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I could shout my love for Showit from the rooftops! In early 2018 I committed my business to only designing on the Showit platform because of it’s versatility and security for my clients. Here, I’m explaining exactly why I design for Showit and how it can be a solid tool for developing your online home.
Showit is an online Drag-and-Drop website builder that doesn’t require you to understand an ounce of code or deal with a bulky backend. If you can dream it, you can build it on Showit. It is great for Designers, Creatives, Photographers, Stylists, Bakers, Bloggers, Stationers, Realtors, Etc..
Showit also uses a WordPress backend – and if you’ve begun to research where to place your online business, you’ve most likely heard about WordPress. WordPress is an amazing blogging platform, but needed a little help in the design department. Because of this, Showit allows you to design how your blog looks in Showit while using WordPress to write your actual blog posts.
Showit has three tiers of the subscriptions ranging from $24-$40 a month. Compared to Squarespace and Wix, it is a little bit more expensive but for the reasons outlined below, the cost is very well justified. Other than hiring a designer, you will have to pay for a domain separately and Showit subscription/hosting.
With Showit, you can create a completely custom website without ever looking at a single line of code. It is unparalleled in terms of design freedom and is my best friend when it comes to serving my clients well.
The best part of Showit is that the mobile view is built into the designer. You can switch between the desktop and mobile views to completely customize each user experience. For SEO, each Showit subscription allows for the Yoast Plugin, one of the highest rated SEO plugins available on WordPress.
Showit wizards develop a WordPress theme for your blog out of your design in the Showit platform. You can have the power and flexibility of WordPress with the design freedom of Showit.
One of the reasons why many of my clients never made the switch to WordPress is because it can be intimidating. When you sign up initially, you provide your domain information and current website location. Showit will take care of getting your blog migrated and your site live, leaving more time for you to prepare for the launch and celebrate!
I love the community of Showit. Fellow designers are more about community over competition. As well, there are tons and tons of people in the Facebook groups which makes finding the answer to a question super easy, because most likely someone else has already asked it.
Some of your questions can be answered simply by watching their Get Started tutorials or looking through their FAQs. If your question goes beyond the resources they’ve already created, you can also reach out to them directly through their chat function. Their team is always responsive and is even known to send fun GIFs every now and then. They’re awesome!
When you invest in a Showit website, you’ll have hosting included into your monthly service. What’s amazing about this is if there is a problem with the platform, you can rest easy knowing that Showit is already on the case.
With website platforms like WordPress, if your website happens to go down because of your host server, you have to contact with them directly and all of the work lands on you to communicate the problem. I’ve had many late night calls with hosting platforms troubleshooting down websites.
With Showit, they have a support team that is constantly working on this so your site is safe, secure, and shows up properly. Talk about headache relief!
If you offer an online product and are worried that Showit cannot support that – fear not! Shopify offers a Lite subscription that allows you to place Buy Buttons on your own website using embed codes. This makes having an eccomerce site possible for you!