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At Rapid we love all aspects of Web design! This fast pace, reactive world is something we love to introduce our clients to! We took a dive into the best Web Design tools for 2021 to help you get started on your web design journey!

Squarespace

Pros; Beautiful Designs, Focus on Creatives 

Cons; No Free Plan , A more expensive solution.

Squarespace is a web design builder that’s long been targeted at creative professionals, such as designers, artists and photographers. And the creative community have responded positively, mainly because they love its beautifully designed templates. 

Squarespace has fab tools for launching an online store or blog, and includes templates for other businesses, including health and beauty, media and entertainment, food, nonprofits and more. 

None of Squarespace’s templates are set in stone, either; in fact they are very customisable allowing web design creativity. The drag-and-drop web building interface is quite straightforward to use, with useful prompts wherever you hover your mouse! 

WordPress

Pros; Good documentation, Endless Creative possibilities!

Cons; Hosting isn’t free , Big learning curve!

WordPress.org is an open source software that’s been around for decades, enabling generations of people to carry out web design for free. It should not be confused with WordPress.com, which is a paid-for service.

Note that WordPress.org provides the software alone: you’ll still have to pay for a domain name and web hosting separately. And nor is that software particularly easy to use: you’ll have to wade through a lot of documentation, and battle a steep learning curve, to build your site.

On the upside, though, you’ll have ultimate control on how your website looks and feels, and even if you use templates you can customise them to your heart’s content. Plus you’ll find a ton of help and support online as you learn to use the system! We absolutely love the Divi builder plug-in when it comes to building sites for our clients! 

Shopify

Pros; First-class e-commerce features , Endless Creative possibilities!

Cons; Expensive, Big learning curve!

Do you primarily want to use your website to sell your artwork? Then we’d recommend Shopify, a website builder that’s specifically focused on creating online stores, and which also has some beautifully designed templates. 

There’s excellent technical support that really suggests the company cares about its customers. The payment system works very smoothly in practice, and you get a huge range of options for customising your store in a way that suits your needs.

If you’re serious about setting up a business around your art that generates a regular income, then Shopify has everything you need to make it a success!

At Rapid we are more than happy to help! We understand how vital it is to stand out from the crowd in an incredibly competitive marketplace. The truth is, your website is your shop window – in the store that is open 24/7. That’s why we help to bring your vision to life with aesthetically pleasing user-focused websites that guarantee return on investment. Our Web Design Agency in Belfast specialises in delivering accessible web design and branding to businesses across the world. We specialise in web design that delivers results. Get in touch with us today!