Serif Launches WebPlus X5 – The Complete Business Website Designer


May 16, 2011 – A new and affordable website design tool for small businesses has launched today. WebPlus X5 from Serif, the award-winning design, publishing and creative software developer, is the complete website designer and provides everything a business needs to get online without costly designer fees.

WebPlus X5 has been designed for small to medium businesses, organisations, clubs and individuals who want to make and publish their own websites but do not have any HTML or web design experience. Its drag-and-drop facility enables individuals to easily and quickly create attractive, engaging and professional sites with e-commerce and interactivity.

“It’s now normal for consumers to search online for information about a business before making a purchase,” says Gary Bates, Managing Director at Serif. “So it’s essential for any company to have a website if they want to impress their customers and boost business. A professional-looking website is guaranteed to make a good first impression on a potential customer.”

Users can customise everything including site structure, colours, page layout, logos, graphics and text. WebPlus X5 also has great support for interactive features such as forms, Flash® photo galleries, podcasts, YouTube videos, blogs, forums, RSS feeds and online booking. New features include a Button Studio for making high-quality custom buttons and navbar designs for achieving a totally custom website.

“WebPlus X5 is easy-to-use and flexible, offering a helping hand with videos and on-screen advice to make web design accessible to all – not just designers and programmers. The software is packed with impressive features, from attractive templates and intuitive design tools to visitor analytics, advertising and a PayPal wizard with a new floating mini-cart for easy access.’

With WebPlus X5, websites can be designed on a user’s local computer rather than using an online only template builder and, while WebPlus does also provide template sites to edit, users can totally customise everything or design from scratch. Wizards and ready-made content keep design time down and, after initial publishing, quick changes can be uploaded with just one simple click. There are no limits on the number of sites, pages, store sizes or items per page, plus users maintain ownership of their software, templates, and custom designs permanently.

WebPlus X5 is compatible with Windows 7/Vista/XP and retails at £81.69 (inc. VAT). It is available directly from Serif at www.serif.com and includes a free 6 month ‘Silver’ hosting package with sub-domain web address. It is also available from major retailers including Amazon and PC World, where it includes a 12 month ‘Gold’ hosting package with a full domain name and email marketing software as bonus items. Existing Serif Software users should contact 0800 376 7070 for further information on upgrade pricing.

For more information, contact Clare Homer at Serif at chomer@serif.com or on 0115 914 9042. Follow @Serif_Clare on Twitter

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New features include:

  • Button Studio – The built in studio makes it easy to create everything from a single, clickable button to a fully-functioning site navigation bar. Cool shapes, colours, text shadows, glows, realistic lighting and depth just a click away.
  • New Navigation Bars & Designer – WebPlus X5 has loads of brand new navigation bars that are easily customisable and work on all computers and smartphones. Pop-up menus can also be added to any graphic, making it easier for customers to navigate around your site.
  • Intelligent Panels – Panels are great for showing extra information, like contact details or a caption. They can be displayed permanently or set to pop-up when a customer rolls their mouse over or clicks on a button or image.
  • Pop-up Lightboxes – Showcase full-size images, forms, etc. in pop-up lightboxes that look fantastic and give content the focus it deserves.
  • Actions & Interactivity – Apply interactive “actions”, like reveal/hide, popup text, or print, to any object. Ideal for showing extra information without cluttering your website.
  • Stylish Templates & Graphics – Create attractive websites fast by using professionally-designed templates and neat graphics included with WebPlus X5.
  • New PayPal Mini Cart – Make it easy for shoppers to see what’s in their basket. The new PayPal Mini Cart floats at the top of your page for easy access to the cart and checkout.
  • Upgrade Wizard – Seamlessly import all of your content and settings when existing customers upgrade from WebPlus X4 using the step-by-step wizard.
  • Support for SVG Files – Display high-quality web graphics efficiently and at any size using scalable graphics vector files – perfect for logos, buttons, banners and more.

About Serif

Serif is the publisher of the award-winning software range that includes PagePlus®, PhotoPlus®, DrawPlus®, WebPlus®, AlbumPlus®, MoviePlus®, PanoramaPlus® and Digital Scrapbook Artist® and more. Founded in 1987 with the aim to develop low-cost alternatives to high-end publishing and graphics packages, Serif as been repeatedly praised for its powerful yet easy-to-use software which has put professional effects and demanding publishing tasks within the reach of ordinary PC users round the world. Now with over 6.5 million customers worldwide, Serif has over 230 employees at its head office, development and European sales centre in Nottingham, UK and its North American sales operation in New Hampshire, US.

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