WebPlus

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WebPlus
Developer(s) Serif
Stable release
X8 / 17 November 2014 (2014-11-17)
Written in C++
Operating system Microsoft Windows
Type Web design
License Proprietary
Website www.serif.com

Serif WebPlus is a website design program[1] for Microsoft Windows, developed by UK-based software company Serif. It allows users to design, create and upload their website onto the internet without any knowledge of HTML or other web technologies.

Much like Microsoft Word, WebPlus uses WYSIWYG[2] drag and drop editing to add and position text, images and links as they would appear on the finished web page. Once a user has designed their site, WebPlus can preview the site in a web browser before uploading the site using the in-built FTP.

The software comes with a variety of pre-designed websites containing Filler text like Lorem ipsum, which can be used as a template for quickly designing a site. It also provides drawing tools for creating and editing buttons and web graphics.

WebPlus is now only available as the paid-for version. The cut-down Starter Edition is no longer available.

In March 2016, Serif announced that WebPlus X8 would be the final version, and that there were no current plans to design an application to replace it.

Supported platforms[edit]

WebPlus was developed for Microsoft Windows and is fully compatible with Windows XP, Windows Vista (32/64bit), Windows 7 (32/64bit) and Windows 8.[3]

Features[edit]

  • Web hosting to upload websites to the internet with the address www.sitename.webplus.net and email sitename@webplus.net.[4]
  • E-Commerce tool to create online stores with providers such as PayPal.[5]
  • Form wizard generates online forms to collect information from website visitors.
  • Add blogs, forums, hit counters, online polls and content management systems to websites using Smart Objects.
  • Google Maps tool embeds maps and optional navigation markers within a website.
  • Site navigation bars adopt a website's structure providing a tool for navigating around the website.
  • Photo gallery groups a collection of images together and displays them as an animated slideshow.
  • Search engine optimization (SEO) tools optimise a websites search ranking with the likes of Google, Yahoo! and Bing.
  • Collect website metrics such as page popularity and number of website hits using Google Analytics.
  • WebPlus X5 introduced a button studio for creating button graphics.
  • Restrict access to specific pages on a website with a secure member’s area.
  • WebPlus automatically converts images and graphics into a web targeted format, optimising them for fast download.
  • Embed YouTube videos within a web page.
  • Add animated effects to a website with Animated GIFs, Animated Marquees or by importing Flash videos.
  • Stream news and information feeds to a website using RSS and podcasts.
  • Automated Site Checker analyses and corrects potential problems with a website.
  • AdSense tool incorporates Google AdSense advertisements into a website
  • In-built FTP transfers files onto a web server, uploading a website to the internet.
  • In-built Basic Photo Editor the PhotoLab can make automatic adjustments and "Quick Fix's" to photos.
  • From X5, WebPlus offers image editing and filters, through its PhotoLab and also provides a dedicated background-removal tool in the form of Cutout Studio.[6]
  • Display images, Flash videos and web pages using animated Lightboxes.
  • Filter Effects can be applied to the graphical objects, giving convincing, realistic effects such as glass, metallic, plastic and other 2D/3D filters.[7]
  • WebPlus also provides QuickShapes for creating button and web graphics. These predefined shapes can be quickly modified with sliders to adjust certain parameters, for example creating rounded rectangles, etc. Shapes include: rectangles, ellipses, stars, spirals, cogs, petals, etc.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Serif WebPlus X5". Bright Hub. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  2. ^ "Serif WebPlus X5 review". Expert Reviews. 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  3. ^ "WebPlus System Requirements". Serif. 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  4. ^ "WebPlus X8 Full Feature List". Serif. 2013. Retrieved 2014-11-17. 
  5. ^ "Serif WebPlus 10 review – IT Reviews". IT Reviews. 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  6. ^ "Serif WebPlus X4". The Washington Post. 29 October 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "WebPlus 2010 – TopTenReviews". TopTenReviews. 2010. Retrieved 2011-07-04. 
  8. ^ "Serif User Guide" (PDF). Serif. 2013. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 

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