Mobirise is a free website builder that enables even the most ardent non-techie to create a website.
Yes, you can easily develop a website with the prebuilt, blocks, themes and templates that Mobirise enables you to quickly drag, drop and adjust to effectively communicate your business, resume, portfolio or specific campaign. There’s no need for you to go anywhere near a code, script, tag, back-end or any one of those confusing terms you’ve heard about in connection with web design! The incorporated Accelerated Mobile Pages or AMP technology assures you of a fast loading website regardless of the browser or device being used.
The free website builder application’s easy system of dragging selected blocks to develop your chosen theme makes quick work of creating a webpage.
Downloaded and installed, Mobirise launches to a simple splash screen. Just use the Click to Start button at the bottom right to display the prebuilt Blocks at right. The Blocks have all been designed to incorporate current web design trends, and are extremely flexible with a range of options for customization. The first blocks displayed are Headers. Select one with a theme which you believe you can develop to communicate your own message.
The Header blocks are followed by a selection of Images and Videos, then Sliders & Galleries, Article, Features, Animated Features and such items as Price Tables, Counters, Timelines and more all the way down to Footers. Just select those that will work for you and drag them to the main window. Once done, scroll to the top of the screen and use the Settings icon to customize your parameters – sizes, colors, fonts, etc. – for each of your blocks.
From there, you can select any item of the content – text, image, icon, etc. – and edit the text just as you would in any text editor or replace the various elements as you require.
The File menu icon at left on the toolbar provides access to:
- Pages – add new pages, make copies, change URL and title
- Sites – displays projects, set domain and hosting location
- Login – e-mail login form for optional registration which provides notification of updates, templates, extensions, support, etc.
- Extensions and Themes – install free/ paid templates and extensions
- Help me! – form to contact developers
You can see how your site looks on different devices by clicking the Mobile View phone icon on the toolbar at the top of the screen. You will find Undo, Preview and Publish icons on the right side of the toolbar. Preview enables you to view the newly created site in your browser. Clicking Publish brings up a window where you can input the storage location on your local drive and/or select the FTP button to upload your site (domain and hosting routing are set up in Site – Site Settings under the File menu).
Mobirise requires no knowledge or experience in website design, and automatically optimizes the site you create for viewing on mobile devices. The differences between the free website builder and other HTML editors are its newbie-oriented features and functions:
- Easy to use, functional and intuitive interface
- WYSIWYG editor
- Drag and drop Blocks panel
- In-depth but easy to navigate Settings menu
- Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) website builder
Simplicity is the focus of the free website builder. The program comes with several free extensions, such as a Dropdown Menu and Cookies Alert, and samples of paid extensions including a PayPal shopping cart and Code Editor. Mobirise is free for both personal and commercial or non-profit use and is compatible for all recent versions of Windows.