For those who want to create a full-fledged website and not just a blog, reviewers say CoffeeCup Visual Site Designer offers just the right mix of capabilities and ease of use for most beginners. It's easier to use than most budget web design software, and with drag and drop usability, there's no need to learn any code. Visual Site Designer comes with lots of templates, backgrounds, textures and more. You can easily add video and insert Flash animations. An FTP tool is included for publishing directly to your web host. CoffeeCup Visual Site Designer is for Windows users only. For Mac users, Realmac RapidWeaver 4.1.3 (*est. $80) is recommended as a good non-professional website software program.
We found the best comparison review of CoffeeCup Visual Site Designer at WPDFD.com, where it's compared with three other web design software programs. An earlier review at Smart Computing provides less detail but compares Visual Site Designer with four others. The review at U.K. magazine WebUser is brief but more critical, while the reviews at download sites such as FreeDownloadsCenter.com, Download.com and Tucows.com just highlight features and provide ratings.
1. WPDFD.com Web Page Design for Designers
This head-on comparison from Web Page Design for Designers covers four website design software programs by taking one site done in HTML and trying to recreate it using only the WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) features in each product. Coffee Cup Visual Site Designer is easiest to use by far, doing the job well and saving a lot of time.
Review: Tomorrow's Web Design: Popular Design Software Challenge, David Rodriguez, April, 18 2008
2. Smart Computing
This review compares five web publishing programs from the point of view of a relative novice, recommending CoffeeCup Visual Site Designer for users who don't want to pay the monthly fee required by using TypePad.
Review: Software Head-To-Head: Code and Art Combined -- Web Design Tools, David Garrett, May 2007
This UK magazine finds CoffeeCup Visual Site Designer fast and easy, with attractive templates. It loses points, however, because so many special features (such as adding music, video or a photo gallery) cost extra.
Review: Visual Site Designer Review, Editors of WebUser
Editors and a handful of users agree in giving CoffeeCup Visual Site Designer a rating of four on a five-point scale. The brief review highlights features but doesn't note any criticisms.
Review: Coffee Cup Visual Site Designer 5.9.4, Editors of FreeDownloadsCenter.com, May 24, 2007
Editors at this venerable download site give CoffeeCup Visual Site Designer a perfect five-point score, noting that it includes 70 templates. The brief review covers features and notes no drawbacks.
Review: Coffee Cup Visual Site Designer, Editors of Tucows.com
More than 30 users rate Coffee Cup Visual Site Designer here, giving it an average rating of 3.5 stars on a five-point scale. Unfortunately the user comment is not in English.
Review: Coffee Cup Visual Site Designer, Contributors to Download.com