BaseKit.com is designed as an all-in-one website builder and web hosting solution. They claim to be the “world’s most flexible website builder” and while we haven’t tested site-builders the world-over, this very well might be true. With raving reviews from the Sunday Times and PC advisor magazine, BaseKit is for anyone who needs to create an attractive and functional website. While BaseKit is extremely popular among web designers due to the array of advanced features, BaseKit is a great option for anyone looking to build an attractive website without programming code!
|Website Design Features||Publishing Features|
|Simple Drag-and-Drop Editor||Professional Hosting Included|
|100+ Customisable Templates||Extra Space Available|
|Media Manager To Easily Upload Files||Adwords Voucher|
|E-Commerce Enabled||Website Stats|
|E-Commerce Enabled||Google Analytics Integration|
For a thorough overview of their website building features, view a full demo of the site and how it works! In fact, you can sign up for a free demo, no strings attached. This allows you to get an excellent idea of how easy it really is to build your own site with BaseKit. You can even check out some of the actual templates and themes which are offered.
A powerful media manager is provided that allows you to import files such as word or pdf documents. You may also add or embed videos, audio and photos. Again, all of this is demonstrated in video tutorials for you convenience (there are also very clear on site directions and instructions). Also, don’t forget that you can be set-up for e-commerce. Take orders directly online!
Most BaseKit packages also include free professional hosting. Base Kit aspires to be a one-stop-shop, so you can manage all aspects of your website from one place. Choose from an array of hosting options including a BaseKit subdomain, your own custom domain name, or more than one custom domain. You also have the option to add extra storage space and bandwidth making this is a service which can grow as your web needs increase.
In addition to hosting, BaseKit users can take advantage of full integration with Google Analytics. This will help you monitor all of site statistics including conversion and ROI numbers. These analytical tools help you collect the data you need to optimise your website and maximise potential profits.
To begin, take advantage of their free 14-day trial. You will need to supply your own domain name and hosting, but can design up to 3 pages. This offers a lot of functionality for a free service.
The other 3 plans all provide the core features, hosting, access to templates and support. The basic plan, at £6/month, allows building of 10 pages and 1TB of bandwidth. The business (at £12/month) and professional plans (at £24/month) both offer unlimited pages, bandwidth, ecommerce features and an adwords voucher. The professional plan also offers unlimited storage and up to 3 domains and 3 websites.
There are a number of different methods one may go about receiving help and support from Base Kit. For starters, there is a huge learning centre on the site itself. This provides helpful articles and information. There are even a number of really wonderful video tutorials. These videos will take one through the entire process of create a beautiful website in a step-by-step fashion. They even provide guidance about starting a web design business and a number of other excellent topics.
For more pressing and immediate concerns, there is live chat available. During tests, our reviewers found the staff resourceful and very knowledgeable. It was easy to log on and ask questions. All members were also very pleasant. Of course, one may also send an email. They do endeavor to answer these promptly, barring normal business hours of 9am to 7pm GMT. One of the coolest things we have ever seen is the ability to record a screencast of your issue and send it to support staff.