Google Web Designer (GWD) | December 2015

Whether or not it will help you get a website online

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The success that Google has achieved with all of their products is pretty astounding, and it becomes easy to believe that anything they release with their name attached to it has to be great. This may explain why so many people looking to get a website online are turning to Google Web Designer (GWD) to get the job done. After all, this is a product that is free and supposedly easy to use, but the big question is whether or not it will help you get a website online. The answer to that question is pretty much no, as the program does not come with all the tools that would make it possible for you to get a fully functioning website up and running.

• Limitations of web design

The simple fact of the matter is that Google Web Designer doesn’t really do what the name suggests, and it is in fact more suited to make an ad or splash page of some kind than an actual website. If your goal is to have a site with ecommerce functionality, then this is most definitely not the way to go for you. This is especially true if you have zero experience on coding, as you are most certainly going to need that in order for the Google product to deliver what you want it to. We will admit that the interface of GWD looks pretty, but the limitations of what it can do will become quickly apparent to anyone who knows anything about web design.

• Chrome is the only one that fully supports all the moving parts

There is also some question as to whether the creations you put together will actually work in all browsers, as it appears that Chrome is the only one that fully supports all the moving parts created by the tool. Since one of the big selling points of GWD is that you can integrate all kinds of different Google tools, you are going to have to start using all of those (Drive, AdSense, etc.) if you want to really get the most out of this product.

• Not for ecommerce websites

Neil ParkerMany people are going to jump at the possibility of a free Google product, but what’s the point of getting something for nothing if it can’t deliver what you need. Yes, a professionally designed website is not particularly cheap, but you get peace of mind in knowing that you will have a finished product that performs as it should, and which will be easy for your visitors to navigate and shop at. Using Google Web Designer to try and build ecommerce websites would be the equivalent of going to the shops and finding that none of them have a front door.

If you live along the Sunshine Coast, Australia, you have a much better option that Google Web Designer when it comes to having a website built. 12 Website offer a range of services that will help you get the website you need, and at a price that fits perfectly into your budget. Why have a site that does one thing when you can have one that does it all?

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