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I LOVE WordPress, BUT UNLIKE Showit, it is not the most intuitive platform for my customers to learn. I spent years working in the code creating custom sites but always felt like the customer ends up with a website they love but feels overwhelmed when they try to update it. It’s like being handed a gorgeous slice of Banoffi Pie but it is in this annoying complex plastic packaging that just won’t open unless you read a handbook of instructions. Frustration!
In steps Showit, a drag-and-drop builder that takes the pain out of WordPress. You have all the great functionality and capabilities of WordPress but with a super simple creative interface.
So let’s go through the reasons Showit allows a creative entrepreneur to shine:
Nowadays having a unique branding and website is so important to help stand out from the crowd. Using a drag-and-drop builder like Showit allows me to design a website that is truly custom without having to worry about the extra time spent writing code that will cost the customer in time and money. I feel Showit allows me to be a highly creative designer, implementing custom brand and website strategies. I am able to create a wide range of beautiful and strategic features for my customer’s website in less time. I have the feeling I can make almost anything using the platform. It’s a win-win situation!
If you have had any dealings with WordPress in the past, you will know about the headache of constant updates and fear of being hacked. Showit is powered by WPEngine, the highest-rated WordPress host on Earth, WPEngine manages security, updates and server operations for running an efficient WordPress site. Resulting in less worry and stress! When you combine this with the support you receive (see reason 6) it makes Showit’s subscription charges, starting from 19$ a month, very reasonable.
WordPress was designed as a content management system and it does that fantastically. However, it takes a lot of coding and time when trying to make your bespoke design a reality. Showit adds the missing design drag and drop element that WordPress is missing. It’s like the missing link between WordPress and design (queue a burst of sunshine breaking through the clouds moment). If you are already blogging with WordPress, Showit offers a free blog migration, so your blog posts are ready hassle-free for your new look design.
Canvas Views is something special to Showit, it allows you to layer information within a canvas on your site, building a more interactive experience for your users. This level of interactivity is usually only possible with coding using custom plugins or code. So what can you do with this amazing superpower?
Once you have mastered the basics of Showit, using pages and canvas, then updating and maintaining your website is very easy. Replacing images is very simple and editing text is a case of double-clicking, editing and saving. You have the added bonus that any changes you make are immediately saved but they are not immediately live. So you can spend time making changes before clicking ‘Publish’ and making them visible on your live website. And of course, if you don’t want to update your site yourself, you have the peace of mind that I am always there to support your business with my individual services.
Unlike a self-hosted WordPress site, with Showit you have access to an amazing helpdesk team, an active Facebook group and a wealth of regularly updated and curated help documents. Showit like any other platform does have a learning curve but with the support available, you always know you have reliable help to hand. When you book the Website Vision and Design package with me you will also receive video tutorials on how to use your website.
With all things, Showit does have a few negative points, and I would be remiss not to point them out. I hope in the future they will be solved.
Buttons: you can make your own buttons but it would be great if there was a button widget that allows you to set some great hover effects. It would be brilliant if they allowed you to set up your primary and secondary buttons styles in the design section.
CSS Classes: The ability to give CSS classes to any element, so they can be individually styled with custom CSS.
Groups: Being able to group elements so you can space them evenly, for example when you make three separate boxed backgrounds with text and an icon, it would be great if you could group them and then align them.
Grids & guides: This would be my dream come true if they put in Adobe type guides in so you can line up everything pixel perfect without to much hassle. Allowing a lined or square grid background would also help to get a balanced layout easily.
CSS stylesheet in one place: I am used to, as a developer, putting all my CSS in one place, now I have to copy my CSS and paste it in the custom CSS setup box for every page. This makes more work than necessary.
H4, H5, H6 …: Some industry standard typographic elements that I am used to using all the time as a designer and developer are missing.
Showit focuses on Photographers as the only Showit users: Showit might have started out as a tool for photographers but it a great solution for many businesses. It would be nice to see that reflected on their website.