Web­site X5 Pro 13

Joe checks out a new re­lease from In­co­me­dia

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• Price: Web Site X5 Pro­fes­sional 13 £149.00, Web Site X5 Evo­lu­tion 13 £49.99, Web Site X5 Start 13 £ 14.90 • Man­u­fac­turer: In­co­me­dia • Web­site: www.web­si­tex5.com • Re­quire­ments: Win­dows XP or later, 1 GB RAM

The in­ter­net is con­stantly chang­ing with new de­vel­op­ments that make our lives more in­formed, more en­ter­tained and eas­ier to shop. These changes are mainly driven by web­sites all vy­ing for our at­ten­tion and of course our busi­ness. This means the web­sites them­selves need to in­cor­po­rate the lat­est eye catch­ing de­signs to make your mouse fin­ger pause just a mo­ment longer.

In­co­me­dia is one of the com­pa­nies that help us mere mor­tals hit this con­stantly chang­ing tar­get, with web de­sign soft­ware that’s pow­er­ful, easy to use and more im­por­tantly em­braces the lat­est tech­nol­ogy. The com­pany pro­duce three ver­sions of its web de­sign soft­ware, Start, Evo­lu­tion and Pro­fes­sional. This re­view is based on its pro­fes­sional ver­sion, which along with the other two, has just been up­dated to ver­sion 13.

If you’ve ever dab­bled in web­site de­sign, you’ll know there are three ap­proaches that de­sign pro­grams nor­mally adopt. The first is the orig­i­nal method that en­tails a good knowl­edge of HTML code, and is not used that much to­day, be­cause it nat­u­rally takes much longer to com­plete. The sec­ond is the page lay­out method, where you place each el­e­ment on the page you're cre­at­ing. Or thirdly, the method that Web Site X5 adopts is by us­ing frames where you com­pose your images, text or other con­tent be­fore they’re added to the page. To see how it’s go­ing so far you sim­ply click on the pre­view but­ton. While this is not ex­actly in­tu­itive, the pro­gram does walk you through ev­ery step, and I’ve found this ap­proach makes for very ef­fi­cient (so smaller file size) coding. In some ways I guess it’s an ad­van­tage if you’ve had no ex­pe­ri­ence of other web de­sign prod­ucts.

There are a num­ber of new ad­di­tions to the pro­gram but pos­si­bly the most im­por­tant of these is the move to full 64 bit; this has greatly im­proved the speed and con­se­quently the us­abil­ity. The de­vel­oper claims a 50% in­crease. While I don't have the means to con­firm that fig­ure, the in­crease is cer­tainly no­tice­able.

One of the most im­pres­sive fea­tures new to this re­lease is Par­al­lax scrolling, an eye-catch­ing ef­fect that many of the top sites are cur­rently us­ing. It scrolls the sites main con­tent over a back­ground that scrolls at a dif­fer­ent pace to the con­tent, giv­ing al­most a 3D ef­fect. In some ways to com­ple­ment this, it's added sticky menus to your arse­nal, so while your con­tent is scrolling the menus stay fixed and is al­ways avail­able.

If you’re short on ideas or need some fresh con­tent, X5 has it cov­ered. With over 700,000 roy­alty free images to choose from, and lots of pre­built forms that cover ev­ery­thing from emails, to prod­uct cat­a­logues, you’re sure to find enough data to get you started.

I think most peo­ple would agree that pos­si­bly the most dif­fi­cult thing to do when cre­at­ing a web­site is get­ting it no­ticed by the var­i­ous search en­gines – what’s gen­er­ally known as SEO (search engine op­ti­mi­sa­tion). Well, the code created by this lat­est ver­sion of X5 gets your site in­dexed very quickly; all you need to do is add a few lines of text us­ing the Ob­ject Ti­tle fea­ture and X5 does the rest.

Fi­nally, if you want to give the pro­gram, a try, you can down­load a fully work­ing (time lim­ited ver­sion) from the com­pany’s web­site. Af­ter pur­chase, you also get the free reg­is­tra­tion of a do­main of your choice, plus 15GB of web space for 12 months, un­lim­ited emails and a cloud drive ser­vice for syn­chro­nis­ing files on all your on­line de­vices. Joe Lav­ery

Us­abil­ity and ca­pa­bil­ity have both been im­proved by this up­date

The quick pre­view op­tion shows how your project is de­vel­op­ing

With over 1000 tem­plates to choose from, it shouldn’t be dif­fi­cult to get started

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