Web De­signer 11 Set up a be­spoke online gallery with Xara’s soft­ware

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Dig­i­tal artists are spoilt for choice when it comes to online gal­leries. Be­hance and deviantART have be­come pop­u­lar hosts for sci-fi and fan­tasy im­ages, and even so­cial net­work­ing sites can be­come repos­i­to­ries of your finest works. There’s still some­thing to be said for hav­ing your own pro­fes­sional web­site though, with an easy-to-re­mem­ber ad­dress and be­spoke de­sign.

Xara’s Web De­signer prom­ises to take the headaches out of HTML and make de­sign straight­for­ward. A peek at sam­ple sites shows wide photos which stretch across the site, min­i­mal­ist nav­i­ga­tion and a re­spon­sive de­sign to make it easy to nav­i­gate on mo­bile de­vices (though these are ex­clu­sive to the £70 pre­mium ver­sion).

A team of coders would usu­ally be re­quired to put to­gether such a site, but with Web De­signer it’s a dod­dle. Adding text and im­ages is as in­tu­itive as any desk­top pub­lish­ing or word pro­cess­ing soft­ware, while spe­cific fea­tures in­clude a neat over­view of pages so you won’t lose that con­tact form.

Even with the most ba­sic ver­sion you’ll have a de­cent site and gallery up and run­ning in min­utes.

Cre­ate a neat show­case of your finest fan­tasy art with the soft­ware’s gallery func­tion.

Cre­at­ing a site nor­mally need­ing a team of coders is easy (for a fee) with Web De­signer 11.

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