Alongside Namo Web Editor, Serif's product is well established as the go-to web-design product for occasional users. Version 10.0 retains previous iterations' famed ease of use and adds several cool features.

If your web-design experience starts and ends with products such as Adobe's GoLive and Dreamweaver, you'll be shocked by the simplicity of laying out pages with WebPlus. There's a mind-blowing range of templates and wizards but, if you've any design or DTP (desktop publishing) experience at all, creating pages will be straightforward.

Moving elements around the page is intuitive – simply drag-and-drop. And placing images couldn't be easier. Editing text is another hassle-free task – Wysiwyg (what you see is what you get) has rarely seemed a more apposite acronym.

Tying up your pages into a coherent site using a nested tree is relatively straightforward. This particular aspect of web-design will always tax simple-minded folk such as your author, but we found it more intuitive than, say, GoLive. Chief among this version's additions is support for e-commerce. It's a cinch to set up a shopping cart and add card payments using PayPal, RomanCart or Mal's. And we liked the ability to send HTML email.

Serif adds free hosting for smart objects, such as blogs and forms. This is a decent add-on but, with so many free blogging tools about, it's unlikely to inform your purchase. Similarly, the ability to publish photos online is no deal breaker, but it's a nice touch.

Serif WebPlus 10.0: Specs

  • Pentium PC
  • Windows 98 SE/Me/2000/XP
  • 64MB RAM
  • 240MB hard disk space
  • SVGA display with 800x600 resolution, 16bit colour
  • Internet Explorer 5.5
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Pentium PC
  • Windows 98 SE/Me/2000/XP
  • 64MB RAM
  • 240MB hard disk space
  • SVGA display with 800x600 resolution, 16bit colour
  • Internet Explorer 5.5
  • CD-ROM drive

OUR VERDICT

WebPlus is affordable, intuitive and has a solid feature set. There's no easier way of creating a simple, good-looking website. Pros won't be satisfied, but bedroom businessmen need look no further.

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