Webydo is a work of love of a web design community that advocates the role of a designer in the website creation process. Shmulik Grizim and Tzvika Steinmetz co-founded Webydo because they actually needed it themselves.
The co-founders were running a digital advertising firm and were spending about 70% of website creation budgets on hiring developers. At that time there were no code-free programs to allow designers create sites without having to manually convert their web design projects into valid code. So, they decided to create one.
Launched in 2013, in about three years the company has amassed a strong community of like-minded designers and has helped to create thousands of professional-looking websites.
What makes Webydo unique? Is it suited to the regular user? The best way to judge whether a service fits your needs is to try it out. So join us testing Webydo website builder.
#1 Ease of Use
Just like any modern website builder, Webydo provides an intuitive drag-and-drop editor. Combined with a minimalist interface, it creates a cozy, easy-to-navigate website building environment.
Anyone familiar with Adobe’s ecosystem will find Webydo intuitive and well-structured, but those who have no experience of working in Photoshop or InDesign will be overwhelmed with the editor.
Webydo offers at least four toolbars each hiding more options making it difficult to understand where to start. For a beginner, there’s certainly a steep learning curve.
The builder is conveniently divided into Dashboard and Design Studio. The latter has three working modes: Design, Content and Preview. The Design mode gives you complete control over the design: you can add new pages, edit existing ones, rearrange objects on the canvas, edit text styles and more.
Even if you are a designer, make sure you watch Webydo’s introductory video and take a quick interactive tour – that will save you lots of time and effort, and help make the most out of the platform.
For instance, you may not notice some of the hidden automation features, such as Liquid Element Groupings that allow you to resize and relocate groups of elements, and change their settings; or Automated Layouts that let you easily reorder layouts and sort elements into columns for multiple device sizes.
But what’s more interesting is the fact you can customize your Studio environment: Webydo lets you organize control panel elements according to your preferences.
By switching to the Content mode you’ll see your site as a CMS user: you’ll be able to update content, but have no control over the design. It’s noteworthy that while in the Design mode you can make certain elements non-editable by CMS users simply by ticking the corresponding checkbox (see screenshot).
Webydo’s smart Text Editor is worth a special mention. It makes the Design mode even more efficient by automating many operations, generating cleaner code and saving you a lot of time. In particular, you can set to apply new changes globally, all over the website.
For instance, you can alter all subtitles on your website with a single click, without having to manually change them on each page.
The Preview mode lets you see exactly how your published content will look and act across various devices.
Another feature worth mentioning is the Updates window that pops up each time you enter the control panel. It shows you what’s new in Webydo, so you’ll never miss an update.
The Revision History feature. With it you can now preview older versions of the site and recover the version you like most. Great job!
#2 Feature Set and Flexibility
Webydo has a Photoshop-like control panel packed with advanced web design tools that let you fine tune your website with pixel accuracy.
So what kind of elements can you drag to the page? Webydo includes most conventional elements: shapes, images, text, videos, Flash files, galleries, menus, and various widgets.
Less conventional is the code-free Parallax scrolling animator. With the animator, you can set amazing animation effects on any kind of visual objects: images, shapes, forms, galleries, .gif files and even widgets.
What I found immediately when reviewing Webydo is their focus on responsive design.
Designers can easily manage all versions of their site from a single dashboard by creating breakpoints for different screens and devices.
Users can hide and unhide elements on the page, adapt typography and navigation to create different experiences for all their visitors.
Custom typography. While most site builders limit you to using their in-house font libraries only, Webydo lets users easily upload custom fonts.
In the Webydo studio, click on any text element and select ‘Add fonts’ in the design panel. Then, in the ‘Manage Your Fonts’ window, click the ‘Upload Your Fonts’ tab to easily upload any font from your PC.
Besides, you can connect to your Adobe Typekit account to use your saved fonts in the Webydo Studio. In the ‘Add Fonts’, select ‘Connect Typekit Fonts’ and follow the cues to swiftly add your API Typekit token.
Commerce. Webydo has no in-house eCommerce functionality, but the system makes it easy to integrate an existing Ecwid account.
You can sell up to 10 products using a free, never-expiring Ecwid account, or upgrade to unlock more functionality, including discount coupons, phone support, ads on major marketplaces etc. Ecwid plans start at $12.5/mo and go up to $99/mo and are charged on top of the Webydo fee.
What I love most about the Ecwid widget is that it lets visitors buy directly from your website, without being redirected elsewhere. Ecwid’s widget is responsive, which means your shoppers can buy from you using their mobiles, too.
Blogging. Webydo has a basic blogging system called ‘Articles’. Using this feature, designers can create a template to allow CMS users add and publish new articles following the same design format.
The Articles feature also works for creating product collections, news feeds and other repetitive elements.
If you need to insert some custom code, you can either use the Custom code widget or export your site’s code and share it with developers if any serious changes need to be made.
Because Webydo is primarily intended for freelance designers and agencies, it comes with a set of business-related options which can’t be found in other website builders. These include Bill my client and Build your brand options.
The Bill my client service gives designers the ability to bill their clients directly from the dashboard. Webydo charges a 5% fee per successul transaction.
The Build my brand feature lets you replace Webydo logos with your own brand, including your clients’ login page and CMS. This feature allows designers to present Webydo’s interface as their own. They can also connect a custom domain to publish their projects under their own subdomain.
The multi-functional Dashboard of Webydo allows designers to easily manage multiple projects from one place: control their settings, run a search among your websites, and get help from the Webydo experts.
SEO. In terms of SEO, Webydo offers a basic toolset:
- First, users can specify meta tags (Title, Description, and Keywords) for each individual page.
- Second, there’s an easy way to connect Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools.
- Third, users can set 301 redirections to safely migrate pages from their old sites.
When your site is ready, you can either export its CSS and HTML code or host your site with Webydo. Since recently, you can even purchase domain names directly through the control panel.
There are three options when it comes to design: you can pick a ready design (these are fully customizable, no worries); start with a layout defining the structure of your future website; or start from scratch.
Webydo’s template collection isn’t huge, yet it allows you to see what Webydo websites may look like when published. All Webydo templates are responsive.
Check out my collection of Webydo-based websites. I’ve handpicked various types of websites, from photography portfolios to online shops to show you what exactly you can build with Webydo.
#4 Customer Support
Webydo stands out for its friendly community and support that is ready to help you anytime via Live Chat in your Webydo account. There’s also an impressive video Knowledge Base. Besides, you can always contact their Team directly by filling out a feedback form or by phone.
In addition to the Support page, Webydo interacts with its clients through the Suggest a Feature, Report a Bug and Vote! pages.
So, if you feel that Webydo lacks a certain option – just suggest it. It works! The aforementioned parallax animator, the responsive editor, white label, custom 404 error pages and more were once suggested features.
#5 Pricing Policy
There are four paid options, each comes with a free 7-day trial. After trial period, anytime you want you can upgrade to a paid subscription.
The paid versions include Pro ($90/mo), Team ($18./mo) and Agency ($480/mo). Your choice will mainly depend on how many websites you plan to build, whether your need the ‘site exports’ feature, and collaborators.
The maximum Webydo plan (called Agency) comes with the following add-ons: branded sub-domain, professional training, 10 team members, client DIY wizard and what’s more – dedicated account manager.
There are also discounted plans for students and enterprises. Contact one of the Webydo experts directly to learn more about discounts.
#6 Webydo FAQ
As a platform clearly aimed at professional designers, Webydo is more focused on design, rather than functionality. It’s a ‘static’ website builder. If you expect to find tons of widgets and plugins, Webydo isn’t the best option. However, the good news is that Webydo has the Participate section where you can suggest a feature.
The complicated design studio of Webydo makes it ill-suited to the regular customer. There’s a steep learning curve.
Webydo Review: Conclusion
Webydo is a new name in the website building market. However, it has already built a strong user community (about 234,000 customers as of today). It’s good for building portfolios, simple shops and business sites.
However, it doesn’t support such complex features as advanced blogging, user management and more.