer its project just as we start talking, mostly companýs or bussiness site

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