8 Free Website Design Platforms: Quik & Easy Development

Website builders have been gaining more popularity and traction lately, thanks to services such as Wix and Webnode.

Website builders have been gaining more popularity and traction lately, thanks to services such as Wix and Webnode.

These online website creators allow you to create a full website, free of charge, directly in your browser without any prior knowledge of website development.

Many of these services also offer premium packages with additional features, for a small cost per month, if you desire additional tools. The biggest advantage in using these services is the unbeatable development speed, as it all happens in your browser with click-and-drag functionality.

If you’re not a web designer or a creative person but need an easy and affordable solution to creating a website, try one of these free solutions.

Wix – the King of Builders

Wix offers a simple, yet powerful online platform to make Flash websites, MySpace layouts and more. Using a browser-based interface, you can choose from a wide selection of design templates or start with a blank canvas. Wix provides more than enough tools to get the job done, with everything from animation effects and photo albums to Google maps and RSS feeds. You can also import photos from Flickr and videos from YouTube with only a few clicks.

The design interface is sleek and quick (on a high-speed connection). Tools are easy to access when needed and can be hidden when not necessary. Creating new pages and editing old ones is straightforward. Your website is hosted on Wix’s server for quick and easy publishing, however unless you upgrade to a premium package (starting at $4.95/month), you don’t have much control over your domain name. All in all, Wix is by far the best choice for free Flash websites.

Weebly

Weebly is another top choice and sports a simple click and drag interface that allows you to create a professional website very quickly. Content elements, such as videos, pictures, maps, and text are added to your website by simply dragging them from the Weebly bar to your webpage.

You must choose from one of their templates, yet each template is pretty flexible and customizable so there is some room for creativity. Adding and organizing your website’s pages is surprisingly painless. When you add a new page to your website, it’s automatically added to the navigation bar so there’s no need to update your navigation, even if you add a new page at the last minute. Your website domain is in the format of ‘pagename.weebly.com,’ though if you wish, you can create and purchase your own domain name through the interface (the domain purchase process is handled by bestdomainever.net).

Webs (formerly FreeWebs)

With over 20 million websites created with Webs, this one is among the most popular free website creators available and features many of the same features of the other online website builders.

It’s worth noting the ability to integrate your site with Paypal or Google Checkout. It only takes a few clicks and your account information in order to add e-commerce functionality to your website. Also, you can create your own social network by requiring visitors to “join” your site, all with a just a couple of clicks. How cool is that?

Webs is probably not the easiest free website builder to use, however with the extra features available, Webs is a viable option for creating a powerful, free website.

Webnode

Webnode has an interface that could easily be mistaken for Microsoft Word and it’s incredibly ease to use. It’s a phenomenal package and if you’re a Word user, you should be up and running in a few minutes.

What sets Webnode apart is the way that you create and edit your website. It operates more like a content management system. You edit pages by browsing to that page first, then making the necessary changes. This helps to better visualize how your website will look and function exactly. You can change your page layout and design at anytime using the toolbar. The benefit of creating and editing your site with Webnode is that it allows for automatic linking and navigation, so it can be particularly useful when creating large websites with lots of content.

Webnode is the most intuitive program among these website creators, with powerful content management system capabilities and a user friendly interface.

Jimdo

Jimdo operates much like Webnode, by browsing to each page before editing. You practically won’t notice a difference between the site as it appears online and the site as it appears in editing mode. Jimdo however, is not quite as powerful or as easy to use as Webnode.

On the other hand, Jimdo does offer greater design possibilities with a broad range of customization options.

Sprout Builder

Sprout has a range of features that will allow you to quickly and easily build, publish and manage rich media Web content including widgets, banners, mashups and more.

Sprout has a powerful design interface, though it’s a bit difficult to use the first time. The interface consists of dragable toolbars with a surprising amount of design options such as opacity, bevel, emboss, drop shadow, etc.

Despite a bit of a learning curve, Sprout is still a solid choice and offers many powerful design tools that allow you to create a unique website.

Viviti

Viviti is primarily a content management system with less focus on design and customization, however it does a good job at getting you on the web quickly and easily.

Select from one of their templates, then create the pages you need and add content. Pretty simple, though if you’re looking for an extremely powerful website creator with endless possibilities, then this is not the best application for you.

SynthaSite

Synthasite has functionality that is similar to that of desktop publishing software such as Microsoft Publisher. It offers drag and drop editing features that rival many others on this list. Most remarkable is SynthaSite’s online photo editing through a partnership with picnik.com, which is an extremely powerful browser-based image editing program.

Synthasite service is very reliant on templates, but there are plenty to choose from and they vary from fun and funky to classy and cool. Every now and then you’ll stumble upon a template that has a bit of flexibility – offering the ability to change the background image, for example – but those who want to exercise their design talents will find it restrictive.

Where Can You Find UX Designers?

Targeted Outreach

Targeted outreach is one of the most effective ways to find a great UX designer, especially if you have a team that has worked with — or knows someone who has worked with — designers in the past. As the name suggests, targeted outreach means you need to make the first move and contact prospective designers.

Sit down with your team and brainstorm a few names. Create a list of UX designers and start reaching out to them. If they’re too busy or not interested, ask them to refer someone else. Essentially, targeted outreach is based on referrals, so you can rest assured knowing that you’ll find someone with relevant experience and expertise.


Online UX Design Communities

There are plenty of online communities where UX designers can show off their designs and share portfolios. Here, you can find skilled UX designers from all around the world, browse endless designs, and even post a job with your specific requirements.

Keep in mind that while these online communities are an awesome place to screen visual designs, they’re not particularly useful when it comes to understanding the strategy, vision, interaction, or architecture used by the designers to build the final product. Namely, you get a glimpse of the surface but not what is beneath it.

”A beautiful product that doesn’t work very well is ugly.”

— Jonathan Ive

For this reason, it’s important that you know exactly what you want and need from your UX designer. Otherwise, you might end up finding a UX designer who excels in creativity but is lacking in the strategic department.

Prominent online UX design communities include Dribbble, Behance, Coroflot, and Awwwards.


UX Job Boards

Even though you can post your UX design job post on any job search engine, it’s best to post on job boards that specialize in UX design. This way, you can be certain that your post will target and reach the right audience: UX designers.

Here are UX job boards where you can find your ideal UX designer:

  • UX Jobs Board.
  • Toptal and Upwork.
  • Fiver
  • Just UX Jobs.
  • Designer Hangout.
  • Authentic Jobs.

by Adam Fard from adamfard.com

TOP 25 Hotels Websites for Families in the World

25 Examples of Inspiring Website Design

We no longer live in an age where a compelling and inspirational hotel website is a nice to have – now it is a must-have. If you aren’t online, your brand simply doesn’t exist to one of America’s most influential groups, millennials.  Meanwhile, as OTAs gather around the booking table for a slice of the pie, they bring with them gargantuan marketing budgets that most hotels can’t compete with. Hoteliers must level the playing field where they can, and for many, the best place to start is with their website. Only hotels and resorts truly know how to tell their stories and frame their unique value proposition to their guests.

1 Cavallino Bianco Family Spa Grand Hotel in Ortisei, Italy

  • The hotel, the spa, the restaurants, the services, the children’s water and play areas – the whole place is truly a fairytale land for all ages!

Premier Village Danang Resort – Managed by Accorhotels Da Nang, Vietnam

  • It’s a wonderful resort of Danang!!!
  • Best family resort choice for young ones

Santa Clara Eco Resort | Dourado, Brazil

  • Best weekend ever! Tons of fun activities, top-notch service
  • Hidden jewel in the middle of São Paulo State!

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4 Homewood Suites by Hilton Anaheim Resort – Convention Center | Anaheim, California

  • Best Non Disney Disneyland Hotel
  • Exceptional Disney base – staff go above and beyond

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5 Tulemar Bungalows & Villas | Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

  • There were eight of us total (two families with kids ranging in age from 6 to 10), and we all agreed it was the best vacation we’d ever taken.

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6 Abra Havn | Kristiansand, Norway

  • AMAZING!
  • Fantastic place 

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7 Isrotel Lagoona | Eilat, Israel

  • U23 ETU Triathlon Championships 
  • Uniq service 

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8 Hotel Fazenda Mazzaropi | Taubate, Brazil

  • Perfect for children – and their family 
  • Paradise for kids (and as a result, parents too)

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9 Rocking Horse Ranch Resort | Highland, New York

  • Great family getaway for all ages
  • The Whyte Family thanks you.

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10 LEGOLAND Feriendorf | Gunzburg, Germany

  • Fun experience with Legoland park
  • Just great!

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How to make best hotel website?

The answer is using a website builder! These are user-friendly tools that allow you to create a website without needing to know even one single line of code.

  • Reservations Calendar
  • Room Search Bar
  • Newsletter
  • Mobile Friendly
  • Integration With TripAdvisor

11 Sani Club | Sani, Greece

  • Our October visit
  • Amazing holidays

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12 Magic Natura Animal, Water Park & Polynesian Lodge Resort | Benidorm, Spain

  • Brilliant hotel, highly recommended 
  • Brilliant

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13 Pegasos Royal | Incekum, Turkey

  • amazing holiday! cant wait to return
  • Second amazing visit to this amazing place!

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14 The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real | Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

  • Business trip
  • Short getaway

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15 Club Family Hotel Executive | Cesenatico, Italy

  • Best for Kids and parents
  • Family hotel

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16 Kinderhotel Oberjoch | Oberjoch, Germany

  • Lovely hotel for kids and parents!
  • Great hotel, staff and location

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17 Meriton Suites World Tower, Sydney | Sydney, Australia

  • Awesome suite with amazing views
  • Great location, facilities and service

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18 Voyage Sorgun | Sorgun, Turkey

  • Voyage sorgun the best hotel in Turkey
  • Best hotel I been

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19 Chateau de Chine Hotel Hualien | Hualien, Taiwan

  • Great service and an excellent view of Hualien
  • Iconic Hotel in Hualien

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20 Hotel Manar | Hammamet, Tunisia

  • Amazing
  • Keep the animation team

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21 Padma Hotel Bandung | Bandung, Indonesia

  • It’s the people that make the difference 
  • Family Holiday

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22 Beaches Negril Resort & Spa | Negril, Jamaica

  • Fantastic Family Trip
  • Jodian Williams

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23 Barcelo Maya Colonial | Puerto Aventuras, Mexico

  • “EACH TRIP GETS BETTER!”
  • “Excellent”

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24 Peppers Broadbeach | Broadbeach, Australia

  • Superb location. Ocean views just adds to the ambience
  • Great hotel in a great location with great restaurants

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25 JA Oasis Beach Tower | Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • Fantastic location and an incredible apartment!
  • Amazing place

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