PROS / Between its integrated social media and RSS feed features, you can easily improve your site's visibility.
CONS / If you want eCommerce on your web site, you'll need to buy an upgraded plan.
VERDICT / iBuilt website design software has strong multimedia and social network integrations. However, it's not as easy to use as other software, and the plans are limited.
iBuilt isn't as well known as the other website design software applications on our list, but it nonetheless provides great website development. In particular, it has notable multimedia features, although it lacks eCommerce options and isn't as easy to use as the other software applications we reviewed. Still, this website creator is worth considering if you are working on a personal website or one for a business that isn't selling its products online.
The strength of this software lies in its multimedia features and marketing tools. It has a free image gallery so you can adapt templates and add pictures to your content to make it more interesting and readable.
iBuilt's editing system has the tools you need, and if you don't like the template you initially chose, you can change it without losing your work. iBuilt has several SEO features to increase the visibility of your website: You can add metatags, titles and keywords so your website can be found more easily on search engines. In addition to SEO tools, it offers social media integration and an RSS feed so visitors can subscribe to updates of your site.
There are a few drawbacks to this web design software. First, the interface is dated and not as intuitive as competing applications, and the drag-and-drop function isn't as responsive. You can find most of the website development tools you need, particularly in the multimedia arena. You can integrate visuals from simple images to Flash animations, plus add Google Maps. However, you may have to rely heavily on the instructions to guide you through each step until you are familiar with the program.
Another downside, which particularly affects businesses, is the lack of eCommerce options, unless you upgrade to the Essential eStore. Otherwise, you are limited to a third-party shopping cart or creating your own using PayPal links.
iBuilt offers 1.5GB of storage space, which is sufficient for most small business needs but is significantly lower than the storage space offered by other applications on our list. However, with iBuilt, you can create an unlimited number of webpages and use up to 30 email addresses for your website.
There are also online FAQS and tutorials as well as telephone support. iBuilt uses a ticket system for customer support. However, we never received any replies to the emails we sent to the company.
iBuilt's website builder offers a host of multimedia features to build an impressive website, although the interface involves a learning curve. The business plan's storage space is small compared to similar plans from other software. However, it has a host of SEO and promotional options, like social media integration and RSS feed capability. If you don't need a shopping cart on your site and are willing to take some time to learn the interface, this web design software is worth checking out.