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Old 28th May 2012, 09:35 AM   #1
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Default Serif launches WebPlus X6!

Hello everyone!

Serif is delighted to announce the launch of WebPlus X6, the slickest, most powerful and modern website builder yet! WebPlus X6 is easier to use than its predecessor, has even more attractive website design elements, and even more cool features.

This all-in-one package puts web design power in the hands of regular computer users, blending the simplicity of a template editor with the flexibility of a web design suite, while being as familiar to use as office software. The look, behaviour, and interactive features of sites are customisable with drag and drop simplicity, while advanced design and even adding custom code are also at hand for unlimited possibilities. WebPlus X6 allows businesses, clubs, societies, charities and individuals to be in charge of their own site and its updates, without costing a fortune.

And, to encourage site refreshes and showcasing your lovely designs, we’re also launching the WebPlus Website of the Year 2012 competition. Entries can be submitted online from WebPlus X6 launch day until July 9th (noon GMT), then a few days later we’ll be holding public voting to choose a winner from amongst our 12 selected finalists.


Some of the great new features and benefits in this latest release include:
  • Mobile sites: New mobile design themes allow you quickly publish mobile-friendly sites, or to mix and match full-size and mobile pages together in one site. Automatic device or screen-size-based redirection means visitors can be channelled to the pages most suited to their browser, and new mobile-friendly buttons make it easier to design for touch screens as well as mouse cursors!

  • Social networking widgets: Now having live feeds and Like/Follow/+1 buttons from Facebook, Twitter and Google+ is truly as easy as 1-2-3… drag a social object from the studio, specify a page or account, and click OK. You can also add a social bookmarking button strip to give even more ways to easily share your page with people on other sites. These are all easy ways to help build up the buzz about your site, products or services, and help boost your search ranking.

  • Sliders and banners:Attractive sliding banners, panels and other eye-catching interactive widgets are made easy with new Sliders and a Slider Editor. Drag an example onto your page, set number of slides and timings, then customise the content on each slide right on your page. Includes accordion and other styles, and in addition to allowing the traditional use of images and text also supports interactive content like forms and videos. And they work on systems without Flash, too.

  • Quick Build tab: We said WebPlus is now easier than ever and this is one great reason why – with the new Quick Build studio tab, drag and drop site building simplicity has been expanded to include social networking widgets, YouTube videos, rollovers, blogs, forums, form objects and lots more!

  • Asset browser and manager:WebPlus X6 includes an efficient, attractive way to browse, search and manage graphics, text and other design content so you can find what you need for your site designs, whether it’s ready made content supplied by Serif or your own content. Save Asset Packs so projects contain all the files associated with a site design.

  • New designs and graphics: We’re helping improve custom site design for novices and enthusiasts with new templates to use as starting points, and stylish new graphics assets. These are modern, colour schemed, customisable, and can be added by drag and drop. Everything from WebPlus X6’s theme layout templates is available within graphics packs, and there are new categories of ready-made graphics to enhance your designs.

  • Cleaner workspace: WebPlus X6 benefits from a reworked workspace! It’s cleaner with less clutter and its menus and commands have been given a rethink, so popular settings and tasks are where they belong. Buttons are now available in 3 sizes for clarity and the workspace is even more customisable than before, so you can easily make WebPlus work the way you like.

  • Improved SEO and Webmaster tools: We know that while WebPlus needs to be easy for those new to web design, there are some customers who create lots of sites for business, with slightly different needs from the average project. SEO is enhanced to support Google and Bing webmaster validation files (also used by Yahoo!), and it’s now possible to de-brand the HTML output so the code does not identify WebPlus as the generator. We’ve also added ‘REL=nofollow’ support for hyperlinks to limit the reach of search engine bots.

  • And More: These headlines aren’t the only changes, upgraders and new customers can also benefit from:
    • New – Site Structure View for an easier way to visualise and restructure your site.
    • New – New Site Wizard helps getting started on blank sites with a template and colour scheme.
    • New – Colours toolbar gives quicker access to site colours, scheme colours, and tints.
    • New – Multi-picture backgrounds, ideal for independent headers and footers.
    • New – There’s now an easy way to add Flickr and other automatically-updating, live-feed photo galleries
    • Improved – The Object tab operates in two modes, so selected objects can be highlighted or edited.
    • Improved – Panels can now be dragged around the page by the viewer, so they never obscure important information.
    • Improved – Forms are enhanced with a new date picker and support for custom backgrounds.
    • There’s still more to discover! Drawing tools, navbars and interactivity are just some of the other areas that have been enhanced in this release!
Useful links:
WebPlus X6 Overview
WebPlus X6 New Features
WebPlus Website of the Year 2012 competition
WebPlus Support Materials incl Manual

If you have any questions please post them in the WebPlus forum.

Regards, Dale.
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