There are currently several tools available that anyone can use to build a stunning website. They are good platforms, but most of them are made for people with no or very little web design experience who want to design their websites themselves.
SiteJet is different. It’s a tool created by web designers for web designers. What are the merits of SiteJet, and should you use it? This review discusses all that and more.
1. It Gives Designers More Control
The fact that SiteJet was designed with web designers in mind already stands it out from most of the other web design platforms. SiteJet’s features automate several of the web design processes for designers, making the job much easier and faster.
With SiteJet, you can create a site with the simple push of a bottom. It’s that easy. From there on out, you can follow the process of structuring your website however you like.
The features available to a designer are everything from tracking the progress of each website’s development to getting unlimited access to the underlying code of the website. If you’ve been using the WordPress page builder plugin, you’ll also be very comfortable using this tool. It’s as simple as dragging and dropping elements.
One of the most interesting things about SiteJet is that it actually gives you the option of hosting your website wherever you like. You’re not immediately trapped and restricted to hosting with the provider. You can export all your HTML, CSS, and JS content to whatever host you want.
2. Increased Client Involvement Means Faster Feedback
For designers, creating a website is only a part of the journey. The majority of the work lies in communicating with your clients and making sure that they like what you’re creating.
Sitejet allows you to do this in multiple ways. You can use presentation mode, which shows a live preview on three kinds of devices. Here, you can invite your clients by emailing them or generating a link.
But instead of just watching the preview, clients can also be an active part of it. You can give them an interactive feedback view that allows them to leave comments on different elements of the website. This feature is particularly helpful because you no longer have to try to understand what the client is talking about. The comments will be right there, pointing to the right elements.
While on client involvement, SiteJet also allows you to give your clients access to the website without fear that they might “break things”. With simple to use interfaces like WordPress, the client can easily move things around, which could set you back on your progress. But with SiteJet, you can give them a stripped-down client dashboard where they can manage their emails, provide feedback, and other things needed for the project. With this dashboard, you only give them access that they need and will use.
3. It Speeds Up The Process
You can also drag and drop any elements in the template. With this, you can begin with any of the 63 different templates that SiteJet currently has, and edit them, so they look exactly like your client needs.
Adding new content is also that easy. From presets to elements, forms, and stores, you can add them all with the simple click of a button. Or if you prefer to use keyboard shortcuts, that option is also available.
You know, creating custom interfaces is no use if it doesn’t do the job. If it isn’t responsive or doesn’t look good, then there’s no point; you’d have to go back to the drawing board and start over.
The good news is that you’ll rarely have this problem with SiteJet because of the live previews feature. You can see what your new interface will look like on a variety of devices. Besides the fact that your job is easier, it also gives you insight into what your client might have to say about your work so far.
4. Enhanced Project Management Features
When you’re working with a team, SiteJet gives you the ability to assign responsibilities, track and complete tasks with your entire team. You can delegate specific tasks to members and see how far their progress is. Thanks to the time tracking feature, you can review how far the project has come.
The time tracking feature lets you review how much time has been spent on each phase of your project. This will not only be useful in coordinating your team, but also in making sure that you can plan future projects with more precision.
SiteJet also lets you manage all your projects in a single dashboard. From there, you can review your clients’ comments, other websites, as well as your revenue streams. The control is so efficient that the dashboard even lets you edit multiple pages within a single interface—you don’t have to switch between open tabs.
The Bottom Line
SiteJet is a tool for web developers, and is not suitable for people who have a rudimentary knowledge of web design; non-developers would be more suited to WordPress page builder, among other tools.
But, web designers are bound to find the integrated workflow extremely appealing, both on the side of the developers’ teams, and from the clients. Because the tool also gives you access to underlying code, it makes things that much easier to accomplish.