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WebPlus X4 - Slim case (PC)

by Serif
Windows XP / Vista / 7
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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  • 18 months free website hosting to get your site online with no fuss
  • QuickBuilder and Quick Publish for easy drag ‘n’ drop site design and getting online fast
  • Built-in photo editing with stunning PhotoLab and Image Cutout Studio
  • New NavBars featuring slick and professional Flash animation
  • Impressive new interactive Flash animated photo galleries
  • Easy (and free) online resource & room booking system
  • Online editing (content management system)
  • Automatic colour scheme generator for a designer-quality feel
  • Better integration with Google Analytics, AdSense, and cool Google Maps
  • New Learning Zone with video tutorials to smash any learning curve
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WebPlus X7 (PC) WebPlus X7 (PC) 3.6 out of 5 stars (9)
£82.01
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B002S52V48
  • Release Date: 20 Nov 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,474 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description


WebPlus X4 is Serif's amazing website creation software that combines power, flexibility, and intuitive ease of use, so you can create attractive, engaging websites--with no HTML or prior experience. Perfect for businesses, organisations, clubs, schools, and personal sites, WebPlus X4 includes everything needed for professional-quality results. This release brings together an easy visual page designer, forms, free online tools and services, PayPal and other e-commerce, search engine optimisation, graphics tools, photo editing, analytics, publishing, maintenance, and tutorial videos.

WebPlus X4 was awarded an impressive 5/5 stars and rated "perfect" in a recent PCWorld.com review. Authors Sally Wiener Grotta & Daniel Grotta describe how WebPlus X4 "combines drag-and-drop simplicity with highly customisable options to deliver the tools that even non-techies can use to create sophisticated, interactive websites."

Everything You Need

NEW: Photo Editing
Edit photos for your website without leaving WebPlus X4 using the new PhotoLab. Remove backgrounds using the Image Cutout Studio or enhance images by adding one or more of over 70 effects and adjustments.

  • Professionally adjust and correct photos
  • Easily add amazing effects
  • Quickly remove blemishes and scratches
  • Apply adjustments with single clicks
  • Edit or undo changes at any time

IMPROVED: Site Navigation
Use one of the customisable Flash navigation bars and impress visitors with the look of your website.

IMPROVED: Graphic design
Create tailored graphics for your website with the built-in drawing tools, shapes, effects, styles, and more.

IMPROVED: Word Processing
Not only can you create and edit text just like a word processor but you can now import Word documents too.

Incredibly Easy to Use

The desktop publishing-style approach allows you to design your website to look exactly how you want it. All the coding is done for you behind the scenes. Click to enlarge.

Edit photos for your website without leaving WebPlus X4 using the new PhotoLab. Click to enlarge.

Easily drag and drop a text frame, image, Flash photo gallery, and more from the QuickBuilder Bar onto your page for fast website design.

NEW: QuickBuilder Bar
It's now even quicker and easier to build websites with the new QuickBuilder Bar. Easily drag and drop a text frame, image, Flash photo gallery, and more from the QuickBuilder Bar onto your page for fast website design.

Easy as 1-2-3

  1. Create websites from professional templates
  2. Design and edit with the QuickBuilder Bar
  3. Publish pages instantly with Quick Publish

No HTML or other programming required
The desktop publishing-style approach allows you to design your website to look exactly how you want it. All the coding is done for you behind the scenes.

IMPROVED: Video tutorials and learning
Get support easily. Videos, PDF tutorials, our online knowledge base, and active community forums can all be accessed from the new Learning Zone.

Powerful Web Gadgets

Forums, Blogs, Forms & More
Make engaging and interactive websites by adding forums, blogs, polls, online forms and more--all provided and hosted for free by Serif.

NEW: Online bookings
Your customers can book rooms, tables, sporting facilities, services, or anything you can think of using the new interactive Resource Booker.

NEW: Google Maps
Put your business on the map--literally--with Google Maps. Ideal for Find us or Contact us pages.

NEW: Content management
Edit the content of your site from any computer with an internet connection. Fantastic for quick updates and news.

Secure members' areas
Create individual login details for selected users and grant them access to specific areas on your site.

Secure e-Commerce Stores

IMPROVED: Sell securely online
Using e-commerce to sell online has never been easier. Not only can it display an unlimited amount of products but now you can have up to 10 options (like size, colour, etc.) for each item. We've also teamed up with the top shopping cart providers so you can be sure that all your transactions are 100% secure.

  • Easy wizard to setup your online store
  • Choice of providers including PayPal
  • Security for you and your customers.

Over 40 professionally designed, fully customisable templates and themed layouts included.

The easy e-commerce facilities in WebPlus X4 are perfect for small businesses or anyone selling online.

Media-Rich Websites

IMPROVED: Animated photo galleries
Show off you pictures in all their glory in one of the 36 highly customisable animated photo galleries. There are 12 new Flash galleries plus all the old favourites so there will always be one that's perfect for your pictures.

The photo galleries in WebPlus X4 can now handle 1000s of images, multiple albums, and link to RSS image feeds (from sites like Flickr) so your latest photos can appear online without updating your site.

IMPROVED: YouTube videos
Your friends, family, and customers can now enjoy high definition YouTube videos on your website--now with extra features like autoplay for instant viewing.

Audio & podcasts
Host or stream music on your website and get your fans to subscribe to your podcast updates via iTunes so they never miss out on what's new.

News feeds
Create your own RSS feed for people to subscribe to or show feeds from other sites and make your website a place with up-to-the-minute news.

Flash animations
Easily add Flash animations to your website to engage visitors and give your site a more professional look.

Perfect Websites--Fast

IMPROVED: Professional templates
With over 40 professionally-designed, fully-customisable templates and themed layouts included, there's plenty to choose from to create your perfect website.

NEW: Quick publishing
Make updates to individual sites pages with just one click thanks to the new Quick Publish option. It's great for speedy updates and adding news to your site

NEW: Google Analytics
Discover who your customers are, and a whole lot more, with Google Analytics. WebPlus X4 makes it easy to integrate this industry-standard tool into your website.

Search Engine Optimisation
Make sure your site can be easily found by popular search engines like Google and Yahoo, by taking advantage of the simple SEO tools in WebPlus X4.

New Feature Highlights

QuickBuilder Bar
The QuickBuilder Bar makes creating websites faster by providing commonly used web elements.

Photo Editing
Now you don't need a separate photo editing program thanks to the powerful photo editing features.

Online Bookings
Take customer bookings for rooms, tables, events and more with the new Resource Booker.

Google Gadgets
Add cool Google gadgets including Maps, Adsense and Analytics to any site with just a few clicks.

Flash Navbars
Navigate around your website in style with one of the new animated Flash navigation bars.

Pro Photo Galleries
Your pictures will be beautifully displayed in one of the high-quality Flash photo galleries.

Quick Publish
Update sites instantly. It only takes one click to update a page with the new Quick Publish feature.

New Learning Zone
Watch video tutorials, print PDF guides, or view the knowledge base from the new Learning Zone.

Colour Scheme Designer
Create a unique colour scheme for your website to make it stand out from the crowd.

Content Management System
Make quick edits and updates to your website content from any PC with an internet connection.

Manufacturer's Description

Welcome to WebPlus X4: professional quality websites made easy.

WebPlus X4 is Serif’s amazing website creation software that combines power, flexibility, and intuitive ease of use, so you can create attractive, engaging websites – with no HTML or prior experience! Perfect for businesses, organisations, clubs, schools, and personal sites, WebPlus X4 includes everything needed for professional-quality results. This release brings together an easy visual page designer, forms, free online tools and services, PayPal and other e-commerce, search engine optimisation, graphics tools, photo editing, analytics, publishing, maintenance, and tutorial videos!

You don’t need anything else to get online; WebPlus X4 has everything you need to design your site, fix and optimise photos, set up an online store, and stream music and videos. You’ll be online fast, too, with one-click publishing and free hosting!

With its simple, drag-and-drop, WYSIWYG approach to design, you can be sure that your website will look exactly how you want it to. Wow visitors with easy-to-use Flash animated photo galleries; create a secure e-commerce store so you can confidently sell online or take subscriptions and donations; add music or video to showcase demos, home movies, bands – and more.

Keep people coming back to your site, engage with visitors and keep things fresh. Within a few clicks you can add interactive blogs, forums, polls, RSS news or other feeds, and there’s built in support for Google AdSense, Maps, and Analytics.

To make sure you’re never in the dark, you can access free support, a vibrant user community, video tutorials, on-screen ‘How-To’ guides, and, in case you need it, a Help system and manual, too.

It's never been easier to create fantastic websites, whether you are starting with a professional template or designing from scratch. You’ll have design freedom, a helping hand to easily make your site interactive, flexibility to add interesting features, and built-in tools to check, optimise and publish!


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Solid Package 10 Jan 2010
By Bob TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD-ROM
Like most recent web design packages this one tries to cater for everyone from beginner to advanced and it mainly succeeds, it is the latest upgrade in the series and builds and improves on previous WebPlus offerings, it is worth mentioning that there is no X3 version and the series went straight from X2 to X4 which is Windows 7 compatible together with XP and Vista.
On a beginner level there are a number of complete templates where all you need to do is add text and away you go. This is fine if a template suits your needs and you like the design. There are other templates available in the resources pack, at additional cost and if you do not find the one you like in this Serif supply extra template packs. At this level you can have an up and working website hosted on the Serif server in only a few hours (hosting is currently free using the suffix ".webplus.net" but the documentation does not state if this free hosting is indefinite)
At the next level Serif provide a number of themes which are essentially outline web pages which contain to photographs or text but have appropriate frames to populate. This gives more flexibility than templates but needs a little more work however one of the advantages of X4 is that as you add or remove pages the navigation buttons automatically link the pages so you do not need to keep track of basic linking although you can always change the links.
At a more advanced level you can do pretty well everything with X4 including adding your own scripts and HTML pages or snippets.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Upgraded from WebPlus x2 2 Aug 2010
Format:DVD-ROM|Verified Purchase
I was delighted with webplus x2 and thought webplus x4 was a step up. In some ways it was in that it gave everything that x2 did and a bit more...but, yes always a but. WebPlus x2 worked well on both Windows XP and Windows 7 ultimate. My first problrm is that x4 will not allow flash gallery thumbnails to be viewed. This is a nuisance as it doesn't allow for instant reference for when you want to add, delete or move an image. This is also true if one wishes to use the new website wizard to construct a new website, no thumbnail images are viewable. I know it's not me doing something wrong as I can see all image thumbnails within the PC folders and that applies even to RAW images as I've downloaded the correct CODECS.

I had trouble in uploading my website repeatedly, in fairness Serif got me through this by telling me to set my firewall to allow Serif applications, however despite promising to get back to me regarding the absence of thumbnails, they have not and that's really annoying.

Serif WebPlus x2 states it is Windows 7 compliant, but the loss of thumbnails which were ok on XP means it is not totally compliant. Would I recommend it, well probably to someone who is fairly competent with PC's. Overall it has done what I wanted, but involved fiddle fixes and time, so some important issues remain unsolved. I would be very annoyed if I had paid more than I did at Amazon. Maybe someone reading this knows the answer to my thumbnail problem, Serif certainly don't!
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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Unless you have specialist needs, or are going to build a massive site (with many thousands of pages), you will be delighted by WebPlus X4, for sure.

WebPlus X4 is great software for amateurs, to produce websites that (on the surface) look like they have been designed by professionals. [aside: for people familiar with Apple computers, this is a bit like iWeb]. It does deal with graphics very well, allowing easy placement on any spot on the page, a feature not found in some other products. A lot of stuff is intuitive - if you are familiar with Word and PowerPoint, this will be a breeze to use.

The tutorials provided on the website & the customer support is fantastic. I had a few queries which were answered very quickly. Really, their FORUM is an amazing and friendly place - you will get all the help you need; no question is 'too stupid'.

The software is very stable on my Windows 7 nettop. Be sure to download the very latest software updates!

Serif also bundles 18 months of webhosting, for 'free' (i.e. it's included in the price of the product). For me, this makes it a killer deal. (The hosting itself is easily worth [] quid!)

GEEKY STUFF:

I would only recommend this software to beginners. I'd advise coders to stay away (or be prepared to change their habits!).

It is not trival to edit the (HTML) code with other software, such as Dreamweaver. WebPlus x4 writes all web page styling (CSS) in the source for each page, instead of putting it in one or a few CSS files, as is standard today. This can result in slower page loads for visitors and provides less flexibility. There appears to be redundant code. In the real world, I don't think this is something the vast majority of people need to worry about.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Product (so far)! 5 Jan 2010
Format:DVD-ROM|Verified Purchase
Hi -

At this stage, I review WebPlus x4 with a little caution as I am yet to actually publish my new website. But I am very very pleased with my progress (not knowing any HTML) and just how professional it is looking so far.

This is an excellent product and I would suggest that it is under-priced! This is targetted at people that have absoolutely no website build technical knowledge, but do know what they want and the content. Don't get me wrong, it is an incredibly complex piece of software - but be patient with yourself and take it slowly and you will get great results. I have 3 pieces of advice for anyone looking to buy:

1. Do buy the excellent Resource Guide and work slowly through the well-written tutorials - I would suggest that without doing this, you don't stand a chance.
2. Build your first website using one of the templates that come with the software and alter it. I found that by doing this I moved along quicker, but I was also able to see how the designers had put pages together and was able to replicate some of the actions.
3. Understand that it does have quirks. I found the user forum on the Serif website invaluable and found most of the answers to my questions there - would recommend you join as soon as you get the software, there is a huge community of experienced users out there.

So far, I am very impressed - now the work is down to me....
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