Webydo

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Webydo
Private
Founded2012[1]
FoundersShmulik Grizim
Tzvika Steinmetz
Productsweb design cloud software, visual design editor (WYSIWYG), content management system (CMS)
Serviceswebsite builder, software as a service, web hosting
Websitewww.webydo.com

Webydo is a cloud-based web design platform that allows designers to create advanced HTML5, responsive websites with a built-in CMS, without writing code. Webydo works with the WYSIWYG principle. This platform utilizes tools similar to those used in other software such as Adobe Photoshop or InDesign,[2] but with the ability to design directly in the browser. Designers can drag and drop their design elements on canvas, and Webydo's cloud software automatically generates cross-browser and cross-platform W3C validated HTML code as well as a built-in CMS for dynamic updates changed by the website owner.

Overview[edit]

Webydo is a cloud-based software as a service, providing two integrated work environments that can be used directly in the browser:

  1. A DMS (design management system) professional online software for creating and designing advanced HTML websites.
  2. A CMS (content management system) for content updates by the website owner.[2]

Webydo's DMS has a WYSIWYG design interface that allows designers to drag and drop into the online canvas design elements such as images, texts, videos, flash, galleries, menus, custom designed forms, widgets, or custom HTML code.[3][4] In July 2013, Webydo's partnership with Ecwid added a built-in e-commerce functionality.[5] Designers can start their clients' sites from scratch on a blank canvas, choose a layout or from pre-made designs (in which each element can be modified later).[6]

When the designer publishes their website, Webydo's code generator automatically creates the HTML code, which is updated to the W3C standards, cross-browser and cross-platform compatible, optimized for search engines and comes with a built-in content management system (CMS) and SEO management tools.[7] Furthermore, the CMS permits further updating, deleting and creating new content in the website by the website owner.[8][9][10] Designers can also lock specific design elements, preventing unwanted changes made by their CMS clients and preserving full artistic control.[2]

Webydo also hosts the published websites and provides automatic backups and data protection. The partnership between Webydo and Google Cloud gives access to the latter's content delivery network, permitting uploads to the closest server and subsequent duplication in all the other worldwide servers of the network.[11]

Webydo is a B2B website builder intended primarily for professional designers who want to create advanced custom-made websites for their clients including a CMS, without writing code. Webydo provides a more professional platform unlike do-it-yourself B2C website builders that target un-professional users and offer simple pre-designed templates. Webydo's cloud system offers professional design tools that eliminate designers' dependency on developers and enable their direct communication with their clients.[12][13]

Webydo also provides a set of tools intended to help designers build an independent web design business, with a dashboard that permits handling multiple websites.[11]

History[edit]

Webydo's software was developed initially as an in-house tool for the web design agency by Shmulik Grizim and Tzvika Steinmetz. This projects started as they identified specific problems in the web designing process, namely the repetitive development of handwritten code amounting to about 70% of website creation budgets and the communication gap between designers and their clients. They thought of a tool which would permit automatic generation of HTML code for an Adobe Photoshop-like graphic design and which would also make possible the direct involvement of the client in the website ongoing management process. Subsequently, they enrolled a team of mathematicians and developers to create the necessary algorithms for this software.[1][2][14]

The new platform was quickly successful and with the potential to be used by web designers worldwide. A new company for this product was opened with investment from Adnan Raya. After Google chose Webydo's technology to provide web solutions for businesses in Israel, some 35,000 websites were rapidly created. Microsoft Israel also drove business to Webydo after selecting it in a competition as one of the 20 most innovative companies in 2012.[1]

Community design[edit]

Webydo is a provides the technology as community-lead platform and employs the concept of radical democracy in its development process. Customers can set up the goals or the system development and vote on features that they think should be developed next.[2][14][15]

Reception[edit]

The main feature highlighted in reviews is the fact that the Webydo code generator manages to replace the developer in the web design process, an achievement described as a "web design revolution".[1][2][16][17][18] Other remarked features are the rich, intuitive and easy-to-use web design software, providing ample room to manage the professional web design process[4][19][20] and the good hosting infrastructure.[11][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Richard Behar (2012-09-20). "An Israeli Special Forces Commando, An Arab Investor, A Religious Zionist -- And A Hot Start-Up Called Webydo". Forbes.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Hannah Gal (2013-10-11). "The Making of a Web Design Revolution: In Conversation With Webydo CEO Shmulik Grizim". Huffington Post. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  3. ^ "Webydo: WYSIWYG Web Design For The Pros". Appstorm. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  4. ^ a b "Webydo: Build your Dream Website". The Design Work. 2013-07-15. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  5. ^ Allison Howen (2013-07-28). "Webydo Designers Get Ecwid Capabilities". Website Magazine. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  6. ^ "Webydo: If You Can Dream It You Can Do It". 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  7. ^ Natasha Lomas (2013-04-30). "Webydo Makes It Easier For Designers To Build Websites By Creating The Code For Them". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  8. ^ "Webydo – A Web Designer's Dream Come True". The Design Work. 2013-06-10. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  9. ^ Ken Yeung (2013-04-29). "Already powering 50k sites, Webydo launches its 'code-free' website making service in beta". The Next Web. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  10. ^ "How to: Build your portfolio website fast with Webydo". CMS Critic. 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  11. ^ a b c Google (2014-12-10). "Webydo moves to scalable cloud with Google Cloud Platform". Google Cloud Platform. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  12. ^ "Create Beautiful Websites with Webydo". Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  13. ^ "Webydo is revolutionizing professional website design". Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  14. ^ a b "Interview with Shmulik Grizim, Co-Founder of Webydo". Webappers.com. 2013-08-05. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  15. ^ "Webydo: New Fabulous Way to Create and Manage a Website". Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  16. ^ Nick Cobb (2012-10-01). "Coding Not Required – Revolutionizing Professional Web Design with Webydo". Small business Yahoo. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  17. ^ "With Increase in E-commerce Web Design, Webydo Rises to Meet Demand". 2012-05-10. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  18. ^ Cliff Boodoosingh (2012-07-25). "Thanks To Israeli Startup Webydo, Great Designers Don't Need To Know Code". TopHosts.com. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  19. ^ Kate Russell (2012-09-20). "Webscape: Business cards get smarter". BBC. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  20. ^ "Webydo: Create a Beautiful Website without Writing Single Code!". 2012-04-22. Retrieved 2013-10-20.
  21. ^ "Have You Tried Webydo's Free Website Creator?". 2012-09-26. Retrieved 2013-10-20.

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